posted February 4, 2021

This week, President Biden dismissed the members of the Federal Service Impasses Panel (FSIP). This is a standard practice that usually occurs when a new administration takes over.

At the conclusion of bargaining in late November 2020, DoDEA requested FSIP assistance to resolve multiple disputes in the negotiation of a new agreement for the FEA Overseas bargaining unit. That request by DoDEA, which has been challenged by FEA, will remain on hold until new FSIP panel members are named by the White House and seated. It is uncertain how long it will take for the new panel to be formed.

Meanwhile, the current Overseas negotiated agreement between FEA and DoDEA remains in place.

In January, President Biden signed an Executive Order, rescinding a trio of Orders issued by the prior administration that sought to limit employee civil service protections and union rights. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is expected to issue guidance to federal agencies in the near future about that Order from President Biden.

We anticipate such guidance may impact the ongoing Overseas contract bargaining, the Stateside ESP contract bargaining that was opened last spring, and any future bargaining with the Agency, though it is impossible to predict exactly what that impact may be until the guidance comes forth.

As we learn more, the Association will continue to report to members about this Executive Order and other actions by the Administration affecting workplace rights and conditions.