Featured News ArticleHouse Lawmakers Introduce Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act
On Monday, a group of House lawmakers held a press conference to unveil the Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act (FEPPLA), legislation providing federal employees six weeks of paid parental leave for the birth, adoption or foster placement of a child. For years, NFFE has been on the front lines of Congress pushing for the passage of paid parental leave for federal employees. NFFE will work with the President, as well as members of Congress to get this family-friendly legislation passed. : : MORE
The Federal Workforce is Shrinking, But Congress Wants More Cuts
Earlier this month, the Office of Personnel Management released data on the state of the 2014 federal workforce showing that the federal government shed around 21,000 jobs in FY14. That brings the total number of federal jobs lost since 2011 to over 84,000. Yet despite these lost jobs, there are those in Congress that believe the cuts are not deep enough.
It’s Time – Paid Parental Leave
Under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) of 1993, federal employees may take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave when caring for a newborn child, with the option of using accrued sick and annual leave to supplement the lost pay. However, in the newly-proposed bill by the President, federal employees would be provided up to six weeks of paid parental leave that would not require them to use accrued sick or annual leave. This proposal comes after the President ordered executive agencies to advance up to six weeks of sick leave to employees with newborn or newly-adopted children, which NFFE examined last week.
Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Each of us has a duty to carry on the work of Dr. King. If we want a just society, we must roll up our sleeves and work for justice. Dr. King said, “Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”
National President Dougan: "Federal Workers Have Earned a Pay Adjustment That Reflects the Increased Cost of Living."
NFFE strongly supports Congressman Connolly’s bill to provide federal employees a well-earned and much-needed 3.8 percent pay adjustment in 2016. In the past two years, Congress and the President have enacted woefully insufficient one percent pay adjustments that were preceded by three years of pay freezes. In the last five years, federal employees have lost a significant amount of buying power due to pay adjustments failing to keep up with basic inflation.
National President Dougan: "The Department of Defense is placing a $38 million per-year burden on the workers who support our military."
"The Department of Defense is placing a $38 million per-year burden on the workers who support our military,” said Dougan. “The Department is touting this as a prudent financial decision, but it amounts to nothing more than a new tax on defense workers with the misfortune of being assigned on long-term temporary duty."
Yes, President Obama's Budget Is a Big Deal
White House finally embraces the power of the oft-mocked, "dead on arrival" document.
Customer Centricity and the Future of Human Services
Assessing individual needs improves results and cuts costs.
Should Veterans With PTSD Be Exempt From the Death Penalty?
The program would focus primarily on cancer research.
Fixing Acquisition: An Opportunity Lost?
We are ignoring significant skills gaps at our own peril.