22 CFR § 1427.5 - Standards governing issuance of general statements of policy or guidance.
In deciding whether to issue a general statement of policy or guidance, the Board shall consider:
(a) Whether the question presented can more appropriately be resolved by other means;
(b) Where other means are available, whether a Board statement would prevent the proliferation of cases involving the same or similar question;
(c) Whether the resolution of the question presented would have general applicability under the Foreign Service Labor-Management Relations Statute.
(d) Whether the question currently confronts parties in the context of a labor-management relationship;
(e) Whether the question is presented jointly by the parties involved; and
(f) Whether the issuance by the Board of a general statement of policy or guidance on the question would promote constructive and cooperative labor-management relationships in the Foreign Service and would otherwise promote the purposes of the Foreign Service Labor-Management Relations Statute.