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NTEU CHAPTER 105
WHO ARE WE?
Chapter 105 represents U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations, Border Patrol and Air & Marine employees across the San Diego area covering six ports of entry as well as several satellite locations.
We represent uniformed Officers, Agriculture Inspectors, and non-uniformed employees.
White House 2023 Budget Proposal Values Federal Employees and Their Work
Washington D.C. – President Biden’s plan to increase investments in federal agencies and employees is a recognition that the U.S. government and its workforce play an essential role in the health, security and prosperity of the American people.
“The National Treasury Employees Union joins the White House in its belief that the federal government can accomplish great things if it is properly resourced,” said NTEU National President Tony Reardon. “Today’s budget proposal is a statement of confidence in our nation’s public servants and the incredibly important work they do.”
The proposed fiscal year 2023 budget includes robust increases to agency operating budgets and an average 4.6 percent pay raise for federal employees.
Reardon Testifies about Staffing Shortages at Ports of Entry
Washington D.C. – Persistent staffing shortages and the global pandemic are taking a toll on the frontline Customs and Border Protection employees who work at the nation’s ports of entry, NTEU National President Tony Reardon told Congress today.
“Improving security, trade, and travel, and ensuring the safest possible working environment for CBP personnel at all ports of entry, including the nation’s seaports, are of paramount importance to our members, especially during the recent COVID-19 crisis,” Reardon said.
Reardon testified before the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border Security, Facilitation and Operations in a hearing to assess the state of America’s seaports. In many cases, workload at the seaports has increased while staffing levels have suffered.
Appropriations Season Kicks Off with Added Investments in Agencies
Washington D.C. – Several federal agencies with employees represented by the National Treasury Employees Union would receive budget increases next year under legislation moving in the House.
“The pattern that has emerged at the start of the appropriations process is that the administration and its allies in Congress are determined to invest in the federal workforce and give agencies the resources they need to serve the American people,” NTEU National President Tony Reardon said. “These are wise investments in our country and its public servants, and we will work hard to make sure they are signed into law.”
Under legislation that passed a House appropriations subcommittee, the IRS in Fiscal Year 2023 would see an increase of more than $1 billion over the current fiscal year. This is a significant step toward rebuilding after a decade of cuts and a strong commitment to improving customer service for American taxpayers, including small businesses.
The increase would also strengthen enforcement of the tax code by helping willing taxpayers file accurately and catching those who try to hide income and avoid their tax obligations. There is also more money for upgrading and modernizing the agencies’ outdated computer systems and flexibilities to speed up the hiring process.
House committee pushes forward on encouraging federal telework expansion
Members of the House Oversight and Reform Committee took another step to encourage federal agencies to expand their telework programs for the long-haul.
Going beyond anecdotes from many feds that say telework improves work productivity and employee satisfaction, Reps. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) and John Sarbanes (D-Md.) want to look at data to back up those statements.
The Telework Metrics and Cost Savings Act, which the committee passed 23 to 17 along party lines on June 15, would require the Office of Personnel Management to create data collection standards and gather more information on the outcomes of telework expansion. Connolly and Sarbanes hope data on the benefits of telework would encourage more agencies to increase telework opportunities for eligible employees.
Additionally under the bill, federal supervisors would get training on how to best implement telework policies for eligible employees. Agencies would also receive more guidance from OPM on managing telework programs, and would report annually to OPM and Congress about their goals for expanding telework access.
Connolly said at a June 14 committee hearing that the legislation is necessary to better compete with the private sector and to recruit more early-career federal employees.
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