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This section contains news about the status of funding for FY16 including furloughs, continuing resolutions, and legislative efforts.

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Bill Would Give Federal Employees a 5.3 Pay Raise in 2017

Government Execute

February 24, 2016 

Federal employees would receive an across-the-board pay raise of 5.3 percent next year under a Democratic-sponsored bill introduced Tuesday. 

The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., would provide feds with a 3.9 percent boost, plus a 1.4 percent bump in locality pay for 2017. The figure is more than three times President Obama’s proposed 1.6 percent pay raise for federal workers in 2017. 

“No other group has been asked to sacrifice more than our federal workforce, who have endured years of pay freezes, increased retirement contributions, no locality pay, sequestration cuts and a government shutdown,” Connolly said. “This bill is a down payment on trying to help restore some of the losses that have been incurred by our dedicated federal employees, and I hope demonstrates we value their public service.”

The Virginia Democrat last year sponsored a similar bill, which would have given federal workers a 3.8 percent raise in 2016. Instead, they received the 1.3 percent increase that Obama supported. 

Thirty-two House members are co-sponsoring the Federal Adjustment of Income Rates (FAIR) Act, including Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., and several lawmakers from Virginia and Maryland, where many federal employees live and work. 

“Our federal employees have faced furloughs and uncertainty because of a government shutdown [in 2013], and they have contributed $138 billion toward deficit reduction,” said House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md. Hoyer represents 62,000 federal workers who live in his district. “These employees deserve to be compensated fairly for the critical work they perform every day for our country.” 

The Federal-Postal Coalition, which is made up of 31 organizations representing 5 million federal and postal workers and retirees, endorsed the FAIR Act.


Tony Reardon, National Treasury Employees Union president, said on Tuesday during the union’s annual legislative conference that while the bill’s prospects are “not a lot,” NTEU “will bust our tails to make it happen.” Even the proposed 1.6 percent raise “could be blocked by Congress if we are not vocal and vigilant,” he said. 

“Congress must pass this catch-up contribution to keep federal employees from falling further behind,” said American Federation of Government Employees President J. David Cox Sr., referring to the FAIR Act in a statement on Wednesday.

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Budget Deal Reached; Spares Federal Pay, Benefits

October 27, 2015

The administration and congressional leaders have reached a deal to increase sequester spending levels for fiscal years 2016 and 2017. The agreement must be passed by Nov. 3 to avoid a debt ceiling default. While the legislation includes spending cuts in exchange for increasing sequester spending levels, those offsets do not directly affect federal pay or benefits. 

"NTEU is relieved that this budget deal addresses funding issues without requiring the federal workforce to make additional sacrifices," said NTEU President Tony Reardon. 

The legislation would also limit large increases in Medicare Part B premiums for retirees who receive very small or no Social Security payments, addressing the equity issue that NTEU raised with lawmakers. 

NTEU will update members as action on this legislation proceeds. Congress still needs to approve the agreement, and lawmakers will have to write and pass funding for agencies for fiscal year 2016 at the higher levels in order to avoid a shutdown when current funding runs out on Dec. 11.

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September 30, 2015 

Shutdown Averted for Now
NTEU Will Fight to Prevent Another Shutdown Scenario 

Congress has passed and sent to the president a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government through Dec. 11. The president is expected to sign it today, averting a government shutdown. 

Once again Congress created a needless crisis by waiting until the eleventh hour to do its job and fund the government. It is outrageous that you and the nation were taken to the brink of yet another government shutdown. These shutdown threats are an insult to hard-working federal employees. They also waste a tremendous amount of time and energy while agencies are forced to prepare for a shutdown, and destroy the public’s confidence in our government. NTEU has worked hard to get this message to Congress and the public.

This is truly a stop-gap measure that sets up another fiscal cliff in 10 weeks. The CR approved today only provides funding for federal agencies until Dec. 11. Our country could face another shutdown situation if Congress fails to reach agreement on funding for FY ’16 by that date.

Our immediate priorities are:

1) To prevent another damaging and irresponsible shutdown scenario in 10 weeks.

2) To strongly urge Congress and the administration to ensure that any FY ’16 budget deal provides agencies with sufficient resources to meet their missions and ends sequestration spending levels.

3) To ensure that federal employees and retirees do not bear the brunt of “offsetting” any spending increases included in a long-term budget deal, a long-term highway bill, a tax extenders package or any other legislation. The $159 billion federal employees have already given is more than enough!

I want to thank all NTEU members who took the time to make their voices heard. Your letters and calls to Congress played an important role in keeping the government open. Many members also participated in the union’s social media campaign and added their photos and signs to the fight.

