The Federal Government will Become America's Model Employer for the 21st Century.
Recruit, Retain and Honor a World-Class Workforce to Serve the American People.
Review the new 2014 Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) Handbook
Answering your questions about Healthcare and Insurance
Congress approved a cost of living increase for Federal retirees.
Manage your retirement online.
Human Resources and Security Specialists should use this tool to determine the correct investigation level for any covered position within the U.S. Federal Government.
OPM’s Human Resources Solutions organization can help your agency answer this critically important question.
Developing senior leaders in the U.S. Government through Leadership for a Democratic Society, Custom Programs and Interagency Courses.
Visit this federal site to search for our regulatory notices, proposed and final rules.
See the latest tweets on our Twitter feed, like our Facebook pages, watch our YouTube videos, and page through our Flickr photos.
The content available is no longer being updated and as a result you may encounter hyperlinks which no longer function. You should also bear in mind that this content may contain text and references which are no longer applicable as a result of changes in law, regulation and/or administration.
OPM Contact: Jo-Ann Chabot
The claimant seeks reconsideration of a claims settlement decision (Z-2869595) that the General Accounting Office (GAO) issued on May 8, 1995.
In its decision, the GAO found that it did not have jurisdiction to consider the claimant's claims for a retroactive Alaska wage differential and retained pay at the rate he formerly received in Alaska because the claimant was covered by a collective bargaining agreement and his claims were not specifically excluded from the negotiated grievance procedure. The GAO based its decision on 5 U.S.C. 7121(a)(1) which requires collective bargaining agreements to include procedures for settling grievances and makes these procedures the exclusive means for resolving grievances within the agreement's coverage. The GAO also based its decision Carter v. Gibbs, 909 F. 2d 1452 (Fed. Cir. 1990), cert. denied, 498 U.S. 811 (1990) where the court of appeals held that section 7121(a)(1) makes a grievance procedure the exclusive means of resolving grievances subject to that procedure.
We have reviewed the authorities cited in the GAO decision and agree with the GAO's findings and conclusions. Accordingly, the GAO decision, Z-2869595 (May 8, 1995), is affirmed.
This determination is final. No further administrative review is available within OPM. Nothing in this settlement limits the employee's right to bring an action in an appropriate United States Court.