“Protecting American Agriculture Employees for Over 50 Years”

Current Headlines

06.27.10 NAAE and APHIS LABOR RELATIONS SHARE an AWARD: Society of Federal Labor and Employee Relations Professionals 2010 Cooperation Award

04.17.10 NAAE 2010 Election Results

02.20.10 Hiring Option Update
    Big news!  For several years, at every management consultation, NAAE has brought up the issue that PPQ technicians need a method of applying for PHSS positions that gives them an advantage over people applying off the street.  We’d been told that there was no method available for technicians to apply for a merit promotion PHSS vacancy.  And there wasn’t, because the Agency was only advertising them at the GS-11 level, and to be eligible employees had to be no more than one grade level below the level the vacancy was advertised at.  Not anymore!  PPQ has just notified us that it is going to amend the current system and allow merit promotion announcements to be advertised at the GS 5/7/9 and 11 levels.  Keep in mind this option of filling vacancies still remains at the discretion of the selecting official.  But we’re making progress!

10.07 NAAE has negotiated for waivers to the all electronic Earnings and Leave Statement

09.13.07 A Collective Bargaining Agreement for SITC Becomes Effective
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Labor Mangement Forums

Executive Order 13522: Creating Labor-Management Forums to Improve Delivery of Government Services

USDA Forum

09.22.11 USDA Forum Charter

PPQ Forum

12.02.14 NAAE/APHIS Success Story Presentation for the National Council

09.22.11 PPQ Forum Charter

09.22.11 Check out the Forum website, posted there are copies of minutes, metrics reports, and many other related documents.   PPQ Forum website on the APHIS Intranet

03.31.09 Memorandum of Understanding for the Mobilization Guide and Temporary Duty Assignments

04.15.09 Foreign TDY Overtime Grievance Resolution

03.03.08 Foreign TDY Overtime Grievance

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Influenza Preparedness Information

Office procedures approved by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management that PPQ may use in the event of a Pandemic Influenza Outbreak

Additional information on government plans for dealing with pandemic influenza, follow the links below:
Main US Government Website (PandemicFlu.gov)
Health and Human Services Plan
Department of Homeland Security-Critical Infrastructure
07.21.09 PPQ Pandemic Plan MOU
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Uniform Information

8.22.13 Uniform Guidelines

07.07  Uniform Agreement Signed—Employees to Receive up to $800 Uniform Allowance

For comments, concerns and suggestions please contact your Uniform Committee Representative:

Victor Zeno                                                                     Tim Cassidy
NAAE Eastern Region                                                  NAAE Western Region
Victor.Zeno@aphis.usda.gov                                       timothy.m.cassidy@aphis.usda.gov

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NAAE Agreements and MOUs

3.18.15 Voluntary Lateral Transfers MOU

04.17.14 SITC Officer/ PHSS Blended Position Description MOU

08.22.13 Uniform Guidelines

06.14.10 Web T&A Implementation

10.02.09 eOPF MOU

07.21.09 PPQ Pandemic Plan MOU

03.31.09 Memorandum of Understanding for the Mobilization Guide and Temporary Duty Assignments

06.10.07 Electronic Earning & Leave Statement MOU

07.31.06 Implementation of the e-Authentication Program MOU

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03.31.09 Memorandum of Understanding for the Mobilization Guide and Temporary Duty Assignments

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CBP Upgrade

A letter from NAAE President Sarah Rehberg to PPQ’s Deputy Administrator Rebecca Bech regarding CBP’s recent announcement that they intend to raise CBP Agriculture Specialist’s journeyman level to GS-12

12.16.09 PPQ Deputy Administrator Rebecca Bech's Response to NAAE's Letter Regarding the Upgrade

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CBP Agriculture

Restoration News

FLRA Appeal of Agriculture Specialists Non-Professional Determination

NAAE Comments on the GAO Report on Protecing Against Agroterrorism

Letter from NAAE General Counsel on Blocked DHS Personnel System Regulations

The Feinstein Bill

9th Circuit Court of Appeals re FLRA Decision of Ag-Specialists Non-Professional Status

NAAE Brief for 9th Cuircut Court of Appeals

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