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house Bill H.R. 1213

Should Federal Mediators Be Appointed From A Master List (Rather Than Direct Recommendations)?

Argument in favor

Using recommendations to compile a master list of mediators can be more effective at preventing bias than direct recommendations.

Carol's Opinion
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12/08/2015
Why am I voting on this, it was enacted in March 2015. Please clean up this website.
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Pappa's Opinion
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03/13/2015
This would keep the system honest. P-Obama recommends persons that will be in his little army around him. It would keep all the playing field more level.
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Mitchell's Opinion
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03/12/2015
We cannot let favoritism sway our decisions it never works out.
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Argument opposed

Recommendations can reveal unique qualities that wouldn’t necessarily be apparent when selecting a mediator from a master list.

Curmudgeon's Opinion
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08/04/2015
And who is on a "master list?" A Master Race? Is this how Craig Becker, a shill for Labor, got elevated to the ostensibly neutral NLRB? Obama pulled that one out of his back pocket during a congressional recess.
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J's Opinion
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05/21/2015
We need to know who their Masters are, like NASCAR...
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Marvin's Opinion
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05/27/2015
The Congress has always been in favor of nepotism.
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bill Progress


  • EnactedMarch 20th, 2015
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed March 9th, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
  • The house Passed March 4th, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Administration
    IntroducedMarch 3rd, 2015

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What is House Bill H.R. 1213?

This bill would modify the procedures for mediation and hearings, requiring that all mediators be appointed from a master list rather than considered from recommendations.


The master list would be comprised of people experienced in adjudicating, arbitrating, or mediating personnel. Eligible list candidates could be members of a state bar association (or the District of Columbia’s bar association), or retired judges of the U.S. court system.


Candidates would be placed on the master list by the Executive Director of the Office of Administrative Services following recommendations by the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service or the Administrative Conference of the United States.


Confidentiality requirements in mediation sessions, among other related mandates would be clarified so that participants have a clearer picture of their obligations. Notification would be carried out by the Executive Director of the Office of Compliance.

Impact

People involved in federal mediation, prospective mediators, and the Executive Director of the Office of Compliance.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 1213

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

Of Note:

The Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 — the legislation this bill would amend —  applied 12 separate laws relating to civil rights, labor, workplace safety, and health laws to Congress. These rules had, before this act, not applied to the executive branch, but were commonplace in private sector businesses and the federal government at large.


Media:

Government Printing Office Daily Digest

Office of Compliance - Congressional Accountability Act Overview (Context)

(Photo Credit: "Ford A4016 NLGRF photo contact sheet (1975-04-11)(Gerald Ford Library)" by David Hume Kennerly - Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library, from White House Photographs, April 11, 1975 of the White House Photographic Collection page. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons)

AKA

Office of Compliance Administrative and Technical Corrections Act of 2015

Official Title

To make administrative and technical corrections to the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995.