NFFE continues to work with OPM to provide protections to victims of last summer's data hack
Featured News ArticleOPM Continues Offering Protections for Victims of Data Breach
On Friday, Beth Cobert, Acting Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), announced that the agency has taken several measures to address cybersecurity issues exposed in the wake of last summer’s data breach. Also announced was an increase in insurance protection for those effected from $1 million to $5 million, effective June 1, 2016. In addition to increased monetary protections, OPM is working to extend identity protection coverage for ten years, while also seeking to minimize gaps in coverage between current protection plans expiring December 1, 2016 and the new extended protection plans (start date still to be determined). : : MORE
Legal Eagle, June 2016 Edition
A monthly roundup of notable cases for the informed Union officer.
NFFE-IAM VA Members Protect Employee Due Process Rights at Agency
Recently, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it will no longer use the expedited firing process for Senior Executives as outlined in the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014, following constitutional questions raised by the Department of Justice (DoJ). This decision by the VA is not only a victory in the protection of VA Senior Executives’ due process rights, but is indicative of DoJ finally stepping in to stop the trampling of employee due process protections that Congress has sought to apply to the federal workforce at-large.
Stage is Set for 50th National Convention, is Your Local Ready?
Delegates in attendance of this year's Convention will be pleasantly surprised by the flexibilities offered by the host hotel, as well as the countless amenities and amusement park offerings directly surrounding the Buena Vista Palace Hotel (owned and operated by Hilton, so eligible attendees will be able to utilize their HHonors Rewards Program). NFFE's 50th National Convention will be held at the Buena Vista Palace Resort, Lake Buena Vista, Florida commencing at 9:30 AM, Monday September 26, 2016. The scheduled adjournment will be COB Thursday, September 29, 2016 or as otherwise determined by the Delegates in attendance.
Federal Employees Union Exposes Shameful Hiring Practice by the Forest Service
Today, members of the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE), representing 110,000 federal workers nation-wide, including more than 20,000 U.S.D.A. Forest Service (USFS) employees, are shining a light on the Forest Service (via informational hand-billing) for using an unfair hiring practice for which the USFS Chief Tom Tidwell was recently admonished during a Congressional hearing.
National President Dougan: To support wildland firefighters, President Obama must step in to rectify OPM's major mistake.
As it stands, OPM is gutting the much-needed, bipartisan reforms of the LMWFA. The Congressional Record is clear that the Act is designed to provide long-serving temporary seasonal employees with 'the same career advancement opportunities available to other Federal employees.' In direct opposition to Congressional intent, entrenched bureaucrats at OPM are keeping in place the very barriers to meaningful career advancement the LMWFA was enacted to break down. In 2012, President Obama stepped in to elevate the issue of providing wildland firefighters access to healthcare benefits. We are calling on the President to intervene once more on behalf of wildland firefighters to correct OPM’s flawed implementation guidance.
$3.1 billion â€“ at least â€” lost in bogus tax refunds to ID thieves in 2014
Even during this era of cyber-insecurity, hereâ€™s a chilling figure: 3.1 billion. Thatâ€™s the number of dollars the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) paid in bogus tax refunds in 2014 because of identity theft refund fraud, according to the Government Accountability Office. The IRS...
Federal agents, prosecutors to be trained on recognizing implicit bias
The Justice Department on Monday said it will train its law enforcement agents and prosecutors to recognize and address how their own implicit bias affects their workplace decisions. The trainingÂ will involve some 23,000 agents in the departmentâ€™s four major law enforcement branches plus 5,800...
Many victims of OPM background investigation files theft still not notified
A tenth of those whose personal information was stolen from a government background investigation database still havenâ€™t been formally notified that they were victimized, the Office of Personnel Management said Monday. That might leave upwards of two million people still unaware that their...
Subaru spot closed Skyline Drive: park promotion or corporate commercialism?
When does the use of national parks by private companies cross the line between park promotion and corporate commercialization? That is the question raised by television spots shot in Shenandoah National Park that feature its beautiful vistas and not incidentally, a Subaru. Skyline...