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FLRA Message Regarding the Shutdown of Operations Due to a Lapse in Appropriations

The Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) is currently closed due to a lapse in appropriations. FLRA offices, including all Office of the General Counsel Regional Offices, are not accepting filings except as provided below and no FLRA personnel are available for that purpose.

The FLRA's Office of the General Counsel's National Office is open, however, for the limited purpose of accepting charges that involve a strike, work stoppage, slowdown, or picketing of an agency in a labor-management dispute that interferes with an agency's operations (5 U.S.C. § 7116(b)(7)), and that involve employees/agencies who protect life and property (e.g., border patrols, air traffic controllers, meat inspectors, heath care personnel, national defense and national security personnel). Accordingly, any such charges must be filed with the General Counsel's National Office by fax at: (202) 482-6608. Do not use the FLRA’s Case eFiling System to file these charges, as the system is not currently being monitored. Agency personnel can be reached in connection with such filings at: (202) 218-7910.

In determining whether or not the time periods for filings and the submission of information and evidence with the FLRA are met, the FLRA will take into account the period of time that the FLRA is closed due to a lapse in appropriations. However, the FLRA’s ability to modify the filing time limits set forth in the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute for certain matters – unfair labor practice (ULP) charges, representation petitions, negotiability petitions, applications for review of Regional Directors’ Decisions and Orders in representation cases, or exceptions to an arbitrator’s award – is uncertain.

Consequently, it would be prudent to file those matters during the period that the FLRA is shutdown by the following means:

If you are filing a ULP charge or representation petition, fax a copy of the charge or petition to the General Counsel's National Office at: (202) 482-6608, or if you a registered as an eFiler in FLRA’s Case eFiling System, then you can eFile your charge or petition. When the FLRA resumes operations, these charges and petitions will be docketed and processed by the Regional Offices. Please note that only ULP charges involving the subjects described above will be screened for processing consistent with the FLRA Contingency Plan for Shutdown of Operations in the Absence of Appropriations.

If you are filing a negotiability petition, an application for review in a representation case, or exceptions to an arbitrator’s award with the Authority, then file it by mail, certified mail, or commercial delivery at the address set forth in the Authority’s regulations, or, if you are already registered as an eFiler in the FLRA’s Case eFiling System, then electronically through that system.

EFiling is not currently available for those not already registered in the FLRA’s Case eFiling System. Personal delivery is also not currently available.