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About the Council

Within the Federal workforce, both management and labor seek to serve the public and accomplish Government's mission in an effective and efficient manner. Executive Order 13522 PDF External link, signed by the President on December 9th, 2009, calls for Federal agencies to work together with employees and unions to improve the delivery of high quality services to the American people. The order also created the National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations (the “Council”). The President extended the Council until September 30, 2013, in Executive Order 13591 PDF External link, until September 30, 2015, in Executive Order 13652 PDF External link, and until September 30, 2017, in Executive Order 13708PDF External link.


The Council shall advise the President on matters involving labor-management relations in the executive branch, including:

  • Supporting the creation of department- or agency-level labor-management forums and promoting partnership efforts between labor and management
  • Developing metrics for evaluation of the effectiveness of the Council and department or agency labor-management forums in order to promote consistent, appropriate, and administratively efficient measurement and evaluation processes across departments and agencies;
  • Collecting and disseminating information about, and providing guidance on, labor-management relations improvement efforts including results achieved
  • Fostering successful labor-management relations including through training of department and agency personnel in methods of dispute resolution and cooperative methods of labor-management relations
  • Developing recommendations for innovative ways to improve delivery of services and products to the public while cutting costs and advancing employee interests
  • Serving as a venue for addressing systemic failures of department or agency-level forums
  • Providing recommendations to the President for the implementation of several pilot programs within the executive branch, for bargaining over subjects set forth in 5 U.S.C. 7106(b)(1).
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