September Brown Bag Lunch; Thursday, September 19, 2019,

NTEU NPS WASO: NOTICE -- September Brown Bag Lunch; Thursday, September 19, 2019, -- Topics: Preparing for you Performance Appraisal, Telework Policy Guidance Development, Google-MS Office Transition, FY 2020 Funding Outlook, etc.


If you are a WASO employee and are not a supervisor, a management official, or a "confidential" employee, this message is for you.  If you are a supervisor, a management official, or a confidential employee; or, you don't work in WASO, we share the following information with you as a matter of courtesy.

We cordially invite you as a WASO staff person to join your fellow employees at the NTEU Monthly Brown Bag Lunch for September 2019.  

When:   Thursday, September 19, 2019,  Noon Eastern Daylight Saving Time

Where:  North Penthouse - Main Interior Building

Call-in:   877-958-6756  Passcode: 8296505 (FYI: Because this meeting is designed for WASO staff members only, we will monitor the call-ins.)

What's On The Agenda:
*    Preparing for Your Performance Appraisal -- Myths, Tips, and Adjustments
*    Telework Implementation Guidance Development -- The Union Update
*    FY 2020 Funding Outlook
*    Year End Annual Leave Requests  -- Consider Placing Them Now
*    Issues from Meeting Attendees 
*    Senior NPS Management News ???
*    Google--> MS Office Transition News
*    FY 2020 Performance Plan Automation
*    PIV Card Lost and Found System -- Save Yourself Some Aggravation
*    Union Opportunities
*    Main Interior Building (MIB) Space Issues  -- Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Others --  How Does/Could that Relate to NPS?
*    News From the MIB Customer Communication Forum
*    Much More

At the mid-point of the “brown bag lunch” meeting, we will ask for your input about what issues or topics you would like to discuss or learn about  All of us would like to hear what the hot topics are in your office/facility.  Are there things that the Union could do to make your participation in the Union easier? 

Whether you call in or attend -- there are high quality NTEU staff members available to Union members. Union members have access to speak/meet with our talented and experienced NTEU labor lawyers.  Sarah Riger located in DC ( and Arathi Premkumar located in Colorado ( - are available to advise you by phone or in a face-to-face meeting. 

Since we last met, your Chapter 296 leaders have been very busy on your behalf.  We have learned a lot, we have represented your interests in several settings, and we have a lot to report to you on a wide range of issues.  This is true every month. 

This month's Brown Bag Lunch will be the last one before the FY 2019 performance appraisal season begins.  We want you to be prepared.  This year, we all will have to consider the affect of the government shut-down on our accomplishments.  The Union will also provide some tips on what to do if you have an acting supervisor now or have had multiple supervisors during the course of the year.  Despite the clear language in Article 36 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), there are a lot of myths in some parts of WASO concerning what is allowable or not as a part of the annual performance appraisal.  As is our tradition, we will identify and lampoon some of the more ridiculous (yet believed) myths.  On the more serious side, we will get you ready do deal with questions such as as the following.  Can the rating be based on anything that is not a part of the Performance Plan?  Can the Performance Plan be adjusted at the time of the appraisal?  How doe the appeals/reconsideration process work?  In sum, we hope to help you make your appraisal go more smoothly.

With regard to telework, anything in the Department's new policy that is contrary to our Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) does not apply to anyone covered by the CBA.  We will give you an update on what the Union is doing to help develop the guidance to implement this policy.  Until we get this guidance, any implementation of new rules is premature. 

We will share with you what we know about the funding outlook for FY 2020.  We will also recommend that you take some steps to prepare for the end of the year.

The end of a fiscal year is often a time of transition and announcements.  We will let you know if we learn anything of interest on the personnel front.  We do have some information on 1)  the transition from  Google to MS Office and 2) on the automation of Performance Plans for FY 2020.

Sooner or later most folks misplace their PIV ID card.  We discovered an easy way to avoid delay and aggravation if someone turns your PIV card in.  We will share that information.
The Office of Facilities and Administrative Services (OFAS) periodically hosts a meeting to discuss issues related to the Main Interior Building (MIB). The next "Customer Communication Forum" meeting will take place on September 17, 2019.  We will share the highlights of that meeting.  As a part of this topic, we will explain how the planned move of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from their current location in Washington, D.C. might affect NPS space allocation at MIB.

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