WASHINGTON – The American Federation of Government Employees thanks lawmakers in the House and Senate for including provisions in their versions of the fiscal 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that will improve working conditions for federal employees in the Department of Defense and across government.
“Supporting federal workers and the services they provide to the American public should not be a partisan issue, and we are encouraged by the bipartisan support for many of the workforce provisions included in this year’s Defense authorization bill,” AFGE National President Everett Kelley said. “As the House and Senate begin work to reconcile their versions of the bill, we hope this spirit of cooperation will ensure that these critical workforce provisions are included in the final legislation.”
Several AFGE-backed provisions are included in the House version of the NDAA, which passed 295-125 on July 21. These measures would:
The Senate version of the NDAA, which passed 86-14 on July 23, includes a provision that would protect military bases from being eliminated by preventing DoD from executing another round of its Base Realignment and Closure process.
In addition, both the House and Senate bills would reverse arbitrary workforce and budget cuts at some DoD defense agencies that had been made by the Defense secretary, including at the Defense Contract Management Agency.