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ASMC Suspicious Email

Thu, 2018-04-12 16:56

ASMC HQ has received a suspicious email which had replicated through our staff’s email contacts. Please refrain from opening any emails with the subject “(Contact Name) has invited you to view a One Drive file…” with an attachment. ASMC is working steadily to control the impact of the suspicious email and we appreciate your patience as we assess the issue.

DoD FM Connection Spring 2018 Newsletter

Wed, 2018-04-11 10:00
Linked below is the Spring 2018 issue of the DoD FM Connection quarterly newsletter, which features a message from Honorable David L. Norquist, Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller). This issue also includes an announcement of the CY2017 USD(C) Annual Award winners, and information about FM-related topics such as the new DoD FM Individual Development Plan (IDP), DoD FM Workforce Virtual Training Program pilot, professional development opportunities, and the importance of test-based professional certifications.     This newsletter is available via FM Online.

Winners of the CY2017 Achievement Awards Announced

Mon, 2018-04-09 19:36

We are pleased to announce the winners of the CY2016 ASMC Achievement Awards! 

These award categories recognizes individuals and teams for outstanding accomplishments within one of the functional fields of membership. A full list of winners is available at:

These awards will be presented at the PDI in Denver, Colorado. For more information about our awards program in its entirety, please visit our National Awards Program page.

Corporate Member Breakfast April 17

Mon, 2018-04-09 10:15

The American Society of Military Comptrollers cordially invites our corporate members to attend our next ASMC Corporate Breakfast.

The ASMC Corporate Breakfast will be on Tuesday, 17 April 2018 from 7:00 to 9:00 AM.

Our event will feature guest speaker Honorable Thomas Modly, Under Secretary of the Navy. 

 

Registration is limited and all corporate member attendees must be registered by 13 April.

Please contact Monica Anthony at anthony@asmconline.org or (703) 549-0360 regarding any questions.

Special thanks to our sponsor, KPMG, for their generosity.

Check out the Special Events at #PDI2018!

Mon, 2018-04-09 09:43

Planning to join us in Denver for #PDI2018? You're going to want to check out the special events!

On the fence? Register before May 1 to take advantage of discounted rates!

ASMC Salutes Gold Star Spouses

Thu, 2018-04-05 15:14

ASMC salutes Gold Star Spouses on this special day in which our nation pauses to recognize and appreciate the sacrifices made by military spouses in memory of their fallen loved ones.  The selfless service of spouses of our military is sometimes overlooked; however, the service and the sacrifice of the military who gave their lives in answering the call of our nation must never be overlooked. To Gold Star Spouses, may you know that this day and every day, members of ASMC hold you in the highest regard for the loss you have endured and we wish you God's every comfort and richest blessings.

ASMC Newsletter: March 2018

Wed, 2018-03-28 12:47

We at ASMC HQ hope this finds each of you having a terrific day!  As always, thank you for your continued membership in ASMC and your dedicated service to our nation.

MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL PROGRAM

Thanks to those of you who renewed your membership early or on-time in February! Congratulations to our "RENEW" YEAR's Resolution program March winners! Richard Tuttle of the Tampa Bay Chapter and Terri Shenk of the Central NY Leatherstocking Chapter each won $50 gift cards, and the $150 gift card was awarded to James Harvey of the Washington Chapter!

Each month, all on-time or early renewals will be entered into a random drawing to award two $50 gift certificates and one $150 gift certificate, respectively for those renewing on-time or early for one or three years. In addition to contacting the members who win the drawings, we will announce the winners on our website and social media. Renew your membership here: http://www.asmconline.org/membership/renew/.

ASMC MEMBER ENGAGE PLATFORM

Have you taken advantage of the newest ASMC member benefit? Engage, an interactive service platform provided by Higher Logic, has been adapted for integration with your ASMC membership. Our goals with Engage are (1) to use the collaboration platform to create an interactive space where ASMC chapters and individual members can communicate with their colleagues, and (2) enhance chapter administration and engagement with members via communications among officers and members through use of the “chapter” community.   

