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Weeks later, services for cyber theft victims still a work in progress
July 16, 2015
| The Washington Post
With the first question, William R. Dougan, president of the National Federation of Federal Employees, asked why OPM is not providing the same level of remediation service to victims of the two breaches. OPM plans a “suite of comprehensive services” for the 21.5 million employees, contractors and applicants for security clearances, and their families, whose information was stolen in the breach of background investigation information announced on June 12.

Limits on VA employee rights to get quick House vote
July 16, 2015 | The Washington Post
"This bill would achieve nothing, while spreading the growing culture of fear plaguing VA employees,” National Federation of Federal Employees president William R. Dougan said in a statement last week. “The provisions in this bill would likely lead to a higher turnover of qualified healthcare professionals at the VA, ultimately resulting in worsening standards of care for the brave men and women that served our country – and all at a higher cost to the American taxpayer.”

House will vote on bill curbing appeal rights for VA workers
July 16, 2015 | The Washington Post
"This bill would achieve nothing, while spreading the growing culture of fear plaguing VA employees,” National Federation of Federal Employees president William R. Dougan said in a statement last week. “The provisions in this bill would likely lead to a higher turnover of qualified healthcare professionals at the VA, ultimately resulting in worsening standards of care for the brave men and women that served our country – and all at a higher cost to the American taxpayer.”

Fed Breaches Hacked Info of Millions
July 13, 2015
| CFO.com
“Today’s new number is staggering,” William R. Dougan, president of the National Federation of Federal Employees, told WaPo. He added that “it is not yet clear how OPM can handle this massive increase, when they were already struggling with the initial 4.2 million. Now, not only do federal employees have to worry about their own personal information being exposed — but they must also worry about their spouse[s] and children having their information compromised.”

Archuleta could not overcome loss of confidence following cyber thefts
July 12, 2015
| The Washington Post
National Federation of Federal Employees President William R. Dougan thanked Archuleta and said her “resignation puts federal employees in a dire state of uncertainty…the volatility of this situation has escalated exponentially and we face a void of leadership.”

Archuleta's out, but OPM's problems run deep
July 10, 2015
| Politico
“There’s going to be sort of a learning curve, I think, not only on this cyberattack issue but also on all the other programs that OPM delivers,” National Federation of Federal Employees President William Dougan said in an interview, saying the end of Archuleta’s 20-month tenure leaves federal employees in a “critical state of uncertainty.”

Many Questions Remain About the Services That Will Be Provided to Hack Victims
July 10, 2015
| Government Executive
“It is not yet clear how OPM can handle this massive increase, when they were already struggling with the initial 4.2 million,” said William Dougan, president of the National Federation of Federal Employees.

Archuleta's Resignation Is Just the Beginning for OPM
July 10, 2015
| Government Executive
“We have worked with Beth for a number of years,” Dougan said, “and we believe this is a solid choice in the interim during this time of chaos at OPM. Beth has the necessary skillset to provide leadership at OPM while the president weighs long-term options.”

Cardin, Mikulski, Warner, Kaine call for stronger protections for millions affected by OPM data breaches
July 10, 2015
| Augusta Free Press
The RECOVER Act has been endorsed by the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE, AFL-CIO), the American Foreign Service Association (AFSA), Federally Employed Women (FEW), the Federal Managers Association,  the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE), the National Association of Assistant United States Attorneys, the National Association of Postal Supervisors, the National Federation of Federal Employees (IAMAW, AFL-CIO), and the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU).

New OPM data breach numbers leave federal employees anguished, outraged
July 9, 2015
| The Washington Post
Calling the new number “staggering,” William R. Dougan, president of the National Federation of Federal Employees, said that “it is not yet clear how OPM can handle this massive increase, when they were already struggling with the initial 4.2 million.

Bill gives seasonal workers credit toward full-time jobs
July 8, 2015
| Federal Times
"Too many, including thousands of wildland firefighters, have been stuck for too long in dead-end jobs, not because of a lack of merit on their parts, but because of flawed regulations that do not recognize their years of service," NFFE President William Dougan said. "The Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act removes a nonsensical regulatory barrier to career-advancement opportunities for long-serving federal wildland firefighters and other temporary seasonal workers."

How big of a pay raise should feds expect in 2016?
July 8, 2015
| Federal Times
"Federal employees are long overdue for a real pay adjustment, one that actually reflects the cost of living and addresses the ballooning pay disparity between equivalent work in the private sector," Dougan.

Feds should watch out for pension contribution hikes
July 6, 2015
| Federal Times
"Congress is always looking for new ways to balance the budget on the backs of federal employees, and measures introduced to attack retirement security must be taken seriously," [Dougan] said. "Attacks on federal employees' retirement are nothing more than thinly-veiled pay cuts."

Report finds large gap in satisfaction between top-level feds and other workers
July 2, 2015
| The Washington Post
For William R. Dougan, president of the National Federation of Federal Employees, the study means “SES executives are disconnected from the rest of the workforce … SES are isolated from the day to day operations in the workplace; they don’t spend time interacting with employees and first line supervisors on a daily basis.”

