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05/16/2021
NTEU remembers and honors the brave men and women who gave their lives in service to our country.
05/16/2021
FSAFeds has provided further information on new FSA flexibilities permitted during the pandemic under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Notice 2021-15 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. Two big takeaways:
As the union previously reported, there will be a new Special Enrollment Period (SEP) from June 2, 2021 to June 30, 2021, during which participants may increase or decrease their current 2021 elections, or even enroll in FSAFeds for the first time for 2021. For those who may not know, FSAFeds allows employees to save considerable money by... Read more ...
05/06/2021
The Department of Health and Human Services and the Office of Refugee Resettlement are currently seeking federal employees to volunteer to serve on details at the southern border to help care for and place children who cross into the U.S. unaccompanied by adult family members. The Office of Personnel Management is partnering with HHS to promote the program, and is encouraging federal managers to allow interested employees to volunteer. Several Chapter 293 union members at the SEC have answered this call:  Jordan Baker (NYRO), Alethea Bard (OIA), Mary Farrell (BRO), Jared Jarvis (LARO), Alicia... Read more ...
04/30/2021
The union has continued to receive many questions about “use or lose” annual leave. Here is an update on the issue.
What Are the Basic Rules for Use or Lose Leave?
Federal employees are permitted to carry over from one leave year to the next a maximum amount of annual leave. Generally, federal employees may carry over up to 240 hours of annual leave. At the SEC, in late 2018 the union negotiated the right to carry over up to 360 hours of annual leave.
“Use or lose” annual leave is the amount of accrued annual leave that is in excess of that 360-hour maximum annual leave limitation for carry... Read more ...

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04/20/2021
This week, OPM provided NTEU with information on new FSA flexibilities permitted under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Notice 2021-15 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.  These flexibilities include allowing full carryover for a health care flexible spending account (HCFSA) and Limited Expense FSA (LEX FSA); extending the grace period for a dependent care flexible spending account (DCFSA); and permitting care for dependents through age 14 for 2020 and 2021 under a DCFSA.
In addition, OPM is working with the FSAFEDS contractor, Health Equity,... Read more ...
04/16/2021
"I recently represented an employee that was hired under the disability hiring authority at the Federal Aviation Administration. This employee had performed satisfactorily for a number of years, but once her first level supervisor changed, her working conditions also dramatically changed.  Other employees were encouraged to report on the mistakes of this employee, and she was singled out for minor errors, which arguably can be attributed to her disability.  Ultimately, management reprimanded the employee for a raft of pretextual missteps.  Enter the union.  As a federal employee, I always... Read more ...
03/30/2021
History of the Student Loan Repayment Program at the SEC
The road to the Student Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) began back in the 1990s, when NTEU’s national Legislative Department won legislation in Congress affording the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) a wide range of recruitment and retention flexibilities that they could offer federal agencies, including student loan forgiveness. Subsequently, NTEU's Legislative Department worked closely with OPM to ensure the issuance of regulations giving this discretionary authority to federal agencies.
The SEC, however, did not opt to create a... Read more ...
03/18/2021
The union today submitted to SEC management proposals regarding diversity at the agency. The union has vetted and discussed these proposals with dozens of Chapter 293 union leaders across the SEC. We believe that the proposals are reasonable steps that the agency could, and should, immediately take. In fact, the union previously submitted many of these same proposals to SEC management last summer, in response to their multiple “town hall meetings” discussing diversity as part of the national dialogue related to these issues. At that time, management refused to bargain over the union’s... Read more ...
02/17/2021
Last week, several committees of the House of Representatives held markups to consider legislation that will be part of the FY 2021 Budget Reconciliation COVID relief package. These bills included a number of provisions that would impact federal employees.
On Friday, the House Committee on Oversight approved legislation that would provide 600 hours (15 weeks) of emergency paid leave for federal employees who are required to quarantine, are ill with COVID-19, are caring for a child whose child care provider is unavailable due to COVID-19 precautions or whose school or place of care has been... Read more ...
10/29/2020
Last week, President Trump issued an Executive Order (EO) establishing a new category of excepted service employees, known as Schedule F. This is a potentially far-reaching EO that could move tens of thousands of federal employees into the new Schedule F, which would strip them of their civil service protections, allow them to be hired and fired at will, and allow agencies to exclude employees classified as Schedule F from bargaining units. Schedule F would be broadly composed of “employees in confidential, policy-determining, policy-making, or policy-advocating positions.” 
In response to... Read more ...