Revised Travel Staff Manual Guides

FDA proposes to implement revised travel Staff Manual Guides for Other than Coach Class Travel, Miscellaneous Expenses while on Government Travel, and Actual Expense Requests and Lodging Deposits.

Official travelYou may recall that, on June 21, 2017, the FDA rescinded three unilaterally implemented Staff Manual Guides (SMGs) related to travel, in response to a national grievance filed by NTEU. In order to settle the grievance, the FDA agreed to rescind SMG 2340.2, “Updates to Other Than Coach Class Travel;” SMG 2343.2, “Updates to Miscellaneous Expenses While on Official Government Travel;” and SMG 2340.3, “Updates to Actual Expense Request.” Each of those SMGs violated the terms of Article 42 of the CBA as well as Federal Travel Regulations. Continue reading “Revised Travel Staff Manual Guides”

ORA Use of OP Travel Database SOP

The FDA has notified NTEU that it plans to implement a SOP entitled “Use of SOP Travel Database.”

Official travelPursuant to Article 3 of the the CBA, the FDA has notified NTEU that the ORA Office of Partnerships (OP) plans to implement a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) entitled “Use of SOP Travel Database.” Per the notice, ‎the purpose of the SOP is to provide specific work instructions for all OP staff for entering their planned travel and associated costs into a SharePoint list. The list will be used by the OP Budget Lead and management to track and manage the office travel budget.

NTEU plans to negotiate over the matter and has requested a briefing for that purpose.

If you have any comments or questions, please contact your chapter president.

ORA Conference Attendance SOP

The FDA has notified NTEU that it plans to implement a SOP entitled “Conference Attendance.”

Official travelPursuant to Article 3 of the Consolidated Collective Bargaining Agreement, the FDA has notified NTEU that the ORA Office of Partnerships (OP) plans to implement a standard operating procedure (SOP) entitled “Conference Attendance.” Per the notice, ‎the purpose of the SOP is to supplement the existing ORA Conference Request Process SOP and the Appearance Request Tracking System SOP. The agency claims the SOP will provide more specific instructions on how OP staff arrange and attend conferences and perform speaking invitations.

NTEU plans to negotiate over the matter and has requested a briefing for that purpose.

If you have any comments or questions on this subject, please contact your chapter president.