In the coming days and weeks, we will keep you informed on congressional actions that affect you.

Thank you for your service as a federal employee. The work you do makes a difference for our country. I appreciate your support of NTEU over the past few weeks and I remain extremely proud to represent you.

Tony Reardon
National President

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September 30th, 2015

SUMMARY:  Both the House and Senate have approved a ten week Continuing Resolution, ending a potential for a government shutdown tomorrow.  

The House has now passed, by a vote of 277 to 151, a “clean” Continuing Resolution (CR), which had passed the Senate earlier today.  The CR now heads to the White House where the President has indicated that he will sign it tonight.  This House action ensures that there will not be a government shutdown tomorrow.

The CR will fund agencies through Friday, December 11, roughly at Fiscal Year 2015 levels, although it imposes a 0.21% across the board cut.

By waiting until the 11th hour to provide funding to prevent a government shutdown, Congress created an irresponsible and needless crisis that brought stress and anxiety to federal employees and caused agencies to waste scarce resources on shutdown planning. 

NTEU will now turn its attention to preventing another damaging shutdown scenario when this funding runs out in December.  We will also fight to ensure that a long term funding bill provides adequate resources for agencies to accomplish their missions and that federal compensation will not be used to “offset” other spending.  Federal employees have already given $159 billion toward deficit reduction.  That is more than enough!

Thank you for the work you do every day and for your efforts to prevent this irresponsible threatened shutdown.  I will keep you updated on any Congressional actions that could have an impact on NTEU members.

                                                                                                                       National President

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September 30th, 2015

Update on Potential Government Shutdown

SUMMARY: An update is provided on the latest congressional activities regarding a potential government shutdown. 


With less than 24 hours remaining before a lapse in appropriations, Congress has not yet completed final action on legislation to avert a government shutdown. 

By a vote of 78 to 20, the Senate has now passed a Continuing Resolution (CR) that would fund agencies for a period of ten weeks through Friday, December 11th. This so-called “clean” CR is absent of controversial policy riders, and generally funds agencies at fiscal year 2015 levels, although agency discretionary funds would be cut by 0.21%. 

The Senate-passed CR now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration, as the House must still pass this CR, and send it to the President for his signature. Earlier this week, the White House issued a statement in support of the CR. 

The House is expected to vote on the Senate-passed CR later today, with only a few hours remaining before a potential government shutdown. In addition to the “clean” CR, the House is expected to consider a separate measure that would require adding controversial policy riders to the CR. This separate measure would have to be approved by the Senate before having any effect. The House is expected to send the “clean” CR to the White House for enactment regardless of Senate action on the other measure. 

Once again Congress has waited until the eleventh hour to do its job to fund agencies, leaving the nation, and federal workers, on the brink of yet another government shutdown. I will keep you updated on subsequent House actions that occur later today on the CR. With so little time left to act, and with the complex parliamentary maneuvering required to enact the CR by midnight, Congress has again created a needless crisis. NTEU continues to press and is hopeful Congress will get funding in place in time to avoid a shutdown. 

In the meantime, the Office of Management and Budget continues to direct agencies to move forward with their shutdown plans. NTEU is supporting legislation in both the House and Senate that would ensure federal workers are paid should a shutdown occur. For more information and to see what you can do, please visit www.nteu.org.

Anthony M. Reardon
National President

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September 29th, 2015 

Update on Potential Government Shutdown 

SUMMARY: An update is provided on the latest congressional activities regarding a potential government shutdown. 


With just one day remaining before a lapse in appropriations, Congress has not yet completed action on legislation to avert a government shutdown. 

Last night as we reported, the Senate approved a procedural motion (by a cloture vote of 77 to 19), to advance to the final Senate vote on a Continuing Resolution (CR) that would fund agencies through Friday, December 11th. This so-called “clean” CR is absent of controversial policy riders, and generally funds agencies at fiscal year 2015 levels, although agency discretionary funds would be cut by 0.21%. 

It is expected that the Senate will vote to approve this CR at some point later today or tomorrow sending it to the House of Representatives, where floor action on a CR is then anticipated. Today, the House is also considering a resolution allowing for same-day consideration of a CR through October 1st. The House must complete action on the CR, and the President must sign it by October 1st to avoid a government shutdown. The White House issued a statement yesterday in support of the CR. 

Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA), joined by 57 other House members, introduced a bipartisan bill today, the Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act (H.R. 3635), that would ensure that all federal workers are paid, should a shutdown occur. NTEU supports this measure, as well as a similar bill introduced by Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) in the Senate, S. 2035. 