OPM breach revealed one month ago, but the wound for feds remains raw
July 2, 2015
| The Washington Post
William R. Dougan, president of the National Federation of Federal Employees, said the study shows “SES executives are disconnected from the rest of the workforce.”

Millions More Affected by OPM Breach
June 15, 2015
| GovInfo Security
"Federal employees are concerned that the scope of the cybersecurity breach is bigger and more serious than we were first told," says NFFE president William Dougan. "Federal employees are not happy with how this matter has been handled. We want some straight-talking from the administration on this issue, and we want it now."

Chinese Hackers Steal Every U.S. Federal Workers' Social Security Numbers
June 12, 2015 | Gospel Herald
The National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE) National President, William Dougan, also expressed his utter disappointment. "Right now, federal employees are rightfully frustrated with the response offered following this cybersecurity breach. Federal workers have had their personal and financial information exposed at no fault of their own," he said in a statement.

Report: OPM Breach Found During Demo
June 12, 2015
| BankInfo Security
Meanwhile, the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE), which represents more than 110,000 government employees across the country, says that the 18 months of identity theft monitoring services that OPM promised to employees - at a cost of $20 million - which was to commence June 8, as yet remains unavailable. "We want to start seeing real answers to the legitimate and numerous concerns of exposed federal employees," NFFE National President William Dougan says in a statement.

Union Says Every Federal Employee’s Social Security Number Was Compromised in Hack
June 11, 2015 | Slate
Union president William Dougan told the Hill, "We want to start seeing real answers to the legitimate and numerous concerns of exposed federal employees. ... While we understand there is immense complexity with reviewing a cyberattack, the response to this point has been inadequate."

Every Federal Employee Hacked: Cyberattackers Stole More Personal Data Than Obama Administration Thought, Union Boss Says
June 11, 2015 | International Business Times
“They cannot even get through to a live human to answer their questions,” William Dougan, president of the National Federation of Federal Employees, which represents more than 110,000 employees, told the Hill Wednesday. “Federal employees deserve better than this.”

OPM Leaves Lawmakers Searching for Answers on Hack
June 10, 2015
| Government Executive
“We want to start seeing real answers to the legitimate and numerous concerns of exposed federal employees,” Dougan said. “While we understand there is immense complexity with reviewing a cyberattack, the response to this point has been inadequate. There needs to be far more transparency and support provided in this trying time for federal employees.”

Update: OPM data breach hotline now has live operators
June 10, 2015
| The Federal Times
"Right now, federal employees are rightfully frustrated with the response offered following this cybersecurity breach," said National Federation of Federal Employees president William Dougan. "Now, they cannot even get through to a live human to answer their questions."

Federal workers union frustrated by OPM hack response
June 10, 2015
| The Hill
“Right now, federal employees are rightfully frustrated with the response offered following this cybersecurity breach,” said NFFE National President William Dougan in a statement. “Federal workers have had their personal and financial information exposed at no fault of their own.”

What does OPM's data breach mean for you?
June 9, 2015
| The Federal Times
"Moving forward, we are working with OPM to identify those affected and will seek a solution to ensure that private and sensitive information of NFFE members and federal employees are not exposed to wide-scales risks such as a cyberattack in the future," Dougan said.

Expect a Fight From Federal Employee Groups Over OPM Hack Response
June 8, 2015
| Government Executive
The National Federation of Federal Employees told Government Executive it too would be drafting such guidance.

Chinese hackers got data on millions of U.S. federal workers, officials fear
June 5, 2015
| The Baltimore Sun
A spokesman for the National Federation of Federal Employees said the union was "obviously really disappointed" by the hack. But Drew Halunen, the organization's legislative director and spokesman, praised the Office of Personnel Management for being forthcoming and notifying employees.

Indian Health Service settles employee overtime case for $80M
May 29, 2015
| Federal News Radio
Three employee unions—the Laborers’ International Union of North America, the National Federation of Federal Employees and the American Federation of Government Employees Local 3601—filed a lawsuit against IHS claiming employees were forced to work overtime, but not compensated.

USPS contract talks stall; federal unions have little to say on pot policy
May 28, 2015
| The Washington Post
With 23 states and the District of Columbia allowing medical marijuana and a few places, including the District, allowing recreational use, Uncle Sam’s policy is increasingly archaic. He certainly doesn’t want to be out front on this issue. Neither does the American Federation of Government Employees, the largest federal union, nor the National Federation of Federal Employees.

Vilsack lauds USDA budget savings; employee morale needs work
May 26, 2015
| The Washington Post
Melissa Baumann, secretary-treasurer of the National Federation of Federal Employees Forest Service Council, said the cultural transformation program has increased diversity, but has done so “without also ensuring that employees receive training, good performance feedback, and opportunities for career development [which] means that the Agency has a revolving door,” a charge Vilsack rejects.

