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April 2019 Chapter Highlight

ASMC National News - Tue, 2019-04-16 11:01
APRIL CHAPTER HIGHLIGHT: Cleveland Chapter, by Elena Baykal, Chapter President


What are your plans for the Chapter this year? Events, programming, etc

In the beginning of the Chapter year the plans were made to increase membership by having membership drives, provide professional luncheons to members so that members can enjoy listening to great professionals and earn CPE, hold joint events with local chapter AGA, summer picnic, and joint professional local pdi in the spring. Provide scholarship to members and bring on site CDFM tests. We also have quarterly social event where members can enjoy good company and bring new friends so we can recruit them into joining the chapter. Majority of the plans have been accomplished and successful. The next big event is on April 18, we are hosting joint local pdi with AGA at the Cleveland City Club. We have 180 attendees from different areas of the government and private sector. Members enjoy meeting new people at pdi and listen to professional speakers.


What event or program has had the best response from your Chapter?

The best response that we have is monthly luncheons, quarterly social events and local pdi. Members like to attend these events because majority of members are from DFAS and they get to meet other DFAS employees and sometimes managers and that can open up some new opportunities in the future.


How have you been able to engage and grow your membership?

Chapter membership is marketed to federal agencies with outreach to military personnel, civil servants and contractors. ASMC membership awareness events included participation in the DFAS Cleveland Diversity Fair and presentations given to civil servants in the DFAS Leaders in Motion (LIM) program. Two Membership Drives also were held in the cafeteria of the AJC Federal Building. In addition, prospective members were recruited at Chapter social events including a joint picnic with AGA Cleveland, and an after-hours social at the Barley House in Downtown Cleveland.


What is your favorite chapter memory?

My favorite Chapter memory is social event with members and sponsor at the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball game in the penthouse.

ASMC HQ Career Opportunity

ASMC National News - Tue, 2019-04-02 13:30

ASMC is hiring for the position of Associate Director, Education and Professional Development. The position will be housed at the ASMC HQ offices located in Alexandria, Virginia.

Applications may be emailed to Al Runnels at runnels@asmconline.org or mailed to him at 415 N. Alfred St, Alexandria, VA 22314. Applications submitted via email after 3 May 2019 or mailed with a postmark after 3 May 2019 will not be considered.

Position Title: Associate Director, Education and Professional Development

Position Location: Headquarters, ASMC, 415 N. Alfred St, Alexandria, VA 22314

Position qualifications, duties, and responsibilities are included in the attachment.

Compensation, benefits, and conditions of employment:

Salary Range: $90,000 – $100,000

Subject to specific plan requirements employee may be eligible to participate in health, dental, vision and ASMC’s 401k retirement plan. Employee is eligible for paid federal holidays, and also annual and sick leave.

• Paid annual leave at a rate of 10 days/year for each of the first five years of employment with ASMC. After year 10, paid annual leave is capped at 15 days per year. Employee may accumulate unused annual leave in excess of 15 days during the calendar year; however, unused annual leave in excess of 15 days at the end of the calendar year will be lost and not carried forward to the subsequent year.
• Paid sick leave: accrual rate of 4 hours per two-week pay period. Employee may accumulate unused sick leave indefinitely during employment with ASMC; however, the Society does not compensate employees for unused sick leave at termination of employment.
• Participation in ASMC’s 401k pension plan, at up to a 6% rate of total annual compensation (base salary, plus bonuses, if applicable); company matching of the up to 6% rate begins after 6 months of employment, but is payable (vested) only after two years of employment with ASMC.
• As part of ASMC Management staff, employee is expected to work at least a 40-hour regular workweek. Overtime pay is not authorized.
• Free parking will be available.

Application packages must be received no later than May 3rd. For further information, including application requirements, please see the job description and Position Requirements.

March 2019 Chapter Highlight

ASMC National News - Mon, 2019-03-25 10:32
MARCH CHAPTER HIGHLIGHT: Forty-Niner Chapter, by Remona Aden, Chapter President

What are your plans for the Chapter this year? 

This year we will continue to deliver unique, bold and innovative training events that make continuous learning and professional development fun. We will engage our agency senior leaders and work collaboratively with other professional organizations to leverage training opportunities. On the horizon — we will host a Mini-PDI and work collaboratively with the FM Center of Expertise to introduce topics that focus on problem-solving techniques and promote our “knowledge worker” philosophy. Additionally, we will take our community service efforts to a new level as our Travis AFB member, 2d Lt Rochelle Banuet, volunteers as a dance competitor in the “Dancing with the Stars and Stripes” competition (13 April 2019) to help bring awareness among our military community and support the courageous veterans who have served our country and provide them the resources they need to lead healthy and productive lives. It will be an amazing year!

