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National Office Week in Review: March 1, 2017

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NATCA NATIONAL OFFICE DEPARTMENTAL WEEK IN REVIEW February 1 1 - 24 , 2017 LABOR RELATIONS DEPARTMENT Week of Feb. 11 - 17: FIREFOX INFORMATION REQUEST UPDATE On Feb . 16, 2017, the Agency sent out an information request to employees who have Firefox software installed on their FAA computers, including approximate ly 234 NATCA - represented BUEs. The Agency initially briefed NATCA about this information request on Dec . 21, 2016, but did n ot send it out until recently. The purpose of the information request is to determine whether employees who have Firefox have a need for the software. The information request is in response to recent notices regarding securi ty vulnerabilities in Firefox. Firefox is not currently supported by the Office of Information & Technology Services (AIT). The Agency sent an email to the employees' FAA email addresses with a link to a SurveyMonkey webpage requesting the following information: (1) the employee's name; (2) the employee's computer name; (3) the employee's FAA email address; and (4) a justification for why the em ployee still requires Firefox. If an employee does not respond to the information request by close of business on March 31, 2017, then the Agency will consider the lack of response to mean that the employee no longer need s/requires F irefox. AIT will begin removing Firefox from FAA - issued computers as early as April 24, 2017. POCs: Region X RVP Mike MacDonald, Region X ARVP Ed Szczuka, Engineers & Architects Principal Representative Don Smith, AIT National Representative K en Slauson, and Labor Relations Attorney Grant Mulkey. BRIEFING REQUESTS On Feb . 21, 2017, NATCA requested a briefing on the Business Continuity Plan (BCP). We are currently waiting for a response from the Agency regarding our request. POCs: Labor Relati ons Attorney Grant Mulkey and Labor Rela tions Coordinator Kendal Manson. On Feb . 17, 2017, NATCA requested a briefing on the ARP BUEs Entry of Time and Atten dance Information into CASTLE. We are currently waiting for a response from the Agency regarding o ur request. POCs: Labor Relations Representative Melinda Kim and Labor Relations Coordinator Kendal Manson. Week of Feb. 18 - 24: ALASKA SATELLITE TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE (ASTI) PROGRAM On Feb. 21, 2017, NATCA received a briefing from the Agency about the Alaska Satellite Telecommunications Infrastructure (ASTI) Program. ASTI is a tech refresh

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