BOG Meeting Minutes – April 10, 2013

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1. Minutes. The minutes of April 3, 2013, were accepted.

2. Cards for Royce Crocker. Two get-well cards for the Board to sign were circulated and will be in the CREA office for a few days.

3. Meeting with Lillian and Lisa re: Change to VRC. Virtual Research Center functions are being merged with the Library’s systems. Are people in CRS aware of this, are there concerns? Board is encouraged to ask around; we could invite Lillian and Lisa to an upcoming meeting.

4. Labor Night at Nationals Park. How do we want to be involved? Need to find out some logistics, and then decide whether we buy some tickets and do an event/drawing, or do we reserve some tickets for members to purchase at a discount?

5. Money for Scholarship Fund. Gov. Stouffer moved for a one time raise in the fund of $3,000 (to $11,000 total) to cover all 20 applicants this year. Gov. Mangan seconded; the motion passed unanimously. The fund’s positive value as a recruiting tool was discussed.

6. Open Time. Two cases currently pending (one for Leg. Branch, one for Exec. Branch) about the STOCK Act and federal employees’ personal information being made available online. Early indications are that judges are leaning against the online posting. IFPTE still lobbying Members.

Meeting adjourned at 12:45 p.m.

Attendees:

David Bradley
Beverly Campbell
Chris Lewis
Bonnie Mangan
Jack Moteff
Libby Perl
Brian Reeder
Bryan Sinquefield
Mallary Stouffer

BOG Meeting Minutes – April 3, 2013

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1. Minutes. The minutes of March 20, 2013, were accepted.

2. Former President Roth on Contract. Pres. Moteff has reached out to Mr. Roth concerning his assistance with writing briefs, etc., for cases he was involved with before he retired.

3. Meeting with Library re: Budget Impact of Furloughs. Library management decided to implement three furlough days across all departments equally. Hiring freezes and spending cuts in anticipation of sequester did prevent more furlough days. Figures were distributed indicating cost savings of furlough days, voluntary LWOP, and spending cuts by department.

4. CRS Hiring while Furloughing. CRS was fairly aggressive in hiring freezes prior to sequester; there may be money available, and hiring may be picking up (based on increase in number of positions currently posted). CRS well below its quota (authorized for 651 employees; currently have around 600). Some employees have raised concerns about the idea of hiring new employees while current employees are being furloughed. Sense of the Board is not to protest hiring while furloughing; CRS has hiring needs, all divisions seem to have key positions that are not currently filled. Board would like to know how decisions are being made as to which vacancies are being posted, and to see figures indicating budget impact of new hires.

5. Membership Drive. IFPTE is asking all locals to have membership drives. VP Grasso would like to increase recruitment activities, and believes personal and sustained effort will be more successful than holding one large event alone. People may not be joining in some cases because they haven’t been personally asked. Board agrees with recruitment plans. Chris Langford (IFPTE) will be asked to speak to Board and Stewards; we need to get the latter involved. Still have leadership gaps—no Governors or Stewards from G&F, no Governors from ALD.

6. Open Time. We had more applicants than money available for the scholarship fund this year; Gov. Stouffer would like the Board to consider increasing the fund.

Meeting adjourned at 1:00 p.m.

Attendees:

David Bradley
Phillip Brogsdale
Valerie Grasso
Carol Hardy-Vincent
Cathi Jones
Chris Lewis
Bonnie Mangan
Jack Moteff
Libby Perl
Brian Reeder
Bryan Sinquefield
Mallary Stouffer