DoD to roll out new performance appraisals in 2016
May 16, 2015
| The Federal Times
Ideally it will build an ongoing dialogue between the employee and manager, giving both the feedback they need and making sure employee knows their concerns are heard and their training needs are met, according to Pete Randazzo, who represents the National Federation of Federal Employees on the working group crafting the system.

Three women indicted for allegedly stealing identities from people's passports
May 15, 2015
| NakedSecurity
Rob Arnold, president of the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE) Local 1998 that represents Passport Agency workers nationwide, told the Washington Post that barring employees from carrying mobile phones and laptops is "a ridiculous overreach."

VA remains work in progress year after scandal broke
May 14, 2015
| The Washington Post
Meanwhile, the VA Employee Fairness Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) and co-sponsored by Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), takes a more employee-empowering approach endorsed by the American Federation Government Employees (AFGE) and the National Federation of Federal Employees. It would repeal the current prohibition against collective bargaining for VA health-care professionals.

VA medical center employees would get better collective bargaining rights under Takano bill
May 13, 2015
| FierceGovernment
The legislation is supported by National Nurses United, the American Federation of Government Employees and the National Federation of Federal Employees.

U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne defends 'sunset' legislation as 'rational' against criticism it's 'radical'
April 24, 2015
| AL.com
Byrne's proposal was skewered in an AL.com article by the president of the National Federation of Federal Employees, William Dougan, who called it "radical" legislation and a "scary proposition for the American people" that would put the "dismantling of the federal government on autopilot."

This government agency is banning employees bringing cellphones to work
April 24, 2015
| The Washington Post
“It’s a ridiculous overreach,” he told the Loop. “The Agency is spending millions raising employee clearance levels to secret, yet won’t trust them to carry a cell phone.”

April 23, 2015 | AL.com
"This radical legislation would put the dismantling of the federal government on autopilot," he said via email. "It is a scary proposition for the American people. The National Federation of Federal Employees will strongly oppose this legislation."

'No Brainer' Hiring Reform Advances in Congress
March 27, 2015
| Government Executive
This leads to employees getting “stuck” in the same gig, year after year, said Mark Davis, a staffer at the National Federation of Federal Employees, who has advocated for the legislation. 

House panel shows bipartisan support for federal workplace bills
March 26, 2015
| The Washington Post
Mark Davis, vice president of the National Federation of Federal Employees, praised the measure, saying it “removes a nonsensical regulatory barrier to career-advancement opportunities for long-serving federal wild land firefighters and other temporary seasonal workers.”

Panel okays route to permanent federal jobs for firefighter temps
March 26, 2015
| The Washington Post
Mark Davis, vice president of the National Federation of Federal Employees, praised the measure, saying it “removes a nonsensical regulatory barrier to career-advancement opportunities for long-serving federal wild land firefighters and other temporary seasonal workers.”

Bill Dougan, President, National Federation of Federal Employees
March 21, 2015 | Federal News Radio
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House GOP budget plan hits feds in their pocketbooks
March 17, 2015 | The Washington Post
"Drew Halunen, legislative director of the National Federation of Federal Employees, said this provision “masks the mean-spirited cuts of previous GOP budgets by punting the deep cuts” to the committee."

Forest Service law enforcement takes budget hit; Region 1 reviews 15 vacancies
March 15, 2015 | Helena Independent Record
"The National Federation of Federal Employees Local 5300 represents Forest Service law enforcement officers. Its president, Matthew Valenta of Colville, Washington, said the falling numbers are making it tough to get the job done."
March 11, 2015 | Government Executive
“There is no defensible reason to further expand the pay disparity between federal and private sector employees,” NFFE President William Dougan stated.

Bill slashes pay of top-earning federal employees
March 11, 2015 | The Federal Times
"William Dougan, president of the National Federation of Federal Employees, called the legislation "the most aggressively anti-federal employee bills introduced in recent history" and said there was no reason to expand a 35 percent pay disparity between federal and private sector employees."

Report urges longer probation to weed out ‘substandard’ staff
March 10, 2015
| The Washington Post
The current system does not foster poor employee performance, added the president of the National Federation of Federal Employees, William R. Dougan, but “a lack of proper training and preparation of the first-line supervisors are where breakdowns of the expected process occur.”

Bill rolls back deep cuts to Defense travel per diems
March 5, 2015
| The Federal Times
"In recent years, Defense workers have experienced death by a thousand cuts, with pay and benefits being whittled away little by little," Dougan said. "These cuts dealt a significant blow to morale within the Department. The passage of this legislation will help rectify the problem of low morale that is already prevalent throughout the Department."

House Bill Blocks Cuts to Temporary Duty Per Diem
March 5, 2015
| Military.com
“In recent years, Defense workers have experienced death by a thousand cuts, with pay and benefits being whittled away little by little,” William Dougan, national president of the National Federation of Federal Employees, said in a written statement. “These cuts to DoD employees’ TDY reimbursements are just salt in the wound. These cuts dealt a significant blow to morale within the department.”