President Donald Trump offered a first look at his upcoming management agenda in the 2018 budget blueprint. The agenda will focus on eliminating agency reporting requirements on IT, acquisition, human capital and real property and letting “managers manage.” It also suggests the budget and reorganization executive order initiatives will drive future agency workforce cuts.
For J. David Cox, national president for the American Federation of Government Employees, the outcome of the 2016 presidential election came down to “bread and butter issues.” And those are challenges that his union, which represents more than 309,000 federal employees, will rally for with the start of the new administration as well.
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TSA released a determination on collective bargaining on Aug. 25, which changed some of the rules between the agency and the union. AFGE and TSA are currently involved in extended contract negotiations after TSA employees voted down the agreement reached in late 2015.
Among the VA Commission on Care’s 18 recommendations are proposals that could have major implications for the Veterans Health Administration workforce, from its size and scope to its overall organizational structure. VA Secretary Bob McDonald said the department will respond to the commission’s report in the coming weeks.
The Veterans Affairs Department says it’s earning back trust and confidence from the veterans it serves, and employee engagement within the department is also improving. This comes roughly 10 days before the VA Commission on Care is expected to pitch a major overhaul to the department’s health care and personnel systems.
The National Treasury Employees Union joined the nation’s largest federal workers union in endorsing Hillary Clinton for president.
Lawmakers cringed at the price expansion and lack of tangible goals associated with the Veterans Benefits Management System.
The Office of Personnel Management faces a third lawsuit in the wake of the cybersecurity breach it suffered in June that resulted in 22 million past, present, and potential federal employees having their personal information stolen.
The House and Senate have appointed members to a conference committee on legislation to revamp the Veterans Affairs health care system. Regardless of how Congress ends up changing the structure to address long wait times for patients, the system will need more money for emergencies. That is one request from the American Federation of Government Employees, which represents many front-line VA employees. J. David Cox is the union’s president and a former VA nurse. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss how the problems at the VA are affecting the front-line employees.
Federal prisons are becoming more violent and dangerous for the guards who work in them. But the guards have a new tool that can help: a contract. It took 16 years to negotiate and ratify. Eric Young is president of American Federation of Government Employees’ Council of Prison Locals. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the new contract.
Labor groups hoped to see more progress by now. But the administration has failed to live up to expectations about pay, benefits and government service.
The union’s new president hopes to add more than 20,000 federal employees to its membership within a year. J. David Cox hopes “underrepresented” parts of government will fuel that growth.
President Obama wants federal employees to contribute more to their retirement plans as part of a $4.4 trillion plan to reduce the deficit over the next decade. The plan also includes measures to return to the Postal Service money that it has overpaid for retiree benefits and restructure health benefits.
Federal Times editor Steve Watkins joins host Mike Causey to talk about what’s next for federal workers and retirees. April 13, 2011