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This section addresses some frequently asked questions about the Federal Managers Association. If you do not see your question listed, please feel free to email to the FMA National Office at info@federalmanagers.org. If your question has broad appeal, it may be added to the list below.

Why should I join FMA?

Since 1913, FMA has been a passionate advocate for excellence in federal public service through effective management, as well as a forceful champion of its members’ legislative agenda.

FMA effectively brings your concerns on job, career, salary and benefits, retirement security and other issues to the attention of lawmakers and top agency decision-makers. Its team of advocates, policy analysts, and communications specialists leads this effort. FMA members also play a vital role. They testify before Congress, furnish issue briefs to lawmakers and share concerns with them, and comment on current and proposed federal policies and regulations.

Join Now: Make Your Voice Heard!

The Association’s considerable political influence stems from a team approach to advocacy. When lawmakers or agency decision-makers consider proposals that could adversely affect the management of the federal workforce, they quickly realize that TEAM FMA stands together to protect the interests of all its members. FMA’s grassroots mobilization, backed by an aggressive political action committee, ensures strong allies on Capitol Hill who support the Association’s policy goals. These combined efforts help the Federal Managers Association to achieve continued regulatory and legislative successwhile serving as a sounding board for federal agencies and Congress.

As a group, FMA is a respected member of the federal employee community. The Association is an active member of the Public Employees Roundtable (PER), Coalition for Effective Change (CEC), Employee Thrift Advisory Council (ETAC), Fund to Assure an Independent Retirement (FAIR), Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund (FEEA), as well as various agency-level labor-management councils. FMA also maintains an ongoing dialogue with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

Enjoy Great Member Benefits and Services!

  • Professional Liability Insurance
  • Two free legal consultations and reduced fees for legal services
  • Health, disability, long-term care and term life insurance
  • Discount auto insurance
  • Free subscription to The Federal Manager magazine
  • Educational scholarship opportunities for you and your dependents through the FMA-FEEA Scholarship Fund
  • Rental car discounts 

    Build Your Career With FMA!

    Through its educational partners, as well as management training offered at the annual National Convention, the Federal Managers Association sponsors valuable professional development programs for its members and the federal management community. FMA continually partners with research organizations and academia to provide a broad spectrum of opportunities for the enhancement of your managerial skills.

    Take Advantage of These FMA Publications!

    The Washington Report
    This biweekly publication covers the latest legislative and executive branch actions and developments affecting you as a federal manager. The Washington Report also highlights congressional and executive actions of specific interest to federal retirees.

    The Federal Manager
    As the Association’s flagship publication, The Federal Manager magazine keeps you informed about legislation and policies that concern you. The Federal Manager provides timely and insightful advice on effective leadership and management in the public sector. It also features agencies and departments throughout government, while keeping you in touch with news and events involving FMA conferences, chapters, and members.

    Don't Delay: Join Now!

    These are just a few of the reasons to join FMA. The Federal Managers Association is a dynamic, proactive association that not only fights for and protects your interests, but offers you money-saving benefits and valuable services. Make a Difference and join the Federal Managers Association today. Become a part of this powerful, member-focused association by adding your voice to FMA. Call 703.683.8700 or complete the online application to join. 

    What is FMA's history?

    The Federal Managers Association began in 1913 as the Quartermen-Leadingmen Association, with charter chapters in seven naval shipyards. The original goal was to counter the developing strength of trade unions in government.

    With the sharp cutback of federal workers following World War I, the Association went into a brief decline. It was revived in the 1950s as the National Association of Supervisors. In 1978, the name was changed to the Federal Managers Association to reflect the group’s inclusion of members from federal agencies beyond the Department of Defense. For more a more detailed account of FMA’s history, please click here.

    What is the Federal Managers Association?

    The Federal Managers Association (FMA) is the oldest and largest professional association representing the interests of the nearly 200,000 managers, supervisors, and executives serving in today’s federal government. FMA also actively promotes the interests of retired federal employees.

    To see more detailed information on FMA visit the About FMA page.


    To join today, fill out our online application or fill out this paper application and return via fax to (703) 683-8707.

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    Why Join FMA?

    The Association’s considerable influence stems from a team approach to advocacy. When lawmakers or agency decision-makers consider proposals that could adversely affect the management of the federal workforce, they quickly realize that TEAM FMA stands together to protect the interests of all its members.

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