Featured News ArticleNFFE 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 Congress repealed NSPS with a major caveat: For DoD to create a performance appraisal system that was “fair, credible, and transparent.”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. : : MORE
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.
ACTION ALERT: Tell Congress VA Nurses and Doctors Deserve Meaningful Collective Bargaining Rights
Over the last several years, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare professionals have seen their collective bargaining rights practically eliminated. Agency management’s improperly broad interpretation of a certain provision in federal labor law, Sec. 7422 of Title 38, has allowed them to circumvent the bargaining process on numerous critical issues. The effect is taking its toll on the morale of VA healthcare providers.
OPM Announces Phased Retirement
On August 8, 2014 the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) revealed the final rule for the long-awaited phased retirement program. Phased retirement allows federal employees who are eligible for retirement to work part-time to ease into retirement and focus on transferring institutional knowledge to other employees. NFFE Locals should request that their agency to maintain transparency in the process, as well as accept input from the Local prior to making decisions on their implementation plans for phased retirement.
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.
Buckets of Ice Water Brought in More ALS Funding in 30 Days Than the Government Did in a Year
Donors around the world gave more than $100 million in the past month through the Ice Bucket Challenge.
National Guard Turns to Food Banks Because Rick Perry Hasn't Paid Them
The National Guard troops Texas Gov. Rick Perry ordered to the U.S. Mexico border last month are using food and gas aid from a local food bank because they haven't been paid in weeks.
Obama Issues Plan to Give Feds a 1 Percent Pay Raise
The president issued an alternative pay plan late Friday, setting an across-the-board increase for civilian federal employees of 1 percent in 2015.
The Federal Agencies Most Often Accused of Discrimination
The Labor Department was at the top of the list for Cabinet-level agencies.