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2017 Legislative Recommendations
Below is a copy of FMA's 2017 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 preserve due process for all federal employees.
2. 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 grant performance awards to those deserving.
3. Congress should pass all appropriations bills in a timely manner.
4. 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.
5. Congress should pass legislation to allow federal agencies the flexibility to extend the probationary period for employees entering the civil service to two years.
6. Congress should pass legislation to establish and fund initial and ongoing mandatory training requirements for all managers and supervisors across the federal government.
7. Congress should reform the current Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA) benefits structure to reduce the burden on agency budgets.
8. Congress should take affirmative steps to protect seniors from undue increases to Medicare Part B Premiums and increases to deductibles.
9. 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.
10. Congress should provide lifetime identity protections to federal employees and their dependents affected by the data breaches at the Office of Personnel Management.
11. Congress should not utilize chained-CPI for computing cost-of-living adjustments for Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, veterans’ benefits and federal pensions.
12. Congress should pass legislation to repeal or mitigate the Government Pension Offset (GPO) and the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP).
13. Congress should allow federal employees who serve in the Reserves the ability to enroll in Tricare Select.
14. 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.
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