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Coverage of NTEU's position and work on behalf of federal employees was included in nearly 50 media stories in July.


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"We believe that a lawsuit is the best way to force OPM to take immediate steps to safeguard personnel data, prevent such attacks in the future and help our members protect themselves against the fallout."

NTEU President Colleen M. Kelley
Federal workers union sues U.S. agency over data breach
Reuters | July 8, 2015

Numerous news outlets turned to NTEU in the wake of the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) massive data breaches. Major print and broadcast media attended NTEU's media briefing and reported the union's lawsuit against OPM alleging it violated NTEU members' constitutional rights by failing to protect their information. Major news outlets talked about NTEU's strong position against language included the Senate highway funding bill that would require the government to use private tax collection agencies to collect tax debts.

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July Headlines

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• It's back! A proposal to use private collection agencies to collect tax debts is on the table, and NTEU once again blasts the program as a waste of taxpayer dollars. Read the clips »

• NTEU files a lawsuit to lawsuit to provide lifetime credit monitoring and identity theft protection for members impacted by the OPM data breach. Read the clips »

• A new report confirms what NTEU has long warned: that IRS budget cuts are severly hampering IRS taxpayer services . Read the clips »

 NTEU signs a new agreement at NCUA, and the union fight continues for higher federal pay raises. Read the other stories »


Private Collection Agencies




GOP, union clash over private debt collectors (The Hill)
Colleen Kelley, the NTEU's president, told senators on Tuesday that the use of private debt collectors has proven to be a waste of taxpayer dollars in the past, and reduces the amount of protections that taxpayers have in dealing with the government.
Debt collectors, Kelley said, are solely focused on collecting whatever debt they've been told is outstanding.

"They have no interest in whether the taxpayer owes other taxes or may not have filed required returns, nor do they have access to any other taxpayer records, so they are unable to answer any questions, provide any advice or use any of the tools IRS employees have, such as extensions or offers in compromise," Kelley said.

July 22, 2015

Highway Trust Fund Bill Would Revive Private Tax Collectors (
Accounting Today)
The union representing Internal Revenue Service employees is denouncing a provision in the pending highway funding bill that would require the Treasury Secretary to contract with private collection agencies as an offset for some of the costs of extending funding for the Highway Trust Fund.

National Treasury Employees Union president Colleen M. Kelley wrote to senators Tuesday, urging them to reject the provision. "The use of PCAs to collect tax debts has repeatedly been shown to be a waste of taxpayer dollars," she wrote. "The Treasury Secretary currently has the authority, but has chosen not to enter into such contracts."

July 22, 2015

After Years of Cutting Funding, Republicans Seek to Privatize Part of the IRS (
GovExec)
Congress authorized the Treasury Department to contract out the task of recouping unpaid tax bills in 2006, but the agency phased out the program in 2009. The National Treasury Employees Union said on Wednesday the program proved unsuccessful, as the government was spending more on administrative fees and commissions to the companies than it took in.

"The use of PCAs to collect tax debts has repeatedly been shown to be a waste of taxpayer dollars," NTEU President Colleen Kelley wrote in a letter to senators. "The Treasury secretary currently has the authority, but has chosen not to enter into such contracts."

She added the commission-based payment incentive led to abuse of the system, and a disproportional focus on low-income taxpayers. The IRS, she said, has the unique ability to postpone, extend or suspend collection activities for limited periods of time; make available certain flexible payment schedules; and make certain compromise offers, including reducing the total amount owed by the delinquent taxpayer.

July 22, 2015

NTEU pans revival of private tax collection (Federal Soup)
The National Treasury Employees Union this week pressed the Senate to remove from pending transportation funding legislation a measure that would revive the use of contractors to collect unpaid taxes.

In a letter to members of the Senate, NTEU President Colleen Kelley asked lawmakers to reject the provision, which would require the Treasury Department to hire private collection agencies (PCAs) to offset some of the costs of extending funding for the Highway Trust Fund.

"In addition to being fiscally unsound, allowing PCAs to collect tax debt on a commission basis led to taxpayer abuse," Kelley wrote. "In one instance, private collectors made 150 calls to the elderly parents of a taxpayer after the collection agency was notified he was no longer at that address."

