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Coverage of NTEU's position and work on behalf of federal employees was included in more than 30 media stories last month .


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“Federal workers are in danger of slipping from the middle class.”

NTEU President Colleen M. Kelley
“Federal employee unions blast 1 percent pay raise”
Fierce Government | Mar. 3, 2014

National and local news continue to cover NTEU’s position on a range of pressing federal employee issues. Below are excerpts of news stories that were published in March. Generally, the opening paragraph of each story is included as well as those paragraphs that feature NTEU's position on the issue. In many cases, links to the complete story are available by visiting NTEU in the News.

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President Colleen M. Kelley takes NTEU's fight for fair pay to the radio. Listen to her interview.

NTEU supports boosts in funding for the IRS and CBP, as well as a focus on employee training proposed in the White House budget. Read the clips.

When the Internal Revenue Service does not get the resources it needs, taxpayers feel the consequences. Find out why

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NTEU voices strong support for legislation that would give federal employees a 3.3 pay raise next year. Read the clips

Other news stories this month include NTEU's victory in an election to represent more than 1,300 National Park Service employees in the National Capital Region. Read the clips

Interview with President Kelley




FAIR Compensation Act – Interview with Francis Rose (Federal News Radio)
Listen to the interview

Mar. 26, 2014

White House Budget



Hard-hit federal training gets attention in Obama’s 2015 budget proposal (Washington Post)

When President Obama presents his 2015 fiscal year budget proposal Tuesday, he’ll serve an appetizer to a crucial area of government that has been on a starvation diet — federal employee training.

NTEU President Colleen M. Kelley said training is “one of the unseen casualties of the sequester. What was once standard training is being eliminated or postponed and more training is being conducted online.” Kelley, who represents IRS staffers, predicted this could lead to drops in customer service and revenue collection.

Mar. 2, 2014

Obama to propose employee training improvements in 2015 budget (
Federal News Radio)
The President will include in his fiscal 2015 budget request to Congress Tuesday proposals to improve employee training, said Katherine Archuleta, the director of the Office of Personnel Management.

"The President's budget proposal will include measures to improve federal employee training and support an exchange of training ideas across government, part of the conversation that [NTEU President] Colleen [Kelley] and other labor representatives are going to be having in the Labor Management Council. We need to learn from one another about what works. We need to be able to talk about our successes."

Mar. 3, 2014

Federal employee unions blast proposed 1 percent pay increase (Fierce Government)
Federal employee unions are criticizing President Obama's proposed 1 percent pay raise for civilian employees this fiscal year, calling it a "disgrace."
 
"Federal workers are in danger of slipping from the middle class," said National Treasury Employees Union President Colleen Kelley during the group's annual legislative conference.
 
NTEU is calling for a 3.3 percent pay raise.
 
Mar. 3, 2014

Budget eyes better training for senior executives (Federal Computer Week)
A new focus on grooming candidates for positions as senior managers was a highlight for federal employees who had little else to cheer in the fiscal 2015 budget.

National Treasury Employees Union President Colleen M. Kelley applauded the emphasis on training. "Agency training budgets have been severely strained in recent years," Kelley said. "Federal employees deal with highly complex and ever-changing laws and regulations. Training is a vital part of the operation of every agency."
 
Mar. 4, 2014

White House budget aims to boost federal employee pay, training (
Federal News Radio)
The White House's fiscal 2015 budget proposal released Tuesday aims to "put a stop to short-sighted cuts to government operations" and to expand funding for federal-employee training, which has been largely gutted by across-the-board sequestration cuts in recent years.
 
National Treasury Employees Union President Colleen Kelley praised the administration's plan.
 
"With the loss of 10,000 employees and training cuts of 87 percent since 2010, it will take several years for the IRS to rebuild, but this is a good first step," she said in a statement. "Taxpayers are not getting the assistance they need and revenue is being left on the table."
 
Mar. 4, 2014

Federal labor groups find highs and lows in president's budget (Federal Daily News)
Labor organizations that represent federal employees responded to President Obama's fiscal 2015 budget proposal with reactions that ranged from plaudits to outright rejection.

The National Treasury Employees Union, which also reiterated its dissatisfaction with the raise, like AFGE praised the budget's investment in training, as well as increases for agencies where the union provides representation, particularly the IRS and Customs and Border Protection.
 
