Yesterday, NTEU National President Tony Reardon met with the Acting Deputy Director of Management at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to discuss federal workforce issues. This official is responsible for agency management functions government-wide, including federal personnel, agency performance, acquisition, IT, and financial management.
The meeting was a follow-up to an earlier meeting held between NTEU and OMB in May, and included NTEU Director of Legislation Jill Crissman. Tony discussed the need for higher pay raises, as well as awards in general. Tony also articulated the importance of awards in the GS performance management system, and called for OMB to ensure that agencies fairly fund frontline employee awards, and not just SES awards. Tony also shared our significant concerns regarding the administration’s proposed retirement cuts, both for employees and for the government’s ability to hire and retain quality workers. And, Tony flagged the fact that there have been no recent meetings of the Federal Salary Council, which he serves on. The Council is responsible for making recommendations on locality pay.
Further, Tony discussed the impact of the administration’s Executive Branch Reorganization Executive Order (EO) on frontline employees, who have significant ideas to share about ways to improve agencies and to find cost-savings, but who also have concerns about whether jobs may be eliminated. Tony again reiterated the need for meaningful involvement of employees in agency reorganization plans, if such efforts are ultimately to succeed.
Tony also met with OMB Senior Advisor Margaret Weichert, who has been nominated by the President to serve as OMB’s Deputy Director of Management. Ms. Weichert has had twenty-five years of experience in the private-sector where she was mainly responsible for developing business processes.
As always, NTEU stands ready to work with administration officials on ways to enhance the federal workforce, but is strongly committed to defending our members’ compensation and fair treatment in the workplace, and the right of frontline employees to be at the table.