July 22, 2015

Outsourcing IRS Collection Of Tax Debts Unlikely (
Forbes)
If you're a lawmaker who wants to punish the IRS and you're tired of simply starving it of funding, what's next? How about dismantling one of the agency's core functions and outsourcing it to the private sector?

That's what Senate Republicans have proposed (again), this time as part of legislation to extend the Highway Trust Fund. GOP leaders in the Senate want to pay for that extension, at least in part, by requiring the IRS to hire private collection agencies to do its dirty work. According to estimates from the Senate Finance Committee, privatizing the collection of certain tax debts would raise $2.38 billion over 10 years.

Not everyone believes the hype. "The use of PCAs [private collection agencies] to collect tax debts has repeatedly been shown to be a waste of taxpayer dollars," complained the National Treasury Employees Union. "The Treasury Secretary currently has the authority, but has chosen not to enter into such contracts."

July 29, 2015

NTEU Lawsuit

 

 

NTEU files lawsuit against OPM citing agency's failure to protect feds' privacy (Federal News Radio)
A second federal employee union is suing the Office of Personnel Management over the two recent cybersecurity breaches.

The National Treasury Employees Union announced Wednesday it was suing OPM, saying the agency violated the constitutional rights of union members by exposing their private information to hackers. The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

"NTEU is asking the court to order OPM to immediately correct its security deficiencies, to stop OPM from collecting NTEU members' personal information electronically until the court is satisfied that all necessary steps to safeguard NTEU members' personal information have been taken," Kelley said.

July 8, 2015

Union sues OPM over data breach (
Environment & Energy Publishing)
The National Treasury Employees Union has filed a lawsuit against the Office of Personnel Management over the massive breach of federal employees' personal information.

NTEU President Colleen Kelley told reporters that the agency's response to the breach "has been deficient."
"OPM has been dribbling out information, has not acted aggressively to provide federal employees the massive protection that it can, has hired a contractor that's not up to the task, and has left employees in the dark about how themselves and their families might have been impacted," Kelley said.

"I think they should be doing everything they can to identify the scope of this problem and to fix it so it never happens again," Kelley said.

July 8, 2015

OPM facing another lawsuit over data breach (CyberFEDS)
The National Treasury Employees Union has filed a lawsuit against the Office of Personnel Management following the massive data breach.

While AFGE's is based on the Privacy Act and violations of the Federal Information Security Management Act, NTEU's is based on violations of NTEU's members' constitutional right to privacy based on the 5th Amendment.

Successful Privacy Act claims must show willful violations and damages, O'Duden said, whereas NTEU wants the court to step in to ensure something like this does not happen again.

"When employees turn their personal information over to the government, they expect peace of mind ... because they have been told by OPM that they have nothing to worry about and that they will safeguard their information," he said. "But OPM has done just the opposite, and has failed to secure that information for many years."

July 8, 2015

Federal Union Sues OPM Over Data Breach (The Recorder)
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management has been hit with an aggressive suit over cyberattacks that compromised the Social Security numbers and other personal information of millions of government employees.

The National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) sued OPM director Katherine Archuleta Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, alleging that the agency's lax security measures amounted to a violation of its members' constitutional right to information privacy.

Constitutional claims are not typically seen in data breach cases against commercial entities, acknowledged NTEU General Counsel Gregory O'Duden. However, O'Duden said courts, including the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, have recognized a constitutional constraint on the government's collection and disclosure of personal information.

"Not coming to grips with the failures in its information security systems was in the end a reckless failure to safeguard our members," O'Duden said.

July 8, 2015

Employee Union Deems OPM Breaches 'Unconstitutional' -- And Sues (
NextGov)
A second lawsuit has been filed against Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta for failing to protect federal employees' personal information.

The National Treasury Employees Union alleges breaches of its members' personnel records and potentially background investigations are unconstitutional.

A favorable ruling for NTEU would bar OPM from collecting any more personal data from the union's more than 85,000 members until the agency falls in line with federal inspector recommendations.