We believe the use of Engage will allow our members to better network and collaborate with each other. Log into Engage at https://engage.asmconline.org/home, using the email address and password associated with your ASMC member account.

CDFM INITIAL ENROLLMENT FEE MEMBER DISCOUNT—MARCH 2018 ONLY!

There are just a few days left to take advantage of the CDFM enrollment fee discount. For this month only, ASMC members who enroll in the CDFM Program for the first time pay just half price—$20. The regular enrollment fee for members is $40. The non-member rate is $75. Click here to enroll in the CDFM program. Remember, the discount is only active through March 31, so consider joining the 145 ASMC members that have (as of this writing) already taken advantage of the Calibri;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;
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CDFM STANDARD SETTING WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS, WE THANK YOU!

A team of dedicated Certified Defense Financial Managers (CDFMs & CDFM-As) convened in Old Town, Alexandria, VA, on March 9-11, 2018, at a Standard Setting Workshop to establish passing standards for the new CDFM Module 1-3 exams.  Up to this point with the help of our contracted test development vendor, HumRRO (the Human Resources Research Organization), groups of subject matter experts (SMEs) have helped us update the CDFM exam blueprints, weight the competency areas, write new exam items (questions), review existing exam items, and create and “pilot test” new exam items. 

For three days, a diverse group of volunteers from all over the country received training in exam standard-setting best practices and reviewed the exam items for the new CDFM Modules 1, 2, 3. They made expert judgments about each test item and discussed those judgments with the other participants to reach consensus. Additionally, because the group worked so well together and finished earlier than expected, and because six of the 14 SMEs were CDFM-As, the CDFM-As also reviewed the Module 4 pilot exam items we have thus far. However, since we have not arrived at the desired sample size for this module, pilot testing for Mod 4 will continue for a while longer. We are administering Mod 4 pilot testing at the European PDI, Aloha Chapter RPDI, and National PDI, and we continue to reach out to local CDFM-As to come in and test at ASMC HQ.

As part of the next steps, HumRRO is now working on calculating the mean estimates for each item and then will sum the estimates across all items. After this step, a recommended cut score for each exam will be presented to the Certification Commission. Once this is done, the exam forms will be ready to be deployed in the summer.

We are grateful to these volunteers for a successful and productive Standard Setting Workshop!

CDFM RELATED EVENTS AT THE NATIONAL PDI IN DENVER

We will offer Pre-PDI courses on Monday, May 28, and Tuesday, May 29 from 8 am – 5 pm. Textbooks must be purchased separately for the Module 1-3 sessions.

•             CDFM Module 1 (1-day): Resource Management Environment $250

•             CDFM Module 2 (1-day): Budget and Cost Analysis $250

•             CDFM Module 3 (1-day): Accounting and Finance $250

•             CDFM Module 4 (2-day): Acquisition Business Management $475 *Fee includes textbook

CDFM exam testing sessions will be held Tuesday through Friday, May 29 – June 1, 2018, with the 6 am start time beginning on Wednesday. Module 4 Pilot testing will take place at PDI, as well. The CDFM Reception, sponsored by IBM, will take place on Thursday, May 31, at 6:30pm.

CHECK YOUR ASMC MEMBERSHIP PROFILE

In issuing invitations to a recent training event, we received a few “undeliverable” notices on email addresses. Unfortunately, until sometime in the future when we update our current association management system or migrate to another system, if a member makes an error in typing in their email address, the system does not catch the error. Thus, we ask that all members be very careful when they enter their email address into their member profile. If you are not receiving membership updates (and also notices of an approaching membership expiration date, it may be that your email address is either not current or is incorrectly reflected in your membership profile. Next time you access your membership account through the ASMC website, please take a moment just to ensure that your email address is correct. Also, if you’re not using your personal email address, we suggest you change your work email address to your personal (gmail, yahoo, aol, etc) address, so as to avoid any server firewall issues that might block delivery of email to your account.   

