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  • House Resolution Passed Honoring Public Servants

    With Public Service Recognition Week in full swing, the House of Representatives passed H.R.299, a resolution honoring the contributions of millions of public servants nationwide. The bill, introduced by Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA), recognizes the often thankless tasks carried out by public employees every day. “While Public Service Week lasts only seven days… I believe…
  • House Committee Approves Federal Employee Parental Leave Bill

    Wednesday, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee passed the Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act (FEPPLA), H.R. 626/S.354, a bill that will give federal workers a minimum of four weeks paid leave to care for a newly born, adopted, or fostered child. Under current law, expecting parents may take up to 12 weeks of…
  • OPM Director Introduces Plan to Increase Telework among Federal Employees

    Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Director John Berry introduced this week his plan to jumpstart agency telework programs, giving tens of thousands of federal employees the opportunity to work from home. Today, only five percent of the 1.9 million workers employed by the federal government telework. Berry hopes to increase this number significantly in the…
  • Bill Introduced Seeking Indefinite Freeze to Competitive Sourcing

    This week on Capitol Hill, Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) introduced a bill calling for an across the board suspension of public-private job competitions. The Correction of Longstanding Errors in Agencies Procurements Act (CLEAN UP Act), S. 924, also contains an in-sourcing provision urging agencies to bring contracted work back in-house to public employees. Mikulski’s bill…
  • OPM Director Berry Testifies on the State of Federal Personnel Management

    Wednesday, recently confirmed Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Director John Berry made his first appearance before a Congressional committee as Director, testifying before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, Postal Service, and the District of Columbia. Titled “Public Service in the 21st Century: An Examination of the State…
  • Lobby Week Approaching Fast; Delegate Questionnaires Due May 4th

    Lobby Week 2009, scheduled for May 11th-14th at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Capitol Hill, promises to be one of the most important lobby weeks in years. With worker-friendly politicians taking over the White House and expanding their margins in both the House and Senate this past November, there are many new opportunities to make…
  • President Brown Submits Testimony to House Committee Urging Repeal of NSPS

    Earlier this week, NFFE National President Richard N. Brown submitted testimony to the House Armed Services Committee Subcommittee on Readiness regarding the future of the controversial National Security Personnel System (NSPS). The hearing was held in the wake of growing criticism of the system from federal employee unions and high-ranking members of Congress. “NSPS is…
  • President Brown Meets with Deputy Secretary of Defense William J. Lynn

    This past Thursday, NFFE National President Richard N. Brown met with Deputy Secretary of Defense William Lynn at the Pentagon to discuss the future of the National Security Personnel System. Along with partners in labor, President Brown urged Deputy Secretary Lynn not to stand in the way of a potential repeal of the much maligned…
  • Non-Foreign Area Retirement Equity Assurance Act Approved by Senate Committee

    Last week, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs approved the Non-Foreign Area Retirement Equity Assurance Act (Non-Foreign AREA Act), S.507, a bill that will extend locality pay to federal employees located outside of the 48 contiguous states. Under current law, federal employees working in Alaska, Hawaii, and the U.S. Territories receive a…
  • Federal Retirement Reform Act of 2009 Passes House

    The House of Representatives passed HR. 1804, the Federal Retirement Reform Act of 2009, a bill that will give FERS employees credit for unused sick leave upon retiring and automatically enroll new hires in the Thrift Savings Plan. As Vice Chairman of the Employee Thrift Advisory Council (ETAC), an advisory body to the board that…