Today, the Senate passed the conference report for the annual defense policy bill, the defense authorization act (NDAA), H.R. 5515, that includes a handful of government-wide personnel provisions. The bill passed by a vote of 87 to 10. The House passed the measure on July 26 by a vote of 359 to 54. It is expected that the President will sign the bill into law in the next few days.
I previously reported about the government-wide provisions that are in the NDAA conference report:
- A seven-year extension of GSA’s authority for a telework pilot program;
- Direct hire authority to agencies for college graduates and post-secondary students;
- An expansion of the number of alternative personnel systems that operate outside of the General Schedule; and
- An expansion of agencies’ ability and authorities for shared register lists that can be used for hiring.
NTEU is pleased that the conference report does not include provisions in the House-passed bill that would have required an expanded annual report on official time as well as a provision to extend the employment period for term and temporary employees, which would have allowed agencies to hire term and temporary employees for significantly longer periods of time without providing public notice for positions.
As Congress continues to look at ways to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the federal government, NTEU will fight to protect employee rights and preserve merit system principles.