Just as the radar images were being published in Paris Match, Clinton signed the following Executive Order.
The Federal Labor-Management Relations Program provides a mechanism for workers to complain of inappropriate treatment, or to report wrongdoing without fear of reprisal.
Interesting timing, isn't it?
E.O. # 13039 THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary _______________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release March 12, 1997 EXECUTIVE ORDER - - - - - - - EXCLUSION OF THE NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE DEVELOPMENT GROUP FROM THE FEDERAL LABOR-MANAGEMENT RELATIONS PROGRAM By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 7103(b)(1) of title 5 of the United States Code, and having determined that the Naval Special Warfare Development Group has as a primary function intelligence, counter-intelligence, investigative, or national security work and that the provisions of Chapter 71 of title 5 of the United States Code cannot be applied to this organization in a manner consistent with national security requirements and considerations, Executive Order 12171 of November 19, 1979, as amended, is further amended by adding the following at the end of section 1-205: "(i) Naval Special Warfare Development Group." WILLIAM J. CLINTON THE WHITE HOUSE, March 11, 1997. __________________________________________________________ HTTP://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/5/7103.html (b)(1) The President may issue an order excluding any agency or subdivision thereof from coverage under this chapter if the President determines that - * (A) the agency or subdivision has as a primary function intelligence, counterintelligence, investigative, or national security work, and * (B) the provisions of this chapter cannot be applied to that agency or subdivision in a manner consistent with national security requirements and considerations. * (2) The President may issue an order suspending any provision of this chapter with respect to any agency, installation, or activity located outside the 50 States and the District of Columbia, if the President determines that the suspension is necessary in the interest of national security. Labor-Management Relations Program HTTP://www.dp.hq.af.mil/DP/permiss/p_lmrp.htm HTTP://www.dp.hq.af.mil/DP/permiss/per_data/4211.htm Civilian Intelligence Personnel Management System (CIPMS) employees who are non-preference eligibles and who have completed one year of continuous service in the same or similar positions within DoD under other than a temporary appointment limited to two years or less, may grieve their removal, suspension, reduction in grade or pay, or furlough for 30 days or less. This provision does not apply to terminations for national security reasons under section 1590(e)(1) of Title 10 United States Code. HTTP://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/10/1590.shtml (e)(1) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary of Defense may terminate the employment of any civilian intelligence officer or employee of a military department whenever he considers that action to be in the interests of the United States and he determines that the procedures prescribed in other provisions of law that authorize the termination of the employment of such officer or employee cannot be invoked in a manner consistent with the national security. The decisions of the Secretary under this paragraph are final and may not be appealed or reviewed outside the Department of Defense. The Secretary of Defense shall promptly notify the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence of the House of Representatives and the Select Committee on Intelligence of the Senate whenever this termination authority is exercised. * (2) Any termination of employment under this subsection shall not affect the right of the officer or employee involved to seek or accept employment with any other department or agency of the United States if he is declared eligible for such employment the Director of the Office of Personnel Management. * (3) The Secretary of Defense may delegate authority under this subsection only to the Deputy Secretary of Defense or the Secretary concerned or both. An action to terminate any civilian intelligence officer or employee of a military department by either such officer shall be appealable to the Secretary of Defense.
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