Why FLRA’s Chair has Disappeared from the Website

Why has Carol Waller Pope disappeared from the FLRA web site? The author offers an explanation.

I’ve been asked by folks what happened to Ms. Carol Waller Pope of FLRA.  Her name disappeared as Chair of FLRA on the website.

MS. Pope’s nomination to another term was announced on December 21, 2012. See http://www.flra.gov/webfm_send/668.

According to Sarah Whittle Spooner, Executive Director, her term had expired and so she was no longer either a member or Chair.

According to Thomas, the Library of Congress website:

Nomination: PN2095-112
Date Received: December 21, 2012 (112th Congress)
Nominee: Carol Waller Pope , of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Federal Labor Relations Authority for a term of five years expiring July 1, 2014. (Reappointment)
Referred to: Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Legislative Actions

Floor Action: December 21, 2012 – Received in the Senate and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

Floor Action: January 03, 2013 – Returned to the President under the provisions of Senate Rule XXXI, paragraph 6 of the Standing Rules of the Senate.

Organization: Federal Labor Relations Authority

Senate Rule XXXI Paragraph 6. Reads:

Nominations neither confirmed nor rejected during the session at which they are made shall not be acted upon at any succeeding session without being again made to the Senate by the President; and if the Senate shall adjourn or take a recess for more than thirty days, all nominations pending and not finally acted upon at the time of taking such adjournment or recess shall be returned by the Secretary to the President, and shall not again be considered unless they shall again be made to the Senate by the President.

(a) The Official Reporters shall be furnished with a list of nominations to office after the proceedings of the day on which they are received, and a like list of all confirmations and rejections.

(b) All nominations to office shall be prepared for the printer by the Official Reporter, and printed in the Congressional Record, after the proceedings of the day in which they are received, also nominations recalled, and confirmed.

(c) The Secretary shall furnish to the press, and to the public upon request, the names of nominees confirmed or rejected on the day on which a final vote shall be had, except when otherwise ordered by the Senate.

This appears to mean she must be resubmitted by the President to the new Senate.

I hope this helps.

About the Author

Bob Gilson is a consultant with a specialty in working with and training Federal agencies to resolve employee problems at all levels. A retired agency labor and employee relations director, Bob has authored or co-authored a number of books dealing with Federal issues and also conducts training seminars.