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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!

ASMC Newsletter: December 2017

Fri, 2017-12-15 09:15

As 2017 comes to a close, we want to wish each of you a joyous holiday season!

Thank you so much for your membership in ASMC and for your contributions to our defense financial management profession and to our nation. 

Government organizations continue to strengthen firewalls, so it is imperative that our members designate their personal email address in their member profile, to ensure timely receipt of ASMC communications. Change your contact info today via www.asmconline.org/membership/edit-profile/ to reflect your personal email address!

The HQ staff and I are looking forward to a busy 2018 and we cannot wait to share it with you! There is so much planned for our members and our financial management community in the coming year. I’ve listed some of these exciting items below and we’ll be sure to share more after the holidays!

 

MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL PROGRAM

We launched our monthly "RENEW" YEAR's Resolution program and we thank those of you who renewed your membership early or on-time in November! Big congratulations to our November winners: Tracy Wolfgram of our Chesapeake Chapter and Steven Holekamp of our Alamo City Chapter each won $50 gift cards. The $150 gift card went to Philip Clausen of our West Central Louisiana Chapter!

You too can have the chance to be rewarded for your timely membership renewal… Each month, starting with December 2017, we will enter all members who renew on time or early 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. Want to be included in the drawing among those who renew on time or early during December, renew your membership here: http://www.asmconline.org/membership/renew/?utm_source=informz&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=email+tracking.

You can renew your membership at any time. For example, if your current membership expiration date is 30 June 2020, you can renew now for three more years, thus extending your membership to 30 June 2023 and be included in the drawing for the December $150 gift card. Only 61 individuals (those whom renewed on time or early for three years during November) were included in the drawing for the November $150 card. Much better odds than playing the lottery! 

 

ASMC NATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

As a reminder, ASMC National Achievement Award Nominations are due 31 January 2018. Nominate colleagues who deserve recognition for excellence in financial management and 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 comptrollership. By the way, award recipients for ASMC National Awards pay no registration fee to attend National PDI.

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

 

ASMC NEEDS CDFM and CDFM-A PILOT TESTERS

ASMC is in the final stages of updating the CDFM exams. To date, subject matter experts have helped us update the exam blueprints, weigh the competency areas, review existing exam items (questions), write many new exam items, and finalize pilot exams. 

We need active CDFMs and CDFM-As to field test the pilot exams, so we can determine which questions to include on the updated exam!

Who can take the pilot exams?

Active CDFMs and CDFM-As can take the Module 1, 2, and 3 pilot exams. Only CDFM-As can take the Module 4 Pilot Exam.

What can testers expect?

There is a paper-and-pencil pilot exam for each module (Module 1-Resource Management Environment, Module 2-Budget and Cost Analysis, Module 3-Accounting and Finance, Module 4-Acquisition Business Management). Each pilot exam has 100 multiple-choice items and typically takes 1-1.5 hours to complete. No study preparation is necessary–we are asking all pilot testers to take the exams cold turkey. To finish the process, complete an emailed post-test survey to provide feedback on the exam(s) you decided to take. Pilot testing has no impact on certification status.

What will testers receive in return?

After the emailed post-test survey is completed, testers will receive an electronic certificate with 3 CPE for each qualifying pilot exam completed. Additionally, testers will have the satisfaction of actively supporting ASMC's Certification Program in keeping the CDFM exams current and relevant.

When and where will the pilot testing take place?

For groups of more than 10 test takers, a proctor can be made available on a date and location that is suitable for ASMC and the testers. For individual testers in the DC metro area, pilot exams can be taken at the ASMC Office in Old Town, Alexandria. 

When will the new exams roll out?

We do not yet have a solid timeline. However, with the support of our Certified Defense Financial Managers, we project that new exams could be published around March 2018. We are currently updating the Enhanced Defense Financial Management Training course textbook, as well, which will be released before the updated exams. The update of Module 4 – Acquisition exam and textbook will follow on a later timeline to be determined after the Department issues the update to its DODI 5000.02 regulation. ASMC HQ will officially announce the effective dates for use of the updated exams at least 60 days in advance.

 

2018 EDFMT COURSES ONLINE  

The FY18 centrally-funded EDFMT Course schedule is on the ASMC website! Check out the schedule (and other CDFM training opportunities!) at http://www.asmconline.org/educationtraining/classroom-training/?utm_source=informz&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=email+tracking.

 

PDI 2018 KICKS OFF IN MAY 2018!

May 2018 might feel far away, but here at ASMC, we’re already preparing for National PDI!

