Featured News ArticleIn 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. : : 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.
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 Congress repealed NSPS with a major caveat: For DoD to create a performance appraisal system that was “fair, credible, and transparent.”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.
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.
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.
New Jersey Mayor: â€˜I Donâ€™t Have a Butt Patrolâ€™
Also in our State & Local roundup: Hurricane Hugo, 25 years later; governor vetoes menâ€™s room baby-changing table mandate.
How Environment Can Boost Creativity
Dim lighting and ambient noise may lead to more out-of-the-box ideas.
Will Congress Pull the Plug on Homeland Securityâ€™s Move to St. Elizabeths?
GAO blasts department and GSA for lapsed schedule and cost overruns.
A Guide to Ditching the American Penny Once and For All
Will the United States join the brotherhood of nations that finally bid their pennies adieu?