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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 hurricane’s powerful winds and flooding.
NTEU is in close contact with our chapters in the affected areas and is working with agencies to ensure all employees are accounted for. We stand ready to deal with any workplace issues employees may encounter as a result of the storm, including administrative... 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 advance of committee consideration, and it is not known at this time whether or not there will be enough support from legislators for the budget to be voted on, and to pass on the House floor.        
The proposed blueprint is for a budget resolution for FY 2018, and it outlines general spending... Read more ...
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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 need of additional resources to fulfill its important mission of protecting the American investor. 
Also troubling is that the bill includes many of the provisions of HR 10, the “CHOICE Act,” that would place the banking regulatory agencies (FDIC, OCC, NCUA and CFPB) under the appropriations process,... Read more ...
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 ...

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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 would make any employee hired on or after one year after the bill’s enactment an at-will employee that may be removed or suspended without notice or a right to appeal for “good cause, bad cause, or no cause at all.” However, certain legal protections remain, including laws protecting employees from... 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 language on the January 2018 across-the-board pay increase, which would allow the President’s 1.9% proposed raise to go into effect in January unless further Congressional action is taken to increase or decrease the proposed raise. The FSGG appropriations bill must still be approved by the full House... Read more ...
06/28/2017
Last week, nine House Republicans wrote to Speaker Paul Ryan and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy to express concerns regarding proposals singling out federal employees for cuts in pay and retirement in the administration’s FY 2018 budget. Citing various cuts already imposed on federal employees in the name of deficit reduction in recent years, these members have asked their leaders to consider the sacrifices federal employees have made in previous years, and cited that it would be unfair to change the rules again for this workforce. As they wrote, “Our strongest objection is how the proposals... Read more ...
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 ...
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 ...