ASMC Delayed Opening March 22

Thu, 2018-03-22 08:20

The ASMC HQ offices will open under a delay this morning, Marc 22. Offices will open at 11am ET.

ASMC Office Closed March 21

Wed, 2018-03-21 07:36

Due to a winter weather storm, the ASMC HQ offices are closed today, March 21.

ASMC HQ Closure: Inclement Weather

Tue, 2018-03-20 15:00

Due to the impending inclement weather, the ASMC offices are closed for the duration of this afternoon.

Should the offices remain closed tomorrow, our social media and asmconline.org will be updated. Stay safe and warm everyone!

ASMC Phone lines down Tuesday, 13 March

Tue, 2018-03-13 09:59

The phone lines at ASMC HQ offices this morning are not working, due to a local outage.  Please contact us in the meanwhile by email, as we do have internet.  A full staff listing can be found here:

www.asmconline.org/national-organization/asmc-staff

We have reached out to the provider and will provide an update as soon as phone service is restored.

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Save on CDFM Enrollment Fees!

Thu, 2018-03-01 16:55

Thinking of enrolling in the CDFM program? All month long you can save up to 50% on enrollment fees!

For the month of March 2018, ASMC members who enroll in the CDFM Program for the first time pay just half price—$20. The regular enrollment fee for members is $40. The non-member rate is $75.

If you’re not currently an ASMC member, join today when enrolling and save $55 on your CDFM enrollment fee, plus receive additional discounts on other CDFM and ASMC programs, products, and services. ASMC accepts checks, American Express, MasterCard or VISA.

Learn more about CDFM enrollment here.

PDI 2018 Registration is Now Open!

Tue, 2018-02-27 10:26

Click here to register online for PDI 2018 in Denver!

While registering for PDI 2018, please note the following:

  • 10.0pt;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"”>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.  
  • 10.0pt;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"”>Attendees may participate in Monday and Tuesday sessions and special events if arriving early enough on Tuesday. Please check the PDI 2018 website for more details including pricing for additional events.
  • 10.0pt;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"”>The PDI officially kicks off with Opening Ceremonies on Wednesday morning at 0800, followed by Service Day activities.
  • 10.0pt;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"”>When completing registration, attendees should select which service day activities (occurring on May 30) they wish to attend (Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, or Defense-Wide.)
  • 10.0pt;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"”>Breakfast and lunch are provided Wednesday – Friday as part of the registration fee. In addition, one dinner is included in registration fee on Wednesday evening.

Registration and Housing Information

  • 10.0pt;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"”>Changes to existing registrations may be accomplished 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.
  • 10.0pt;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"”>In order to provide accurate housing availability, please note you must first complete your PDI Registration prior to making housing reservations. Links to housing will be available upon completion of the online registration process.
  • 10.0pt;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"”>Housing questions may be directed to pdihousing@rhq.com or (702) 798-8376.

Registration Fees

Registration includes three breakfasts, three lunches, and one dinner, as well as access to Virtual PDI 2018.

  • 10.0pt;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"”>Member $595 (before May 1), $695 until event date
  • 10.0pt;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"”>Non-Member $700 (before May 1), $800 until event date

Please note that in order to receive the member registration rate, you must be a member in good standing at the time of registration. Additionally, there are no refunds on 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 Pacific Time. 

We look forward to seeing you May 30 – June 1 in Denver!

ASMC Newsletter: February 2018

Tue, 2018-02-20 14:15

We at ASMC HQ hope this finds each of you having a terrific day!  As always, thank you for your continued membership in ASMC and your service to our nation.

MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL PROGRAM

Thanks to those of you who renewed your membership early or on-time in November! Congratulations to our "RENEW" YEAR's Resolution program January winners! MSgt. Lisa Reesey of the Quantico Chapter and Alexander Kelly of the Cleveland Chapter each won $50 gift cards, and the $150 gift card was awarded to Robert Johnson of the Yokosuka Chapter!

