MOU Regarding ENSPECT

FDA investigators at work (collage overlayed with the FDA logo)

NTEU and HHS have executed an agreement regarding ORA’s implementation of the ENSPECT software system to replace TURBO EIR and FACTS, and outdated legacy systems. This Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) concludes a long bargaining process that began in April 2015.

Per the MOU, the agency will allow for the appointment and participation of two NTEU representatives on its workgroups that monitor and address issues with the ENSPECT system. The MOU also requires the agency to conduct four voluntary, anonymous surveys during the course of a year to assess employee satisfaction with ENSPECT. The MOU provides additional training opportunities for employees using ENSPECT and, perhaps most importantly, sets forth that employee performance appraisals will not be negatively impacted due to problems with the ENSPECT system. In fact, employees will be permitted to use an alternative method to perform work in the event that ENSPECT is not fully functional.

The national bargaining team that worked on this accomplishment includes Mike Theodorakis (President, Chapter 282), Weston Szymanski (President, Chapter 288), Todd Dang (Chapter 289), and, yours truly, David Arvelo (Chapter 254). We negotiated this strong agreement thanks to the valuable insight and perspective of our members. Thank you.

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