NFFE News Release
Contact: Matt Dorsey
January 31, 2023
Washington, D.C. – The National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE-IAM) opposes the “Show Up” Act
(H.R. 139), legislation introduced by Rep. James Comer (R-KY) that would force federal employees to return to
physical offices within 30 days if they had been working in an office prior to the COVID pandemic.
“Members of this union and federal employees across the country have been showing up for work and
providing critical services to their country throughout the pandemic, as they are right now,” said NFFE National
President Randy Erwin. “This legislation is a dishonest political stunt designed to disparage America’s public
servants, who have kept this nation running during one of the most trying times in recent history. The bill is
based on misinformation and ignores the fact that more than half the federal workforce continued to work inperson
over the past three years, and productivity increased among those working remotely.”
Alternatively, NFFE urges Congress to reintroduce the Telework Metrics and Cost Savings Act, which seeks to
expand telework programs for federal employees, increase productivity, and lower costs across the federal
government. The bill would assist in recruiting and retaining top level talent and help the civil service compete
with the private sector for the best candidates.
“Over the course of the pandemic, federal employees have proven that telework is productive, sustainable, and
cost-efficient,” continued Erwin. “Expanding telework is practical approach to achieving a federal workforce
that is modernized and prepared to serve the American public in the near and long-term future. Instead of
bringing up baseless messaging bills to belittle federal employees, Congress should be investing resources to
improve the civil service for a better tomorrow.”
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Established in 1917, the National Federation of Federal Employees is America’s first union representing civil service
federal employees. NFFE represents approximately 110,000 federal employees in 35 departments and agencies
government-wide. NFFE is affiliated with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, AFL-CIO.
For more information, go to www.nffe.org.