House Strips Funding for NSPS

Monday, August 6, 2007


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                     

Contact: Randy Erwin, NFFE Legislative Director

Phone: (202) 257-0948

Washington, DC – Late Saturday night, before adjourning for summer recess, the U.S. House of Representatives accepted the Inslee/Jones/Van Hollen amendment to the fiscal year 2008 Defense Appropriations bill.  The language will block the Department of Defense (DoD) from implementing the parts of the National Security Personnel System (NSPS) having to do with labor management relations and employee appeals.  The amendment was passed by a voice vote.

“The House of Representatives has made another strong statement to the Department of Defense,” said Richard N. Brown, NFFE president.  “Congress is saying, ‘Get this personnel system right, or we are not paying for it.’ ”

The passage of the Inslee/Jones/Van Hollen amendment marks the second time this year that the House has passed language to scale back NSPS.  In May, the House included language in the Defense Authorization bill to significantly alter major portions of NSPS.  However, the Senate has failed to pass their version of that bill, leaving the previously passed NSPS language in limbo.

“At this point, we can not count on the Defense Authorization bill getting passed,” said Brown.  “That made it all the more important for Congress to strip funding for NSPS.”

The Defense Appropriations bill will now move to the Senate.

“We will be asking the Senate to include the exact same language in their version of the bill,” said Brown.

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