Development of Bridge Program Pursuant to the ORA Program Alignment MOU

NTEU and FDA have begun meeting to develop a Bridge and Mobility Program for employees impacted by ORA Program Alignment. Please provide all comments and feedback by December 1, 2017.

Change brings opportunityIn May 2017, NTEU and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) executed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding the Program Alignment and Laboratory Optimization initiatives, which centralized the Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) structure and specialized laboratory functions across the agency. Pursuant to the MOU, the parties are to work together to develop a Bridge Program for ORA employees who would like to change programs at some point in their career. The purpose of the Bridge Program is to afford employees a means of changing their work specialty or subspecialty. Continue reading “Development of Bridge Program Pursuant to the ORA Program Alignment MOU”

Agreement Regarding Maplewood Resident Post Remodel

The Union secured some protections for employees negatively impacted by this office reduction.

St. Louis, Missouri, skyline with the Arch
St. Louis, Missouri

Earlier this evening, the Agency and the Union reached an agreement on how to reduce negative impact to affected bargaining unit employees in the implementation of the Maplewood Resident Post remodel, including during the transition period. Some key wins for employees include the expansion of telework and use of privately-owned vehicles (POV) to alleviate office congestion over the transition period, and protection against reduction of employee performance appraisal (PMAP) score due to reduced productivity resulting from packing, moving, and unpacking. Employees will also have a say in the office decor. Continue reading “Agreement Regarding Maplewood Resident Post Remodel”

Revised PD and New PMAP for Legal Assistants in OMHA

This is a good example of what happens when the Agency revises position descriptions and appraisal plans for BUEs.

HHS recently notified NTEU that it has revised the Position Description (PD) and drafted a new Performance Management Appraisal Program (PMAP) for Legal Assistants in the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA). Per the notice, OMHA has expanded the career ladder PD for Legal Assistants to now begin at a GS-0986-5 grade level, with a target level of GS-8. The agency claims that the GS-5 position has been established to meet recruitment needs in OMHA’s field offices due to challenges in recruiting qualified applicants at the former GS-6/7/8 levels. Additionally, the agency has created a new PMAP for the Legal Assistant GS-5 position in accordance with the new PD. Continue reading “Revised PD and New PMAP for Legal Assistants in OMHA”