NTEU President Colleen Kelley called a proposed budget increase of about $1.2 billion over the current level for the IRS a "good first step," but noted that "with the loss of 10,000 employees and training cuts of 87 percent since 2010, it will take several years for the IRS to rebuild ..."
 
Mar. 5, 2014

Unions Air Criticisms of Obama Budget Plan (Wall Street Journal)
Republicans aren’t the only ones criticizing President Barack Obama’s budget proposal for fiscal 2015. Labor unions, some of Mr. Obama’s most loyal supporters, made some critiques of their own.
 
Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, one of the largest unions representing federal workers, said she’s disappointed with the size of the 1% pay raise proposed for federal civilian employees in 2015.
 
“Given the three-year pay freeze and the 1 percent increase for this year, the amount proposed for 2015 will keep federal workers at an economic disadvantage compared to their private sector counterparts,” Ms. Kelley said in a written statement, which otherwise praised Mr. Obama’s  $3.9 trillion budget proposal for reversing a “damaging trend of underfunding key agencies.”

Mar. 5, 2014

President proposes historic numbers of CBP officers (Federal Times)
Customs and Border Protection would hire 2,000 more officers — boosting the number to 25,775 — under a fiscal 2015 budget proposal released March 4.

Colleen Kelley, the president of the National Treasury Employees Union, which represents CBP officers, said the proposal represents “historic” levels of staffing for the agency and will help process the increased traffic at land ports of entry across the country.

“NTEU has been vocal in its belief that CBP needs a significant increase in staffing to fulfill its all-important mission of protecting our borders and facilitating passenger and cargo traffic,” Kelley.

Mar. 5, 2014

Fed Groups Offer Tepid Praise for Obama’s Budget (GovExec)
Federal employee groups largely supported President Obama’s fiscal 2015 budget recommendation, though they once again criticized his proposed 1 percent pay raise to all civilian workers.
 
National Treasury Employees Union President Colleen M. Kelley also applauded the overall theme of the president’s proposals, including a repudiation of the so-called chained-Consumer Price Index, which would result in less generous annuities for federal retirees. Kelley also praised what she called much-needed funding boosts to agencies like the Internal Revenue Service, Customs and Border Protection, the Food and Drug Administration and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Mar. 5, 2014

IRS Would Receive More Funding in Obama’s 2015 Budget (Accounting Web)
A proposed fiscal year 2015 budget released by President Obama yesterday would provide the IRS with $12 billion in base funding, up 6.3 percent over the 2014 enacted level.
 
Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU), the union that represents IRS personnel, called the president’s proposals to improve taxpayer services and reduce the deficit a “good first step.”
 
“With the loss of 10,000 employees and training cuts of 87 percent since 2010, it will take several years for the IRS to rebuild, but this is a good first step,” she said in a written statement yesterday. “Taxpayers are not getting the assistance they need, and revenue is being left on the table.”
 
Mar. 5, 2014

Sylvia Burwell: Federal Pay, Job Training Get Boost Under Obama’s Proposed FY 2015 Budget (Executive Gov)
A budget proposal released by the White House Tuesday seeks to increase federal workers’ pay and funding for government employee training programs in fiscal 2015, Federal News Radio reported Tuesday.

“With the loss of 10,000 employees and training cuts of 87 percent since 2010, it will take several years for the IRS to rebuild, but this is a good first step,” said Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, according to the station.

Mar. 7, 2014

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IRS Budget and Data

Hill AFB, IRS workers among those losing $1.4 billion to sequestration (Ogden Standard-Examiner)
A new study says that sequestration put a major dent in the wallets of federal employees, causing nearly a billion-and-a-half dollar loss in their collective salaries.

The IRS furloughed roughly 90,000 employees for three days during sequestration, resulting in about $89 million in lost salaries.

"It hurt us bad," said Jenny Brown, president of the National Treasury Employees Union Chapter 76 that represents nearly 5,000 Ogden-area employees who were furloughed for three days under sequestration. "We had already gone three years without raises, so things we're already tight. But to compound that with furloughs, it was a mess. People are still recovering."

Mar. 13, 2014

U.S. IRS audited fewer wealthy Americans in 2013 (Reuters)

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service said on Friday that it audited fewer high-income Americans in 2013 than it did in 2012 or 2011, while it conducted more audits of people with no income.
 
The funding cuts have forced the IRS to cut the number of customer service representatives it employs during tax season, Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union said in a statement. "Both taxpayers and employees are frustrated."

