NTEU and HHS have executed an agreement over (FDA) ORA’s implementation of a Time Reporting System (TRS) pilot program. The TRS is a system designed to improve transparency and accountability in resource allocation by allowing the agency to track how ORA is utilizing its resources. The program will require ORA employees to enter information on an as-needed basis into a system which reflects the activities they perform each day and the amount of time spent on each. The pilot program will run for a period of 120 days.
NTEU won several protections for employees in the MOU. For example, the MOU expressly states that the agency will not use TRS as a time and attendance system or as a way of measuring employee performance. Employees will not be negatively impacted when TRS experiences glitches or problems and will be afforded additional training on the system, upon request. Additionally, the agency is required to survey employees for feedback during the course of the TRS pilot program and to establish a workgroup that will evaluate the system and make recommendations to the agency for improving TRS.
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