In the final days of 2019, an arbitrator issued a decision clearly stating that HHS did not have the legal right to impose a partial collective agreement. In upsuing NTEU`s complaint, an arbitrator found that HHS had unlawfully imposed an injunction from the Federal Service Impasses Panel (FSIP) during the ongoing contract negotiations. The FSIP`s decision does not weigh on all HHS-NTEU negotiating proposals. But the panel gave its opinion on articles that both sides could not discuss alone. The new proposal reads: “The Agency will not set a minimum number of days per week for employees under telework contracts to report to their official construction site. However, staff should expect to report to the official construction site and service at least four days a week. The OPM has issued a memorandum on the publication of the CBA database, which contains guidelines on the filing requirements of authorities for BCAs and arbitral awards. After months of contract breaches, public protests and complaints, the Department of Health and Social Services is preparing to conclude its collective agreement before the end of the week due to objections from the federal union that represents its employees. Instead, the EOs gave the agencies a playbook for proposals they might come up with during the negotiations, Friedman said. HHS and NTEU have been engaged in heated negotiations for a year. The two sides had spent much of December discussing new negotiating proposals with the help of a federal mediator, ordered by the Impass panel, after HHS declared an impasse in the negotiations over the summer. .