New FDA CSO Vacancies Not Telework Eligible

Without telework and AWS, cubicles and offices will likely shrink in size to accommodate everyone.

Cubicles in bullpen maximizing space utilization
Cubicles in bullpen maximizing space utilization

If you think that your manager will still offer telework if HHS gets its final proposals imposed on us, note that the FDA has already started opening several new Consumer Safety Officer (CSO) vacancy announcements stating they are not eligible for telework. FDA managers are encouraging current employees to apply to these positions. A quick search in USAjobs.gov showed such vacancies at various grade levels and locations across the country. Please read vacancy announcements thoroughly before applying or accepting a new position.

FDA GS-11/12 CSO vacancy in USAjobs.gov showing the position is not eligible for telework

NTEU National reached out to FDA about this issue since it represents a violation of Article 26 of the CBA. FDA stated they made a mistake in those posts and will correct them. However, it makes us wonder what will be the case if HHS succeeds in eliminating Article 26 from the CBA. NTEU National would not be able to point out to FDA that their vacancy contradicts the CBA, and FDA could proceed as they wish.

This is one more reason we must put our best efforts to push against these damaging proposals. #SHAMEonHHS

Author: chapterpresident

I have worked in the FDA since 1990 in a variety of positions. I currently serve as chapter president of NTEU Chapter 254, representing FDA employees in Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah.