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04/06/2017
This week the SEC is celebrating SEC Telework Week to recognize the success of the telework program negotiated by the union for SEC employees. Under Collective Bargaining Agreement Article 11, employees may telework up to five days per week, affording them greater flexibility to balance their work and personal lives. The agency's celebration of the union's telework program presents an important opportunity to review the history of this benefit. Employees should remember that programs like telework exist at the agency solely due to the hard fought efforts of the union in the face of consistent... Read more ...
04/06/2017
The IRS announcement this week that Americans with overdue federal tax bills will start getting calls from private debt collectors is an unwelcome development that will waste taxpayer money and further endanger taxpayers who are already targeted by financial scams and identity thieves.
The National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) has long opposed the use of private collection agencies (PCAs) to chase delinquent taxpayers because it has proven to be inefficient, unfair to lower-income taxpayers, and it opens doors for fraud and abuse.
“Every time this has been tried before, it has failed,”... Read more ...
02/07/2017
Legislation has been introduced in the House of Representatives by Representative Barry Loudermilk (GA) that would upend the current adverse action procedures under title 5 United States Code for employee removals. H.R. 559, titled the Modern Employment Reform, Improvement, and Transformation Act of 2017, or so-called “MERIT Act,” was introduced with several original cosponsors:  Congressmen Austin Scott (GA), Grothman (WI), Barr (KY), Messer (IN), Babin (TX), Arrington (TX), and Bishop (MI). 
Under the bill, agency heads would be able to propose removal of an employee based on performance or... Read more ...
01/26/2017
House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman, Jason Chaffetz (UT) has introduced H.R. 396, the “Tax Accountability Act” that would require the firing of federal employees with “seriously delinquent” federal tax debt. H.R. 396 is similar to legislation introduced during the 114th Congress (H.R. 1563) that failed to garner the two-thirds majority votes needed for approval under the procedure used in the House for this bill’s consideration and thus, was not approved.
As introduced, H.R. 396 would require all federal job applicants to certify that they do not have a seriously... Read more ...
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01/09/2017
Last week, the House of Representatives formally voted on its rules of procedure for the new Congress (2017-2018). As the majority party, the House Republican conference met on Monday evening to deliberate over and to finalize the rules package that was voted on late last week by the whole House. NTEU opposed the package. Nevertheless, it passed by a vote of 234 to 193.
This package included a notable change for appropriations measures that affects federal agencies and federal employees. Under the Holman Rule, which originated in 1876 and was last abandoned in 1983, amendments would be... Read more ...
01/09/2017
Attached is a copy of the Executive Order issued by the White House implementing the 2.1 percent average pay increase for General Schedule federal employees that is effective with the first pay period of 2017. 
The President’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 budget proposal to Congress recommended a 1.6 percent average pay increase for 2017, with one percent designated for the across-the-board pay raise and the remaining amount allocated to increasing locality pay rates. Earlier, the President, under authority provided by the federal pay law, issued alternative pay plans to Congress calling for the 1.6... Read more ...

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