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    Agency: Social Security Administration
    1.Evaluate the practicality of union presence in your selected agency and recommend at least two (2) reasons why the agency should or should not have union representation. (Title this section The Agency and Unions)
    2.Evaluate the opportunity of privatization in your selected agency and recommend at least two (2) reasons why the agency should or should not privatize its services. (Title this section The Agency and Privatization)
    3.Analyze at least two (2) of the agency's policies, procedures, and / or plans regarding pensions. (Title this section Employee Pension Plans)
    4.Assess the agency's approach to productivity and performance evaluation. (Title this section Productivity and Performance Evaluation)
    5.Recommend at least three (3) actions the agency could take to improve in the areas of productivity and performance evaluation. (Title this section Recommendations for Improving Productivity and Performance Evaluation)
    Include at least four (4) peer-reviewed references (no more than five [5] years old) from material outside the textbook. Note: Appropriate peer-reviewed references include scholarly articles and governmental Websites. (Include no more than one (1) non-government Website).

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    The Agency and Unions
    Social Security Administration (SSA) has collaborative labor management relationship with four unions namely
     American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)
     International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (FPTE)
     National Territory Education Union (NTEU)
     National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE)
    SSA permits employees and their representative unions to take part in all decisions to the extent allowed by the law. The agency provides employees and unions with resources which are required to ensure that long term public service improvement goals are met. SSA invites all unions to involve them in development of plans for establishing labor management forums. Despite having significant involvement in operations and management decisions of SSA, unions are in continuous negotiations with SSA for improvements in benefits and working conditions.
    Reasons for not having union representation
    1. Union representation activities are carried out in official time which means additional financial burden for SSA
    2. There is often lack of consent for union activities which lead to operational problems and delays decision making

    Reasons for having union representation
    1. Public sector employees lack the benefits availed by private sector employees. With unions, public sector employees have a voice to fight for their rights
    2. Employees represented by unions have higher wages and it attracts more people who want to join them. As a result unions help in attracting and retaining staff
    The Agency and Privatization
    Privatization of SSA can be an opportunity for the agency to focus on crucial decision making events rather than day to day transactions. In this act of privatization the agency can appoint market providers who can provide benefits to individuals. Privatization is a means for SSA to prevent its predicted financial shortfall. Privatization would allow employees to control their retirement money ...

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    Analysis of Social Security Administration agency is provided.