Defense Budget Bill Could Carry Changes For Feds - July 12, 2019
By Jessie Burr, Federal Times
House Democrats have moved to add provisions to the fiscal year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act that would impact federal employees beyond those that work in the Pentagon.
Two amendments to the NDAA, which were approved by the Rules Committee July 9, would prevent the Trump administration’s plan to break up the Office of Personnel Management and provide federal employees with 12 weeks of paid family leave in the case of a new child or family member in need of care.
“If Congress takes seriously the recruitment and retention challenges facing the federal government, such as a well-documented skills gap and the need to fill mission-critical positions, then implementing a paid family leave policy that is a human resources best practice is a no-brainer. With the federal workforce aging, recruitment of young workers is more important than ever, and offering paid family leave is a good step towards meeting these challenges,” said National Active and Retired Federal Employees National President Ken Thomas in a statement.