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Featured News ArticleLegal Eagle, June 2016 Edition
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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.
Collaboration Drives NFFE Indian Health Service Council Contract Negotiations
Contract negotiations can be an agonizing experience for many NFFE Locals and Councils, spending months or years battling Agency management over various contract provisions. However, the same cannot be said about the NFFE Indian Health Service (IHS) Council’s recently-bargained Master Contract, in which Union and management negotiators came together in a collaborative manner and negotiated under the premise of interest-based bargaining.
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.
Is DEA a bad guy in opioid addiction fight?
Chuck Rosenberg, acting administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), had a fairly easy time at Wednesday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, where his efforts to change the opaque culture of the agency won praise. Then it was Sen. Richard J.Â Durbinâ€™s time to ask...
Lawmakers ask: Did the framers lay the groundwork for the IRS chiefâ€™s impeachment?
A panel of legal scholars on Wednesday debated the legal standards for impeaching Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen, dividing over whether the framers of the Constitution meant to include gross incompetence as as reason for an ouster. The experts, called to testify...
DoD opens door for its employees to phase into retirement
The Defense Department on Tuesday opened the door for allowing its civilian employees to phase into retirement, potentially jump-starting a government-wide program announced to much fanfare several years ago but little used since. Guidance from the Pentagonâ€™s personnel office lays out...
Report says top civil-service rank needs urgent boost
The Senior Executive Service, the highest rank of the nationâ€™s federal civil service, carries a certain prestige. But that is not enough to convince many lower-ranking employees that the status is worth the headache. A new report by the Partnership for Public Service and the McKinsey...