Information for FMCS Roster Arbitrators

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Information for FMCS Roster Arbitrators 2017-06-19T10:04:45+00:00

 

  • Arbitrators on our Roster must abide by the FMCS Arbitration Policies and Procedures (available in the side navigation panel to the left) as well as the Code of Professional Responsibility for Arbitrators of Labor-Management Disputes (also available in the side panel). Violations may lead to suspension or removal from the Roster.
  • Please remember that arbitrators are required to notify FMCS if circumstances may require a delay in you contacting the parties, scheduling a hearing, or issuing your award. Make sure that you have someone who will notify FMCS when you are unable to, in the event an emergency or incapacity will cause delay or inability to process cases.
  • If you are an arbitrator and wish to pay your annual FMCS roster fee, you can do so at arbitration.fmcs.gov
  • To submit the required Form R-19 (Arbitrator’s report and fee statement), you can do so at: arbitration.fmcs.gov. If you have not been paid by a party within 60 days of submitting your invoice, and you have reminded the party to no avail, we will do our best to assist. Please provide a copy of the invoice and any correspondence relating to it to Shakima Wright at swright@fmcs.gov.

Note: Federal Sector Cases and the System for Award Management (SAM)

Members of the FMCS Roster arbitrate cases for a number of federal agencies, including the Department of Defense (U.S. Army, Navy),  the Department of Justice (Bureau of Prisons), the Veteran’s Administration, and the Department of Homeland Security.  Most of these agencies now require any vendor performing services to enroll in the System for Award Management (SAM) (formerly Central Contractor Registration (CCR) database). If an arbitrator does not accept the federal government IMPAC card for payments, the office must wait until the arbitrator is registered in the SAM database before payment can be rendered in conjunction with the arbitrator’s services.

Arbitrators may complete SAM registration online at http://www.sam.gov.  There is no cost to register at this website.  Once you have obtained a D-U-N-S number and completed the SAM registration process, please forward the information immediately to the federal agency office responsible for payment to reduce delays or problems with payment for services.  Arbitrators must renew their registration periodically. If you experience problems accessing this website, please call the Contractor Helpline at (877) 252-2700 ext 1.

To avoid delays, federal sector employers and their unions sometimes request only those arbitrators who are registered in SAM. Arbitrators on the FMCS Roster should inform the Office of Arbitration Services when their registration is complete so their names can be submitted on panels which require registration is required.  FMCS does not record your Dun & Bradstreet number.  We only indicate in our database that you are registered.

Also, note that you should verify with the parties in advance that your potential fees for the arbitration have already been budgeted through the procurement office of the agency involved. Otherwise, this could lead to substantial delay and even failure of payment. In some cases, the management advocate will not be aware of the need to notify the procurement office in advance.