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13:0407(68)CU - Defense Mapping Agency, Hydrographic / Topographic Center, Providence Field Office and AFGE Local 1884 -- 1983 FLRAdec RP

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The decision of the Authority follows:

 13 FLRA No. 68
 Labor Organization/Intervenor
                                            Case No. 1-CU-20014
    Upon a petition duly filed with the Federal Labor Relations Authority
 under section 7111(b)(2) of the Federal Service Labor-Management
 Relations Statute (the Statute), a hearing was held before a hearing
 officer of the Authority.  The hearing officer's rulings made at the
 hearing are free from prejudicial error and are hereby affirmed.
    Upon careful consideration of the entire record, including the
 parties' contentions, the Authority finds:  The American Federation of
 Government Employees, Local 1884, AFL-CIO (AFGE), was recognized as the
 exclusive bargaining representative for a unit of all nonsupervisory
 employees of the Defense Mapping Agency Hydrographic/Topographic Center,
 Providence Field Office.  Essentially, the petition seeks to exclude
 from that unit Jennie Balme, Personnel Assistant (Typing), GS-203-06,
 P.N. 37164, based on the Activity/Petitioner's allegation that she is an
 employee engaged in Federal personnel work in other than a purely
 clerical capacity within the meaning of section 7112(b)(3) of the
 Statute.  The Authority agrees.
    Ms. Balme's major functions include monitoring the Incentive Awards
 Program and keeping the Automatic Personnel Data System (APDS) current.
 She also processes personnel actions, answers employees' and
 supervisors' questions about personnel matters, handles college
 recruitment, runs training sessions, and functions as the resident
 expert on certain personnel matters.  As Incentive Awards Program
 Coordinator, she screens all incoming awards recommendations for
 compliance with Activity regulations and determines when to convene the
 Incentive Awards Committee.  She attends meetings of that Committee,
 records the minutes of the meetings, and maintains the files.  Due to
 her involvement in this program, Ms. Balme sat in on the bargaining
 sessions dealing with performance appraisals and shortly after
 ratification of the collective bargaining agreement conducted a training
 session for supervisors on the new performance appraisal system.
 Further, as a result of her responsibilities with regard to the APDS
 system, she is privy to all personnel information concerning each of the
 Activity's employees.
    Based on the above, the Authority finds that Jennie Balme is engaged
 in personnel work in other than a purely clerical capacity within the
 meaning of section 7112(b)(3) of the Statute and shall order that she be
 excluded from the unit.  See Veterans Administration, Washington, D.C.
 and Veterans Administration Medical Center, Salisbury, North Carolina,
 11 FLRA No. 39 (1983).
    IT IS ORDERED that the unit sought to be clarified be, and it hereby
 is, clarified by excluding from said unit Jennie Balme, Personnel
 Assistant (Typing), GS-203-06, P.N. 37164.  Issued, Washington, D.C.,
 November 17, 1983
                                       Barbara J. Mahone, Chairman
                                       Ronald W. Haughton, Member
                                       Henry B. Frazier III, Member
                                       FEDERAL LABOR RELATIONS AUTHORITY