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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT FMA

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.

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.

 

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.

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.

     

    Where are FMA Chapters located?

    FMA is a national organization, representing federal managers located not just in the Washington, DC metro area, but throughout the United States and abroad! This handy map will show you just how many federal employees live in your congressional district.

    Who can join FMA?

    FMA offers several membership categories. Choose the one that's right for you by reviewing the different member types below. When you are ready to apply, click the blue “Join Now” bar to the left of your screen or contact the FMA National Office at (703) 683-8700 or info@fedmanagers.org.


    Chapter Membership: Contact your Chapter Leader to Apply!


    Dues – Local chapter dues vary depending on membership eligibility and rates of that local chapter. Dues are withdrawn through payroll deduction. To locate a chapter near you, please email your request to info@fedmanagers.org and the National Office Staff will put you in touch directly with a local chapter leadership for more specific information.

    Regular Members

    This category includes all federal supervisory or managerial personnel. Regular members may hold any elected or appointed office in the association and the membership is held within a local FMA chapter.

    Associate Members

    Associate membership includes all individuals not otherwise recognized who profess an interest in the purpose and goals of the association. Associate members shall be entitled to all benefits and services offered by the association, except they may not hold any elected office above the chapter level in this association. Associate members may hold elected or appointed office in their local chapter if so authorized by the local chapter by-laws.

    Retired Members

    Any retired or retiring member may retain their membership and will be entitled to all rights, benefits and privileges of the members of the association. Retired chapter members may hold elected or appointed office in their local chapters if so authorized by their local chapter by-laws.

    Lifetime Retired Members

    Become a lifetime retired member of FMA for just $250! Retired Lifetime Members may be assessed additional fees through affiliation with a local FMA chapter, and therefore must abide by the by-laws of the local chapter regarding lifetime membership.


    Membership at Large: Click here to join!


    This category includes any individual qualified to be a regular member who lives in an area or works in an agency without a local chapter. Members-at-Large pay dues directly to the National Office. Members-at-Large may hold elected office as National President, National Vice-President, National Secretary, and National Treasurer in this association. Members-at-large may become a member in a chapter within the area of the applicant's permanent residence, if accepted by that chapter.

    Dues –

    Members-At-Large - $125 annually

    Members-at-Large, Retired - $63 annually

    Lifetime Retired Members: $250 one-time fee!

    This category gives any eligible retired federal manager an opportunity to become a lifetime member of FMA by paying a one-time fee. Retired Lifetime Members-at-Large will not be assessed any additional fees unless they wish to be affiliated with a local FMA chapter.

     

    Where can I find more information about FMA events?

    For questions regarding upcoming events, learning opportunities, seminars and more, please visit the Frequently Asked Events Questions page here.

    A listing of upcoming and recent events can be found on the FMA Events page.


    What is an FMA Corporate or Community partnership? What organizations are currently FMA partners?

    FMA Corporate Partners

    The FMA Corporate Partner Program is designed to introduce leading private-sector organizations with an interest in promoting a better and more efficient federal government to managers and supervisors throughout the Civil Service.

    For more information on becoming an FMA Corporate Partner please contact the FMA National Office at (703) 683-8700 or info@fedmanagers.org. For more detailed information on FMA Corporate Partnerships, please visit the FMA Corporate Partner page.


    FMA Community Partners

    Who is TEAM-FMA? FMA works with numerous, like-minded affiliates and coalitions that promote and advocate on behalf of federal public service. For a more detailed listing FMA Community Partner organizations and programs, please visit the FMA Community Partner 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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