What event or program has had the best response from your Chapter?

Our “Agency Leadership Appreciation Day” emerged as a “Rock Star” event and was the most exciting, popular, and well-received program of the year. We wanted to say “thank you” and show appreciation for the support our agency leaders provide. Members fully engaged with senior agency leaders and expressed their appreciation for the unwavering support they provide. Senior leaders provided agency overview presentations and crystallized how each of our geographically dispersed agencies is connected and how they all work together to support the overall mission. By encouraging our members to attend professional development Chapter training events, agency leaders empower members to focus on increasing their skill sets, earning continuing professional education credits, and the importance of engaging with financial colleagues to take advantage of best practices and benchmarking opportunities. This contributes to our members’ ability to achieve professional goals and remain active and current on emerging trends within the financial community.

How have you been able to engage and grow your membership?

Our members and Officers are the key ingredients that make our Chapter awesome! Our recipe is simple: Make training fun, develop creative events, and show appreciation for those who help to propel you and achieve your goals. Our goal is to grow our members professionally, continuously “give back” to members (and community) and in the process become “Rock Stars” at delivering 5-Star training, education, and professional development programs. To accomplish this, we introduced several big, bold and exciting initiatives to make training fun! We introduced what we affectionately called the “Year of Firsts,” which meant we developed and hosted events that were never done before in the Chapter. We hosted our first “FM Knowledge” Jeopardy competition; introduced a “Passport” initiative where members received passports and stamps for meetings attended; and we instituted “President Awards” that encouraged VPs to compete to see who could bring in the most members at each meeting.

What is your favorite chapter memory?

Our Chapter members work in concert with local charities and community service organizations to support those who are less fortunate. My favorite memory is when I witnessed the joy and happiness on the faces of the homeless as members of our Chapter delivered bottled water during one of the hottest summer days in Sacramento. As we handed out cold bottled water to our homeless community, we witnessed the love, affection, and sacrifice they had for animals who needed the same care and water. Although they were in desperate need of the water, their first instinct was to provide water to the animals. This filled our hearts with joy to see such an outpouring of love and affection and to know that our members made a significant impact and difference that day to so many who are less fortunate. Giving back to the community and helping those in need is a beautiful thing.

March 2019 Member Highlight

ASMC National News - Mon, 2019-03-25 09:55
March 2019 Member Highlight: Terry Placek Can you briefly describe your career path?

After graduating from the University of Minnesota with a degree in history and political science, I started my career as a budget analyst intern at the Ammunition and Procurement Supply Agency and then became a program analyst at the U.S. Army Munitions Command. As a GS 9 I was selected to go to graduate school full time and after earning a Master’s Degree in Business and Public Service (Administration), I accepted a budget analyst team leader position at U.S. Army Recruiting Command. After four years there I was selected for a budget analyst position at Headquarters, Department of the Army. While at the HQDA, I held a number of resource management positions in various Army Staff agencies and the Office, Assistant Secretary of the Army (Financial Management and Comptroller). As part of the highly competitive President’s Executive Exchange Program, I was a consultant to the Vice President of Finance and Administration of AMERI TECH Mobile Communications. During my career I attended the Armed Forces Staff College, the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, numerous courses at the U.S. Army Finance School, Naval Postgraduate School, and executive level Brookings Institution business and executive seminars, the Federal Executive Institute and the National Securities Management Course at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University.

What are your future career goals?

I want to learn new skills, do new things, enhance my overall knowledge of world cultures and people and give back to my community and the financial management workforce. Additionally, I want to continue to mentor young people and financial management careerists.

When I was Chief of the Army’s Comptroller Proponency Office our motto was:
If you want one year of prosperity, grow grain
If you want ten years of prosperity, grow trees
If you want one hundred years of prosperity, GROW PEOPLE

I want to continue to Grow People!

How has your involvement in ASMC helped to develop your career? Which ASMC programs/offerings have you found to be the most beneficial?

I have been involved in ASMC since the early 1970s first as a member attending monthly chapter meetings then as the chapter president of the Washington Chapter. In the 1990s I was a national committee chair serving on the National Executive Committee. Currently, I am the chair of Training and Education for the Washington Chapter and the chair of the Editorial Board of the Armed Forces Comptroller (AFC). My ASMC involvement at all levels has provided me exposure and knowledge of all financial management areas. The networking opportunities have been invaluable as I progressed in my career. Because of ASMC, I met civilian and military financial management professionals from all organizational levels as well the top financial management leadership not only in the Army but also the Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, OSD, defense agencies and the private sector. These contacts provided me additional sources of knowledge and expertise in financial management.

