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Letter to House and Senate Democrats on the National Security Personnel System

October 19, 2007

Dear Conferee:


On behalf of the 3.2 million members of the National Education Association, and especially the over 8,000 employees of the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) represented by the Federal Education Association, we urge you to include in the FY 08 Defense Appropriations conference agreement bipartisan House-passed language that would defund the National Security Personnel System (NSPS). 

The initial version of the NSPS created by former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld is an affront to the men and women at DoD who work so hard to support our troops and safeguard our country every day. In creating the NSPS, the Pentagon ignored guidelines set forth by Congress and sought to create an arbitrary system in which workers were stripped of their collective bargaining rights and left with no real protection or recourse from cronyism and other abuses. 

Since the adoption of the NSPS, many problems have surfaced, including evidence of mismanagement and the inability to track program costs, as documented in a recent GAO report (GAO-07-851, Human Capital: DOD Needs Better Internal Controls and Visibility over Costs for Implementing Its National Security Personnel System, July 16, 2007).  Clearly, it is in the best interests of the DoD and the dedicated men and women who serve our nation for Congress to defund this ideologically fueled and needless system.

Again, we urge you to accept the House-passed language to defund the NSPS.

Sincerely,

Reg Weaver, President, National Education Association

Michael Priser, President, Federal Education Association