June 27, 2017
Rep. Chaffetz: “I’m frustrated the unions weren’t more willing participants in trying to find that balance to get rid of the truly bad apples. … I wish they had the same vision I have … I wish they could see that one bad apple would truly infect a thousand. I wish they were more concerned about protecting the mass of federal employees by getting rid of the one who is causing all the disruption. … They seem to protect every employee no matter what, and that hurts the whole.”
Randy Erwin: “Our interest is in preserving due process so that good employees have the protections they need to do their jobs on behalf of the American people without fear of unfair or politically motivated reprisal,” he said. “Those protections are essential to the functioning of our democracy. Our union has no interest in rigging the system to insulate genuine problem employees from the possibility of removal. Nobody benefits from that. … It is safe to say that we do not share Representative Chaffetz’s vision for the federal workforce.”
Read the whole story, here.
June 28, 2017
House Republicans pushed through committee, in a 32-25 vote, a six-year reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration that includes a plan to hand over the operations and regulation of the nation’s air traffic control system to private corporation. Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA), and author of the dangerous and profiteering AIRR Act (H.R. 2997), hopes the bill gets to the House floor next month. However, it is likely that the bill will face opposition from other House Republicans.
June 28, 2017
NFFE National President Randy Erwin sent a letter to Chairman John McCain (R-AZ), Ranking Senator Jack Reed (D- RI) and the Senate Armed Services Committee to address three problematic provisions in the FY18 NDAA:
1. Converting General Schedule employees into Term employees at the DOD.
2. Converting DOD's civilian workers from Title V to Title X.
3. Removing Davis-Bacon and Service Contract Act requirements at the DOD.
Read the letter, here.
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