FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 11, 2005
Jemarion Jones
(202) 639-6405
Enid Doggett
(202) 639-6419

Congress Set To Hold Hearings On NSPS

(WASHINGTON, DC)—Next week the Senate Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia will hold a hearing to examine the development and implementation of the National Security Personnel System (NSPS). American Federation of Government Employees President John Gage and International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE) President Gregory Junemann will represent defense workers at the hearing. AFGE and IFPTE are part of the United DoD Workers Coalition (UDWC), a group comprised of 36 unions representing the vast majority of DoD’s 770,000 civilian workers.

Both Gage and Junemann will discuss management’s failure to engage in meaningful collaboration with the elected representative of DoD workers regarding the planning, development and implementation of NSPS. Also reflected in the comments will be the concerns of the UDWC that given the unconditional intent of the Pentagon and OPM to implement NSPS throughout almost all components of the department, immediate and continued oversight by Congress is necessary to avoid a colossal system-wide failure at DoD.

The hearing, entitled “Critical Mission: Ensuring the Success of the National Security Personnel System,” will be held on Tuesday, March 15, 2005, at 10 a.m. in Room 342 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

To view and publicly comment on the management-drafted NSPS regulation, visit the AFGE Web site at www.afge.org or the UDWC Web site at, www.uniteddodworkerscoalition.org.

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