July 8, 2015

NTEU Sues OPM Over Data Breaches (FedSmith)
The National Treasury Employees Union has become the second federal union to sue the Office of Personnel Management over the recent data breaches that left the personal information of several million current and former federal employees vulnerable.

NTEU's lawsuit alleges that OPM's failure to protect federal workers' personal data is a violation of their constitutional rights. The lawsuit is also seeking lifetime credit monitoring for the federal workers impacted by the breach.

Speaking on the lawsuit, NTEU National President Colleen M. Kelley said, "It is outrageous that OPM was told years ago that its cybersecurity protections were woefully inadequate but did little about it. On top of it, OPM has done little to dispel the anxiety that NTEU members are experiencing."

July 8, 2015

Federal workers union sues U.S. agency over data breach (
Reuters)
The National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) said on Wednesday it has sued a federal government hiring agency over recent cyberattacks, alleging it violated constitutional privacy rights of NTEU members by failing to keep their personnel records safe.

The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, asked the court to declare the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) failure to improve cybersecurity to be unconstitutional.

"We believe that a lawsuit is the best way to force OPM to take immediate steps to safeguard personnel data, prevent such attacks in the future and help our members protect themselves against the fallout," NTEU National President Colleen Kelley said in a statement.

July 8, 2015

Second union sues government over China hack, alleging constitutional failures (Washington Post)
A second prominent union representing federal employees is suing the government over the Chinese hack of employee data, underscoring the growing legal and political fallout from the breach.

The National Treasury Employees Union announced Wednesday that it filed suit against the Office of Personnel Management in U.S. District Court, alleging that the agency violated union members' constitutional rights by failing to protect their private information.

"It was a reckless failure to keep the information OPM was given confidentially by thousands of employees," NTEU President Colleen Kelley said at a news conference announcing the suit, filed in the court's Northern District of California.

July 8, 2015

U.S. Treasury Workers Seek Protection in Cyber-Attack Suit (Bloomberg)
The union, calling the attack a violation of the constitutional right to privacy, accuses Archuleta of failing to take adequate steps to protect workers' data. Federal officials familiar with the breach have said that hackers connected to the Chinese government are believed to be responsible for gaining access to personal information about people who apply for security clearances.

The union, in the complaint filed Wednesday in San Francisco federal court, seeks an order for the government to provide lifetime credit monitoring and to stop collecting digital personnel records until it takes appropriate steps are taken to make sure they are secure.

The case is National Treasury Employees Union v. Archuleta, 3:15-cv-03144, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (San Francisco).

July 8, 2015

Union lawsuit claims OPM violated constitutional rights (Federal Times)
The National Treasury Employees Union filed the suit Wednesday claiming that the agency's failure to protect employee information violated workers' constitutional rights.

"Federal employees must give the government a great deal of very intimate and personal information about themselves," said NTEU National President Colleen Kelley. "Federal employees are entrusting this information to OPM with the expectation that the information...will all be kept confidential and safe. OPM makes this promise on its official background investigation forms."

The union says OPM failed to keep this promise when hackers breached its systems, exposing employment information and background investigations on millions of current, former and potential federal employees.

July 8, 2015

Lawmaker Pledges Legislation to Better Protect Hacked Feds as Another Union Sues OPM (
GovExec)
Cardin's plans comes as the National Treasury Employees Union announced on Wednesday it has also filed a lawsuit against OPM Director Katherine Archuleta in federal district court in California. In addition to seeking injunctive relief mandating OPM shore up its data protections and that the agency stop collecting NTEU members' personal information digitally until those protections have been put in place, the union is seeking free lifetime credit monitoring and identity theft protection for its members.

"Federal employees entrust highly personal information to OPM with the expectation that it will be kept confidential and safe from unauthorized access," said NTEU National President Colleen M. Kelley. "OPM's failure to do so violated our members' constitutional right to informational privacy. We believe that a lawsuit is the best way to force OPM to take immediate steps to safeguard personnel data, prevent such attacks in the future and help our members protect themselves against the fallout."

