Usda Forest Service Master Agreement

Good Neighbor Authority in Montana (June 16, 2016) Through the webinar, participants learned the basics of the Good Neighbor Authority (GNA) how the state, forest service and its partners could work together to implement GNA so that it works best for Montana, and what the new authority can do and what the new authority cannot do to manage and restore federal forests and watersheds Montana. Speakers also shared scenarios to illustrate the type of projects that would be appropriate for the GNA and the activities authorized. Early Lessons from the Good Neighbor Authority (February 9, 2017) This peer-learning meeting focused on the cores and screws of the Good Neighbor Authority, a review of states with master`s agreements and a more in-depth discussion of how this authority has been successfully used to achieve on-site results in Montana and Oregon and lessons learned on the way forward. [Balises: GNA, Farm Bill, Good Neighbour] Good Neighbor Authority in Oregon (June 17, 2016) This peer learning session focused on the Good Neighbor Authority (GNA) and the new Oregon State GNA Master Convention. Representatives from the Forest Service, the Governor of Oregon, the Department of Forestry and the Oregon Department of Wildlife and Nature discussed what the Authority can and cannot do to assist in the management and restoration of Oregon`s forests and watersheds, including an initial reflection on how Oregon could use the agreement and how the new instrument could be associated with the existing public works. The NFF deliberately organized this meeting at the beginning of the history of the agreement between the State and the Forest Service to provide a forum for members of forest cooperation to learn about this new tool, ask questions and discuss concerns. Since 2017, collective agreement law and federal sector policy have changed dramatically, including four executive orders. Together, these changes represent the most significant changes in federal labour relations since the Public Service Reform Act of 1978. The NFFE Forest Service Council represents approximately 20,000 employees, or 57% of the staff, and is the largest bargaining unit of the Agency. This new agreement was developed in record time by the union and management bargaining teams, with considerable savings for the government compared to previous Master Agreement negotiations, which lasted for years.

The new masteragrement preserves the obligation of management and the Union to cooperate to identify problems and solve problems affecting workers. NFFE President Melissa Baumann expressed optimism about the new agreement: “As my colleague Ken Dinsmore reminds me, we have achieved what many thought impossible. But only time will tell how much the agency`s management appreciates the union`s role in representing workers under this new agreement. Rollout of Good Neighbor Authority Agreement Templates (July 10-13, 2015) The newly approved Good Neighbor Authority (GNA), which is being expanded in the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Farm Bill) and the FY 2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act, allows the U.S. Forest Service to cooperate with states to conduct restoration projects across federal borders. Contract models used to implement projects under the GNA required approval of the Documentwork Reduction Act (PRA). The PRA process has enabled the forest service to develop and improve contract projects with state forests and other partners. Draft agreements have been approved by the Administrative and Budget Office and can be used with states to begin implementing projects under the GNA.

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