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On Friday, February 11, 2022, the Agency informed NATCA of its intent to implement revisions to LWS 8.12a Voluntary Leave Transfer Program (VLTP), which would be made effective on March 16, 2022. According to the Agency, the revisions were legally required after the Agency became aware in late December 2021 that the United States Postal Service is now prohibited from leave sharing with other federal agencies. This prohibition conflicted with the Agency’s prior policies. The purpose of this revision is to include language identifying the two approved agencies excepted from 5 U.S.C. Chapter 63, that the FAA has authority to transfer annual leave to and from, which includes the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Title 38 employees only. Additional revisions were also made to provide language to facilitate the management of FAA’s excepted service authority for leave transfer, and editorial modifications to ensure compliance with current HRPM formatting and plain language requirements. NATCA responded to the Agency’s notice by requesting a full briefing to obtain an explanation of any proposed changes that would take place, and to ensure that no change would adversely impact NATCA’s BUEs. The briefing was held on Thursday, March 3, 2022. 

NATCA is currently evaluating whether proposals are necessary.

POCs: Chief of Staff Dean Iacopelli, Director of Labor Relations Nicole Vitale, Deputy Director of Labor Relations Akua Brempong-Smith, and Senior Counsel for Labor Relations

May Silverstein

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