July 8, 2015

OPM to Pitch Free Credit and Identity Theft Monitoring for All Feds, Hacked or Not (
GovExec)
Lawmakers and federal employee groups have called for better protections for those affected by the hack since the initial breach of 4.2 million personnel records was announced in June, but the same groundswell calling for protections for all federal workers going forward has not yet materialized. As part of its lawsuit against OPM Director Katherine Archuleta, however, the National Treasury Employees Union called for all of its members to receive lifetime credit monitoring.

July 9, 2015

21.5 million people impacted by breach of OPM's background investigation databases (Federal News Radio)
The Office of Personnel Management announced today that 21.5 million people were affected by the cyber breach of its background investigation databases. This includes current, former and prospective federal employees and contractors.

In addition, the National Treasury Employees Union is going ahead with legal action against OPM. NTEU National President Colleen M. Kelley said the union remains supportive of legislation being prepared by Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) to provide lifetime credit and ID-fraud protection to everyone who was affected by the hacks.

"NTEU continues to be outraged that so many of our members have had their personal information compromised due to these breaches," Kelley said. "We will continue to pursue our lawsuit to provide lifetime credit monitoring and identity theft protection for our members and we will be supporting legislation to be introduced in the next few days."

July 9, 2015

National Treasury Employees Union Sues OPM For Data Breaches (ExecutiveGov )
The National Treasury Employees Union has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court against the Office of Personnel Management for the recent hacking of federal employees' private information, the Washington Post reported Wednesday.

Lisa Rein writes that NTEU alleges a failure on the part of OPM to take steps to ensure the security of union members' personal information, thus violating their constitutional right to privacy.

"It was a reckless failure to keep the information OPM was given confidentially by thousands of employees," NTEU President Colleen Kelley said at a news conference, according to the report.

July 9, 2015

Federal employees sue U.S. agency over data breach (UPI)
A second major federal workers union has sued the government over the massive hack of employee data late last year, considered one of the most severe and widespread data hack in the government's history.

The complaint by the National Treasury Employees Union, which represents 85,000 federal employees, against the Office of Personnel Management and Director Katherine Archuleta comes weeks after she told Congress personal information, including Social Security numbers, birthdates and addresses, of millions of people were affected by the breach.

"It was a reckless failure to keep the information OPM was given confidentially by thousands of employees," NTEU President Colleen Kelley said Wednesday.
July 9, 2015

Union to OPM: Stop keeping us 'in the dark' about data breach (
The Hill)
Another union, the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) filed a second lawsuit against OPM on Wednesday, listing those same demands.

Currently, the OPM has offered to cover 18 months of credit monitoring and insure employees for up to $1 million to cover for damages from identity fraud.

Unions allege the OPM has provided little help in accessing these offers and kept victims in the dark about exactly what harm they may face.

July 9, 2015

Legislation Introduced to Provide Free Lifetime ID Protection for Hack Victims (
FedSmith)
NTEU National President Colleen M. Kelley said in a statement, "NTEU continues to be outraged that so many of our members have had their personal information compromised due to these breaches. We will continue to pursue our lawsuit to provide lifetime credit monitoring and identity theft protection for our members and we will be supporting [this] legislation to be introduced in the next few days. We will also continue to press OPM, OMB, Congress and the president to increase the protections and the level of service provided to those affected as well as to ensure that this never happens again."

July 9, 2015

Fixing FISMA, blaming...someone, and another lawsuit (Federal Computer Week)
The National Treasury Employees Union's lawsuit asks the Northern California District Court to:

  • Declare that OPM's failure to improve cyber security was an unconstitutional act;
  • Order OPM to pay for lifetime credit-monitoring services and identity-theft protection for NTEU members;
  • Order OPM to take all the necessary steps to heighten its IT security program and protect NTEU members' data from falling into the hands of hackers in the future; and
  • Prevent OPM from collecting personal information from NTEU members electronically or requiring them to submit such data in an electronic form until the court is satisfied with the agency's cyber security upgrades.

"I believe that OPM should be supporting the maximum relief and protection possible and they should take responsibility for this breach and use all the resources of the federal government to put a plan in place and make sure a catastrophic event of this nature doesn't happen again," NTEU president Colleen Kelley told reporters on a call announcing the suit. "And I don't see this happening. And that's been very frustrating."

