Category: National

Department of State is Redesigning the Civil Service Appraisal System

Last year, Headquarters facilitated working groups to get feedback on the proposed changes to performances evaluations and the civil service appraisal system. If you participated in one of these working groups, please email your Union officers at NFFE1998-NationalOfficers@state.gov. The Union is very concerned that upcoming proposed changes in performance appraisal processes will make it even […]

2021 Storage Bin Agreement

A national storage bin agreement was signed in December, 2021. In order to prevent collisions with the sit-stand desks and overhead storage all overhead storage cabinets will be phased out. BUE’s are granted 2 hours to scan printed reference materials to retain electronically for everyday work assignments. Each workstation will get at least 2 storage […]

New Changes to WSL for Passport Services

Good afternoon, We have been notified by Headquarters that a change to the Weather and Safety Leave Policy is being enacted beginning this week. If you are currently on Weather and Safety Leave, Headquarters intends to send you a survey to “self-certify” your status. This survey includes a disclaimer that a response is voluntary. There […]

Information on Returning to Work

By now, all of you have received a SAFE message re-assigning our positions as Mission-Critical. This action by the Department of State dictates our nation-wide return to work on June 11, 2020. Some of you may have also seen the recent tweets and Press Releases by Congressman Lankford (Et al.) demanding Passport Services explore options […]

Agency “Cell Phone” Restrictions Are Revised, DAS Rebuilding Trust at Department of State: Passport Services

Rachel Arndt, Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) for Passport Services, eases restrictions with cell phone usage in passport offices for employees. She notified employees in passport offices on March 23rd, via e-mail and a revised policy Memo describing employee responsibilities under this new policy, and also reaffirming Core Values of Our People, Integrity “by boosting morale…, […]

NFFE Litigation Round-Up

NFFE-IAM is leading the fight for federal workers in three, distinct lawsuits. Read on to learn the latest on each lawsuit, and how NFFE-IAM members can participate. Illegal Executive Order Appeal As you may recall, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued guidance requiring agencies to rescind any implementation of three anti-employee executive orders (EO) […]