On April 12, 2017, NTEU National President Tony Reardon informed me and other chapter presidents that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued agency guidance on how to fulfill the requirements of the March 13, 2017, Executive Order directing OMB to submit a comprehensive plan to reorganize federal agencies while aligning those initiatives with the President’s March 16, 2017, Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Blueprint. As part of that guidance, federal agencies are required to submit a draft of their proposed Agency Reform Plans to OMB no later than June 30, 2017. The plan must include proposals for the agency’s long-term workforce reduction and must be aligned with the draft agency strategic plan.
On May 25, 2017, NTEU asked all chapter presidents to speak with our members in order to garner suggestions that NTEU could propose to the agency in order to assist them in completing their Agency Reform Plans. I submitted the suggestions I received from our members to NTEU National. On Friday, NTEU submitted a letter to HHS containing a summary of our recommendations and requesting a meeting to elaborate further on employee recommendations.
I want to thank our members that provided suggestions. These are trying times for federal employees, and I hope that the agency understands that these suggestions are vital resources coming straight from its bargaining unit employees.
I will keep you posted as we learn more about these Agency Reform Plans. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns on this matter, please contact your chapter president.