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Page Information Updated: Sunday, 15 March 2020

How Your Local Can Get Involved

First, study the Legislative Training Powerpoint. Next, have your Local appoint a Legislative Liaison with duties as described in the PowerPoint presentation (See below.). Send the name and contact information for your Legislative Liaison to the Chair of the Council Legislative Committee.

The Hatch Act has nothing to do with issue advocacy. For information on your rights and responsibilities, how to contact your Congressional representatives, and more, check out NFFE's Legislative Action Center.

FSC Legislative Priority: Performance, Cost, Missions and Management of the USDA Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) operates 26 Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Job Corps centers as part of this program. The funding for CCC centers flows through DOL to USDA. The President’s FY 2019 budget proposed to end the role of the USDA in running CCC centers and asks for a General Provision that would allow DOL to select contractors to operate them instead.

The justification used by the administration and DOL is scientifically and legally flawed. Read the NFFE special report which provides a qualified response to the deliberate mischaracterizations of an otherwise effective program.

Read the 2018 NFFE briefing paper on this topic under 2018 NFFE Legislative Agenda.

FSC Legislative Priority: Broken Promises - Injured Firefighters, Law Enforcement Officers Forced Out of their Retirement System

Congress enacted 5 U.S. Code (U.S.C.) 8336.6(c) retirement benefits due to the hazardous nature of the occupation. During the FSC's time on the Hill in May, NFFE FSC representatives will be asking Congress to redeem the commitment made to these employees by maintaining the enhanced retirement for injured or disabled federal firefighters and law enforcement officers who continue working for the government. For more, visit our Broken Promises page.

2018 NFFE Legislative Agenda

Topics to be covered during the NFFE-IAM Legislative Conference the week of May 7, 2018:

2018 NFFE Legislative Week Reports

Temporary Employment Reform

The Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act was passed in August, 2015. For more information, check out our Temporary Employment Reform page.

Legislative Committee

The Legislative Committee keeps the Executive Board, and Local Lodges as appropriate, appraised of proposed legislative actions that affect government employees. The Committee also works with Forest Service Council representatives at IAMAW Legislative Conference to ensure that the interests of the Forest Service bargaining unit employees are effectively compiled and communicated.