The regulations contained in this subchapter are intended to implement the provisions of section 7119 of title 5 and, where applicable, section 431 of title 3 of the United States Code. They prescribe procedures and methods which the Federal Service Impasses Panel may utilize in the resolution of negotiation impasses when voluntary arrangements, including the services of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service or any other third-party meditation, fail to resolve the disputes. It is the policy of the Panel to encourage labor and management to resolve disputes on terms that are mutually agreeable at any stage of the Panel's procedures.
[63 FR 46159, Aug. 31, 1998]
(a) The terms agency, labor organization, and conditions of employment as used in this subchapter shall have the meaning set forth in 5 U.S.C. 7103(a). When used in connection with 3 U.S.C. 431, the term agency as used in the Panel's regulations in this subchapter means an employing office as defined in 3 U.S.C. 401(a)(4).
(b) The term Executive Director means the Executive Director of the Panel.
(c) The terms designated representative or designee of the Panel means a Panel member, a staff member, or other individual designated by the Panel to act on its behalf.
(d) The term hearing means a factfinding hearing, arbitration hearing, or any other hearing procedure deemed necessary to accomplish the purposes of 5 U.S.C. 7119.
(e) The term impasse means that point in the negotiation of conditions of employment at which the parties are unable to reach agreement, notwithstanding their efforts to do so by direct negotiations and by the use of mediation or other voluntary arrangements for settlement.
(f) The term Panel means the Federal Service Impasses Panel described in 5 U.S.C. 7119(c) or a quorum thereof.
(g) The term party means the agency or the labor organization participating in the negotiation of conditions of employment.
(h) The term quorum means a majority of the members of the Panel.
(i) The term voluntary arrangements means any method adopted by the parties for the purpose of assisting them in their resolution of a negotiation dispute which is not inconsistent with the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 7119.