On October 5, eighteen (18) Democratic Members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, led by Committee Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD), sent a letter to Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) requesting hearings on and copies of individual agency reorganization plans because, according to the letter, “the degradation of the federal workforce… should not occur in darkness.” The letter goes on to cite concerns regarding the hiring freezes in place at several agencies, including at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the failure of the Administration to spend funds as authorized by Congress.
The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management has held two hearings on the Administration’s reorganization efforts. NTEU National President Tony Reardon submitted testimony to the first hearing and served as a witness at the second. At both hearings, Tony stressed the need for frontline employee involvement to address the top-heavy management structures in place at federal agencies, and to ensure that reorganization plans do not result in the wasteful practice of outsourcing federal jobs. Further, no workforce reductions should occur in advance of Congress determining actual agency funding levels.
Previous reform and reorganization efforts failed due to being overly ambitious or by haphazardly cutting arbitrary numbers of employees and gutting federal agencies, which cost agencies needed expertise. Only by working closely with frontline employees and their representatives can any reform effort succeed, and NTEU is continuing to work closely with Members of Congress and agency leadership to share your ideas so that the federal government can provide the services the American people rely on every day.