Each month, all on-time or early renewals will be entered into a random drawing to award two $50 gift certificates and one $150 gift certificate, respectively for those renewing on-time or early for one or three years. In addition to contacting the members who win the drawings, we will announce the winners on our website and social media. Renew your membership here: http://www.asmconline.org/membership/renew/.

ASMC MEMBER ENGAGE PLATFORM

Have you taken advantage of the newest ASMC member benefit? Engage, an interactive service platform provided by Higher Logic, has been adapted for integration with your ASMC membership. Our goal is to use the Engage platform to create an interactive space where ASMC chapters and individual members can communicate with their colleagues. You will be able to share best practices, event information, and professional development suggestions. In addition to the “ASMC Chapter Presidents” and the “All Member” communities, we have established a chapter community for use by the chapter officers and members of each A-1 and A size category chapter. We will establish the B and C category chapter communities by the end of this month. Also, we will soon be establishing a community wherein chapter membership chairs/VPs can collaborate with each other and ASMC HQ in sharing best practices, etc. In February we will establish a community specifically for our ASMC Early Careerists/Young Professionals member segment, so they can collaborate among each other regarding items of interest about their professional development.     

It is our intention to make Engage a professional and creative sharing experience. We believe the use of Engage will allow our members to network and collaborate with each other. Log into Engage at https://engage.asmconline.org/home, using the email address and password associated with your ASMC member account.

CDFM INITIAL ENROLLMENT FEE MEMBER DISCOUNT—MARCH 2018 ONLY!

We are seeing a large number of regional PDI testing events taking place in March and want to encourage participation in these group testing sessions. As such, for the month of March 2018 only, ASMC members who enroll in the CDFM Program for the first time pay just half price—$20. The regular enrollment fee for members is $40. The non-member rate is $75.

If you’re not currently an ASMC member, join today to save $55 when you enroll between March 1-31, 2018. In addition, you’ll receive additional discounts on other CDFM and ASMC programs, products, and services. ASMC accepts checks, American Express, MasterCard or VISA.

You can enroll in the CDFM program on the following Webpage: http://www.asmconline.org/certification/cdfm-forms/program-enrollment/ anytime. However, the discount will be activated on March 1!  Visit www.asmconline.org/CDFMenroll to enroll in March!

FEDERAL EMPLOYEE EDUCATION & ASSISTANCE FUND SCHOLARSHIPS

Since 1986, FEEA has offered scholarships to more than 10,000 individuals, including providing nearly 200 scholarships to the children of federal civilian employees who died or were severely injured in the line of duty during the terrorist attacks on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, the Pentagon on 9-11, and the US Embassies and Consulates in Kenya, Tanzania, and Libya.

Collectively, FEEA’s scholarship program to date totals over $14 million. FEEA champions the pursuit of higher education and each year supports approximately 300 students with merit-based scholarships.

The 2018 application deadline is March 21, 2018 at 11:59pm EDT. Application information and details can be found here: https://asmc.secure-platform.com/a/organizations/main/home.

PDI 2018 KICKS OFF IN THREE MONTHS!

PDI 2018 will take place at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, CO. Please join us for this event May 30 through June 1. Thanks to our wonderful host chapters (Pikes Peak and Utah), PDI Chair (Laura Sandy), local committee chairs and members, Professional Development Committee (chaired by Glenda Scheiner), DoD and US Coast Guard Service Day leads, workshop speakers and Mini-course instructors, and our ASMC corporate members, PDI 2018 is shaping up to be an outstanding professional development opportunity!  

We expect to open PDI 2018 Registration (including the opportunity to register for specific sessions on or about 26 February! We will distribute a dedicated e-mail with registration information once registration is open. We’re looking forward to seeing you in Denver this May!

