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06/19/2018
Yesterday, the Senate passed its version of the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), H.R. 5515, by a vote of 85 to 10. Although there were several amendments filed that adversely impacted federal employees, including on official time for union representation, those amendments... Read more ...
06/10/2018
On June 7, the House of Representatives cleared H.R. 3, the Spending Cuts to Expired and Unnecessary Programs Act, by a vote of 210-206. Requested by the White House on May 8 using the presidential rescission authority under the 1974 Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act, the... Read more ...
05/23/2018
"Unions, by and large, are democratic organizations with freely chosen leaders and policies determined by their membership. They concern themselves with individual dignity not only in their aims but in their method. We have no better example of what is worthy of emulation abroad than the workings... Read more ...
05/16/2018
NTEU submitted testimony to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s first hearing on the President’s Management Agenda.
Unveiled in March, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB)’s plan seeks to “modernize” federal personnel laws and policies, by drastically cutting federal employee... Read more ...
04/27/2018
The House of Representatives considers several budgets with differing points of view in its formation of a budget resolution.  By design, the budget resolution is the first step in the overall congressional budget cycle, and is to provide a comprehensive plan to Congress for addressing the... Read more ...
04/20/2018
Last week, the House of Representatives voted on a balanced budget amendment (H.J. Res. 2) that would amend the U.S. Constitution to prohibit annual federal outlays (spending) from exceeding revenue, unless Congress were to approve exceptions by a significant threshold (a 3/5 vote in each chamber... Read more ...
04/20/2018
Representatives Loudermilk (GA) and Connolly (VA) recently introduced the Government Customer Service Accountability and Improvement Act of 2018, H.R. 5402, which would require the establishment of customer service standards at federal agencies and encourage agencies to measure the public’s... Read more ...
02/12/2018
The President’s proposed budget to Congress for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 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 then needed to enact the majority of its specific recommendations... Read more ...
02/05/2018
At this time, Congress does not have a deal to fund federal agencies past Thursday night, and the current Continuing Resolution (CR) expires February 8 at midnight. The House of Representatives is currently scheduled to be in session only three days this week. 
House Republican leadership is... Read more ...
01/30/2018
In October 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order (EO) to dismantle the National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations. The “Presidential Executive Order on the Revocation of Executive Order Creating Labor-Management Forums” overrides both the Obama Administration’s EO 13522,... Read more ...
12/05/2017
Last week, bills were introduced in the House and Senate to cut the pay and benefits by as much as one-third of NTEU-represented employees working at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) by moving them to the General Schedule (GS) pay system. NTEU had previously voiced our objection to... Read more ...
11/10/2017
With the Office of Human Resource's recent announcement regarding the success of the Student Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) in 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... Read more ...
11/08/2017
Federal employees will soon have more flexibility to manage their Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) accounts under legislation that has passed both houses of Congress with strong bipartisan support and now awaits the president’s signature.
“Passage of this legislation is a victory for NTEU members and all... Read more ...
10/26/2017
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has received notice from the IRS that the annual employee pretax contributions allowed under Health Care Flexible Spending Accounts (HCFSA) and Limited Expense Health Flexible Spending Accounts (LEXFSA) will increase from $2,600 to $2,650. The increases for... Read more ...
10/26/2017
Today, the House of Representatives passed the Senate’s version of the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Resolution, H. Con. Res. 71, by a vote of 216 to 212.  Unlike the initial House-passed version, the Senate-passed budget resolution does not contain instructions for the committee with jurisdiction over... Read more ...
10/19/2017
According to the recently published 2017 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) results, the SEC has continued its impressive upward progress in the FEVS rankings. This progress over the past few years is directly attributable to a large scale, multi-year, joint labor-management initiative at the... Read more ...
10/06/2017
Yesterday, the union reported about the attacks on federal employee retirement. The budget is accompanied by a report that also contains additional policy options regarding proposed reductions in spending, including changes and cuts for the federal workforce, as well as for employees at FIRREA... Read more ...
10/05/2017
Yesterday, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) briefed NTEU on the premium rate increases in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) for 2018 that covers approximately 8.3 million federal employees, retirees, and eligible family members. In plan year 2018, the FEHBP will... Read more ...
10/05/2017
Today, the House passed a Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget resolution (H. Con. Res. 71) by a vote of 219-206 that directs the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to produce at least $32 billion in cuts. This committee primarily has jurisdiction over federal employee benefit programs, which is... Read more ...
09/28/2017
WHEN: On Tuesday, October 17, 2017, from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Eastern, NTEU Chapter 293 will hold its annual member meeting. Union members in Washington, D.C., may want to arrive between 11:30 AM and 12:00 PM to ensure that their names are checked prior to 12:00 PM. After the meeting, we will serve... Read more ...
08/29/2017
As Hurricane Harvey continues to threaten parts of Texas and Louisiana, NTEU’s thoughts are with the thousands of NTEU members in the storm's devastating path.
When crisis hits, federal employees are often the first responders, and NTEU is working on multiple fronts to help those impacted by the... Read more ...
07/25/2017
Representative Rokita (IN), along with Representatives Brat (VA), Loudermilk (GA), and Smith (MO), have introduced legislation, the Promote Accountability and Government Efficiency Act (H.R. 3257), that would make radical changes to the rights and protections of federal workers.
To start, the bill... Read more ...
07/19/2017
Rep. Diane Black, chair of the House Budget Committee, has released a proposed budget plan for Fiscal Year 2018. As of the posting of this report, the House Budget Committee is scheduled to consider and vote on the plan today. Several Republican members have shared concerns with the budget plan in... Read more ...
07/18/2017
Late last week, the House Appropriations Committee approved its FY 2018 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill. The bill would make a $3 million reduction in funding for the Securities and Exchange Commission. NTEU strongly opposes this cut. Though modest, SEC is in great... Read more ...
07/18/2017
The House Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) appropriations bill has been approved by the House Appropriations Committee. Historically, this is the measure that carries the General Schedule for federal employee pay raise.
As in the past four years, the bill did not include specific... Read more ...

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