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FLRA Confirmation Hearings: Softball Questions, Vague Answers, No Substance

The Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs held hearings on the pending confirmations of all three FLRA nominees on September 25. The author suggests that Federal LR practitioners watch the session which is about 1 ½ hours in length to get an appreciation of how the process works and how almost no discussion of substance took place.

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Robert (Bob) J. Gilson has expertise in Federal sector labor and employee relations. He began his Federal career with the U.S. Civil Service Commission (later OPM).

Bob held managerial, advocacy and advisor positions with OPM, Navy, Army, Treasury and the National Transportation Safety Board. He served as chief negotiator on numerous labor agreements in the U.S. and abroad. He represented his agencies before the FLRA, FSIP, MSPB, EEOC and arbitrators. The recipient of numerous awards, Bob was also principally responsible for working cases involving adverse actions for conduct and performance at all levels including Senior Executives. Bob retired from Federal service is currently a senior associate with RGS Inc. RGS is the successor to GRA Inc. whose work is familiar to many of you.

He has trained literally thousands of Federal negotiators, practitioners, supervisors and managers for over 40 years. He has been a Fedsmith author for more than 8 years. Bob is a frequently invited speaker at national conferences on labor and employee relations. Projects included advising and training managers on bargaining and over the last few years serving as chief negotiator for several Agencies. Bob is currently working on a major project to develop bargaining preparation tools, basic and advanced training, and Agency negotiation strategies. If you need to get in touch, you can always reach Bob through

Bob is the author or co-author of eight books for Federal managers.

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