UPDATE YOUR EMAIL IN YOUR ASMC MEMBER PROFILE

Given issues we are seeing with some organizational network firewalls, to ensure you receive timely information from ASMC, please update your ASMC member profile with your personal email address. We want to ensure you receive important announcements and notifications that directly impact your professional development. Log onto and update your profile at www.asmconline.org/membership/edit-profile/.

PDI 2018 Sponsorships

Thu, 2018-02-01 14:30

Is your organization interested in being showcased to 4000 financial management professionals? 

PDI 2018 sponsorships will do exactly that! Check out the sponsorship opportunities for this year's event in Denver!

Award Nominations due Tomorrow!

Tue, 2018-01-30 11:57

As a reminder, all nominations for the ASMC National achievement awards are due tomorrow!

Information about the awards and the nomination process can be found here.

We look forward to honoring the winners at PDI 2018: "Achieving Peak Performance"!

ASMC Newsletter: January 2018

Mon, 2018-01-22 16:12

Here at ASMC HQ, we’ve kicked off 2018 with a bang! There’s a lot happening this month and I believe 2018 will be a great year for ASMC members!

As always, thank you for your continued ASMC membership and service to our great nation.

MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL PROGRAM

Thanks to those of you who renewed your membership early or on-time in December! Our "RENEW" YEAR's Resolution program December winners are as follows: Mary Hudson of the Indianapolis Chapter and Rhonda West of the Crystal Coast Chapter each won $50 gift cards, and the $150 gift card was awarded to Anthony Best of the Cleveland Chapter!

Each month, all on-time or early renewals will be entered into a random drawing to award two $50 gift certificates and one $150 gift certificate, respectively for those renewing on-time or early for one or three years. In addition to contacting the members who win the drawings, we will announce the winners on our website and social media. Renew your membership here: http://www.asmconline.org/membership/renew/.

ASMC NATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

As a reminder, ASMC Achievement Award Nominations are due 31 January 2018. Nominate colleagues who deserve recognition for excellence in financial management.  Those selected by our Awards committees will be honored at PDI 2018 in Denver, Colorado.

ASMC annually recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of its chapters and members of the defense financial management community through its national awards program. This program encompasses individual and team achievement awards, scholarships, educational grants, an essay contest, chapter recognition, and a variety of other individual based awards. ASMC achievement awards are presented annually to individuals and teams who have been nominated for outstanding accomplishment within one of the functional fields of defense financial management.

Nomination information and award details can be found here: https://asmc.secure-platform.com/a/organizations/main/home.

ASMC MEMBER ENGAGE PLATFORM

The newest ASMC member benefit is here!Engage” is a valuable collaboration, lessons learned, and professional development opportunity just for you. Thus far we have launched our “Chapter Presidents” and our “All Member Community” collaboration groups and we look forward to launching additional communities (including groups for Early Careerists, Chapter Membership Chairs, and Chapter Treasurers, in the near future. Log into Engage now at https://engage.asmconline.org/home, using the email address and password associated with your ASMC member account, and join the “All Member Community” and also your chapter group related to the chapter designated in your ASMC membership profile. Check out the info, comments, questions, and answers already posted there by your colleagues and others, as well as share your own thoughts, questions, and great ideas. 

CDFM EXAM DEVELOPMENT UPDATE

ASMC is currently seeking actively certified CDFM or CDFM-A volunteers to establish passing points (the final step of the exam development process) for the Certified Defense Financial Manager (CDFM) Module 1-3 Exams.

As you know, we are updating the CDFM exams to reflect the current defense financial management operational environment and ability requirements for professionals in the field. Up to this point, groups of subject matter experts (SMEs) have helped us update the CDFM exam blueprints, weight the competency areas, review existing exam items, write new exam items (questions), and pilot test new exam items. We are nearly ready to deploy the new Module 1, 2, and 3 exams, but one task remains and we need the help of actively certified professionals.

The purpose of the CDFM certification is to recognize individuals who demonstrate competence in the field of defense financial management through standardized examination. That is, candidates are assessed based on their scores on a set of examinations that measure critical knowledge areas of the defense financial management profession. Exam scores are compared to a standard (or "cut-off") that reflects the minimum acceptable level of competence required to hold the certification. The development of the standard is referred to as "standard setting."

