As Congress continues working on Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 appropriations bills to fund agencies, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has issued guidance (M-17-28) to agencies for their internal work on their FY19 budget submissions. According to the memorandum, the FY19 budget will build on the President’s FY18 Budget Request to Congress and will present a comprehensive plan for reforming the federal government and reducing the federal civilian workforce. Specifically, agencies are directed to continue to advance proposals included in the President’s FY18 request, and to submit their FY19 internal requests to OMB, along with their Agency Reform Plans and long-term workforce plans by September 11, 2017. As a reminder, agencies have been instructed to submit Agency Reform Plans that include proposals in four categories:
- Eliminate activities
- Restructure or merge
- Improve organizational efficiency and effectiveness
- Workforce management
NTEU is deeply concerned with agencies planning to make drastic reductions in the workforce without real input from federal employee representatives, and without congressional approval. Additionally, we oppose proposed staffing reductions of federal employees with the aim of contracting-out agency functions and services, which will only cost taxpayers more money and provide the public with less transparency and accountability. As many of you are aware, in recent weeks, NTEU National President Tony Reardon has provided agency heads with the recommendations you shared on how to realize savings and greater efficiencies at your respective agencies.
NTEU will continue to work with Congress to provide agencies with the necessary funding to carry out their missions and for staffing, and to halt the proposed workforce reductions.