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09/28/2010

9/27/10: The Office of Personnel Management has issued this Benefits Administration Letter which describes implementation of the age 26 dependent care provisions for FEHBP and provides other guidance on changes under the Affordable Care Act relevant to the upcoming Open Season period.

OPM has... Read more ...
08/20/2010

8/20/10: Last week, the Office of the General Counsel of the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) commenced an investigation into whether the SEC has complied with the FLRA’s order directing the SEC to make whole all employees who suffered monetary losses as a result of the SEC’s violation of... Read more ...
08/20/2010

8/20/10: This morning, the SEC notified all employees that new amendments to 17 C.F.R. Subpart 200.735 are now in effect. These amendments originally included changes to 5 C.F.R. Section 4401.103, which deals with “Outside Employment and Activities.” In recent discussions with management, the... Read more ...
07/30/2010

A recent report by the Cato Institute claims that federal employees make 26% more than private sector employees, and calls for a freeze or cut in federal wages. Some have seized on this issue, seeking an immediate federal pay freeze. Fortunately, recent efforts to freeze federal pay were defeated... Read more ...
07/30/2010

During the years prior to 2010, the relationship between the front line staff and senior management at the Miami Regional Office had become strained. At MIRO, many of the staff believe that for too long, they were managed through intimidation and cronyism, rather than through respect and... Read more ...
07/30/2010

Raymond Titus, a staff accountant in the SEC’s Boston Regional Office, recently returned from an outreach program to help Haitian families who work in the sugarcane industry in the Dominican Republic. This was his fourth trip to help Haitian migrants living there.

Four years ago, Ray and other... Read more ...
07/30/2010

New Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations Director Carlo di Florio recently took some time out of his busy schedule to answer a few questions for Chapter 293 Works:

Chapter 293 Works: Now that you have been at the SEC for a few months, can you share with us some of your initial... Read more ...
07/30/2010

Since his appointment as the new Director of the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations, Carlo di Florio has embarked upon an ambitious agenda to review the examination program from top to bottom, with an eye towards proposing changes to OCIE’s structure. As part of that process, he... Read more ...
07/30/2010

The SEC launched its new pay for performance system on July 1, 2010 in the Division of Enforcement and the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations. At the same time, SEC management also announced its intention to implement this new system throughout the rest of the agency over the... Read more ...
07/30/2010

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) recently released the results of its 2010 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS), which was previously known as the Federal Human Capital Survey. According to OPM, the FEVS has been updated to gather more useful data that will help improve the... Read more ...
06/16/2010

6/16/10: House and Senate conferees on the financial regulatory reform legislation voted today to permit the SEC to fund itself through the fees that it collects. This provision was originally included in the Senate bill, but not in the House bill.

NTEU has strongly supported SEC self-funding. ... Read more ...
06/15/2010

6/15/10: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) on June 14, 2010, issued final regulations to modify definitions related to "family member" and "immediate relative" in the context of its rules governing absences and leave.  Under these new regulations, same-sex domestic partners of federal... Read more ...
06/15/2010

6/15/10: NTEU National President Colleen Kelley today took sharp issue with a proposed amendment to Senate tax legislation that would freeze the pay of federal salaries and cap the number of federal employees.

In this letter to every senator, President Kelley said there is no need to freeze the... Read more ...
06/10/2010

6/10/10: On June 9, Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) attempted to offer his bill (S. 3341) as an amendment to the Senate’s “tax extenders” and unemployment compensation bill (H.R. 4213), to allow an early 2010 implementation of FEHB coverage to young adult dependents up to age 26, on their parents’... Read more ...
06/02/2010

6/2/10:  At the end of last week, the Senate defeated an amendment by Senators Tom Coburn (R-OK) and John McCain (R-AZ) to freeze federal pay next year and to cap the numbers of federal employees in federal agencies, by a vote of 53-45.  NTEU had worked with the Senate Appropriations Committee to... Read more ...
06/02/2010

6/2/10: As expected by NTEU, the Chicago Regional Director of the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) last week dismissed petitions filed by NTEU and another union seeking a union representation election among employees of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

“This was the... Read more ...
06/02/2010

Over the holiday weekend, Vincent Michael Tennant's soccer team took 1st place in the Boys Under 9 Division at the Disney Memorial Day Soccer Shootout. Vincent is the son of Chapter 293 steward Terry Tennant from the Miami Regional Office. Congrats to Vincent and his team!
05/12/2010

5/12/10: NTEU said today it strongly supports a Senate bill, introduced by Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), to provide the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) with authority to have health insurance carriers extend coverage to young adult dependents to age 26 on their parents’ health care plans in 2010... Read more ...
05/12/2010

5/12/10: In a bipartisan action, a key House committee today approved a resolution commending federal employees for their contributions to the nation and supporting the goals of protecting and improving their safety and security.

The Sense of the House Resolution, H.R. 1187, was introduced by... Read more ...
05/12/2010

5/12/10: Late last week, HR 1722, the Telework Improvements Act, a bipartisan bill sponsored by Representatives John Sarbanes (D-MD), Frank Wolf (R-VA), and Gerry Connolly (D-VA), was blocked from passage on the House floor due to obstruction by the Republican Study Committee. This bill, which... Read more ...
05/05/2010

5/5/10: It is time for the federal government to make family leave a real benefit for federal employees, and not a mirage they cannot afford to use, NTEU National President Colleen Kelley told a Senate subcommittee yesterday. Review her testimony here.

“Being able to substitute leave without... Read more ...
05/05/2010

5/5/10: Legislation introduced yesterday by Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) providing the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) with authority to cover young adults up to age 26 on their parents’ health care plans in 2010 has strong support from the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU).

NTEU... Read more ...
04/26/2010

President's Perspective, Winter/Spring 2010: When a huge storm dumped massive quantities of snow on Washington in February, it caused actual, rather than just figurative, gridlock in our nation’s capital. The federal government effectively shut down for the entire week. In agencies such as the... Read more ...
04/26/2010

The Union and the SEC entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) settling a national grievance that Chapter 293 filed last year in response to the imposition of an attire policy by Lori Richards, the erstwhile Director of the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE). Under... Read more ...
04/26/2010

On April 13, 2010, Chapter 293 held its spring Member Benefits Fair at the SEC’s Headquarters in Washington, D.C. This event was hosted by Almera Carroll, our Member Benefits Coordinator. Participating vendors included Liberty Mutual Insurance, BJ’S Wholesale Club, Colonial Insurance, the... Read more ...

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