The new CDFM Module 1, 2, and 3 exams have been assembled and now we need help to set cut-off scores for each of them. This is a critical part of the exam development process and participation of certified professionals is vital and appreciated.

The Standard Setting Workshop will take place for three full days, from 0800 to 1700, in Old Town Alexandria, VA. During this time, participants will receive training in exam standard setting best practices, review the new exam forms, make expert judgments about each test item, and discuss those judgments with other participants to reach consensus. The workshop will be facilitated by ASMC’s test development consultant, the Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO), with the support of ASMC staff.

It is important to note that:

  • ASMC will cover travel, lodging, and meals for non-local participants and will cover auto mileage and onsite meals for local participants.
  • Symbol”> Exam standard setters have exposure to CDFM exam items and will therefore not be eligible to teach CDFM preparatory courses, such as the Enhanced Defense Financial Management Training Course (EDFMTC), for three years.  Certified professionals who currently teach CDFM preparatory courses, such as the EDFMTC, are not eligible to participate.
  • This volunteer opportunity is not compensated financially; however, ASMC will provide Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits and an official letter of appreciation that can be shared with supervisors, potential employers, etc.

Kindly complete this brief availability survey by Wednesday, January 31, 2017, so we can determine the timeframe that works best for the majority of interested participants.

ASMC National PDI 2018 KICKS OFF IN FOUR MONTHS!

Dreaming of Spring? We are too – preparation for PDI 2018 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver is progressing well!

Please join us for this event May 30 through June 1. Thanks to our wonderful host chapters, Pikes Peak, Denver, and Utah, and also our PDI Chair, Laura Sandy, and our local committee chairs and members, PDI 2018 is an event not to be missed!  

Opening of national PDI 2018 registration is currently targeted for the week of 26 February. A dedicated e-mail with registration information will be sent once registration is open. We’re looking forward to seeing you in Denver this May!  “Mountains to Climb: Achieving Peak Performance!”

UPDATE YOUR EMAIL IN YOUR ASMC MEMBER PROFILE

Given issues we are seeing with some organizational network firewalls, to ensure you receive timely information from ASMC, please update your ASMC member profile with your personal email address. We want to ensure you receive important announcements and notifications that directly impact your professional development. Log onto and update your profile at www.asmconline.org/membership/edit-profile/

Engage Member Platform is Here!

Wed, 2018-01-17 14:42
We are very excited to invite YOU to our newest member benefit – the Engage platform!   Engage, an interactive service platform provided by Higher Logic, has been adapted for integration with the ASMC membership. Our goal is to use the Engage platform to create an interactive space where ASMC chapters and individual members can communicate with their colleagues. ASMC members will be able to share best practices, event information, and professional development suggestions.    It is our intention to make Engage a professional and creative sharing experience. We believe that the use of Engage will allow our members to network and collaborate with each other. Logging into Engage is easy – just use the email address and password associated with your ASMC membership.   If you should have any issue accessing or using Engage, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.     Thank you for your continued ASMC membership and welcome to Engage!  

December 2017 Membership Renewal Campaign Winners

Fri, 2018-01-12 13:33
Our "RENEW" YEAR's Resolution program is underway and we thank those of you who renewed your membership early or on-time in December!   Big congratulations to our December winners:

Mary Hudson of the Indianapolis Chapter and Rhonda West of the Crystal Coast Chapter each won $50 gift cards. The $150 gift card is awarded to Anthony Best of the Cleveland Chapter!

You too can have the chance to be rewarded for your timely membership renewal…Each month, starting with December 2017, all on-time or early renewals will be entered into a random drawing to award two $50 gift certificates and one $150 gift certificate, respectively for those renewing on-time or early for one or three years. In addition to contacting the members who win the drawings, we will announce the winners on our website and social media. Renew your membership here!