Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW) honors dedicated public employees May 1 - 7, 2016
Featured News ArticlePresident Obama Issues Proclamation for Public Service Recognition Week
The well-being of our people depends on the passion and dedication of our workforce, and my Administration has worked to recruit, uplift, and empower exceptional civil servants. In an effort to fully realize the belief that all of us have the capacity to make a meaningful difference and contribute to our shared success, I have directed the Office of Personnel Management to begin taking action to "ban the box" on most Federal job applications so we are not disqualifying people with a criminal record simply because of a mistake they made in the past. Additionally, we are implementing programs that encourage Government-wide collaboration, giving workers a chance to lend and develop their talents across agencies and departments so our best ideas can flourish and grow to their fullest potential. : : MORE
NFFE-IAM Members Attend AFL-CIO’s Inaugural Women’s Global Leadership Program
On March 13-16, 2016 fifty Union women from throughout the country gathered together in New York City for the AFL-CIO’s inaugural Women’s Global Leadership Program. The program brought together Union sisters from both the private and public sectors to learn about the global labor movement while advocating for gender equality and inclusive international development at the United Nation’s Commission on the Status of Women.
REMINDER: Select Delegates for NFFE’s 50th National Convention
One of the most important aspects of NFFE’s 50th National Convention is the gathering of delegates from around the country to chart out the direction of the Union, in addition to electing our national officers, make changes to the union’s bylaws, and participate in discussions with some of the leading voices in labor and government. But before delegates can be assembled this September, Locals must undergo elections to select their delegates to convention. Each Local should first determine, via a vote at a regular meeting, prior to June 2016, how many people it intends to fund and send to the convention.
Red River Army Depot Locals Team Up to Host Celebratory BBQ
Texas—a place known for cowboys, BBQ and a beaming sense of pride among its residents. But something many outsiders would not attribute to Texas are proud Unionists. Yet in the northeast corner of the state, on the Texas-Arkansas border, lies the town of Texarkana, Tx—home to hundreds of proud Union members from the nearby Red River Army Depot.
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.
National President Dougan: The Militants Occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Must be Arrested.
We have reports of employees of the U.S. Forest Service Employees on the Malheur National Forest receiving threats and being stalked by sympathizers of the militants. The situation has gotten bad enough that nearby federal installations remain closed out of fear of an attack. Allowing this lawlessness to continue jeopardizes the health and safety of hard-working federal employees and calls into question the federal government’s commitment to protecting its own workers.
Youâ€™re more likely to get audited as IRS adds 700 employees to chase tax cheats
The Internal Revenue Service is hiringÂ up to 700 new employees to do audits and go after delinquent taxpayers in an effort to turn around years of what the agency has acknowledged is lax enforcement. “When you look at the IRS overall, every dollar invested in us returns at...
â€˜We save peopleâ€™s lives': Sammies finalists show importance of fedsâ€™ work
When youâ€™re around Rep. Don Beyer, it doesnâ€™t take long to learn his family tree is full of federal employees. He talks about his grandmother, 50 years a fed; his grandfatherâ€™s three decades with the Interior Department; his other grandfather, a government staffer during...
Why is it so hard to get a federal job? Hereâ€™s one reason.
Every federal agency has two groups of employees that hold the key to who gets hired: ThoseÂ in the personnel office and those who carry out the agency’s mission. For the most part, these staffs don’t collaborate as they should, and their broken relationship is a big...
White House tells federal agencies: Start preparing for a new president
The federal budget, more than most responsibilities of a president,Â is a statement of an administration’s priorities for governing. And being so far-reaching and complex, a budget takes a long time to craft and get approved by Congress. With this in mind and an emphasis on...