Office of Case Intake and Publication (CIP)

What we do

The Authority's Office of Case Intake and Publication (CIP) receives and processes all documents that parties file with the Authority – the FLRA's three-Member quasi-judicial adjudicative body.  As the Authority's intake office, CIP conducts procedural review of all submitted case filings, ensuring satisfaction of procedural, timeliness, and jurisdictional requirements.  CIP will issue orders to the parties, on behalf of the Authority, if it identifies any deficiencies or defects.  You must respond to all Authority orders as directed.  

CIP staff is available to answer case-related questions by phone, so you should direct any Authority-specific case-related calls directly to CIP at (202) 218-7740.  

In addition, CIP is responsible for issuing to the case parties and posting to the FLRA's website all Authority decisions.  

Authority case types

Arbitration Exceptions

Once an arbitrator issues an award, either an agency or a union may appeal the arbitrator's award by filing an exception with the Authority within 30 days after the date on which the Arbitrator served the award on the parties.  You must file exceptions or any opposition to exceptions with CIP.  The Authority's review of an arbitrator's award is very limited.  The Authority's Regulations and the Guide to Arbitration specify the grounds for appeal. 

In addition, you can find the information necessary for filing exceptions in the Checklist for Filing an Arbitration Appeal (Exceptions).  For additional information on the procedural requirements for filing arbitration exceptions, see Part 2425 and Part 2429 of the Authority's Regulations.  For more information on how the Authority has resolved particular kinds of arbitration exceptions, consult the Guide to Arbitration and review Authority Decisions.  

You can find more detailed information about the time limits for filing the various arbitration pleadings and how to file them here.  

The Authority's Collaboration and Alternative Dispute Resolution Office (CADRO) offers alternative dispute resolution in arbitration cases.  CADRO applies interest-based dispute-resolution techniques to resolve these cases without litigation.

If the information contained in these pages does not answer all of your questions, you may direct specific inquiries by phone to CIP at (202) 218-7740.

Negotiability Appeals

A union may file a petition for review with the Authority if the parties are involved in a negotiability dispute.  In most cases, the agency’s statement of position is due after the post-petition conference, which the Authority schedules to gather information regarding the proposals or provisions in dispute.  After the union receives a copy of the statement of position, the union must file a response to the statement.  And after the agency receives the union's response, the agency may file a reply.  You must file all of these filings with CIP.  

For a detailed explanation of negotiability disputes, see the Guide to Negotiability and Part 2424 of the Authority's Regulations.  

You can find more detailed information about the time limits for filing the various negotiability pleadings and how to file them here.  

The Authority's Collaboration and Alternative Dispute Resolution Office (CADRO) proactively offers alternative dispute resolution in all negotiability cases.  CADRO applies interest-based dispute-resolution techniques to resolve negotiability disputes without litigation.

If the information contained in these pages does not answer all of your questions, you may direct specific inquiries by phone to CIP at (202) 218-7740.

ULP Exceptions

Parties can appeal an FLRA Administrative Law Judge's (ALJ's) recommended decision in an unfair-labor-practice (ULP) proceeding by filing exceptions with the Authority.  You must file exceptions or cross-exceptions to a recommended ALJ Decision, an opposition to such exceptions or cross-exceptions, or a related pleading, with CIP, preferably through the eFiling system.   

For more information on how to file ULP exceptions, cross-exceptions, oppositions, or other related pleadings, see Part 2423 of the Authority's Regulations.  

If the information contained in these pages does not answer all of your questions, you may direct specific inquiries by phone to CIP at (202) 218-7740.

Representation Applications for Review

A party who wants to appeal a Regional Director’s decision and order in a representation proceeding may file an application for review of a Decision and Order with the Authority, within 60 days of issuance of the Decision and Order.  You should file such an application for review of a Decision and Order, an opposition to an application for review, or related pleading, with CIP, preferably through the eFiling system.  

For more information on how to file an application for review or an opposition to an application for review, see Part 2422 of the Authority's Regulations.  

If the information contained in these pages does not answer all of your questions, you may direct specific inquiries by phone to CIP at (202) 218-7740.

Please note that you may NOT submit case-related documents to CIP by email.  And you must deliver all documents that you are filing by hand delivery to the CIP Docket Room by 5:00 p.m. ET in order for them to be considered filed on that day.

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Contact information

Office of Case Intake and Publication
Federal Labor Relations Authority
Docket Room, Suite 200
1400 K Street, NW.
Washington, D.C. 20424-0001 
Monday - Friday (except federal holidays);
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET
Phone:  (202) 218-7740
Fax:  (202) 482-6657