Resources for HHS Employees
HHS is implementing the FSIP decision but that doesn’t mean employees are at the complete mercy of management. Below are guides that outline the agency’s ongoing obligations and provide tips for employees to secure fair treatment. More guides will be posted soon on topics like telework and leave.
Guide to Performance Plans (One-Pager) - Despite HHS’ efforts to eliminate contract language in this area, management doesn't have carte blanche. This guide explains the agency's obligation to establish and communicate performance standards to employees before they may be held accountable for the standards.
Guide to Your Performance Appraisal (One-Pager) - Dissatisfied with your performance appraisal rating? This guide outlines basic rules the agency must follow and your right to challenge an unfair rating.
Guide to Managing Performance During the Appraisal Period (One-Pager) - This guide outlines employees’ entitlement to performance feedback and provides tips to help ensure fair ratings at the end of the rating period.
Talks Resume Over Remaining Contract Articles
Last month, NTEU and HHS met with a mediator to bargain over the six remaining contract articles covering such areas as contract duration, hours of work and grievances.
HHS requested mediation after the Federal Service Impasses Panel issued a decision on 23 articles over which it had asserted jurisdiction, but sent six remaining articles back to the bargaining table.
Unsurprisingly, HHS reasserted the same last best offer proposals in an effort to severely limit employee and union rights and eliminate more than 41 issues from the grievance process. Under the guise of reducing costs and administrative burden, the agency’s objective is to make everything at management’s discretion.
There are still many outstanding issues impacting your workplace and it remains to be seen whether HHS will engage in meaningful bargaining. NTEU and HHS will meet again for mediation next week.
House Approves Major 2020 Funding Increases for HHS
Legislation approved Wednesday by the House would increase next year’s HHS budget by $8.9 billion over fiscal year 2019.
NTEU supported the higher funding level and will continue to urge the same in the forthcoming Senate bill.
The House-approved HHS appropriations bill also includes sizable increases for HHS offices represented by NTEU.
There’s a $129 million increase for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, for a total of $5.9 billion.
The Health Resources and Services Administration is in line for $7.6 billion, an increase of $485 million.
At the Administration for Children and Families, the budget would increase by $4.7 billion, for total discretionary funding of $27.9 billion.
There’s also $2.3 billion for the Administration for Community Living, an increase of $180 million over 2019.
Finally, the Office of the Secretary – General Departmental Management, would receive an increase of $5 million, for a total budget of $550 million.
The Food and Drug Administration is funded in separate legislation that has not yet passed.
Closing Soon: Take NTEU's Telework Survey
NTEU refuses to back down when it comes to the telework benefits HHS is working to eliminate. And we need your input to help us. Please take our brief survey (four minutes or less) to tell us how telework changes will affect your working life.
Pass this survey along to your co-workers for their input. Together, our voices are stronger.
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