What is the purpose of NHPA? As the employee-based organization at NASA HQ, our purpose is to meaningfully engage with management and policymakers to address issues relevant to our careers, NASA’s mission, and the critical service we provide to taxpayers, the scientific community, industry -- and all our stakeholders. Working together we have, and can continue to:
partner with management to achieve success and resolve issues that impede organizational goals;
support fair and objective evaluations;
negotiate improvements over our work environment;
advocate training and professional development;
ensure no one has to compromise their professional integrity over politics or ideology;
develop a contract spelling out the rights and conditions of employment while ensuring flexibility and professional discretion to get the work done; and
advocate for or against legislation that currently or will in the future impact NASA and our profession.
How can NHPA membership advance my career and improve NASA? Our goal is to continue to advance NASA's mission for all our stakeholders and for NASA employees. It is in our interest to advocate for improvements and hold our leaders accountable to our agency’s mission, which in turn benefits you and your career. Those of us who carry out NASA’s mission on a daily basis need the autonomy to voice our ideas and concerns to managers and policymakers without fear of reprisal. In joining NHPA, your voice and professional integrity are strengthened. And in NHPA, you gain the ability to take on issues beyond the control of your immediate supervisor, when the situation warrants.
How does being a member benefit me? The more that join NHPA, the more we can promote improvements and fairness. Together, we can collaborate with management over changes that impact our work and lives. Joining with other professionals, NHPA can help you take even more personal control of your career and work life. The more that join NHPA, the more influence we have as a group in the eyes of managers and policymarkers. The more employees come aboard, the stronger NHPA is, the more it benefits you, as with any professional association..
Why have dues, and what are they used for? As with any member-driven non-profit organization, we need funds to carry out our work, and our only source of funding is through membership dues. Dues are used, for example, to provide training, insurance, office supplies, and legal support. Dues do not go to politicians or political parties.
How can I check if I'm eligible to join? Almost all non-managerial employees based at NASA HQ can join the NHPA, unless the type of work that you perform excludes you from being represented - according to FLRA statutes 5 USC 7112(b) and (c).
If you refer to the most recent version of your SF-50 form, in block 37, if you see a bargaining unit code "1292" (Scientists/Engineers) or "5929" (Clerical/Administrative/Technical) you are eligible to join.
If you have any questions regarding your eligibility, please feel free to contact us for more information.
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