After five years of working on the LMWFA, the bill is one step closer to the President's desk
Featured News ArticleNFFE-Backed Temporary Employment Reform Legislation Approved by Senate Committee
The Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) continues its march toward enactment into law. Yesterday, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) unanimously approved H.R. 1531, the House version of the bill, without amendment. This action constitutes a recommendation by the committee of jurisdiction that the bill be passed. If the full Senate agrees and passes it, it will be ready for the President's signature : : MORE
ACTION ALERT: Tell Congress to Protect Due Process Rights for VA Employees
Congress is on the verge of stripping due process rights from every non-management Veterans Affairs (VA) employee – including whistleblowers and the over 100,000 veterans employed by the VA. The House will hold a floor vote on the VA at-will employment bill on Wednesday, July 29. NFFE-IAM members need to contact their members of Congress immediately and tell them to stand with VA employees to protect their due process rights.
Last Week in Washington
Last week was a particularly big week for federal employee issues on Capitol Hill, with lawmakers rushing to finish up legislative work ahead of the August recess. The following issues are legislative stories that all NFFE-IAM members should be following:
NFFE-Supported Bill Introduced to Provide Lifetime of Identity Protection
Earlier this month, NFFE joined with our allies in the Senate to introduce the RECOVER Act (S. 1746). The bill, introduced by Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Mark Warner (D-VA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA), calls for expanded identity theft coverage for federal workers, contractors, and other individuals affected by the OPM data breaches. This includes lifetime identity theft coverage—something NFFE has repeatedly demanded—and that no less than $5 million of identity theft insurance be provided.
Statement from National President Dougan Regarding OPM Director Archuleta Resignation
"The announcement of OPM Director Archuleta’s resignation puts federal employees in a dire state of uncertainty. With Director Archuleta’s 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"
"Today’s 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."
Speed Up Efforts to Standardize Spending Data, Watchdog Tells Agencies
The administration is making progress on implementing the DATA Act, but needs to move faster, GAO says.
More Delays Hold Back OPM Hack Victims From Receiving Protection Benefits
Request for offers from contractors now not expected until next week.
One Year After Scathing Report of Abuses, Patent Office Telecommuters Win Review Panel's Blessing
National Academy finds program to be mostly healthy, backs small improvements in controls against time-card abuse.
State Releases a New Batch of Clinton Emails
The emails comes amid scrutiny of the candidate's use of email when she was State Department chief.