C.  The Step 2 official or designee will as speedily as possible, attempt to resolve the grievance and will, within ten (10) workdays after the presentation date give a written decision containing the reasons for the decision.

D.  The grievance may be appealed to the Step 3 official within five (5) workdays after receipt of the Step 2 decision.

E.  The Step 2 official will forward the appropriate grievance material to the Step 3 official as indicated by the grievant's election to proceed to the next step.

Step 3


A.  If the Step 3 official is located in the same installation as the grievant, the grievant shall have five (5) working days to make an oral and/or written presentation.

B.  If the Step 3 official is not located in the same installation as the grievant, the grievant shall have ten (10) workdays to make an oral and/or written presentation.

C.  The Step 3 official or designee will as speedily as possible, attempt to resolve the grievance and will within ten (10) workdays after the Step 3 presentation date give a written decision containing the reason for the decision.

D.  If the decision is not acceptable, the Union may refer it to arbitration in accordance with Article 25 (Arbitration) of this agreement.

E.  Step 2 and 3 meetings with Field Offices (ROPIR, OHA, FO) where oral presentations in Step 2 or Step 3 of the grievance procedure are to be made to management officials outside of the installation, face-to-face meetings are preferred whenever feasible.  If such meetings cannot be arranged within the timeframes for oral presentations, the parties may meet at a later date as scheduling will permit or may conduct the oral presentation by telephone, but will not delay the grievance process longer than 30 days.

The following applies to PSCs only:

The employee may feel he or she cannot initially discuss the alleged    nonappraisal grievance with the immediate supervisor.  If so, he or she may grieve the matter initially with the next level supervisor. If this is done, it is understood that this is the second step in the grievance procedure.

If the deciding official in Step 1 is the supervisor of a branch, the    employee shall proceed directly to Step 3.