Legislative Roundup November 2018

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Item 01:
SUMMARY:  An update is provided on Congress’ actions this week including on government funding for Fiscal Year 2019 for agencies currently operating under a Continuing Resolution.

Item 02:
SUMMARY:  NTEU sends a letter to OPM about the plans for extending credit monitoring services for individuals impacted by the 2015 cyber incidents.

Item 03:
SUMMARY:  The TSP expects additional withdrawal options to be available in the fall of 2019, and there are changes to the L funds and call centers enhancements.

Item 04:
SUMMARY:  The 2019 Legislative Conference will be held on Tuesday, March 5– Friday, March 8, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill.

Item 05:
SUMMARY:  Government funding for Fiscal Year 2019 remains in flux for several agencies.    

Item 06: A message from Tony Reardon
The (Election) Results Are In

Item 07:
SUMMARY:  In the 2018 elections, NTEU focused our efforts on mobilizing and educating our members about key Senate and House races across the country in order to elect pro-federal employee candidates to Congress. 

Item 08:
Who did NTEU endorse?
The NTEU Pro-Federal Employee 2018 Endorsement List .

Item 09:
SUMMARY:  Information about NTEU’s National Training Conference (NTC), including the dates, locations and hotels is discussed below.

Information on NTEU296.org website:

Item 10:
SUMMARY:  Sixteen Senators ask OPM how it is ensuring agency compliance with the August 25, 2018 court order overturning significant parts of the May 25, 2018 Executive Orders regarding collective bargaining, official time, and due process.     

Item 11:
SUMMARY:  OPM releases the results of the 2018 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey.   

Item 12:
SUMMARY:  Today, NTEU met with OMB Deputy Director of Management and Acting OPM Director regarding the administration’s federal workforce plans and priorities. 

Item 13:
SUMMARY:  Important information for members enrolled in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program for the upcoming fall Open Season.

Item 14:
SUMMARY:  GAO’s report on the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program finds the Education Department guidance and instructions “piecemeal” and confusing.

Item 15:
SUMMARY:  Government funding for Fiscal Year 2019 remains in flux for several agencies, the resolution of which may hinge on the midterm elections.    

Item 16:
Not from NTEU but concerns the new director:
Congress has decided to recess until after the mid-terms, so David Vela's hearing has been cancelled.  They are hoping to reschedule it for November 14. 

Item 17:
SUMMARY:  OPM authorizes direct hire authority for STEM and cybersecurity positions and plans a series of new pay systems for certain occupations.

Item 18:
SUMMARY:  There have been several bills introduced to change the formula used in the Windfall Elimination Provision and to eliminate the Government Pension Offset. 

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