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09/06/2018
They are attorneys at the SEC by day, rock stars by night. And next Thursday night, Sept. 13, their band, G.O.A.T. Rodeo, will be competing in a battle of the bands—of rock n’ rolling legal professionals.
If G.O.A.T. Rodeo wins the fourth annual Law Rocks competition, the winnings will go to the Federal Employee Education and Assistance (FEEA) Fund. The band has already raised more than $1,300 for the charity that is devoted exclusively to helping federal employees and their families through emergency assistance and scholarships.
“We selected FEEA as our charity because we care about our... Read more ...
OPM
05/23/2018
This month, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) sent a formal legislative proposal to Speaker Paul Ryan (WI) requesting that a number of changes to the federal retirement program be acted upon by Congress. Specifically, the OPM transmittal provides Congress with the language needed to implement the administration’s standing retirement proposals contained in the Fiscal Year 2019 budget request to Congress.
As a reminder, these retirement changes would:  

Increase required employee contributions to FERS by 6 to 7 percent;


Eliminate the FERS supplement;


Change the High Three to a High... Read more ...
Wall Street
05/23/2018
The House of Representatives yesterday afternoon voted to pass S. 2155, a bill previously passed by the Senate to make certain changes to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. President Trump is expected to sign this bill. This possibly concludes an effort begun earlier this year originating with HR 10, which proponents call the “CHOICE Act.” You may recall that NTEU reported that this bill should be called the “Wrong Choice Act” because of the harm it would cause employees at financial regulatory agencies as well as consumers and depositors. 
As originally reported... Read more ...

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Senate
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 were successfully blocked and not considered. The bill now goes to a House and Senate Conference Committee to work out differences between the two bills.   
As the union reported earlier, section 1123 of the Senate bill would increase the amount of Voluntary Separation Incentive Payments (VSIPs)... Read more ...
House of Representatives
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 approximately $14.7 billion package of spending cuts, introduced and shepherded by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA), derives from unspent agency funds.  
Under the 1974 budget law, the president can submit a formal rescissions proposal to Congress, for Congress to then consider the requested... Read more ...
Robert Kennedy
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 of a good union." --Robert Kennedy
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 compensation (in the areas of pay, retirement and health care insurance benefits, and leave), overhauling performance management and hiring, limiting collective bargaining, and making it easier to discipline and fire employees.
In its testimony, NTEU made clear our strong opposition to the... 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 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 ...
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). 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 ...