July 9, 2015

NTEU sues OPM over data breach (Fierce Government)
The National Treasury Employees Union has sued the Office of Personnel Management over the recently disclosed data breach.

The union filed July 8 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and accused OPM of "violating the privacy rights of union members whose personnel records may have been compromised by the data breaches disclosed on June 4 and June 12," according to a release

"Federal employees entrust highly personal information to OPM with the expectation that it will be kept confidential and safe from unauthorized access. OPM's failure to do so violated our members' constitutional right to informational privacy,"

Colleen Kelley, national president of NTEU, the country's largest federal union, representing about 150,000 feds, said in the release. "We believe that a lawsuit is the best way to force OPM to take immediate steps to safeguard personnel data, prevent such attacks in the future and help our members protect themselves against the fallout."

July 9, 2015

OPM: 21.5 Million Social Security Numbers Stolen From Government Computers (NPR)
The U.S. government says it's concluded "with high confidence" that the Social Security numbers of 21.5 million people were stolen from government background investigation databases.

Two federal employee unions have previously filed suit against OPM over the data breaches. Colleen M. Kelly, President of the National Treasury Employees Union says her group "continues to be outraged that so many of our members have had their personal information compromised due to these breaches."

The NTEU wants the government to provide lifetime credit monitoring and identity theft protection for the affected employees.

July 10, 2015

Top US official quits after massive government hack
(Agence France-Press)
A top US administration official resigned Friday after a devastating hack of government databases that saw the personal information of millions of federal workers and contractors stolen.

Katherine Archuleta, head of the Office of Personnel Management, had come under scathing criticism after revelations that the hack -- which many suspect originated in China -- affected a staggering 21.5 million people, far more than initially believed.

The National Treasury Employees Union, which has sued over the breach, said the government's offer of three years of fraud monitoring was woefully inadequate. "We will continue to pursue our lawsuit to provide lifetime credit monitoring and identity theft protection," union president Colleen Kelley said.

July 10, 2015

All federal workers, not just breach victims, could get credit monitoring (
Federal News Radio)
The federal government isn't just setting up credit monitoring services for the millions of federal workers affected by the Office of Personnel Management cyber breaches. OPM is also pursuing giving all federal employees some type of credit monitoring going forward, officials said in announcing the magnitude of the breaches.

And the National Treasury Employees Union expressed its support in a statement Thursday that reiterated that the union would continue to pursue a lawsuit against OPM, which also seeks to get lifetime credit monitoring services and identity theft protections for federal workers.

July 10, 2015

House bill would give OPM hack victims lifetime fraud protection (The Hill)
Both chambers of Congress now have a bill that would extend identity theft protections to those affected by the recent massive government data breaches.

Federal employees unions have also pressed the agency for greater protections. One group, the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU), has even filed a lawsuit seeking the lifetime identity theft monitoring that the bills from Norton and Cardin would grant.

"Federal employees are required to submit personal, sensitive and confidential information as a condition of employment, and their records deserve the highest levels of protection," NTEU National President Colleen Kelley said after Cardin officially introduced his bill. "The Recover Act will go a long way toward protecting individuals from ID theft problems stemming from these devastating data breaches."

July 13, 2015

SEC Union Sues Over Cyber-Security Breach (
Ignites-unit of Financial Times)
Cyber-security thieves may have accessed a treasure trove of personal data about SEC and other federal employees because of repeated failures by the government to protect the sensitive information, a new lawsuit alleges.

The National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) last week sued the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) on behalf of its 85,000 dues­paying members over what amounted to "unconstitutional disclosure by the federal government of the personal information," according to the complaint, which was filed in the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of California. The breaches were detected by OPM in April. Katherine Archuleta, who resigned as OPM director last week, also is named in the suit.

"In order to be hired by the federal government, you are required to disclose very personal information and you have the expectation that the information will be protected by the government, and that has not happened," Colleen Kelley, national president of NTEU, says. Her union represents 31 agencies in all.

