Congressional Fix for Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

The FY18 Omnibus Appropriations bill provides a grace period for individuals who mistakenly believed they were enrolled in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program to switch to a student loan repayment plan that will allow them to participate.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF)The Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Omnibus Appropriations bill recently passed by Congress, and now enacted into law, not only provided funding for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program, which the administration asked to eliminate, but also included NTEU-supported language that provides a way for those consumers who belatedly found themselves in the wrong student loan repayment plan to switch to one that will allow them to continue on the path to loan forgiveness.  Continue reading “Congressional Fix for Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program”

HHS has Revised its Instruction for the 511-1 Position Classification

HHS has provided courtesy notice to NTEU that it has revised its Instruction for 511-1 Position Classification.

Logo of the Department of Health and Human ServicesAs a courtesy, HHS has notified NTEU that it has revised HHS Instruction 511-1-Position Classification, which supersedes HHS Instruction 511-1, Position Classification, dated February 15, 2013. According to the notice, the Instruction outlines the policies, requirements, and responsibilities for administering the Department’s position classification, job grading, and position management programs, consistent with federal law, regulations, and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance. The Instruction has been revised to clarify the roles in the classification appeals process, provide guidance on position management and classification reviews, and address the Fair Labor Standards Act. Per the notice, the issuance is effective immediately and will be carried out in accordance with applicable laws, regulations, bargaining agreements, and departmental policy.