I find the monthly chapter luncheons, National PDIs, and the AFC to be the most beneficial. Monthly luncheon speakers often share information on the hot button issues of the day. The National PDI offers a wide range of workshops, mini-courses, and general session topics many with a joint “purple focus” in all areas of resource management. With its quarterly themes, AFC focuses attention on specific topics of interest to ASMC members.

If you could pass along one piece of advice to ASMC Early Careerists, what would it be?

Volunteer to Take On New Responsibilities and Challenges and Never Stop Learning

DoD News – March 13, 2019

ASMC National News - Wed, 2019-03-13 10:11

The White House released the proposed FY2020 Budget which includes provisions for the development of the Space Force – an initiative generated by President Trump and one which will be housed in the DoD. The proposed budget grants an additional $33 billion to the DoD budget.

Review the proposed budget here.

PDI 2019 Registration is Now OPEN!

ASMC National News - Thu, 2019-02-28 14:58

Registration for the ASMC PDI 2019 is now available! Click here to register online!

While registering for PDI 2019, please note the following:

  • Payment is required at the time of registration so please be sure you have obtained authorized funding and understand your organization’s regulations for payment.
  • Attendees arriving early are invited to participate in Monday and Tuesday sessions and special events. Please check the PDI 2019 website for more details including pricing for additional events.
  • The PDI officially kicks off with Opening Ceremonies on Wednesday morning at 0800, followed by Service Day activities.
  • When completing registration, attendees should select which Service Day activities (occurring on May 29) they wish to attend (Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Navy, or Defense-Wide.)
  • Breakfast and lunch (provided Wednesday – Friday) and the Welcome Dinner (on Wednesday evening) are included in the PDI registration fee.

Registration and Housing Information

  • Changes to existing registrations may be made by logging in to the registration site. You will need your registration number from your confirmation email and the email address you used to register.
  • You must complete your PDI Registration prior to making housing reservations. Links to housing will be available upon completion of the online registration process.
  • Housing questions may be directed to pdihousing@rhq.com or (702) 798-8376.

Registration Fees

Registration includes meals (noted above) and access to Virtual PDI 2019.

  • Member $595 (before May 1), $695 until event date
  • Non-Member $700 (before May 1), $800 until event date

In order to receive the member registration rate, you must be a member in good standing at the time of registration.

Note: Each month, all on-time or early renewals for one or three years will be entered into a random drawing to award two $50 gift cards and one $150 gift card, respectively. Additionally, ASMC members who renew their membership for a three-year term can now receive a 20% discount on their membership! Renew your membership on time or early here.

There are no refunds for cancellations made after April 30.

Should you have any questions about registration, please contact pdiregistration@rhq.com or (702) 798-8376. Registration office hours are 0700 – 1630 Central Time.


We look forward to seeing you May 29 – 31 in San Antonio!

DoD News

ASMC National News - Fri, 2019-02-22 10:50
President Trump orders the Department of Defense to create a new military branch, the Space Force, replacing the Air Force as the youngest military branch after 72 years.

Trump officially directs Pentagon to create Space Force legislation for Congress

February 2019 Chapter Highlight

ASMC National News - Tue, 2019-02-19 15:13
FEBRUARY CHAPTER HIGHLIGHT: Utah Chapter, by Ariel Bambrough, Chapter President What are your plans for the Chapter this year? 

The Utah Chapter co-hosted the National PDI in Denver, sending 23 members to serve as the Hospitality Committee, with two serving as Chair and Co-Chair. Additionally, three other members represented our chapter, one served as Vice Chairman of PDI Committee and two others as Assistant Instructors.  We also volunteered at the Hill AFB Airshow, launched the first Annual Utah Chapter Golf Tournament as a major fundraiser, and began volunteering monthly with the  “Burrito Project”, a non-profit organization providing burritos to the homeless of Salt Lake City.  Our chapter hosts an annual Regional PDI and conducts several Early Careerist events throughout the year. This year, we implemented a new approach to our monthly luncheons and began hosting them on-base, with catered or brown bag options; this has increased our attendance.  We also have a great line-up of luncheon speakers and we continue to do our best to bring value to each of our members.

What event or program has had the best response from your Chapter?

The annual mini-PDI has evolved into a Regional PDI with attendees from Hill AFB, Tooele, Utah Air National Guard, Mountain Home AFB, with additional chapters across the western region expressing an interest in attending the 2019 event. In 2016, our chapter worked closely with the Pikes Peak Chapter to acquire mini-PDI best practices, this helped us to expand our event.  Annually, we host 266 attendees from finance, cost, budget, accounting, audit, program management, and contracting. The event is held at the Davis Conference Center which provides a professional environment, amazing lunches, and plenty of coffee (we went through 13 gallons at the last event). This upcoming year we are even adding a social hour.  This event has gained a lot of attention; it has increased our membership as well as chapter involvement. Our board members increased from the primary five with a few helpers to a total of 18 and this is excluding the 10-15 individuals that support the Regional PDI committee.

