Federal Manager's Daily Report

The Defense Department, the Office of Personnel and

Management and labor unions have concluded a series of

meetings concerning labor relations under the National

Security Personnel System.

The talks, mediated by the Federal Mediation and Conciliation

Service, helped set up a new collective bargaining system

between DoD and federal unions calling for bargaining at

the national level without eliminating local bargaining


DoD says the current model for collective bargaining

diverts resources because it is fragmented among 1,400

local units.

A formal proposal will be released to unions in April to

begin a congressionally mandated 90-day collaboration


The talks follow criticism from unions that the NSPS

eliminates employee rights and protections. Unions continue

to voice concern over the proposed rules.