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06.27.17

Senate Set to Consider FY NDAA to Include Federal Employee Provisions

As the Senate embarks on consideration of their version of the FY18 NDAA, IFPTE sent a letter to all committee members informing them of potential inclusion of "several problematic provisions," that could be included in the underlying bill.

While language of both the Senate and House NDAA's, which were considered this week, was unavailable, both passed their respective committee mark-ups.

One item, long championed by IFPTE and which was included in the House NDAA bill, was language to restore the full per diem payments for DoD's long term travelers. As the NDAA moves to conference, IFPTE will continue to work against any offensive federal employee provisions and in support of language to the benefit of IFPTE members.

Read the full IFPTE Senate letter below, and the text of the per diem amendment sponsored by Representatives Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH), Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI), and Walter Jones (R-NC).

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June 27, 2016

Honorable John McCain, Chairman
Armed Service Committee
United States Senate
228 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Honorable Jack Reed, Ranking Senator
Armed Services Committee
United States Senate
228 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Chairman McCain and Ranking Senator Reed,

On behalf of the 90,000 members of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE), I am writing regarding todayís mark-up of the Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). While the bill has yet to be made public, IFPTE has learned that several problematic provisions could be included in the underlying mark.

IFPTE would like to flag the following potentially offensive provisions:

1. Converting General Schedule (GS) workers to Term employees, undercutting the worker protections of GS career civilian workers at the Department of Defense (DoD). Not only will this lead to the mass, immediate exodus of our talented DoD workforce, it will dramatically harm the recruitment abilities of the DoD to hire the best and brightest talent to come work for the department. It is short-sighted, and can only be interpreted as an ideological attack on DoDís incredible workforce. Last, but not least, it will do real damage to our military readiness. If it is included in the bill, please strip this harmful language;

2. Converting DoD's civilian workers from Title V to Title X, which will gut the civil service worker protections of DoD's workers. Again, this can only be described as an attack on DoDís workforce, as this would shift most civilian personnel oversight from the Office of Personnel Management to the military, and eviscerate most civilian worker due process rights. Again, this is a radical shift in DoD personnel policy and should be stripped from the bill if it is in the underlying mark;

3. Removing Davis-Bacon and Service Contract Act requirements ensuring that workers employed by DoD contractors are paid at least local community prevailing wages and benefits. This is clearly an anti-worker provision and should be stripped from the bill.

Lastly, there could be an amendment offered that restores the full per diem rates for military and civilian travelers travelling over 30 days at a time on DoD business. As it stands now, workers and military personnel travelling over 30 days have had their per diems cut by 25%. Not only is this unfair to the workers and our fighting men and women, it has hurt our military readiness. Please support this amendment if it is offered during the mark-up.

Thank you for your consideration. If you have any questions, please contact IFPTE legislative director, Matt Biggs at (202) 239-4880.

Sincerely,

Gregory J. Junemann,
President

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IFPTE Letter Regarding Fiscal Year 2018 NDAA

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