July 14, 2015

Acting U.S. personnel chief takes over agency with big problems (Washington Post)
It only seems like OPM stands for the office where problems multiply.

National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) President Colleen M. Kelley was succinct: "OPM needs to be a vocal and staunch advocate for the employees who got caught in the breach."

Making the victims truly whole will be difficult, if not impossible, but there is a growing call for government to do more. NTEU and other organizations have endorsed legislation that would provide free, lifetime identity protection and $5 million in identity theft insurance to "any individual whose personally identifiable information was compromised during" the breaches. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D-Md.), Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) and others, is called the RECOVER Act, which stands for Reducing the Effects of the Cyber Attack on OPM Victims Emergency Response Act of 2015.

July 14, 2015

Weeks later, services for cyber theft victims still a work in progress (Washington Post)
Beth Cobert comes to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) carrying good will from federal labor leaders developed during her days just a few blocks away at the Office of Management and Budget.

"I want to thank you for saying yes" to the OPM assignment, Colleen M. Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union told Cobert during a National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations meeting at the OPM building Wednesday morning.

"I have been asking since the day the second breach was announced, when we would get at least a timeline for those notifications, so I am very concerned about not getting that," Kelley said Thursday. "Federal employees and others are rightly worried."

July 16, 2015

Federal workers discuss OPM data breach, next steps (
Baltimore Sun)
The National Treasury Employees Union, which represents about 150,000 federal workers, contends that the Office of Personnel Management violated their constitutional rights by not protecting their private information.

"We believe that a lawsuit is the best way to force OPM to take immediate steps to safeguard personnel data, prevent such attacks in the future and help our members protect themselves against the fallout," NTEU President Colleen M. Kelley said in a statement.

July 21, 2015

Senate rejects potential change to TSP G-Fund, but highway fund bill stalls (
Federal News Radio)
The National Treasury Employees Union said in a release late Tuesday that it strongly opposed the provision in the highway bill.

"The use of private collection agencies (PCAs) to collect tax debts has repeatedly been shown to be a waste of taxpayer dollars," said NTEU President Colleen Kelley. "The Treasury Secretary currently has the authority, but has chosen not to enter into such contracts."

NTEU pointed to a National Taxpayer Advocate study that found when the IRS tried PCAs previously, the median income of taxpayers whose cases would most likely be assigned to the PCAs is significantly less than the median income of taxpayers whose cases would be assigned to IRS collection personnel.

July 21, 2015

NTEU's Lawsuit Against OPM (
Federal News Radio)
This clip features President Kelley and NTEU General Counsel Greg O'Duden discussing our OPM lawsuit.

July 8, 2015

NTEU's Lawsuit Against OPM (Federal News Radio)
Federal News Radio reporter Jared Serbu and Georgetown Law Center Adjunct Professor Carrie Cordero delve into NTEU's lawsuit. Link to clip

July 8, 2015

NTEU's Lawsuit Against OPM
The following clips announce NTEU's lawsuit against OPM. All are from July 8, 2015:
Link to clip (WJLA, ABC affiliate, Washington, D.C.)
Link to clip (NewsChannel 8, Washington, D.C.)
Link to clip (NBC 4 Washington, D.C.)
Link to clip (WGHP, Fox affiliate, Greensboro, N.C.)
Link to clip (WUSA, CBS affiliate, Washington, D.C.)

NTEU's Lawsuit Against OPM (
Federal News Radio)
NTEU's lawsuit is described and contrasted with AFGE's suit. Get the clip

July 9, 2015

NTEU continues lawsuit against OPM (
Federal News Radio)
Get the clip
July 13, 2015

IRS Budget Cuts


IRS budget cuts make tax season 'worst in memory' (
Federal News Radio)
It really was that bad. The National Taxpayer Advocate has confirmed in a new report what the IRS long warned about: Taxpayers can forget about getting help from the agency amid budget cuts and staff shortages.

"It is disgraceful that Congress has allowed the level of service to taxpayers to fall so low. These dramatic declines are a direct result of severe cuts to the IRS budget," said Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, which represents many IRS workers.

