Information update: Project AIM 2020

NTEU Monday Minute for the Week of August 31, 2015: Information Updates

Project Aim 2020 Update

 Prioritization and Re-Baselining: On August 17th, per the SRM for SECY 15-0015: Project Aim 2020 Commission Report and Recommendations, the agency published an announcement requesting staff input towards a one-time, Commission-approved assessment of work across the agency. The assessment would be used to identify activities that can be shed (stopped), performed with fewer resources, or performed with a different priority.

Noting that staff are “an excellent source of information on the connection between the work activities they perform and the NRC’s mission, principles, and values” the agency encourages staff to think about the work they do and the way in which they do it.

There are three ways that an employee can provide this input to management: 1) provide input to your supervisor or division managers; 2) provide input to the Project Aim Team at; or 3) provide input to NTEU at   If you choose to provide input to the Project Aim Team or NTEU, this information would be provided to appropriate management without attribution. Input is being requested through September 15th.

Currently, NTEU is attending Project Aim working group meetings that are focused on how to “bin” this information in order to prioritize the agency’s work. To that end, in addition to the voluntary input described above, management may assign staff to participate in those deliberations which will include breaking budget “products” into smaller blocks of activities and then grouping or ranking those smaller blocks.   That effort will run from September 16 through November 17th.

NRC is holding a public meeting tomorrow to request public input in this process.

Centers of Expertise: Members of the NTEU Project Aim 2020 Working Group have been meeting almost weekly with management.  An outline for a November timeframe SECY paper is being developed which will provide the staff’s evaluation of and recommendations for the creation of additional COEs within the NRC.

Strategic Workforce Planning: Our working group member reviewed the draft project plan for strategic workforce planning and provided his concerns to that team which he felt were heard and incorporated.

At this point, planning to develop a plan includes defining and implementing a process at the highest level of aggregation that will be useful to planning for reorganizing, training, and (at some point) hiring. It is recognized that specific areas will require “drilling down” to less fungible skill sets, but the initial emphasis is on the process for planning. Iteration is inherent in the proposed plan.

Materials Program Evaluation Project: NTEU has been invited to participate on this agency team which is having its kick off meeting on September 9th.

Results of the NTEU Member Survey on Tie-Breaker Criteria for Early Outs/Buy Outs

Last week we requested that NTEU members responds to a question: Should Seniority or First Come-First Serve be used to determine priority of eligible applicants in the event a tie-breaker is needed for this agency initiative?

NTEU received a total of 102 responses, of which 56 were NTEU members. Thirty-nine members voted for Seniority while 17 members voted for First Come-First Serve. Thus, we have reported to OCHCO that NTEU supports using Seniority in the event a tie-breaker is needed. We would like to thank you for your quick responses.

 In Case You Missed It

On Friday, President Barack Obama sent a letter to congressional leaders exercising his authority to give federal civilian employees a pay raise effective Jan. 1, 2016. This would authorize an across-the-board 1% raise and locality pay adjustments.

Tony Reardon, NTEU’s new president, issued a press release praising, with some reservations, the pay raise, stating: “While any increase in pay is needed and welcomed, the federal workforce deserves a higher raise. An overall increase of 1.3 percent is simply not enough and is not in line with current economic data. Federal salaries have increased by just 2 percent in the last five years, which includes the three-year freeze. In that time, private-sector wages rose 8.3 percent, according to the Department of Labor’s Employment Cost Index.”

Reardon promised that NTEU will continue to push for a higher raise, one that would make federal salaries comparable with those in the private sector. Regarding the locality pay adjustments, he noted that: “Unfortunately, the 0.3 percent locality adjustment is so small it will have little impact on the large pay gaps in high labor cost areas.”

Someone Said

“A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.” — John Maxwell, writer


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