NTEU Supports Colin Allred

Colin Allred, Democratic candidate for Texas' 32nd Congressional DistrictColin Allred, Democratic candidate for Texas’ 32nd Congressional District, is one of the new candidates that NTEU has endorsed in the 2018 election. NTEU chose to support him because he is running against Congressman Pete Sessions, who has an abysmal record on NTEU issues. Sessions scored an 8% on the NTEU score card, the lowest of any candidate running for Congress. Continue reading “NTEU Supports Colin Allred”

Education Department’s Handling of Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program Gets a Bad Grade

GAO’s report on the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program finds the Education Department guidance and instructions “piecemeal” and confusing.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF)
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The Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program, established by law in 2007 and administered by the Department of Education, is intended to encourage individuals to enter and continue careers in public service by forgiving borrowers’ remaining federal student loan balances after they have made at least ten years of loan payments while working in public service and meeting other requirements. Only loans provided through the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) program qualify for forgiveness. To date, there are over 890,000 individuals enrolled in the program. The first borrowers became eligible in September 2017. Out of the 19,000 applications submitted for loan forgiveness, just 55 had been approved at the time of this new General Accountability Office (GAO) study. Continue reading “Education Department’s Handling of Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program Gets a Bad Grade”

CDER Survey — Workplace Harassment and Civility

FDA has provided NTEU with a courtesy notice regarding CDER’s plan to distribute a voluntary and anonymous survey to CDER employees in Chapters 254 and 282 regarding workplace harassment and civility. The electronic survey will be distributed on or about October 25, 2018.

feedback boxThe FDA has provided NTEU with a courtesy notice announcing the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research’s (CDER) plan to issue a voluntary and anonymous survey monkey questionnaire to all CDER employees to better gauge the work environment in the organization, including harassment, discrimination, bullying, and civility. Continue reading “CDER Survey — Workplace Harassment and Civility”