NFFE President Dougan testifies to the challenges the government faces in fighting wildfires
Featured News ArticlePresident Dougan to Senate: Time is Now to Protect our Nation from Wildfires
n his testimony, President Dougan tapped his wealth of knowledge stemming from 22 years as a US Forest Service firefighter to inform the committee of the problems land management agencies face when fighting fires. Most notably, President Dougan outlined how the current system of interagency fire-borrowing is robbing Peter to pay Paul and suffocating the U.S. Forest Services other important forest management work including suppression activities. President Dougan also discussed the importance of passing the bipartisan Wildfire Disaster Funding Act, which changes the way the most catastrophic one percent of wildfires would be funding allowing the Forest Service to greatly scale-down its fire-borrowing. : : MORE
Pause, Reflect, Honor
Each year on November 11, Americans set aside 24 hours to pause, reflect, and honor our nation's veterans. But to those of us who wore the uniform, every day is Veterans Day. We are constantly flooded with thoughts and memories from places we served and the comrades who stood beside us. Yes, we remember. We remember what we went through. We remember what we were able to accomplish. We remember the good times. We remember the bad times. We remember it all.
Federal Employees Still Paid 35% Less than Matching Private Sector Work
For the third time in three years, a study released by the Federal Salary Council shows federal employees making 35 percent less than comparable private-sector employment. The Federal Salary Council, of which NFFEs National Secretary/Treasurer Randy Erwin is a member, is made up of numerous pay experts and advises President Obama and the Administration on federal wages.
Local 1031 Kicks Off New Recruitment Plan with Successful Event
In an effort to strengthen their position at the bargaining table with management, as well as upgrade the Locals representational capabilities, Local 1031 sought to expand its membership through a series of recruiting drives. Local officials understood that the more dues-paying members a Local has (density), the better services it can provide. Recently, Local 1031 wrapped up their first of a series of planned recruitment events.
Statement from National President Dougan Regarding OPM Director Archuleta Resignation
"The announcement of OPM Director Archuletas resignation puts federal employees in a dire state of uncertainty. With Director Archuletas resignation, the volatility of this situation has escalated exponentially and we face a void of leadership. All the while, millions of federal employees that have had their personal information compromised continue to go without the suite of protections they need and deserve from OPM..."
National President Dougan: "The magnitude of worry has grown exponentially for federal employees in the wake of this news"
"Todays new number is staggering. With the total number of affected reaching 25 million, it is not yet clear how OPM can handle this massive increase, when they were already struggling with the initial 4.2 million. Now, not only do federal employees have to worry about their own personal information being exposed but they must also worry about their spouse and children having their information compromised. The magnitude of worry has grown exponentially for federal employees in the wake of this news."
A decade in, DHS program to detect bio-threats may not be able to detect bio-threats, auditors say
More than a decade after the Department of Homeland Security began a program to fight biological terrorism, “considerable uncertainty” remains over whether the system can reliably detect biological threats, a new federal audit says. The report by the U.S. Government Accountability...
Standoff over government climate study provokes national uproar by scientists
A top House lawmakerâs confrontation with government researchers over aÂ groundbreaking climate change study is provoking a national backlash from scientists,Â who say his campaign represents the most serious threat Congress has posed to scientificÂ freedom. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Tex.),...
Survey says Uncle Sam flunks government
If Uncle Sam were in school, heâd flunk government. His report card, in the form of a Pew Research Center survey, found âAmericansâ overall views of the federal government are very negative.â With just one-fifth of those surveyed saying they trust government at least most of the time...
NOAA chief tells lawmaker: No one will âcoerce the scientists who work for meâ
The Obama administration is continuing to resist efforts by a top House Republican to gain access to the internal deliberations of federal scientists who authored a groundbreaking global warming study the lawmaker is investigating. In response to a threat from House Science Committee Chairman...