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Issue Briefs

2016 Legislative Recommendations

Below is a copy of FMA's 2016 Legislative Issue Briefs, divided into Federal Workforce Management and Investing in the Federal Workforce. Please click the PDF link in the title for a full description of each issue.

Federal Workforce Management

  • To ensure the American public receives the services upon which they rely on a daily basis, Congress must end sequestration and grant federal agencies and departments flexibility to meet budgetary constraints.

  • Congress should pass all appropriations funding bills in a timely manner.

  • Congress should pass legislation to allow federal agencies the flexibility to start the one-year probationary period after initial training is completed.

  • Congress should pass legislation to establish and fund initial and ongoing mandatory training requirements for all managers and supervisors across the federal government.

  • Congress should reform the current Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA) benefits structure to reduce the burden on agency budgets.

  • Congress and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) should require all federal agencies to integrate succession planning into their strategic plans.

Investing in the Federal Workforce 

  • Congress should restore the practice of evaluating civil service pay adjustments for both General Schedule and Wage Grade employees on a yearly basis, protect benefits and resume granting performance awards to those deserving.

  • Congress should provide lifetime identity protections to federal employees and their dependents affected by the data breaches at the Office of Personnel Management.

  • Congress should reinstate pre-November 2014 funding levels for Department of Defense per diem allowances and lodging stipends for those on temporary duty assignments longer than thirty days.

  • Congress should pass legislation to provide the same tax benefits to federal civilian employees serving in combat zones as those given to military personnel and contractors.

  • Congress should not utilize chained-CPI for computing cost-of-living adjustments for Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, veterans’ benefits and federal pensions.

  • Congress should amend the Non-Foreign Retirement Equity Assurance Act to allow an opt-in option for all Non-Foreign Area retirees who retired between January 1, 1994 and December 31, 2009.

  • Congress should establish parity with the private sector within the Federal Employee Health Benefits Plan (FEHBP) by allowing federal retirees to pay their health insurance premiums out of pre-tax dollars.

  • Congress should allow Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) employees to make deposits for non-deduction federal service performed, in the same manner as Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) employees and former military personnel.

  • Congress should pass legislation to repeal the Government Pension Offset (GPO) and the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP).

If you have any questions or for more information, please contact Government & Public Affairs Director Greg Stanford at 703-683-8700 or via email at gstanford@fedmanagers.org. We look forward to continuing our commitment to provide you with the highest level of advocacy on Capitol Hill.