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06/08/2017
NTEU Chapter 293 President Greg Gilman recently greeted new SEC Chairman Jay Clayton at SEC Headquarters in Washington, D.C. During their meeting, they discussed a wide array of issues related to the SEC’s culture and workforce, including compensation, work-life programs, and improving morale as reflected in the agency’s steadily improving scores in the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey.  Mr. Gilman said “We look forward to partnering with Chairman Clayton in ensuring that the SEC continues to maintain the type of workplace that is conducive to retaining and recruiting the workforce we need... Read more ...
05/23/2017
The President’s proposed budget to Congress for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 has been officially released.  As a reminder, an administration’s budget request serves as a spending blueprint and guide to Congress, and additional legislation is needed to enact any of the substance carried in subsequent congressional budgets. This proposed budget relies on overhauling an existing deficit reduction law, enacted in 2011, that established overall budget caps for both defense and nondefense discretionary spending. Non-defense discretionary spending, which is already at historic lows, would be further... Read more ...
05/22/2017
Last week, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a hearing entitled, “Federal Employee Compensation:  An Update,” to examine a recent Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report that found that certain federal employees earned more, on average, in the federal government than in the private sector.
An invited witness from the Heritage Foundation cited flaws in the CBO report for not taking into account federal employee benefits such as child care subsidies, transportation subsidies, student loan repayment and forgiveness programs, retiree health care, flexible work schedules,... Read more ...
Chairman Meadows
04/06/2017
The SEC’s Director of the Office of Human Resources (OHR), Lacey Dingman, will testify this morning before the House Governmental Reform Committee’s Subcommittee on Government Operations. The National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) will be submitting written testimony to the subcommittee. The purpose of the hearing is to review trends in employee engagement as reported in the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government annual rankings. Due directly to successful labor-management collaboration in recent years, in the most recent Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS), the SEC saw... Read more ...

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06/02/2017
With the Office of Human Resource's recent announcement that the Student Loan Repayment Program will be fully funded for FY 2017, this week is a good time to reflect on the role of NTEU in negotiating for that program -- and defending it against repeated attempts by the SEC to reduce it over the past several years, including during negotiations over a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.
History of the Student Loan Repayment Program at the SEC
The road to the Student Loan Repayment Program began back in the 1990s, when NTEU’s national Legislative Department won legislation in Congress... Read more ...
04/12/2017
On April 12, 2017, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued agency guidance on how to fulfill the requirements of both the January 23, 2017 Presidential Memorandum imposing a hiring freeze and the March 13, 2017 Executive Order directing OMB to submit a comprehensive plan to reorganize federal agencies while aligning those initiatives with the President’s March 16, 2017 Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Budget Blueprint.  This guidance requires all agencies to:

Begin taking immediate actions to achieve near-term workforce reductions and cost savings, including planning for funding levels in the... Read more ...
Ben Cardin
04/07/2017
The National Treasury Employees Union supports legislation introduced this week that would ensure federal employees are paid during a government shutdown. Sen. Ben Cardin (Md.), joined by 16 other senators, introduced the Federal Employee Fair Treatment Act of 2017 (S. 861) in the event that Congress is unable to reach an agreement before the current government funding measure expires on April 28.
“We are hopeful that Congress can avoid a disruption in government services,” said NTEU National President Tony Reardon. “But just in case, it is good to know that Sen. Cardin and his colleagues are... Read more ...
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 ...
04/06/2017
Last week, President Donald Trump issued this Presidential Memorandum establishing the White House Office of American Innovation (OAI).  Headed by Jared Kushner, Senior Advisor and son in law to the President, and consisting of several other senior White House staff, the OAI’s mission is to make recommendations to the President on policies and plans that improve government operations and services, improve the quality of life for Americans, and spur private sector job creation. It is responsible for launching initiatives with a focus on innovation, coordinating implementation of any resulting... Read more ...