The National Council was established in December 2009 under President Obama's Executive Order 13522. The purpose of the Council is to advise President Obama on matters involving labor-management relations in the executive branch.

Mission Statement

The Council shall advise the President on matters involving labor-management relations in the executive branch, including:

  • Supporting the creation of department- or agency-level labor-management forums and promoting partnership efforts between labor and management
  • Developing metrics for evaluation of the effectiveness of the Council and department or agency labor-management forums in order to promote consistent, appropriate, and administratively efficient measurement and evaluation processes across departments and agencies;
  • Collecting and disseminating information about, and providing guidance on, labor-management relations improvement efforts including results achieved
  • Fostering successful labor-management relations including through training of department and agency personnel in methods of dispute resolution and cooperative methods of labor-management relations
  • Developing recommendations for innovative ways to improve delivery of services and products to the public while cutting costs and advancing employee interests
  • Serving as a venue for addressing systemic failures of department or agency-level forums
  • Providing recommendations to the President for the implementation of several pilot programs within the executive branch, for bargaining over subjects set forth in 5 U.S.C. 7106(b)(1).

The work the Council is doing to build stronger relationships between federal agencies and labor is extremely important in helping to foster successful labor-management relations and ensuring efficiency across the federal government.
NAGE National President Daivd J. Holway was first appointed to the Council in 2010. President Holway was reappointed to a second term on the Council in 2011.

Helpful Links

DC Council Website

Executive Order 13522
Reporting Metrics Guidance
Metrics Quick Tips


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