Update from Meeting with OMB

Office of Management and Budget in the Executive Office of the President of the United States (seal)
OMB Seal

Yesterday, NTEU met with Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Senior Advisor Linda Springer regarding the Trump Administration’s federal workforce plans and priorities.

Former Office Of Personnel Management (OPM) Director Linda Springer led both the Trump Management Agency Action Team (pre-election) and Landing Team (post-election). As OMB Senior Advisor, Ms. Springer has been tasked with overseeing OMB’s agency management functions, including personnel, agency performance, acquisition, information technology, and financial management.

At our meeting, NTEU National President Tony Reardon discussed the need to involve frontline, career federal employees in agency responses to the administration’s Executive Branch Reorganization Executive Order (EO), and for ample employee communication on these efforts that are to determine the administration’s fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget process, and which may impact employee jobs. Tony reiterated that frontline employees have many ideas to share with management about better ways of doing business and to improve work processes, and that NTEU is supportive of having fewer layers of management so that resources can be devoted to the frontline employees performing the main business of their agencies for the public. Tony and Linda also discussed the administration’s plans for the January 2018 pay raise, FY18 employee awards policy, as well as their full FY 2018 budget recommendation to Congress, which is soon to be released.

I can assure you that NTEU will continue to play an active role with the administration going forward regarding the Reorganization EO, on any potential federal employee compensation and workplace policy proposals, and with Congress concerning FY18 agency funding.