Federal Manager's Daily Report

President Bush’s 2005 budget request promotes the strategic

management of human capital initiative under the President’s

Management Agenda and cites the Department of Defense’s

controversial new personnel system, the National Security

Personnel System, which could at first cover 300,000

employees, as an example of how government bodies can

maximize the value of their workers.

The budget expressed the hope of using the Department of

Homeland Security’s personnel system and the Department of

Defense’s new personnel system to explore the potential to

establish similar systems in other areas of government.

However, flexibility and efficiency for personnel systems

have implications for employees and employee unions, as was

evident in the reaction by the American Federation of

Government Employees and other unions upon receiving from

DoD rule proposals related to labor-management relations.

AFGE said the proposals include the “elimination of

collective bargaining (to be replaced with non-binding

‘consultation’); the probable end of current contracts once

the new system is implemented; a new hoop-jumping system

for employees wanting to have a union; and, rules that

overturn decisions made by federal courts-including the

Supreme Court-that were made in favor of unions and public

employees.” It also said the proposals would prevent work

leaders, attorneys and other professionals from joining

unions.