Tell Congress to Fix NSPS - or Scrap It!
IMPORTANT: This information should not be downloaded using government equipment, read during duty time or sent to others using government equipment because it suggests action to be taken in support or against legislation.A Conference Committee of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees will soon meet to finalize the 2008 DoD Authorization Act. The House of Representatives, in its version of the Authorization Act, included major reforms to the National Security Personnel System (NSPS). The Senate version of the Authorization Act also included some significant reforms.
As the members of the Conference Committee prepare to meet and iron out their differences to create the final version of the Authorization Act, we need to let the Conferees know that we want them to include the strongest possible reforms to NSPS. Please use the sample letter below as a guide to write to the members of the House and Senate Armed Services Commiittes, urging them to support these much needed fixes to NSPS. Tell them to either fix NSPS, or get rid of it altogether!
Even if your Senators or Representative is not on the Armed Services Committee, we ask you to write to them so they can pass on your opinions to their colleagues. The letter below can serve as a template for your letter, but please feel free to customize and personalize it in any way you can. As always, we urge you to be polite and respectful to our elected officials.
The members of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees can be found at these links.
Senate Armed Services Committee
House Armed Services Committee
In addition, you can find full lists of Senators and Representatives at Senate.gov and House.gov
Sample Letter to Senators and Representatives
I am writing to urge you to support the following reforms to the National Security Personnel System (NSPS) as a part of the Fiscal Year 2008 (FY08) Defense Authorization Conference Report.
Both the House (H.R. 1585) and Senate (S. 1548) versions of this legislation, respectively, did include some language reforming NSPS. While I call on you to support the House language in full, there are also some aspects of the Senate-passed bill that I ask you to support as well. In this regard, I ask that you work to ensure that the following provisions are included in the final Conference Report:
• The House-passed NSPS reform language in its entirety;
• The Senate-passed language calling for a complete repeal of NSPS for DoD's wage grade workers;
• The House and Senate-passed language calling for all DoD labs to be exempted from NSPS.
As a voter and a taxpayer, I feel that NSPS is nothing more than an ideologically fueled attack on the devoted civilian workers at DoD. In addition, the costs of this personnel system are not transparent and are far greater than the $158 million price tag cited by the DoD. This was confirmed by a recent GAO Report (GAO-07-851), which stated that the $158 million failed to include "any of the typical indirect costs associated with the design and implementation of NSPS." NSPS is nothing more than another failed remnant of the Rumsfeld/Wolfowitz era at DoD and should scrapped before more tax dollars are wasted on it.
The DoD workforce has become a political football in an ideological attempt to strip away workers rights, including the constitutional right to organize. By supporting the legislative proposals cited above, I am calling on you to do nothing more than restore to DoD civilians the rights that they have enjoyed for dozens of years.
Thank you in advance for your efforts to adopt the above NSPS reform language as a part of the FY08 Defense Authorization Conference Report.
In addition to this effort, FEA also urges you to visit this page, to learn how you can urge your elected representatives to restrict how taxpayer dollars are used to fund NSPS.
Please stand up for your rights and write to Congress TODAY!!!