HHS has provided Article 3 notice to NTEU that it plans to modify and update three areas of the HHS Travel Policy Manual. The three policy changes are available upon request from your chapter president. According to HHS, the changes are:
- Updated Medical Evacuation Policy for HHS employees who are traveling internationally. The new policy provides steps which must be taken before traveling in order to ensure information on each employee’s medical evacuation coverage is contained on the employee’s travel order.
- Transit Benefits Program Policy Resource Guide (To be published as “Annex B: Transit Benefits Policy” as part of the HHS Transportation Policy). The Transit Benefits Program Policy Resource Guide provides the policy and guidance for the administration and management of the Federal Transit Benefits Program as it relates to federal employees employed by the Department of Health and Human Services.
- Guidance on the differences between a receipt, an invoice, and a folio. The guidance explains the typical minimum information necessary for a receipt to be valid. It further explains what must occur in the case of a missing receipt.
The agency has proposed to have the Transit Benefits Program Resource Guide and Updated Medical Evacuation Policy rollout in the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2019. The guidance on receipts, invoices, and folios is scheduled to rollout during the second quarter of FY 2019.
NTEU has requested a briefing in order to determine whether any of the agency’s changes require the agency to bargain with NTEU. Please submit questions or concerns to your chapter president expeditiously.