H.R.2946 - To amend title 5, United States Code, to authorize the Merit Systems Protection Board to conduct an alternative dispute resolution pilot program to assist Federal Government agencies in resolving serious workplace disputes, and to establish an administrative judge pay schedule for administrative judges employed by the Merit Systems Protection Board.106th Congress (1999-2000)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Gekas, George W. [R-PA-17] (Introduced 09/24/1999)|
|Committees:||House - Government Reform|
|Latest Action:||10/05/1999 Referred to the Subcommittee on Civil Service. (All Actions)|
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Summary: H.R.2946 — 106th Congress (1999-2000)All Bill Information (Except Text)
Introduced in House (09/24/1999)
Amends Federal civil service law to authorize the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) to establish a three-year program to provide Federal employees and agencies with alternative dispute resolution (ADR) processes to apply to workplace disputes and disagreements involving removals, suspensions for more than 14 days, and other adverse actions under Federal civil service law. Directs the MSPB to test and evaluate a variety of ADR techniques. Authorizes the MSPB to implement its early intervention ADR, allowing any agency or employee to request such early intervention, and authorizing the MSPB Chairman to designate up to three agencies with a substantial number of MSPB appeals for participation in a mandatory early intervention ADR program.
Allows any employee or agency to request ADR once an appeal or petition for review of a case is filed with the MSPB. Outlines MSPB procedures for such cases. Direct the MSPB's Office of Policy and Evaluation to establish criteria for evaluating the ADR program and to prepare a report as to whether mandatory ADR is desirable, effective, and appropriate for cases decided by Federal administrative agencies.
Authorizes appropriations for the ADR program.
Establishes the MSPB Administrative Judge Pay Schedule, with pay levels comparable to that of immigration judges and administrative law judges. Provides, with respect to such Schedule, for initial appointment and advancement, and transition provisions for current judges. Authorizes appropriations to carry out such Schedule.