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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 government’s fiscal challenges. A budget resolution serves to outline policy goals and overall spending targets for the subsequent consideration of specific appropriations and authorization measures for agencies and programs.
This week, the Republican Study Committee, a caucus of House conservatives with... Read more ...
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 experience and interaction with agencies.
The bill would also require the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to select certain agencies to assist in the development of customer experience standards and agency performance plans. Under the bill, the senior management official for customer... Read more ...
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). The amendment would also require the President to submit a fully balanced budget request to Congress annually. As designed, the measure would dramatically clamp down on funding for federal programs, and as an amendment to the Constitution must also be ratified by 3/4 of the states, following... Read more ...
"If any man tells you he loves America, but hates labor, he is a liar. If any man tells you he trusts America, yet fears labor, he is a fool." --Abraham Lincoln.

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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 and proposals.
The federal workforce is under attack from all sides in the President’s budget request—including in the areas of pay, performance management, retirement, health insurance, workers’ compensation, leave, labor-management relations and due process rights.   
Pay and Performance... Read more ...
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 writing a CR to run through March 22, and it is reported that votes could take place on Tuesday, February 6. However, without an overall agreement on defense and non-defense spending levels, as well as other outstanding policy issues, such as immigration, it remains unclear if there are enough votes to... Read more ...
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 this legislation when it was introduced in the House of Representatives in prior sessions of Congress and remains opposed. This bill would significantly harm CFBP’s ability to hire and retain knowledgeable and experienced professionals. No other financial regulatory agency is under the GS schedule. ... Read more ...
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 the past several years, including during negotiations over our current Collective Bargaining Agreement. It is also important to remind you that the union will continue to work hard to defend the SLRP in FY 2018, against any cutbacks by the SEC.
History of the Student Loan Repayment Program at the SEC... Read more ...
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 federal employees and retirees,” said Tony Reardon, National President of the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU).
The TSP Modernization Act, endorsed by NTEU, was approved by the House in October and unanimously passed the Senate this week. It is a noncontroversial and common-sense proposal to... Read more ...
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 HCFSAs and LEXFSAs are effective for plans beginning on or after January 1, 2018.  The annual maximum for Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts has not been increased. It will remain at $5,000. 
Please note that OPM indicates that the educational materials and the brochure language for the... Read more ...