While NTEU is pushing for and hopeful that ultimately a shutdown will be averted; given how close we are nearing to a potential shutdown, the administration has instructed agencies to move forward with implementing their shutdown plans. NTEU will continue to keep you updated on all Congressional activity and any further shutdown preparations. I recognize the incredible hardship and overall burden this situation places on our members, who are rightly concerned about whether or not they will receive their next paychecks on time and remain on the job. For more information and to see what you can do, please visit www.nteu.org.

Anthony M. Reardon
National President
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September 28, 2015
Update on funding to avert government shutdown
 
SUMMARY: An update is provided on the latest congressional activities regarding a potential government shutdown. 

Congress has two remaining days to take action to fund the federal government by September 30th, or federal employees will face a government shutdown on October 1st. 

Today, the Senate by approving a procedural motion by a vote of 77 to 19, advanced a Continuing Resolution (CR) that would fund agencies through Friday, December 11th. This so-called “clean” CR is absent of controversial policy riders, and generally funds agencies at fiscal year 2015 levels, although agency discretionary funds would be cut by 0.21%. However, the Senate must still vote to approve the CR on final passage and send it to the House of Representatives. It is expected that some in the Senate will invoke additional procedural delays that could prevent its final consideration until late Tuesday night or early Wednesday. At this time, the House leadership has indicated that the CR will likely be considered in that chamber on Wednesday, September 30th. The House must complete action on the CR and the President must sign it by midnight on Wednesday to avoid a government shutdown. 

While there are indications that some obstacles previously jeopardizing timely passage of a CR are being overcome, the tight time frame is of serious concern and the Administration has instructed agencies to move forward with implementation of their shutdown plans. NTEU will keep you updated on all Congressional activity and any further shutdown preparations. NTEU continues to make the case that Congress needs to act to avert a shutdown to keep agencies open and federal employees on the job and paid. For more information and to see what you can do, please visit www.nteu.org.

Anthony M. Reardon
National President

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September 24, 2015 

Status Update on Congressional Appropriations Actions
 
SUMMARY: A status update is provided on the latest congressional appropriations actions, as Congress must act to fund the government by October 1 or a shutdown would occur. 

As we have been reporting, if Congress does not take action to fund the federal government by September 30, federal employees will face a government shutdown on October 1. As of today, none of the 12 annual appropriations bills that fund the federal government have been enacted. 

Today, the Senate failed to advance, 47 to 52, (60 votes needed) a Continuing Resolution (CR) that would have allowed agencies to continue operating through December 11, but which contained controversial policy riders. Generally, the short-term measure funded agencies at Fiscal Year 2015 levels, although agency discretionary funds faced a 0.21% cut. Certain Department of Defense Overseas Contingency Operations and disaster relief funds were specifically exempt from the across-the-board reduction. 

A new CR has been introduced in the Senate that would fund agencies through December 11. The text of that CR is not yet available. House leadership is holding a variety of meetings today and tomorrow to discuss their chamber’s legislative plans. It is unclear whether either the Senate or the House will hold any further votes on a CR this week. 

I will keep you posted on further congressional developments. With only six days left to act, Congress must avert a shutdown. Our nation relies on and needs federal employees at work, and you should not go unpaid once again. For more information and to find out what you can do go to www.nteu.org

Anthony M. Reardon
National President 

September 24, 2015 

NTEU Communications during a Shutdown

 
With a possible shutdown nearing, NTEU is working on multiple fronts to ensure chapter leaders and members stay up-to-date and have the information and resources they need. As in the 2013 shutdown, NTEU is prepared to be a major source of information for federal employees, but we need your help to ensure we reach every member possible.

Federal employees who are furloughed are prohibited from checking their government accounts. Without a home e-mail address on your member profile page, you could miss out on important updates during any government shutdown. 

NTEU is asking its members to check their profiles to ensure that NTEU has current home e-mail addresses on file for them. 

Here is how you update your information on our web site:

1. Visit www.nteu.org. 
2. Log in with your username and password at the top of the page. If you don’t have a username and password, click on “Forgot user/PWD” link below the username field.
3. While logged in, click on Union Office and then click on the “Update Your Member Profile” button.
4. Update and correct your information as appropriate and click on the green “Update” button at the bottom of the page. 

NTEU will also provide shutdown-related text message alerts to those members who provide personal cellphone numbers. In addition to providing a cell phone number, members can also subscribe to the service by texting SHUTDOWN to 24587.

