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2019 Legislative Recommendations
Below is a copy of FMA's 2019 Legislative Issue Briefs Executive Summary. Please click the PDF link below for a full description of each issue:
Advocating Excellence in Public Service
1. Congress should pass all appropriations bills in a timely manner.
2. Congress should restore the practice of evaluating civil service pay adjustments for both General Schedule and Wage Grade employees on a yearly basis and protect federal employees' health and retirement benefits.
3. Congress should preserve due process for all federal employees.
4. 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.
5. Congress should conduct constructive, bipartisan oversight of OMB's agency reorganization plans and ensure agencies have the resources and workforce to accomplish their missions.
6. Congress should pass legislation to establish and fund initial and ongoing mandatory training requirements for all managers and supervisors across the federal government, and provide for a dual-track system to allow technical experts to rise without taking on management roles.
7. Congress should authorize capital investments across the federal government to restore and/or modernize facilities to meet their operational needs.
8. Congress should support combat zone tax parity for federal employees.
9. Congress should pass legislation to allow federal agencies the flexibility to extend the probationary period for employees entering the civil service to two years from date of hire.
10. Congress should take affirmative steps to protect seniors from undue increases to Medicare Part B premiums and deductibles.
11. Congress should allow federal employees who serve in the military Reserves the ability to enroll in TRICARE Reserve Select.
12. Congress should pass legislation to repeal or mitigate the Government Pension Offset (GPO) and the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP).
13. Congress should invest in mitigating cybersecurity vulnerabilities stemming from the 2015 OPM data breach and provide for lifetime coverage for victims of those cyberattacks.
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