June 24, 2015
The Honorable Jason Chaffetz, Chairman, and
The Honorable Elijah Cummings, Ranking Member
U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
2157 Rayburn Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Re: Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act
Dear Chairman Chaffetz and Ranking Member Cummings:
I am writing to you on behalf of over 1,070 members of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks (Coalition), who collectively represent more than 30,000 years of national park management experience. The Coalition studies, educates, speaks, and acts for the preservation of America’s National Park System. We are writing to express our strong support for the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (HR. 1531).
The federal land management agencies have a long tradition of employing a temporary, typically seasonal, workforce. For example, temporary and seasonal National Park Service (NPS) employees typically fill the front-line positions that provide the fundamental visitor services and programs that the American public has come to expect when they visit a unit of the National Park System. As such, these employees are rightfully referred to as the “face of the NPS.” Unfortunately, for many decades there has been a glaring lack of a clear and direct career entry path for experienced temporary employees to transition into the permanent workforce.
The Coalition strongly supports the Act, as drafted. It is beneficial legislation that would provide a fair and reasonable opportunity for experienced temporary employees to become eligible to compete for front-line career positions. Of benefit to the land management agencies, the increased competition for positions would also improve the quality of the applicant pool. Thank you for the opportunity to comment.
Chair, Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks
Mailing: 5625 North Wilmot Road, Tucson, AZ 85750-1216