We close our series with several additional avenues of assistance for federal civilian employees. Again, careful research and thought should be given to which path to follow to achieve your individual goals.
Claims Regarding Your Union Representation – Allegations of unfair labor practices and exceptions to arbitration awards are within the jurisdiction of the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA). The Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute (FSLMRS) creates rights and obligations on the part of unions, agency management, and employees. Employees may protect their rights under the FSLMRS by filing Unfair Labor Practice charges against labor or management.
Advice on Personnel Matters – The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has the authority to hear certain types of inquiries by employees who seek advice on personnel matters such as staffing, employment, examinations, retirement, or benefits.
Violations of Civil Service Laws – The Office of Special Counsel (OSC) has authority to hear allegations of certain civil service violations, including those involving whistleblower claims. Current and former federal employees and applicants for federal employment may report suspected prohibited personnel practices directly to the OSC.
Suspected Fraud, Abuse of Power, & Ethics Violations – The Naval Inspector General responds to complaints of fraud, ethical violations, conflicts of interest, abuse of power, etc. The Navy IG maintains a hotline complaint system to receive such complaints from civilian employees who have been unable to resolve such issues after complaint to their command.
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