Mar. 21, 2014

IRS Releases Data on Last Year’s Activities (Accounting Today)

The Internal Revenue Service has released its 2013 IRS Data Book, providing a snapshot of activities at the agency in relation to taxpayers for the fiscal year.

The annual publication showed that overall IRS staffing fell by nearly 6,000 employees compared to fiscal 2012, including a reduction of more than 3,300 employees in taxpayer assistance occupations.

“We are seeing the results of these reductions in staffing, particularly in customer service, all across the country this filing season,” said National Treasury Employees Union president Colleen M. Kelley in a statement. “Both taxpayers and employees are frustrated by the lengthy lines at Taxpayer Assistance Centers and the long telephone hold times for those who call the IRS with a question.”

Mar. 21, 2014

Taxpayers hit with fewer audits (CNNMoney)
Thanks to a lack of funding, the IRS is less likely to audit you. The agency audited 1.4 million people last year, down 5% from 2012 and the lowest number of audits conducted since 2008, according to IRS statistics released Friday.

In addition to being unable to conduct as many audits, the agency's taxpayer assistance has been deteriorating, the National Treasury Employees Union said in a statement Friday.

"We are seeing the results of these reductions in staffing, particularly in customer service, all across the country," NTEU president Colleen Kelley said. "Both taxpayers and employees are frustrated by the lengthy lines at Taxpayer Assistance Centers and the long telephone hold times for those who call the IRS with a question."

Mar. 21, 2014

Fewer rich Americans audited in ’13 (The Columbia Dispatch)
The Internal Revenue Service said yesterday that it audited fewer high-income Americans in 2013 than it did in 2012 or 2011, while it conducted more audits of people with no income.
 
Total audits fell by 5 percent from 2012 to reach the lowest level since 2008, as the IRS said it coped with budget cuts.
 
The funding cuts have forced the IRS to cut the number of customer- service representatives it employs during tax season, Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, said in a statement. “Both taxpayers and employees are frustrated.”

Mar. 23, 2014

Under sequestration, IRS workforce declined by 6K (Federal News Radio)

Under the squeeze of sequestration, the size of the Internal Revenue Service's workforce contracted by nearly 6,000 employees, according to new IRS data

Among the largest staffing declines are those in taxpayer assistance positions, which had about 3,300 fewer positions at the end of fiscal 2013 than the year before.
 
"We are seeing the results of these reductions in staffing, particularly in customer service, all across the country this filing season," said Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union in a statement Friday.
 
Mar. 24, 2014

Impact of IRS Budget Cuts (Federal News Radio)
Mention of NTEU in reporting on release of 2013 IRS Data Book

Watch the clip

Mar. 25, 2014

IRS workforce losses hobble agency, union says (Federal Daily News)
A union that represents employees at the Internal Revenue Service said the loss of thousands of IRS employees will hamstring the agency from helping taxpayers during this year's filing season.

The National Treasury Employees Union pointed to figures contained the 2013 IRS Data Book released last week, which showed the IRS workforce decreased by almost 6,000 employees over a year's time—from 89,551 at the end of fiscal 2012 to 83,614 at the close of fiscal 2013.
 
“We are seeing the results of these reductions in staffing, particularly in customer service, all across the country this filing season,” NTEU President Colleen Kelley said in a statement. “Both taxpayers and employees are frustrated by the lengthy lines at Taxpayer Assistance Centers and the long telephone hold times for those who call the IRS with a question.”

Mar. 25, 2014

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Pay Raise Bill Introduced




Bill would increase federal pay by 3.3 percent next year (Washington Post)

A group of House Democrats plans to introduce a bill on Wednesday that would boost federal-worker pay by 3.3 percent next year.

NTEU president Colleen M. Kelley said in a statement that the measure’s backers “understand the vital importance of attracting and retaining a highly qualified and experienced federal workforce that is fairly compensated.”
 
Mar. 26, 2014

Lawmakers propose larger raise for federal employees (CyberFEDS)

A group of Democratic representatives, led by Reps. Jim Moran, D-Va., and Gerald Connolly, D-Va., have introduced legislation that would give federal employees a 3.3 percent raise in 2015.

NTEU President Colleen Kelley called the bill "a welcome and needed step toward getting federal pay back on track."

Whether the push for a larger pay increase can gain any traction in Congress, however, remains to be seen.

