FMA PLEASED AND SATISFIED WITH FY2020 NDAA CONFERENCE REPORT - December 10, 2019
This week lawmakers released the conference report for the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). FMA worked with legislators on many provisions, and we are pleased and satisfied with the final product.
Specifically, the House bill would have modified the probationary period for Department of Defense (DOD) civilian employees from two years to one year. FMA appreciates that conferees instead maintained the current policy – which FMA supports – but require a report from the Secretary of Defense to formally analyze and assess how the policy is working. That is the reasonable and practical course of action.
Other provisions included in the NDAA conference report FMA supports:
Limitation on the proposed merger of Office of Personnel Management functions with the General Services Administration
Extension of authority to grant allowances, benefits, and gratuities to civilian personnel on official duty in a combat zone
Inclusion of paid family leave for federal employees
Reimbursement for federal, state, and local income taxes incurred during travel, transportation, and relocation.
Modification of direct hire authorities at DOD
Protections for FEHBP and FEGLI services in the event of a government shutdown.
FMA commends the conferees on their work, and encourage both the House and Senate to approve the conference report.