Featured News ArticleMembership Building Strategic Plan Meeting at Winpisinger Center
Last week, NFFE National Staff and elected officers gathered at the William W. Winpisinger Educations and Technology Center to discuss revisions and modifications to the Membership Building and Strategic Plan (MBSP). The MBSP, formally established in 2012, aims to empower all NFFE-IAM members, Locals and Councils by providing the necessary tools to build membership. : : MORE
In Defense of Temporary Federal Employees' FEHB Eligibility
Last Friday, the Washington Post reported that Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) questioned the legality of a recent Office of Personnel Management (OPM) proposal to extend eligibility for coverage under the Federal Health Insurance Benefits Program (FEHBP) to certain temporary federal employees. In Senator Coburn’s questioning of legality, the Senator relied on Sec. 8906a of Title 5, United States Code. There are no such prohibitions in Sec. 8906a. This appears to be an artificial political attack on a routine, good-government rule change.
Request Pre-Decisional Involvement for New DoD Personnel System
The United Defense Worker’s Coalition, of which NFFE is a member, is encouraging all Unions to submit a request to engage in pre-decisional involvement at the level of recognition for preliminary discussions with the agency over the implementation of DoD’s recently announced three-tier performance evaluation system.
NFFE Stays Close to the Action as Defense Formulates New Personnel Management System
The last time that the Department of Defense (DoD) attempted to overhaul its personnel management system, it was a complete disaster. The National Security Personnel System (NSPS), created during the Bush Administration, was the DoD’s attempt to overhaul personnel management systems. Congress repealed NSPS with a major caveat: For DoD to create a performance appraisal system that was “fair, credible, and transparent.” Since the repeal of NSPS, NFFE has diligently worked with DoD and our Labor allies to ensure the new system’s compliance with Congress’ request.
National President Dougan: "Today's Request for an Additional $615 Million to Battle Wildfires is Much-needed."
“Today’s request from the White House for an additional $615 million to battle wildfires is much-needed,” Dougan said. "This will also allow for land management agencies to go deeper into fire season without needing to use non-fire funds to pay for fire suppression as has happened too often in recent years. We cannot allow for federal land management agencies to be forced to focus on putting out budget fires at the expense of allowing wildfires to continue to rage across the country.”
National President Dougan: "Workplace Flexibility in the Federal Government Will Help Recruit and Retain Top Talent."
“It is encouraging to see President Obama recognize the importance of work-life balance. This presidential memorandum is a statement to every federal agency that Obama is serious about actually using workplace flexibilities. Because federal workers’ pay lags so far behind the private sector, the federal government needs workplace flexibilities to recruit and retain qualified workers. Some agencies currently embrace workplace flexibilities, but others still do not. We hope this presidential memorandum will change the business-as-usual attitude some agencies still hold about workplace flexibilities,” Dougan said.
When Humans Lose Control of Government
A decades-long obsession with writing excessively detailed laws has made it impossible for real people to get anything done.
A Razor-Thin Lead for the GOP
Democrats have slightly increased their chances of holding on to the Senate, so Republicans need to ensure red states stay red.
Local Governmentâ€™s Big Text-Message Quandary
Itâ€™s difficult for public officials to meet open-record rules when their personal cellphone is involved.
Postal Service to Add Thousands of Union Jobs in 2014
Bargaining unit employees will fill reduced-hour post offices in major labor victory.