The work of the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) is critically important to the effectiveness and efficiency of the federal government. The FLRA provides leadership in establishing policies and guidance related to federal-sector, labor-management relations, and ensuring compliance with the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute (Statute). The FLRA is ranked among the top 10 small agencies in the 2013 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government Rankings. In addition, the agency ranks 2nd overall in both Teamwork and Strategic Management, and 3rd overall in Effective Leadership of Senior Leaders and Training and Development. The FLRA also ranks 1st with respect to Pay, and 5th in Performance-Based Rewards and Advancement. These results demonstrate FLRAs commitment to empowering and developing a highly engaged and effective workforce to serve the American people.
This senior executive service (SES) position reports to the Chairman and is located in the Office of the Solicitor of the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA). As Solicitor, the incumbent serves as the chief legal advisor and consultant for all FLRA components, including the Authority, the Office of the General Counsel, and the Federal Service Impasses Panel (collectively referred to as the FLRA). The Solicitor is responsible for the enforcement and defense of the Authority's orders and decisions, as well as for providing legal advice on issues arising in connection with the FLRAs general operations and on major questions of law and policy arising in connection with the adjudication of cases.
The incumbent directs the day-to-day operations of the Office, including planning work to be accomplished by subordinates and setting and adjusting short-and long-term priorities. The Solicitor also represents the Authority, as directed, and takes responsibility for special tasks and efforts as required. Specifically, the Solicitor manages, supervises, assists, or performs tasks in any or all of the following functional areas:
- Represents the Authority in litigation involving review or enforcement of Authority orders, filed in U.S. Courts of Appeals under § 7123(a) or (b) of the Statute, 5 U.S.C. §§ 7101-7135, and in other litigation involving the FLRA filed in any court (except injunction cases filed in U.S. district courts under § 7123(d) of the Statute) or with any administrative agency;
- Renders advice on legal questions presented by major case decisions or policy statements under the Statute, and on legal issues resulting from the impact of other statutes, Executive Orders, or regulations on the operations of the FLRA (e.g., Sunshine Act, Ethics in Government Act, and Privacy Act). This advice covers a wide range of questions such as questions of statutory interpretation, administrative law and procedure, human resources policy and employee relations, and budgetary matters;
- Determines the propriety of requests for records, documents, or other information of the Authority submitted under the Freedom of Information Act. Serves as the FLRAs Chief FOIA Officer;
- Supervises the preparation and issuance of rules and regulations of the FLRA;
- Manages the FLRAs ethics program and renders ethics advice to the FLRA and its employees on ethics issues such as those involving standards of conduct and financial disclosure requirements. Serves as the FLRAs Designated Agency Ethics Official;
- As necessary, serves as liaison representative of the FLRA in meetings with other government agencies, such as MSPB, EEOC, and the Department of Justice;
- Advises on the impact of proposed legislation on the operations of the FLRA;
- Performs miscellaneous and other legal advisory duties upon the requests of the Authoritys Chairman and Members, the Panel, the General Counsel, and other agency officials; and
- Evaluates work performance of subordinates and gives advice, counsel, or instruction to employees on both work and administrative matters.