FMA Celebrates FY20 Funding and NDAA in the New Year - January 8, 2020
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A year ago, the federal government was mired in a partial government shutdown, uncertainty, and frustration. And just a month ago, in early December 2019, the Federal Managers Association (FMA) expressed significant concerns about the costs of continuing resolutions on the federal workforce and the impact on day-to-day operations for managers. But a lot can happen in a month, and FMA is both proud and optimistic as we begin a new year.
Notably, Congress approved two spending packages to provide funding for the entire federal workforce for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2020. It’s difficult to “celebrate” the development, per se, because the fiscal year began almost three months prior to the deal being done. But FMA supported the votes – better late than never – which provide necessary resources to agencies and keep civil servants on the job. FMA particularly supported and applauded the inclusion of a 3.1 percent across-the-board pay raise for federal employees, including a 0.5 percent boost to locality pay. It’s also important to consider what the bills did not include, as well, such as proposed major cuts to health and retirement benefits. As Congress turns to funding FY 2021, we will continue to work to protect federal managers.