Featured News ArticleACTION 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. : : MORE
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.
Federal Agencies Lift Hiring Freezes
A recent Department of Labor report found that the size of the federal workforce has remained relatively stable in recent months, with a federal workforce of around 2.7 million federal employees. With hiring freezes being lifted from some agencies, and the increasing emphasis on the need for succession planning, the federal government may finally be prepared to hire the next generation of public servants. The news of renewed hiring comes at a time when reports show that nearly 30 percent of the federal workforce will be eligible to retire by 2016. The need for a younger generation of public servants has never been greater.
NFFE Scores Win: FEHBP Eligibility Extended to All Temporary Employees
NFFE has worked for years to achieve access to health benefits for all hardworking temporary employees. We are pleased that our years of hard work have finally paid off. On Tuesday, July 29, 2014, the OPM proposed a new rule that would make temporary employees who are expected to work at least 90 days eligible to participate in the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program (FEHBP). NFFE made the specific recommendation that 5 CFR 890.102 (h) be modified to extend coverage to temporary employees who are expected to be employed for 90 or more days. We have continued to work toward this outcome over the last two years. Now, at long last, it appears our work has paid off: this is exactly what is proposed in the new rule.
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.
Los Angeles Is Starting a Big Drupal Migration
Cityâ€™s IT agency announced new contract to improve its Web infrastructure.
10 Insane Things the Pentagon Gave to Local Law Enforcement
Helicopters, grenade launchers and underwear make their way to police.
Should Cops Have to Live Where They Work?
The question of whether police officers should live in the communities they patrol has a long and contentious history.
CDC Counts 68 Ebola Scares in United States
Agency works closely with hospitals and clinics to determine whether or not patients should be tested.