July 16, 2015

NTEU Calls Poor IRS Staffing 'Disgraceful' (Federal News Radio)
In this brief clip, the host quotes from NTEU's reaction to Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson's latest report to Congress.

July 16, 2015

There Were 8.8M Calls the IRS Didn't Even Try to Answer in 2015 (
GovExec)
The 2015 tax filing season went really well for taxpayers -- so long as they had no questions about their returns or were able to hire help. That was one conclusion of a mid-year report to Congress released Wednesday by National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson.

The National Treasury Employees Union blamed the IRS' problems squarely on Congress, calling the customer service declines documented in Olson's report shocking.

"It is disgraceful that Congress has allowed the level of service to taxpayers to fall so low," NTEU President Colleen Kelley said in a statement. "These dramatic declines are a direct result of severe cuts to the IRS budget."
July 16, 2015

Congress moves agency by agency to cut rights of feds, limit their pay, facilitate their dismissal (
Washington Post)
Step by step, agency by agency, Congress is moving to facilitate the firing of federal employees, cut their workplace rights and limit their pay.

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a $10.5 billion IRS budget for fiscal year 2016, $470 million less than this year. The legislation prohibits, according to a committee statement, "funds for bonuses or to rehire former employees unless employee conduct and tax compliance is given consideration."

The National Treasury Employees Union, which represents the tax workers, did not oppose the provision. Labor organizations almost always object to measures that limit bonuses, but not this time. NTEU President Colleen M. Kelly explained: "NTEU and the IRS previously agreed that awards can be withheld from employees with serious misconduct issues."

July 23, 2015

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NCUA, NTEU Unveil Bargaining Agreement (Credit Union Times)
It's one of the few federal job sectors where employee wages can keep up with civilian counterparts, and it comes at a time when few other organizations can come to an agreement over wages and spending.

In total, the NCUA and NTEU negotiated 30 articles and agreements that included an increase to the health benefits subsidy, an increase to the NCUA Savings Plan, travel expense reimbursements, training, promotions, employee rights, employee telework and leave, and health and wellness.

NTEU President Colleen Kelley said the agreement will allow the NCUA to "attract and retain highly qualified employees in the financial sector."

July 7, 2015

NCUA Bargaining Agreement Details Revealed (Credit Union Times)
A new five-year agreement between the NCUA and the National Treasury Employees Union could have far-reaching consequences on the NCUA's operating budget.

In a confidential NCUA document obtained by CU Times, the collective bargaining agreement between the NCUA and the NTEU spelled out a list of negotiating terms that included reimbursement for all employees for the cost of professional licenses required as part of their position, larger relocation sums for employees moving to Washington, continued reimbursement for lodging for family members during relocation travel and an increase in pay raises.

The NTEU represents approximately 950 of nearly 1,250 employees at the NCUA.

July 8, 2015

How big of a pay raise should feds expect in 2016? (
Federal Times)
As Congress continues to debate government funding levels for fiscal 2016 it has not finalized one critical issue – will federal employees be getting a pay raise?

Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury employees Union, said the 1.3 percent pay raise was "not enough" and that the union was working to bolster support for a larger raise.

"NTEU is working to ensure Congress gives federal employees meaningful pay raises that will allow them to keep up with rising costs and narrow the widening gap between federal and private-sector pay," Kelley said. "Far too many federal workers are struggling to maintain a middle-class lifestyle."

July 8, 2015

Republicans Consider Cutting G Fund Interest Rate to Raise Money (FedSmith)
One recent possibility floated by Senate Republicans is revisiting an idea that was mentioned in the 2016 House budget proposal which was to deeply cut the interest rate paid to investors inside of the Thrift Savings Plan's G Fund.

NTEU National President Colleen M. Kelley sent a letter to Senators today arguing against the proposal, saying that "any change to the G Fund would send a signal to the federal employees, retirees, and military personnel that the Thrift Savings Plan is no longer free from manipulation." Kelley added, "A federal employee needs the TSP to achieve a retirement income that is enough to live on. How can Congress change the rules that employees and retirees have relied on for decades in responsibly planning for their retirement in order to fund a highway bill?"

July 15, 2015

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