National President Dougan: "Workplace Flexibility in the Federal Government Will Help Recruit and Retain Top Talent."

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

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Washington, D.C. – On Monday, President Obama issued a memorandum calling on the heads of executive departments and agencies to enhance workplace flexibility and work-life programs. The following is a statement from William R. Dougan, National President of the National Federation of Federal Employees, the oldest federal employee union, representing 110,000 federal workers throughout the U.S:

“NFFE applauds President Obama for this effort to make making the federal government a better place to work for all employees,” Dougan said.

“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.

“By ensuring that flexibilities such as alternative work schedules, sick leave for family issues, and telework are available to federal employees, President Obama makes it clear that work-life balance is a priority. With these programs, the President is seeking to make federal employment more desirable. Workplace flexibility in the federal government will help recruit and retain the top talent to carry out the business of the American people,” Dougan said.

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Established in 1917, the National Federation of Federal Employees is the oldest union representing civil service federal employees.  NFFE represents 110,000 federal employees in 35 departments and agencies government-wide, including the majority of federal wildland firefighters. NFFE is affiliated with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, AFL-CIO. For more information, go to

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