Important Notice

We are currently in the process of converting to a new system and the online membership system will be down until the new system comes online.
Blacks In Government national leadership apologizes for any inconvenience that our efforts to offer an enhanced, real-time system may cause the membership at this time. 
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It's Official: Furloughed Feds Will Receive Back Pay Once the Shutdown Ends

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National Coalition for Equity in Public Service (NCEPS) calls for an end to the partial government shutdown.  The six national non-profit organizations that promote the participation and advancement of minority and women managers and employees in the Federal Government provided letters to the United States President; Majority Leader of the United States Senate; and the Speaker of the House to immediately end the shutdown and let hard-working civil servants get back to work.

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Although FEEA unfortunately can't replace income for all furloughed feds, we wanted to make it easier for those affected by the shutdown to find resources that can help. We've created a page on our website www.feea.org/shutdown where we're compiling articles that link to both national and regional resources and we will continue adding to the list while the shutdown continues.


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National Blacks In Government President’s Comments on Impact of the Partial Government Shutdown

During a 7 January 2019 interview with broadcast journalist, Mr. Harold Fisher of WHUR 96.3 radio, National President, Honorable Dr. Doris Sartor, shared Blacks In Government’s (BIG) perspective and impact on the partial government shutdown.

As an advocate for the employment and general welfare of government employees, as the government shutdown goes into its third week, BIG is concerned about the numerous negative impacts of the shutdown and feel that the American people, inclusive of the government workforce, should not be held hostage and that government employees should not be used as a bargaining chip.

Many government employees’ livelihood (source of income, means of support) is dependent upon their government employment. In addition, the delay in not receiving tax refunds and food stamps will result in economic challenges.  The possibility of missed paychecks also affects local economies (they now have to make tough choices, eating out less, paying for child care, limiting shopping, etc.).

Government jobs have long been considered the most secure form of employment for Black employees providing good pay and benefits and the foundation for middle-class incomes; so, any loss of salaries is going to hit the middle class disproportionately. Blacks make up 20% of the federal workforce, and we are already struggling with economic security and advancement against racism, favoritism, and disparate treatment.  Blacks In Government opposes any actions that threaten the inclusion, growth, and power for all future and present Black employees in federal, state and local governments. We encourage our government leaders to end the government shutdown.


        Coping with the Federal Government Shutdown  

Greetings Blacks In Government Members

National Blacks In Government®, Inc. continues to be a national response to the need for African Americans in public service to organize around issues of mutual concern and use their collective strength to confront workplace and community issues.  We are providing a list of resources and information for federal government employees who are affected by the partial government shutdown to consider. Mr. Jesse Sharpe has prepared a paper on "Coping with the Federal Government Shutdown." In his position as National First Vice President, he serves as the primary focal point to ensure the concerns of Federal employees are addressed. 
 
We encourage our government leaders to end the partial government shutdown. To that end, we ask you to take responsible action and have your voices heard.
  • Tweet to the White House using the handle @WhiteHouse
  • Send them a message or leave a comment on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/WhiteHouse/
  • Call Congress at (866) 803-8830 to speak with all three of your lawmakers. Call the number 3 times: Twice for both Senators and once for your Representative. Tell them to fully fund the government today!
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The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has prepared human resources guidance for agencies and employees in the event of furloughs. There are two types of furloughs -

An administrative furlough is a planned event by an agency which is designed to absorb reductions necessitated by downsizing, reduced funding, lack of work, or any budget situation other than a lapse in appropriations. Furloughs that would potentially result from sequestration would generally be considered administrative furloughs. 

shutdown furlough (also called an emergency furlough) occurs when there is a lapse in appropriations, and can occur at the beginning of a fiscal year, if no funds have been appropriated for that year, or upon expiration of a continuing resolution, if a new continuing resolution or appropriations law is not passed. In a shutdown furlough, an affected agency would have to shut down any activities funded by annual appropriations that are not excepted by law. Typically, an agency will have very little to no lead time to plan and implement a shutdown furlough.

