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2018 Legislative Recommendations
Below is a copy of FMA's 2018 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 prevent a pay freeze in 2019 and protect federal employees’ health and retirement benefits.
3. Congress should pass all appropriations bills in a timely manner.
4. Congress should pass legislation to allow 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 pass legislation to establish and fund initial and ongoing mandatory training requirements for all managers and supervisors across the federal government.
6. 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.
7. Congress should take affirmative steps to protect seniors from undue increases to Medicare Part B premiums and deductibles.
8. 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.
9. Congress should allow federal employees who serve in the Reserves the ability to enroll in Tricare Select.
10. Congress should support combat zone tax parity for federal employees.
11. Congress should conduct constructive, bipartisan oversight of OMB’s agency reorganization plans and ensure agencies have the resources and workforce to accomplish their missions.
12. Congress should authorize capital investments across the federal government to restore and modernize facilities to meet their operational needs.
13. Congress should pass meaningful hiring and restructuring reforms to allow agencies to better compete with the private sector.
14. Congress should invest in mitigating cybersecurity vulnerabilities stemming from the 2015 OPM data breach.
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