Today, NTEU met with Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Deputy Director of Management, and now Acting Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Director, Margaret Weichert, regarding the Trump Administration’s federal workforce plans and priorities.
NTEU National President Tony Reardon was pleased to share the frontline federal employee perspective with Director Weichert. Tony made it clear that collaboration on federal workforce initiatives is significantly challenging in this environment given the administration’s policies and actions, including the Executive Orders and the pay freeze.
I assure you that, while Tony is always willing to listen to others and to express the realities on the ground for NTEU members across our 33 represented agencies, NTEU will continue to fight for what is best for our members and the frontline workforce regarding NTEU’s right to represent bargaining unit employees, and for federal employee compensation, workplace policy, and funding matters.
In recent weeks and months, several think-tanks, human resource consultancies, and contractors — ranging from the National Academy of Public Administration to the Volcker Alliance to the MITRE Corporation — have released reports outlining various administrative and legislative initiatives and proposals ‘to modernize the federal workforce’ including in the areas of hiring, compensation, and performance. NTEU intends to ensure that Congress and the administration are keenly aware of the shortsightedness and the futility of attempting to overhaul federal personnel laws, rules, and processes without actually involving or including its own employees and organizations such as NTEU.