The Federal Service Impasses Panel (FSIP or the Panel)

What we do

The Panel resolves impasses between federal agencies and unions representing federal employees arising from negotiations arising under the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute and the Federal Employees Flexible and Compressed Work Schedules Act.  If bargaining between the parties, followed by mediation assistance, does not result in a voluntary agreement, then either party or the parties jointly may request the Panel's assistance. 

Processing a case before the Panel

After a party files, or the parties jointly file, a request for assistance with the Panel, the Panel's staff will conduct a preliminary investigation of that request.  Following this investigation, the Panel may determine to assert jurisdiction over the request.  If the Panel asserts jurisdiction, then it has the authority to recommend and/or direct the use of various dispute-resolution procedures.  If the parties still are unable to reach a voluntary settlement after the use of these procedures, the Panel may take whatever action it deems necessary to resolve the dispute, including the imposition of contract terms through a final action.  The parties may not appeal the merits of the Panel's decision to any court.

Case processing while the Panel lacks a quorum

1.  How are Panel members appointed?

The President appoints the Chairman and Members of the Panel for staggered, five-year terms.  See 5 U.S.C. § 7119(c)(2).

The positions of the Chairman and Members of the Panel are currently vacant.

2.  What is the impact of a lack of quorum on FSIP operations?

The Panel currently lacks the authority to issue any decision – including determining whether to assert or decline jurisdiction over cases and issuing decisions to resolve parties’ impasses – as that requires a majority vote of a quorum of Panel Members.

3.  What will happen to requests for assistance submitted to the Panel while there is no quorum?

While the Panel cannot issue any decision while it lacks a quorum, Panel staff will continue to receive and investigate requests for assistance filed by parties. 

4.  How will the parties know when the Panel has a quorum?

We will post information on the FLRA website and issue a press release announcing the appointment of any new members of the Panel.  Panel staff will also communicate directly with parties with pending requests for FSIP assistance.

5.  Who can I contact if I have further questions?

For further information regarding the FSIP or the Panel appointments, please contact Kimberly Moseley, FSIP Executive Director, at (202) 218-7790 or kmoseley@flra.gov.

About us

The Panel comprises seven Presidential appointees who serve on a part-time basis, one of whom serves as the Chair.  The Foreign Service Impasse Disputes Panel consists of five members, including one member of the Federal Service Impasses Panel.

Panel Staff

Name Positition Phone
Kimberly Moseley Executive Director 202-218-7790
Dan Duran Attorney-Advisor 202-218-7753
Martha Finlator Attorney-Advisor 202-218-7747
Chandra Carr Administrative Assistant (Detailee) 202-218-7754