1913-2013: FMA Celebrates its 100th Anniversary
A Century of Dedicated Service to America
In 1913, FMA’s forefathers within the Department of Defense founded the National Association of Quartermen & Leadingmen with charter chapters in seven naval shipyards. One hundred years later, and with forty different departments and agencies represented, the Federal Managers Association represents the interests of over 200,000 managers and supervisors in the federal government today.
Motivated to counter the emerging strength of trade unions in government, our association initially concentrated in areas such as military shipyards, air stations, supply bases, ammunition depots, and air missile test centers. After World War I, our association suffered as the United States federal government sharply reduced its workforce, but we eventually grew within the Department of Defense and then expanded to civilian agencies. To reflect this growth within non-military federal agencies, we adopted the Federal Managers Association as our official title. Today, slightly more than half of FMA’s chapters are located in non-Department of Defense agencies.
We marked a milestone in 1972 with the establishment of a full time National Office in Washington, D.C. In 1992, to accommodate our ever-growing association, FMA bought its own building in Alexandria, Virginia. The talented National Office staff includes experts in congressional affairs who diligently monitor legislation affecting federal managers and act as dependable liaisons between our members and agency contacts.
FMA's membership includes all levels of supervisory personnel, from wage grade supervisors and General Schedule managers to members of the Senior Executive Service. On their behalf, FMA has safeguarded managers’, supervisors’, and executives’ interests on Capitol Hill, and is consulted on personnel issues by agency top management, OPM and Congress. Similarly, local chapters of FMA are respected and consulted by executive leadership of government agencies and facilities. FMA is dedicated to and plays an integral role in developing positive labor-management relationships within the federal government.
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