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Issue Briefs

2020 Legislative Recommendations

Below is a copy of FMA's 2020 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 protect federal employees’ health and retirement benefits.  

3. Congress should pass meaningful hiring reforms.

4. Congress should pass legislation to allow all federal agencies the flexibility to extend the probationary period for employees entering the civil service to two years from date of hire.

5. 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.

6. Congress should conduct constructive, bipartisan oversight of OMB’s agency reorganization plans and ensure agencies have the resources and workforce to accomplish their missions. 

7. 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.

8. Congress should preserve due process for all federal employees, including restoring the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) to being fully functional. 

9. Congress should authorize capital investments across the federal government to restore and/or modernize facilities to meet their operational needs.

10. Congress should pass legislation to make cost-of-living-adjustments (COLAs) more accurate and fair.

11. Congress should pass legislation to repeal or mitigate the Government Pension Offset (GPO) and the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP).

12. Congress should not interfere with the independent, responsible administration of the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board's (FRTIB) stewardship of Thrift Savings Plan investments.

13. Congress should address salary compression and remove pay caps on federal employees.

If you have any questions or for more information, please contact Government & Public Affairs Director Greg Stanford at 703-683-8700 or via email at gstanford@fedmanagers.org. We look forward to continuing our commitment to provide you with the highest level of advocacy on Capitol Hill.