• Third-Highest Ranking DOD Official Resigns After 9 Months

    Third-Highest Ranking DOD Official Resigns After 9 Months

    After serving in the position for a mere nine months, John “Jay” Gibson has announced that he will step aside as the Department of Defense’s chief management officer, the third-highest ranking official within the Pentagon, according to Federal News Network’s Jared Serbu.

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Allow Feds to Buy Credit Toward Their Retirement

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Those who truly know federal service understand that working for the government is not just another job. You apply yourself to hard work, day after day.

Federal Managers’ Opposition to Pay Freeze Leads to Likely Raise for Feds

We all saw it coming; it took no one by surprise. In fact, it was a mere formality when it did happen, but at the end of August, when the administration formally called for a pay freeze for all civilian federal employees for Fiscal Year 2019, it was disappointing nonetheless. The formal rationale for the pay freeze was due to “national emergency or serious economic conditions affecting the general welfare,” from an administration that continues to boast unprecedented economic gains. And it came despite the federal workforce already contributing more than $182 billion towards deficit reduction since 2011 through a three-year pay freeze, reduced pay increases, unpaid furlough days, and two increases in retirement contributions for new hires, without any additional benefits. 

FMA Celebrates Another Extension of Disabled Veteran Leave

Score another legislative victory for the Federal Managers Association (FMA)! In last month’s ‘Hear it from FMA’ we touted the successful repeal of Department of Defense policy that reduced long-term TDY per diems. And this past Wednesday, August 22, Congress finalized passage of Department of Veterans Affairs Veteran Transition Improvement Act of 2017 (S. 899), which will provide disabled veteran leave to qualified new hires of Title 38. This bipartisan bill, authored by Sens. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) is headed to President Trump’s desk for his signature into law.

FMA Celebrates Major Win for DOD Civilian and Uniformed Military Travelers

The Federal Managers Association (FMA) is an organization dedicated to representing the interests of managers in the federal government on Capitol Hill, and one of the primary reasons people join is for our legislative advocacy. Thanks in large part to that advocacy, the Department of Defense (DOD) will soon be prohibited from reducing the long-term temporary duty (TDY) per diems for all DOD civilian and uniformed military travelers based on duration of the assignment.

FMA Pushes for Extension of Probationary Period

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On Thursday, November 2nd, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform marked up the EQUALS Act of 2017 (H.R. 4182) by a vote of 19 – 17. H.R. 4182 was introduced by Rep. James Comer (R-KY) and would extend the probationary period for employees entering the federal workforce to two years upon the completion of formal training. 

FMA’s Manager of the Year Leads by Example

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Last month, the Federal Managers Association (FMA) honored Sue Thatch as its Manager of the Year for 2015, in recognition of her efforts to promote excellence in public service. Sue has been lauded for originating the idea that became the Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act, expected to help more than 45,000 disabled veterans over the next five years.

FMA’s Take on the Agency Reorganization Proposals

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It has been two weeks since the administration formally unveiled its long-awaited agency reorganization plan, called “Delivering Government Solutions in the 21st Century.” We at FMA have heard from many of our members and continue to analyze the merits for reform.

Let’s Fix the Unfair Federal Retirement Rule

In April, we wrote about the Federal Retirement Fairness Act (H.R. 5389), bipartisan legislation introduced by Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Walter Jones (R-NC). FMA endorsed the bill, which would allow a Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS) employee to make a deposit, plus interest, and receive credit toward his or her annuity computation for non-deduction service performed on or after January 1, 1989.

Managers Critical of FY2018 Funding Process

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To say the process to fund the federal government is complex is an understatement. Considering that spending, including both mandatory and discretionary, totals more than $4 trillion dollars annually, that makes sense.    

Not All Pay Raises Are Equal

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It is fair to say those who choose to become part of the federal workforce do not do so to make a fortune. 

Reduced IRS Budgets = Reduced Revenue and Service

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Everyone agrees there’s a problem at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the question is: who is responsible? IRS Commissioner John Koskinen has described an “abysmal level of service,” and the numbers bear out the Commissioner’s concern.

The Importance of Defending our Military

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There are many reasons the all-volunteer United States military is the best-trained, most lethal force the world has ever known.

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