From the desk of President Beth Perkins...
The Presidents and Vice Presidents of the employee associations (NASE, NACS, NADD, NAOFEC and NASCOE) were invited to a conference call late yesterday (January 22) with the Administrator and his staff from the National Office. Everyone was updated on the call back of FSA employees starting Thursday, January 24.
Mr. Fordyce explained that FSA employees were changed from a “non-excepted” or “excepted” status to an “excepted on call” status under the guidance of OMB. The “excepted on call” status allows for more flexibility during this furlough period. He also stated that the call back of employees was necessary to avoid an impact to our customers and to maintain the integrity of our programs while protecting government assets and property.
A question was asked about unemployment compensation during this furlough, especially now being called back. The National Office is having conference calls with the Department of Labor tomorrow (January 23) to discuss how this call back will affect unemployment benefits. More information will be provided from National Office in the next few days.
As many of you have seen, a news release has been issued by the Department to notify customers that offices will be open to provide more services. We were also told that support services will be available to us through the FPAC Business Center, Finance Office and KCMO. OCIO/CTS services were uncertain at the time of our call.
There were many excellent comments/questions asked by the associations during our call. NACS made a very valid statement: “FSA employees are dedicated to providing services to our customers, but this call back to work without pay is creating an undue hardship on our employees in the form of commuting costs, day care, and routine work- related costs”. Mr. Fordyce said he recognizes the strain this is causing employees and is directing state offices to provide guidance to local managers to be as flexible as possible during this period. Mr. Fordyce also stated that no employees can be charged leave during this furlough if they have appointments or scheduling conflicts that cause them to be away from the office.
Some other points of interest:
We are sharing resources, support, etc on the NASE Facebook page. I am also sharing on my personal FB page as public posts which means you should be able to see them even if you are NOT using Facebook.
NASE Group (request to join): https://www.facebook.com/groups/1938954213012952/
Tanya McIlravy FB profile: https://www.facebook.com/tanyamcilravy
Other helpful sites:
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Dear NASE members
As we all cool our jets at home, don’t lose your focus. Patience is a virtue. (I haven’t been known for that ever, in my 65 years on the earth.) Let us learn from our past. We will need to look for the best out of our leadership.
We aren’t hearing any more than other associations. We would like to let you know your board can be reached on our home phones and at our personal emails. (See contact page)
We are looking forward to be able to return to work, just as you are.
Happy New Year
Beth Perkins, President
The NASE/NACS National Convention will be held June 22-27 at the Astor Crown Plaza in New Orleans, LA. Information will be posted as it comes available.
Remember Zone B registration early deadline is Dec 31, 2018
Information on our events can be found here.
All of the Zone Meeting registration forms have been posted! Check out our Events page for more information. See you there!
Leadership has granted Admin Leave for meetings with leadership during national convention. One less excuse not to go! More info on convention here: register-for-2018-national-convention-in-san-antonio-tx.html
Make a difference in the world by attending the 2018 NACS, NASE, NADD National Convention in San Antonio, Texas. Network with colleges across the nation, meet the national leadership and influence change. Become a leader for change and join a committee or accept a board position.
Register online: https://nacsfsa.weebly.com/convention_pay.html or by mail: 2018_registration.pdf
The deadline to submit registration is June 8th and will include: hospitality room, Tuesday lunch, Wednesday Banquet, and a Monday night GO Rio Cruise down the Riverwalk followed by appetizers/drinks.
Meetings/lodging will be located at the Historic Menger Hotel in Downtown San Antonio.
The deadline to make hotel reservations is May 24th. Use this link to make reservations: https://reservations.mengerhotel.com/75799?groupID=2004836#/guestsandrooms. You can also call 210-223-4361 and use the group code 062318NACS
We encourage everyone to plan on arriving in San Antonio before 7pm on Sunday, June 24th and to not leave until after the banquet on Wednesday, June 27th.
The final agenda will not be available until shortly before the meeting; however, below is a breakdown of what can be typically expected:
Sunday, June 24th Monday, June 25th
3-5pm Board Meeting 8 ~ opening ceremonies
5-6pm Committee Chair Meeting 9 ~ NFAOC presentation, Q & A
7-8pm First time Attendee Mixer 2 ~ Committee Meetings
6 ~ Go-Rio River Cruise
Tuesday, June 26th Wednesday, June 27th
8 ~ National Speakers 8 - 5 ~ NASE Meeting
2 - 5 ~ NASE Meetings 7pm ~ Banquet
Thursday, June 28th
8-12 New/old board meeting
Interested in going but need a room mate or a ride? E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please join NASE in congratulating Marilyn McMullen, a NASE Past President, on her selection as Farm Loan Chief for Montana. Here is Marilyn's message to NASE members:
"It is with a little bit of sadness that I say I am no longer able to be a full fledged member of NASE. I will continue my membership as an associate because I believe this is the best organization an employee can belong to if you want some control over your work processes.
If there is ever anything I can do for any of you from my new Farm Loan Chief position, please do not hesitate to ask. I hope you don't mind if I call on you all once in a while as well."
Thank you Marilyn, for your service to customers, employees, and NASE!
(L to R : Peterson, Biester, Truman, Harmon, Blehm, Renwick, McIlravy, Monson, Johnson, Perkins, McAdams, and Northey)
NASE Board and Zone Reps will be traveling to WDC the first week of April. We will be meeting with senior leadership and are looking for your input into topics for the discussions.
If you have any comments, suggestions, questions, etc. that you would like us to present to leadership, please email us at email@example.com