House Adopts Defense Authorization Conference Report by Veto-proof Majority

Wednesday, December 12, 2007


Contact: Randy Erwin, NFFE Legislative Director

Phone: (202) 257-0948


Washington, DC – Today, the House of Representatives adopted the Fiscal Year 2008 Defense Authorization Conference Report (HR 1585) which included language to fundamentally alter the National Security Personnel System (NSPS), a controversial personnel reform at the Department of Defense (DoD). 


“We are happy to see such broad support for this legislation in Congress,” said Richard N. Brown, NFFE president. “This brings us one step closer to actualizing the NSPS reforms that unions have sought and Defense workers deserve.”


The conference report was passed with overwhelming support from lawmakers (370-49), a count sufficient to override a veto from the White House.


“I don’t think the President will veto this bill.  This legislation does so much in terms of funding the military.  I would hope that restoring Defense workers’ rights would be insufficient cause to draw a veto.  I don’t think that Congress or the American people would stand for it,” said Brown.


The conference report still must be approved by the Senate before it can be sent to the president for his signature.  The Senate intends to bring up the defense authorization conference report later this week.




Established in 1917, the National Federation of Federal Employees is the oldest union representing civil service federal employees.  NFFE currently represents 90,000 federal employees government-wide, including 45,000 in the Department of Defense.  NFFE is affiliated with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.


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