PDI 2018 will take place at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, CO. The event kicks off on May 30 and continues through June 1. We are continually thankful for our wonderful host chapter, Pikes Peak supporting chapters Mile High and Utah, and our dedicated PDI Chair, Laura Sandy. Their hard work ensures that PDI 2018 will not only be a great training opportunity but a great experience overall. We cannot wait to share this event with you!

Registration for PDI 2018 will be open in late February. A dedicated message regarding registration will be delivered in the near future. We’re looking forward to seeing you in Denver!

 

Have questions? Contact Kathryn Grandstaff-Bradford, our Associate Director of Communications and Public Affairs at grandstaff@asmconline.org.

We thank you for your dedicated service to our nation and for your ASMC membership.

Al

Al Runnels, CDFM-A
Executive Director
American Society of Military Comptrollers

Achievement Award Nominations due January 31

Wed, 2017-12-13 16:00
It is important to recognize our employees for their hard work, dedication, and exceptional achievements. There are internal ways to recognize our outstanding employees but wouldn’t it be great to have your outstanding employee be recognized as the best amongst their peers. ASMC offers you that opportunity. Nominations are accepted in nine fields of comptrollership as well as a small team (10 or less) and a large team (11-20).  
Achievement Award Categories
  • Accounting 
  • Acquisition and Cost Analysis
  • Auditing
  • Budgeting
  • Comptroller/Deputy Comptroller 
  • Contractor Support
  • Finance
  • Intern/Trainee 
  • Resource Management
  • Small Team
  • Large Team
  Awardees and their nominators are notified the first week of April if they were selected for an award in one of the categories. Awards are presented at the Professional Development Institute in Denver, Colorado from 30 May to 1 June 2018. Definitions of the categories can be found here.   Who can be nominated
Any personnel in the Department of Defense or the United States Coast Guard (to include National Guard or Reserve Components) may nominate a person or team who has demonstrated outstanding performance, including exceptional achievements. Each nomination must be submitted via the ASMC Awards Online website by the 31 January 2018. The award justification is limited to the space provided, citing specific and factual details. Nominations should strive to include the most relevant quantitative and qualitative information possible focusing on the results achieved by the accomplishments. If an individual is nominated in more than one category, prepare a separate entry for each category. The online form must be filled out completely to be considered.   We ask that you not use acronyms in your write-ups and avoid phraseology specific to your organization since the judges are from all services and DoD and may not know the meaning of the word or acronym or have a different meaning to that acronym.     Each nomination is judged on the following three areas
  • 500 words on Resource savings (describe monetary and non-monetary savings).  This is worth 15%.
  • 500 words on Complexity and Leadership (describe how difficult it was to develop and implement the effort and any leadership skills).  This is worth 35%.
  • 500 words on impact (describe the impact to the organization, community or service). This is worth 50%.
  If you have any questions or need assistance with getting into the system, please contact Jennifer Sizemore for technical issues or Donna Call for programmatic questions.

November 2017 Membership Renewal Campaign Winners

Mon, 2017-12-11 10:20
Our "RENEW" YEAR's Resolution program has kicked off and we thank those of you who renewed your membership early or on-time in November!   Big congratulations to our November winners: Tracy Wolfgram of the Chesapeake Chapter and Steven Holekamp of the Alamo City Chapter each won $50 gift cards. The $150 gift card is awarded to Philip Clausen of the West Central Louisiana 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!

ASMC Newsletter: November 2017

Tue, 2017-11-21 14:01

Thanksgiving seemed to arrive quickly this year! There's so much to do before year's end – roasting turkey, holiday gift wrapping, and of course, renewing your ASMC membership. Our "RENEW" YEAR's Resolution program kicks off next month and we want to thank those of you who renew your membership early or on-time! Renew your annual membership in your expiration month, or beforehand, and we will enter you into a drawing for one of two $50 gift cards. Renew on time or early for three years and you will be entered into a drawing for a $150 gift card. Though we are launching this program during the holidays, we are going to make this renewal program a year-round recognition for our members who are renewing their memberships on time! Thus each month, starting with December 2017 on-time or early renewals, we will conduct 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.

Although the new year is just around the corner, we want to remind you that the ASMC Achievement Award Nominations are due 31 January 2018. Nominate colleagues (as individuals or part of a project team) who deserve recognition for excellence in financial management and those selected by our Awards committees will be honored at PDI 2018!

ASMC NEEDS CDFM and CDFM-A PILOT TESTERS

ASMC is in the final stages of updating the CDFM exams. To date, subject matter experts have helped us update the exam blueprints, weigh the competency areas, review existing exam items (questions), write many new exam items, and finalize pilot exams. 

We need active CDFMs and CDFM-As to field test the pilot exams, so we can determine which questions to include on the updated exam!

