Federal Manager's Daily Report

Several congressional leaders are trying to get the Department

of Defense to cooperate with management organizations and

federal unions to abandon its current proposal for a DoD

National Security Personnel System.


A letter sent to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, signed by

Senators Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., Carl Levin D-Mich.,

Richard Durbin, D-Ill., Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii, and

Representatives Henry Waxman, D-Calif., Ike Skelton, D-Mo.,

and Danny Davis, D-Ill., urged the him to withdraw the NSPS

proposal and submit an new one more inline with congressional

intent.


The letter asked DoD to more thoroughly involve employee

organizations and objected to the proposed Defense Labor

Relations Board that would oversee labor relations and

employee appeals, stating that it would likely not be

independent.


Editor’s Note–A recent item describing talks between unions

and the Defense Department over the proposed new DoD

collective bargaining system said that the Federal Mediation

and Conciliation Service “mediated” one of the discussions.

It should have said that the FMCS “facilitated” the talks.


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