                 Funding Lapse Information Page

The following links are provided as a reference to assist Federal Employees affected by the shutdown to provide answers and resources.


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    2019 BIG National Officer Installation
  
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                       Atlanta, GA January 26, 2019

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On behalf of the National Organization of Blacks In Government, I would like to "Thank You" for attending BIG's 40th National Training Institute (NTI) in New Orleans, LA. 

To our numerous corporate sponsors, hosts, donors, supporting partners, and member donors, we extend our sincere thanks and appreciation to each of you for supporting our BIG National programs, services, and initiatives to ensure Blacks In Government remains the organization of choice for government employees. We are committed to equity, excellence, and opportunity for ALL.

 

BIG's 41st National Training Institute will be held on August 5 - 8, 2019 in Dallas, Texas and we all look forward to you attending.

 

Please click on the below link to see various slide show pictures from the 2018 NTI and a summary of 2018 NTI.

 

                      2018 NTI Slide Show Pictures and Summary Link

 

                                     Download 2019 NTI Flyer

 

And as always, thank you ALL for Thinking BIG!  

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              Blacks In Government's Position Paper

Opposition of Proposed Legislation Regarding Federal Retirement Benefits Position Paper
 

The National Blacks In Government (BIG) organization is concerned about the proposed changes to the federal employees' retirement system because it will adversely impact thousands of civil servants. BIG believes the four recommended changes to federal retirement benefits will diminish the quality of retirement life for many dedicated and loyal federal employees.

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National Constitution Of Blacks In Government ® (BIG)

P R E A M B L E

We believe that Blacks in government should have the opportunity for full, complete and equitable access to jobs, education, advancement, housing and health services, and that they must have recourse in adverse situations without discrimination because of race.

We further believe that Blacks should unite in order to obtain and secure the rights and privileges of full citizenship participation.  It is necessary to develop a mechanism for inclusion, growth and power for all present and future Black employees in Federal, State and local governments.

Therefore, we, the members of Blacks In Government ® (BIG), in order to act as an advocate for the employment and general welfare of Blacks employed in Federal, State and local governments and to establish a national network of Black Federal, State and local government employees, do hereby establish this constitution for a national organization of Blacks in government.

                                    GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

1.   1. To be an advocate of equal opportunity for Blacks in government.

2.   2. To eliminate practices of racism and racial discrimination against Blacks in government.

3.   3. To promote professionalism among Blacks in government.

4.  4. To develop and promote programs which will enhance ethnic pride and educational opportunities for Blacks in government.

5. To establish a mechanism for the gathering and dissemination of information to Blacks in government.
 

6.  6. To provide a nonpartisan platform on major issues of local, regional, and national significance that affect Blacks in government.

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THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!
 
On this Veterans Day, Blacks In Government salutes our Veterans and extend our gratitude for their service. They are our members, relatives, friends, neighbors and co-workers. These individuals committed to a cause larger than their own and accepted the challenge to defend our Nation.
Our Veterans put everything on the line to protect our freedom. We may never be able to repay them for their sacrifice, but we can show them just how much we appreciate all that they've done. Everyone can do something to let Veterans know how much we appreciate their service.
                            Visit http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/veterans-day/

It takes great courage for a soldier to risk life and limb for his/her country and as civilians we must honor these heroes. This is the basis of the Veterans Day celebration.
 
Honor these great men and women with words of appreciation.
 
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!
 
 
 
 
 
Click the link below to hear the Bebe Winans song:
 
 
                                      The History of Veterans Day
 
November 11, or what has come to be known as Veterans Day, was originally set as a U.S. legal holiday to honor Armistice Day - the end of World War I, which officially took place on November 11, 1918. President Woodrow Wilson honored the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations..."

In 1954, Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, struck out the word "Armistice" and inserted the word "Veterans." With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, November 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

Between 1968 and 1975, Veterans Day was moved around on the calendar, sometimes even appearing on the last Monday of October. Finally on September 20, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed a law which returned the annual observance of Veterans Day to its original date of November 11, beginning in 1978.

Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls. The restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.