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Federal Prison Must Disclose Part of Investigation Manual

The federal prison at Forrest City, Arkansas (Prison) suspended for one day an employee represented by the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE). The AFGE requested the Special Investigative Supervisor Manual (Manual), which the Prison refused to disclose. An administrative law judge for the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) ordered the prison to produce the Manual. Citing security concerns, the prison sought review in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

On review, the appellate court first found that it had authority to review the FLRA's order. It then ordered the Prison to disclose to the AFGE those portions of the manual that deal with staff misconduct, finding that the FLRA had abused its discretion in ordering the Prison to produce the entire Manual. See: Federal Labor Relations Authority v. U.S. Dept. of Justice, 395 F.3d 845 (8th Cir. 2005).

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