NWS Excuses for Hiring Freeze in light of $125 million Surplus Don’t Add Up
(January 24, 2014) Evidence of a $125 million dollar surplus in fiscal year 2013 has the National Weather Service scrambling for excuses for why they didn’t seek permission from Congress to reprogram the money and avert an unnecessary and dangerous hiring freeze. Currently there are 451 vacancies agency-wide.
In response to information learned at the January Hiring Freeze arbitration and communicated by NWSEO, the NWS claims they “did not receive allotments for the final FY13 NOAA Spend Plan, which included over $20M in additional Local Warnings and Forecasts (LWF) funding, until the end of August, when funds in the spend plan targeted for planned hires could no longer be executed.” The fiscal year 2013 ended on September 30, 2013.
What "funds in the spend plan targeted for planned hires"? Where is that money now?
NWSEO maintains that the NWS could have asked Congress to reprogram the funds to enable them to fill vacancies of critical positions. Below, you will read (in italics) NWS’s reasons for not requesting a reprogramming, followed by the union’s rebuttal – stating firmly that for the mission of saving lives and property, the critical positions should have been filled.
The NWS could have started process and positions would have been filed by now!
No one cares more for National Weather Service employees than