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Anthony M. Reardon
National President

September 23, 2015

Update on Congressional Appropriations Actions

SUMMARY: An update is provided on the latest congressional appropriations actions, as Congress must act to fund the government by October 1 or a shutdown would occur. 


As we have been reporting, if Congress does not take action to fund the federal government by September 30, federal employees will face a government shutdown on October 1. As of today, none of the 12 annual appropriations bills that fund the federal government have been enacted. Neither the House nor Senate are in session today. 

Yesterday, a Continuing Resolution (CR) that would allow agencies to continue operating past October 1 was introduced in the Senate, and floor action is scheduled for Thursday afternoon. Under the CR, funding for the federal government would continue through Friday, December 11. The short-term measure preserves the $1.017 trillion sequestration spending caps earlier established for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016. Overall, the CR would maintain agencies at 
FY 2015 levels, although agency discretionary funds would face a 0.21% cut. Certain Department of Defense Overseas Contingency Operations and disaster relief funds are specifically exempt from this across-the-board reduction. 

The short-term funding bill also includes certain policy riders, and is not expected to be able to receive enough support from Senators (60 votes needed) to actually receive a formal vote on the Senate floor. The current expectation is that Senate leadership will then offer a so-called “clean” CR, absent key policy riders, for a floor vote. At present, House leadership is planning to hold several meetings on Thursday and Friday to discuss their strategy following the Senate’s Thursday afternoon floor action. 

I will keep you posted on further congressional actions later this week. For more information and to find out what you can do go to www.nteu.org. NTEU continues to highlight the need for Congress to act to avert a shutdown, so that federal employees can remain on the job for the American public, and not be forced back into personal situations of financial instability. 

Anthony M. Reardon
National President 

September 22, 2015

No Funding Yet for New Fiscal Year

With little over one week before funding for government agencies lapses, federal employees are wondering if a shutdown is in their future. NTEU is urging Congress to pass necessary appropriations to avoid a shutdown.

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) yesterday provided agencies with a template of a general message regarding the possibility of a shutdown to be shared with employees. NTEU has urged that specific information on who will work and who will be furloughed be provided as soon as possible, but we have not received a proposed date. During the 2013 shutdown, most employees were notified on Sept. 27.

Meanwhile, NTEU President Tony Reardon is getting the word out to the media that a government shutdown would jeopardize national security, disrupt our economy and deprive Americans of the daily services they need from their federal government.

Legislative Outlook
Today, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) introduced a continuing resolution (CR) that would run through Dec. 11. But the bill includes a controversial provision that will likely doom it during a procedural vote scheduled for Thursday.

It is anticipated that the House and Senate will consider multiple versions of a CR. As a result, potential final votes on a so-called clean CR that would fund agencies, but not alter existing policy for government programs, may not occur until next week.

Stay Informed 
NTEU members can take a simple step to ensure they're not left in the dark in the event of a shutdown. Visit NTEU's website, log in at the top of the page and click on the "Update Your Profile" button (be sure you're logged in before clicking the button).

During a government shutdown, federal employees who are furloughed may not check their government accounts. That's why NTEU is asking for your personal email address to communicate timely updates and information and also send breaking news text alerts to your personal cell phones.  

September 21, 2015
 

Possible Government Shutdown

SUMMARY: If Congress does not take action to fund the federal government by September 30th, federal employees will face a government shutdown on October 1st.

If Congress does not take action to fund the federal government by September 30th, federal employees will face a government shutdown on October 1st. 

As of today, none of the 12 annual appropriations bills that fund the federal government have been enacted. A Continuing Resolution that would allow agencies to continue operating past October 1st at FY 2015 funding levels has yet to be introduced in either the House or Senate. NTEU has been contacting members of Congress urging them to quickly pass a Continuing Resolution that the President will sign so that federal employees will not be faced with another demoralizing government shutdown. 

NTEU has also contacted OPM to urge that employees be notified of agency shutdown plans as soon as possible. In 2013, most employees were notified by their agencies of who would be furloughed and who would be required to work on September 27th.

In addition, NTEU has worked with members of Congress to have legislation introduced to ensure that employees furloughed due to a lapse in appropriations receive retroactive pay.
 
S. 2035, introduced by Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), would also allow employees who are required to work during a shutdown to continue to be able to take leave and would require agencies to pay employees as soon as possible after a shutdown without regard to regular pay dates. We expect similar legislation to be introduced soon in the House.

NTEU will continue to provide you with information regarding a possible government shutdown as it becomes available. For more information and to find out what you can do go to www.nteu.org.

Anthony M. Reardon
National President