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in the U.S. Department of
technicians and support personnel of the National Weather Service, the
nation's official source for weather forecasts and warnings;
The technicians who track and command the nation's weather satellites from Wallops Island, Virginia;
The civilian crews of the "Hurricane Hunter" aircraft based in Tampa, Florida;
The attorneys in
NOAA's Office of General Counsel, who are responsible for enforcing
laws that protect the nation's environment and natural resources;
researchers and other scientists and support personnel at the Atlantic
Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory in Key Biscayne, Florida.
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NWSEO Cares: Medical Leave Donations
NWSEO Members have always been generous with leave donations for co-workers in need.
If you are able to donate leave time, please complete the Donor Leave Transfer Application and submit it to your ASA. If you would like to learn more about the Leave Transfer Program, including a full list of participants, click here. NWSEO thanks you for your generosity and care!
(June 7, 2016) NWSEO often tackles problems repeatedly from the same managers.Now, a color-coded branch list can be used to identify and inform members of potential problem managers. While circumstances may change over time, the current list highlights areas to warn members of the possible implications to their career and morale if they bid on these offices.
Four Winds for 2016 are located on the Member News page.
Please download these slides to follow along with the NWSEO presentation at the March 23 Webinar. The NWS would not allow NWSEO to show these slides during our allotted time so we are making them available to you here.
(March 16, 2017) In two separate letters, United States Senators express strong support of NOAA programs including the National Weather Service and National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service (NESDIS). Both letters are authored by senators who work regularly with NWSEO to protect the employees we represent. (More)
Arbitrator rules in favor of NWS employees unable to get to work in 2016 blizzard; Grants Administrative Leave under current CBA
(March 15, 2017) The National Weather Service violated employees’ rights under the current NWSEO-NWS Collective Bargaining Agreement when it failed to grant administrative leave to two emergency essential employees who, although making diligent efforts, were unable to make it to work during the 2016 blizzard in Washington D.C. metropolitan area. The grievants work in NCEP Central Operations in Silver Spring. (More)
NOAA Records Show NWS is
Misrepresenting the Vacancy Rate
(March 7, 2017) On February 28, NWSEO received a response to a Freedom of Information Request which reveals there are several hundred more vacant funded positions in the National Weather Services than the NWS claims. This FOIA response confirms NWSEO’s long standing claim that there are over 600 vacancies within the NWS. (FULL ARTICLE)
In response to NWSEO’s FOIA request for:
the total number of vacancies,
total number of employees on board, and
total number of authorized and appropriated positions,
NOAA provided the following chart which demonstrates that NWS leadership has been misrepresenting both the number of appropriated positions and the number of vacancies.
According to data provided by NOAA, as of November 1, 2016, there were 643 vacant funded positions in the NWS. According to this document, there were a total of 4,874 appropriated positions in the NWS in FY 16, not 4,638 as claimed by the NWS. NOAA also reports that there are 174 additional positions that are either reimbursable by other agencies or fee-funded (such as the CWSU meteorologists): Link to Chart from November 2016 NOAA Vacancy Report
National Weather Service’s Evolving Plans to
Part Time Offices
(March 2, 2017) In the past nine months, NWSEO has received several National Weather Service documents that include plans to part time weather forecast offices and move away from the 24/7/365 forecasting responsibilities for most offices. These plans are part of the NWS Evolve initiative share common goal of a part time office structure. Below is a listing of the plans distributed from July 2016 – February 2017.
July 2016 NWS Directors Brief with DOC Deputy Secretary Bruce Andrews
(February 27, 2017) On the same day that National Weather Service Director Dr. Uccellini tells employees, “part timing of the offices is off the table,” presentation slides showing distinct plans to part time offices are distributed at NCEPs annual planning meeting.
NWSEO has obtained a 37 slide PowerPoint presentation made to NCEP managers on February 14, 2017 at NCEP’s Annual Operating Plan meeting. The presentation was made by the Director of the Office of Programming and Planning for Service Delivery, who is tasked with execution of the Evolve NWS plans. Only the first 22 slides were presented at the meeting. Slides 23-37, which were distributed but not shown, highlight plans to reduce staff and part time offices. According to this PowerPoint, developed and partially presented by the NWS’s Project Management Office, only 37 of the 116 WFOs in the continental U.S. will be operating 24/7/365 by FY 19. (More)
Initial Guidance on the Federal Hiring Freeze Honors Some Job Offers
(January 26, 2017) The Office of Management and Budget offered initial guidance to the President’s federal hiring freeze. This guidance honors job offers made prior to the January 22, 2017 with a confirmed start date on or before February 22, 2017.
Agency heads are told to review positions for those who received an appointment prior to January 22, 2017 but do not have a confirmed start date or have a start date after February 22, 2017 to determine whether or not those appointments should be revoked. Merit system principles, essential mission priorities, and agency resources and funding will be factored into the decision. (More)
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