Unilateral Changes to 2018 PMAPs

You should read this if you work for ORA or perform COR duties.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) logoNTEU recently learned that FDA management made changes to various Performance Management Appraisal Program (PMAP) forms for calendar year 2018 without meeting its contractual obligation to notify NTEU per Article 30, Section 5 A, of the parties’ Consolidated Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). Continue reading “Unilateral Changes to 2018 PMAPs”

Update on Locality Pay Issues

The President’s Pay Agent has issued its report on locality pay for 2018.

NTEU National President Tony Reardon
NTEU National President Tony Reardon

Each year, the President’s Pay Agent, composed of the Secretary of Labor, and both the Directors of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), issue an annual report on locality pay. The Federal Salary Council (FSC), on which NTEU National President Tony Reardon serves, makes recommendations to the President’s Pay Agent regarding changes in locality pay areas and locality pay rates. Under the provisions of the Federal Employees Pay Comparability Act of 1991 (FEPCA), the federal government is now supposed to be providing locality pay in each area sufficient to close the gap between General Schedule (GS) base pay and private sector pay in each area to within 5 percent. Continue reading “Update on Locality Pay Issues”

Calendar Year 2018 Pay Raise

The administration has issued an Executive Order implementing the 1.9% average pay increase for the General Schedule federal workforce for calendar year 2018.

Money in walletThe White House issued an Executive Order implementing the 1.9 percent average pay increase for General Schedule federal employees that is effective with the first pay period of 2018. Continue reading “Calendar Year 2018 Pay Raise”

Reminder Regarding Telework

If you experience different treatment when teleworking than when in the office, please document it and inform your Union representative right away.

TeleworkingPlease note that Article 26 of the CBA the Telework Enhancement Act, and HHS telework policy require that management treats teleworkers and non-teleworkers equally. Continue reading “Reminder Regarding Telework”

Congress Sends Continuing Resolution to the President

The Senate has cleared the House-passed Continuing Resolution; measure now heads to the President for his signature.

U.S. CapitolBy a vote of 66 to 32, the U.S. Senate has cleared the short-term spending measure (H.R. 1370) that passed the House of Representatives earlier this afternoon to avert a lapse in appropriations at midnight tomorrow. The Continuing Resolution (CR) funds federal agencies at current levels through January 19, and now heads to the President for enactment. The measure also temporarily delays the January 15, 2018, deadline for needed action on sequestration relief for Fiscal Year 2018 which absent any action will trigger cuts to federal programs and agencies (under the Budget Control Act). Continue reading “Congress Sends Continuing Resolution to the President”

House Passes Continuing Resolution Into Mid-January

Measure now heads to Senate

Seal of the U.S. House of Representatives

The House of Representatives has voted on a short-term spending measure (H.R. 1370) to avert a lapse in appropriations midnight tomorrow, by a vote of 231-188. The Continuing Resolution (CR) would fund federal agencies at current levels through January 19, and would temporarily delay the January 15, 2018, deadline for needed action on sequestration relief for Fiscal Year 2018 which absent any action will trigger cuts to federal programs and agencies (under the Budget Control Act). The CR now heads to the U.S. Senate for consideration. Continue reading “House Passes Continuing Resolution Into Mid-January”

Update on Government Funding

Congress and the administration have until midnight tomorrow to fund the government.

A dark contrast photo of the US Capitol against cloudy gray skies.At this time, Congress and the White House do not have a deal to fund federal agencies past midnight tomorrow. House Republican leadership has now put forward a Continuing Resolution (CR) that would fund federal agencies at current levels through January 19, 2018. The measure would also provide short-term funding and extensions for certain health care programs (Children’s Health Insurance Program, community health centers, veterans), the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, emergency funding for two defense initiatives, and would delay sequestration for overall defense and nondefense spending, which, if not included, would require cuts to federal programs and agencies as of January 15, 2018 (spending caps under the Budget Control Act). However, it is unclear if the House and Senate have the votes to pass this funding measure. Continue reading “Update on Government Funding”