Executive Order Ruling
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Early this morning, U.S. District Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson issued an order declaring those provisions of the three executive orders issued by the President that impact collective bargaining rights to be unlawful and enjoined their application. This includes the restrictions on the use and negotiation of official time, and other limits on what can be negotiated - such as the exclusion of awards and removals and performance ratings from the grievance procedures, and the prohibition on negotiating over permissive matters (which are still in agency discretion). Here is the decision.
August 20, 2018
POPA has no information about when the systems will be up and running again but we recognize that the negative impacts on examiners continue to grow.
6:05pm Patents Management has sent an email to all Patents employees giving guidance about the outage. The outage has not yet been resolved.
The Telework Enhancement Act Pilot Program (TEAPP) has been signed into law as part of the John S. McCain National Defense Act for Fiscal Year 2019. TEAPP is authorized until December 31, 2020.