Mar. 26, 2014

House bill calls for larger civilian raise (Federal Daily News)

Federal employee unions threw their support behind a House bill that would give most of the federal workforce a 3.3 percent pay raise in 2015. 

Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, in a statement called the measure “a welcome and needed step toward getting federal pay back on track.”

The pay raise is the same amount Kelley called for at the union's legislative conference in February. NTEU said the percentage is "based on the Employment Cost Index and the formula for federal pay raises outlined in federal law."

Mar. 26, 2014

House Dems push for larger pay raise for feds (Federal News Radio)
The National Treasury Employees Union, another major federal-employee union, has already championed the idea of a 3.3 percent raise earlier this year.
 
The union said that amount would track the rise of inflation as measured by the Employment Cost Index, the formula mandated by a 1990 law on federal pay adjustments. That would also include a 2 percent increase to locality pay, which boosts pay for employees in more expensive metropolitan areas, such as Washington and New York. Federal workers haven't received any locality pay adjustments since 2010.
 
NTEU President Colleen Kelley, in a statement, called the new legislative proposal a "welcome and needed step toward getting federal pay back on track."

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Mar. 26, 2014

Federal Employees: A Pay Raise May Be Headed Your Way (InTheCapital)
There was some good news for federal employees on Wednesday, as a bill to raise federal pay by 3.3 percent was introduced in the House of Representatives. This is a long overdue piece of legislation, as federal workers have been under a nearly three year pay freeze due to sequestration.

The National Treasury Employees Union has released a statement praising the legislation, saying that Representative Connolly and his Democratic cohorts “understand the vital importance of attracting and retaining a highly qualified and experienced federal workforce that is fairly compensated.”

Mar. 26, 2014

House Dems push to increase pay for federal workers by 3.3 percent (FoxNews.com)
A group of House Democrats have introduced legislation that would boost pay for all federal employees by 3.3 percent next year.

Last month, Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, told The Washington Post that a 3.3 percent increase was "fair and reasonable," and that union members would be making their case to Congress.

Kelley said in a statement Wednesday that the raise will help federal employees "keep up with rising costs of groceries, housing, gas and health care."

Mar. 27, 2014

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Other News




NTEU Expands Reach in Interior Department (FEDweek)
The National Treasury Employees Union, which represents headquarters employees of the National Park Service, has won an election to be the exclusive labor representative for 1,300 NPS employees in the National Capital Region, reportedly winning 91 percent of votes cast.

Mar. 11, 2014

IRS Reorganizes Division at Center of Controversy (GovExec)
The Internal Revenue Service on Thursday announced a reorganization of the legal team in its Tax Exempt and Government Entities division, the umbrella unit for the office at the center of the ongoing dispute over mishandling of applications by nonprofits seeking tax-exempt status.
 
Affected managers and the National Treasury Employees Union were notified of the plan scheduled to be completed by Oct. 1. “NTEU is reviewing this plan and will work to ensure that employees affected by the reorganization are not negatively impacted,” said NTEU President Colleen Kelley

Mar. 21, 2014

Lawmakers File a Bipartisan Bill on CBP Oversight (Texas Tribune)
Border lawmakers from opposing parties introduced legislation this week that would increase the monitoring of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s use-of-force practices and create a uniform complaint process to address allegations of misconduct by agency officials.

The National Treasury Employees Union, which includes CBP officers, said in an email that it was reviewing the legislation and its potential impact on its officers. It added that treating travelers courteously was a top priority.

“The tens of thousands of Customs and Border Protection employees represented by the National Treasury Employees Union take very seriously their responsibility to treat travelers and those engaged in commercial traffic with respect while meeting their mission duties to help ensure national security,” said Colleen M. Kelley, NTEU president.

Mar. 27, 2014

Border patrol accountability: CBP union leaders mull proposed bill (El Paso Times)
Union leaders representing U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers nationwide want more time to examine a bill proposed by two area Congressmen aimed at creating additional monitoring of the federal agency before praising it or burying it with criticism.

Colleen M. Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, which represents CBP officers issued a statement on Thursday.

"The tens of thousands of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) employees represented by the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) take very seriously their responsibility to treat travelers and those engaged in commercial traffic with respect while meeting their mission duties to help ensure national security," Kelley said in the statement. "We are currently reviewing the proposed legislation and its potential impact on our members and CBP's mission."

Mar. 28, 2014

 



 




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