How have you been able to engage and grow your membership?

As previously mentioned, the annual Regional PDI has been a great contributor to our membership growth.  Our early careerist base is expanding and our chapter is responding, the Early Careerist Chairperson hosts quarterly events, such as speed mentoring. The speed mentoring events have helped many early careerist engage senior FM leaders from across the base and learn more about the career field. Another significant contributor to increasing our membership and participation was volunteering for the National PDI Hospitality Committee. The chapter volunteers were 90% “first-time attendees” to the National PDI with many of them also being early careerists. This experience opened their eyes to the breadth of their career field within the DoD and inspired them to stay active in the ASMC.

What is your favorite chapter memory?

I know our chapter has many favorite memories, but one that many of us can attest to was when we had our Regional PDI keynote speaker, Mr. Jason Hewlett, corporate headliner, author, and motivational speaker. Mr. Hewlett was our closing speaker and he was speaking on being true to our commitments in life, whether it be at work or at home.  He explained how people around us depend on us to do our “signature moves”, meaning people depend on us to not slack in the things we typically do and are known for. Mr. Hewlett, of course, tied in his impressions, which had the audience in fits of laughter.  In his closing, Mr. Hewlett decided to sing “God Bless the USA-I’m Proud to be an American” and one by one, the 266 attendees began to stand up on the lyric “and I proudly stand up!” and joined in singing.   It is truly difficult to capture the essence of the moment in words. Mr. Hewlett had us go through a range of emotions that day, from laughing to crying to ultimately leaving that event with a new sense of pride in our career choice as Active Duty and Civilian Airmen serving our country. Mr. Hewlett left such a lasting impression that Mr. Al Runnels decided to incorporate his show into the 2018 San Diego PDI.

February 2019 Member Highlight

ASMC National News - Tue, 2019-02-19 13:59
February 2019 Member Highlight: Laura Sandy Can you briefly describe your career path?

I left active duty in 1992 after serving four years as an Environmental Health Technician and continued to work as a civilian in the medical field through 1998. My medical and military experience lead me to my first civil service position as a Medical Claims Adjudicator. In 2000 I graduated with a BS/BA from Columbia College and applied my education to a slight change in career to accounting and finance. My first civil service accounting position was as an entry level Non-appropriated Fund Financial Analyst (NAFFA). I was given the opportunity to fill a NAFFA developmental position with 86 CPTS in Germany followed by a two-year assignment to Lajes Field, Azores. My husband received orders to Peterson AFB, CO and I was able to go on leave without pay until something became available. This is where my transition from NAFFA to Budget would happen. I spent six years in a Wing Budget office learning the ins and outs of budget. I earned my CDFM-A certification and would branch out to become a Resource Director for the Force Support Squadron. I am currently at the US Air Force Academy which has offered a completely different experience in resource.

What are your future career goals?

I would like to pursue opportunities that allow me to expand my knowledge of different funding sources that result in innovating the future of the Department of Defense.

How has your involvement in ASMC helped to develop your career? Which ASMC programs/offerings have you found to be the most beneficial?

ASMC has been my avenue for leadership opportunities and exposure to a magnitude of diversified colleagues. The Professional Development Institute has been the most beneficial to me. The continued education, networking, and leadership opportunities have led to many experiences in my career that I would not have otherwise been exposed to.

If you could pass along one piece of advice to ASMC Early Careerists, what would it be?

Don’t be a fast burner, take your time and grow both horizontally and vertically. Reach out to experienced careerists and seek a good mentor that will provide both insight and true feedback on your journey.

Financial Management News

ASMC National News - Tue, 2019-02-19 11:01

Here are some articles pertaining to the DoD budget, with how different programs will be funded this year into 2020, in addition to some updates with the Federal Labor Relations Board.

Trump May Have $21 Billion in Military Funds Available for the Wall

Why is a top GOP senator skeptical of Trump’s acting defense secretary?

Pentagon Turns to Industry to Build Out Artificial Intelligence

Federal Labor Relations Board ending relations with its labor union

USD Waiver for 2019 PDI

ASMC National News - Tue, 2019-02-05 12:44
Waiver for 2019 American Society of Military Comptrollers’ Professional Development Institute

Click here to access David Norquist’s memorandum 2019 Professional Development Institute (PDI) scheduled for 29 – 31 May 2019 in San Antonio, Texas: https://asmconline.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/PDI-2019-USDC-Waiver-Memo.pdf

PDI 2019

ASMC National News - Thu, 2019-01-10 18:17
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