Who can take the pilot exams?

Active CDFMs and CDFM-As can take the Module 1, 2, and 3 pilot exams. Only CDFM-As can take the Module 4 Pilot Exam.

What can testers expect?

There is a paper-and-pencil pilot exam for each module (Module 1-Resource Management Environment, Module 2-Budget and Cost Analysis, Module 3-Accounting and Finance, Module 4-Acquisition Business Management). Each pilot exam has 100 multiple-choice items and typically takes 1-1.5 hours to complete. No study preparation is necessary – we are asking all pilot testers to take the exams cold turkey. To finish the process, complete an emailed post-test survey to provide feedback on the exam(s) you decided to take. Pilot testing has no impact on certification status.

What will testers receive in return?

After the emailed post-test survey is completed, testers will receive an electronic certificate with 3 CPE for each qualifying pilot exam completed. Additionally, testers will have the satisfaction of actively supporting ASMC's Certification Program in keeping the CDFM exams current and relevant.

When and where will the pilot testing take place?

For groups of more than 10 test takers, a proctor can be made available on a date and location that is suitable for ASMC and the testers. For individual testers in the DC metro area, pilot exams can be taken at the ASMC Office in Old Town, Alexandria. 

When will the new exams roll out?

We do not yet have a solid timeline. However, with the support of our Certified Defense Financial Managers, we project that new exams could be published around March 2018. We are currently updating the Enhanced Defense Financial Management Training course textbook, as well, which will be released before the updated exams. The update of Module 4 – Acquisition exam and textbook will follow on a later timeline to be determined after the Department issues the update to its DODI 5000.02 regulation. ASMC HQ will officially announce the effective dates for use of the updated exams at least 60 days in advance.

2018 EDFMT COURSES ONLINE  

The FY18 centrally-funded EDFMT Course schedule is on the ASMC website! Check out the schedule (and other CDFM training opportunities!) at http://bit.ly/ASMCtraining.

ACHIEVEMENT AWARD NOMINATIONS OPEN UNTIL JANUARY 31

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 comptrollership.

Award recipients will be honored at PDI 2018 in Denver, Colorado.

Find the achievement award nominations categories and nomination guidelines here: http://bit.ly/ASMC2017awards.

PDI 2018 STARTS IN JUST SIX MONTHS!

You might be preparing for the holidays, but here at ASMC, we’re preparing for PDI 2018!

This coming PDI will take place at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, CO. The event will kick off on May 30 and continues through June 1. Our wonderful Pikes Peak host chapter and Mile High and Utah supporting chapters, lead by PDI Chair Laura Sandy, are already making “mile high” strides in the planning of what is sure to be another successful event.

Glenda Scheiner, Chair of our National Professional Development Committee and Derald Emory (ASMC PDC Coordinator) are currently developing valuable program content, to include over 100 workshop level sessions. Registration for PDI 2018 will be open in late February.

We’re looking forward to updating you on the progress toward PDI 2018 and we hope to see you in Denver.

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/.

Have questions? Contact Kathryn Grandstaff-Bradford, our Associate Director of Communications and Public Affairs at grandstaff@asmconline.org.

We thank you for your dedicated service to our nation and for your ASMC membership.

Al

Al Runnels, CDFM-A
Executive Director
American Society of Military Comptrollers

Thankful for Our Veterans

Fri, 2017-11-10 08:00
ASMC extends sincere gratitude to all of our veterans for their selfless service, honor, and dedication to our great nation every day, but especially on Veterans Day.   On November 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the signing of the armistice in WWI (later to become Veterans Day), President Woodrow Wilson delivered a message on the importance of the day:   “A year ago today our enemies laid down their arms in accordance with an armistice which rendered them impotent to renew hostilities, and gave to the world an assured opportunity to reconstruct its shattered order and to work out in peace a new and juster set of international relations. The soldiers and people of the European Allies had fought and endured for more than four years to uphold the barrier of civilization against the aggressions of armed force. We ourselves had been in the conflict something more than a year and a half. With splendid forgetfulness of mere personal concerns, we remodeled our industries, concentrated our financial resources, increased our agricultural output, and assembled a great army, so that at the last our power was a decisive factor in the victory. We were able to bring the vast resources, material and moral, of a great and free people to the assistance of our associates in Europe who had suffered and sacrificed without limit in the cause for which we fought. Out of this victory there arose new possibilities of political freedom and economic concert. The war showed us the strength of great nations acting together for high purposes, and the victory of arms foretells the enduring conquests which can be made in peace when nations act justly and in furtherance of the common interests of men. To us in America the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with – solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service, and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of nations.”