What is NFFE 1998?
Who Represents NFFE Local 1998?
Lee’s career at the Department of State started in 2007 as a Passport Specialist at the Philadelphia Passport Agency. In 2010 Lee became a member of NFFE1998 and unexpectedly won the role of Senior Steward at the Philadelphia Passport Agency that same year. Three years later Lee ran for the NFFE1998 National Recording Secretary position and lost. But fortunately, there was an open Trustee position that Lee was able to fill in order to stay involved at the National Level. The year 2016 saw Lee again seeking the vote of his fellow members for the NFFE1998 National Recording Secretary position. But alas, once again it was not meant to be. Fortunately, Lee was able to stay involved at the National Level as a part of the National Collective Bargaining Agreement Team. As we know things are never static within the ranks of NFFE1998. In 2018 Lee was appointed to the position of Recording Secretary to finish the term of the National Recording Secretary as the recording secretary was moving on to a new role within the department. The year 2019 brought an unexpected change to the President and Vice President positions for NFFE1998. And with that Lee was promoted to the position of Vice President and then President for the remainder of the year. And it is with great pleasure to say that the most recent NFFE1998 election found Lee carrying enough votes to become your President until 2022.
Charleston, CA (CPC)
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I am excited to represent NFFE1998 as their Secretary-Treasurer! I have over 7 years of experience working in passports and 3 as a Union Representative. Prior to that, I worked in a bank and spent over 2 years Morocco with the Peace Corps. In the Peace Corps I created and ran multiple summer camps, environmental projects, and other events with the Ministry of Youth and Sports. I am happily married and have an amazing 2 year old daughter and 1 more on the way. My wife is an Auditor at a financial institution so I am already expected to meet a high standard regarding my book keeping. We have 2 rescue animals, 1 Pitbull mix and 1 cat. I am a graduate of Baylor University with a double major in history and philosophy, so critical thinking is a constant for me. I regularly commission fantasy football leagues and apply my excellent clerical skills to this pastime as well. I have a vast knowledge of films, but my favorite genre is science fiction. My wife has informed me that I am a nerd, but in an endearing way… I think.
Jason started as a Passport Specialist in 2010 through the Pathways Program. Prior to this, he worked as a contractor in the Fraud Program. In 2017, Jason became a Steward in the Seattle Passport Agency, and then served as the Senior Steward in starting in January of 2018 and part of 2019. In August 2019, he was appointed as the Recording Secretary after Lee Wentz became President. Following the 2019 elections, Jason retained the Recording Secretary position and has continued in his role as a National Officer. When not taking minutes and managing agendas, he is constantly reviewing and analyzing data in support of NFFE BUEs and improving our workplace. When he is not adjudicating or representing, Jason loves to spend his time with his wife and daughter exploring parks in the Pacific North West and Hawaii. He can probably be found in the forest, building something for his wife, or enjoying the wonders of raising a four-year-old.
Haley joined Passport Services in 2017 through the Pathways Program only a few weeks before the lengthy hiring freeze under Secretary of State Tillerson. She completed her Masters in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution from American University that same year and was converted to a full time employee. Prior to working for the Department of State, Haley was a high school English teacher in Adapazari, Turkey for three years where she met her husband and the first of her two cats. Haley joined the Union in 2018 as a local steward at the Western Passport Services. Early on, she volunteered to work as the local’s Communicator to increase the information flow from the National Officers to every BUE, and back up the chain. In late 2020, Chief Steward John Kaucher achieved a very deserved promotion within the Passport Services and Haley was asked to step in as Chief Steward for the remainder of the term. She is honored to have the opportunity to serve not only as a National Officer, but as the Chief Steward for Local 1998.