Update on Congress and Government Funding for FY19

Update on Congress’ actions this week including on government funding for Fiscal Year 2019 for agencies currently operating under a Continuing Resolution.

United States CapitolCongress returned to Washington this week following the midterm elections and primarily focused on leadership decisions for the upcoming 116th Congress (2019-2020). Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was re-elected by his fellow Republican Senators to serve as Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate, while Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) was chosen anew by Democratic Senators to be the Senate Minority Leader. With the House switching from Republican to Democratic control starting in January, Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) won election as House Minority Leader. The House Democratic Caucus elections are scheduled for November 28th, and the formal floor vote for Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives will be held January 3rd per tradition when the 116th Congress convenes. Continue reading “Update on Congress and Government Funding for FY19”

Update on Government Funding for FY19

Government funding for Fiscal Year 2019 remains in flux for several agencies, including FDA.

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114th United States Congress

As Congress returns for the lame duck session following the midterm elections, the number one priority will be wrapping up the outstanding appropriations bills for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019. In September, Congress passed two large appropriations packages providing full-year FY19 funding for several agencies covered by the Military Construction-Veterans Affairs, Legislative Branch, Energy and Water, Department of Defense and Labor-Health and Human Services appropriations bills as well as a Continuing Resolution (CR) for other agencies that have otherwise not received FY19 appropriations, thereby preventing a partial government shutdown through December 7, 2018. Continue reading “Update on Government Funding for FY19”

HHS To Distribute Statements Itemizing Back Pay Owed to Program Specialists

HHS will distribute statements to ACF Program Specialists itemizing how much back pay and liquidated damages each specialist may be owed under an NTEU Fair Labor Standards Act settlement.

Happy employees with their fists upOn May 24, 2018, NTEU settled a national grievance with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) concerning the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) status of GS-101 Program Specialists in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF). The FLSA is the federal overtime statute. NTEU’s grievance was filed on July 14, 2017, and alleged that HHS improperly classified these employees as exempt from the FLSA’s overtime protections. Continue reading “HHS To Distribute Statements Itemizing Back Pay Owed to Program Specialists”