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National Guard Birthday, December 13, 2018

Fri, 2018-12-14 09:42

ASMC extends it best wishes to the Army National Guard on the occasion of your birthday today. Many thanks for all you do in contributing to our nation’s defense and security.

December 2018 Chapter Highlight

Wed, 2018-12-12 02:30
DECEMBER CHAPTER HIGHLIGHT: Pikes Peak Chapter, by Jennifer Patterson, Chapter President What are your plans for the Chapter this year? 

The Pikes Peak Chapter has several exciting events planned and several that are in the works. In December, we have our Holiday Social where we will have a presentation from one of our members on the difference between generations in the workplace. Our Early Careerist group has several social events planned such as Whirly Ball, bowling and a leadership panel where young Financial Managers can interact with the current leaders. The Chapter is also planning a Regional PDI that will be held during the March-April timeframe. All of these events are very exciting and the executive committee is working hard to offer many opportunities to our members.

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

In August at the Chapter’s Membership meeting, we had an outstanding turnout for our guest speaker Ms. Pamela Franceschi, SES, Director, Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS), Columbus. We had over 50 members attend! Ms. Franceschi’s presentation, “The Power of Data Analytics” discussed how drilling down and looking at data from different perspectives can offer many benefits and solve problems. She provided examples of some of the issues that DFAS is tackling with this concept. Everyone enjoyed the presentation and we were truly grateful that Ms. Franceschi could take time out of her busy schedule to provide the presentation.

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

We have tried a few different avenues to grow membership. Our chapter has eight separate units that have members and/or potential members. So, in order to maximize interest, we have each unit host a monthly membership meeting. There are so many unique missions in the area and we want to offer many different educational opportunities with the end goal of drawing more interest in ASMC. Another way that we have increased membership, is to hold a membership drive and offer to pay a portion of the new member’s fee. All the individual has to do is show the receipt. We are still working on this year’s plan, but hope to make it just as successful.

What is your favorite chapter memory?

It is hard to single out one memory from the past year and a half as President. Both last year and this year, I have had an amazing executive committee to back me up. We all have busy schedules and every one of them go the extra mile to make this Chapter successful for the members. Last year was really special to the chapter because we co-hosted the National PDI. It was so fulfilling to see all of the behind the scenes hard work benefit so many. I hope to make many more memories with this chapter.

Textbooks

Mon, 2018-11-19 11:12

A visual timeline for the availability of the new exam and course materials, as well as the new exam blueprint, is available at http://www.asmconline.org/cdfm/prep/.

THE NEW TEXTBOOK IS HERE!

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2018 EDFMTC Textbook (Modules 1-3) The 2018 Enhanced Defense Financial Management Training Course (EDFMTC) textbook provides a broad overview (spanning in intensity from the intermediate to the advanced level) of DoD financial management. The textbook is organized into 3 modules that correspond to the new CDFM exam modules and knowledge areas: Module 1 – Resource Management Environment, Module 2 – Budget & Cost Analysis, and Module 3 – Accounting & Finance. The coordinating CDFM exams (new exams) have been available as of September 1, 2018. The 2018 EDFMTC textbook is 574 pages and comes with an answer key and an excerpt from the FY 2019 Budget Concepts and Budget Process. Currently, only hard-copy format is available, printed on three-hole punched loose leaf paper and sent with a three-ring binder. Shipping included. Cost: $110 for members / $120 for non-members (shipping included) Module 4 Acquisition Business Management Textbook

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Module 4 Acquisition Business Management Textbook The Acquisition Business Management Textbook provides an overview of the rules governing the acquisition of major defense systems and is the same textbook used in ASMC’s two-day Acquisition Business Management Course. The textbook chapters correspond to the CDFM Module 4 exam knowledge areas. Currently, only hard-copy format is available. Cost: $75 for members / $85 for non-members (shipping included)

November 2018 Member Highlight

Mon, 2018-11-19 02:30
NOVEMBER MEMBER HIGHLIGHT: Lance Haycock

Can you briefly describe your career path?

I began my DoD career in the Maintenance Human Resources area (MAWH) at McClellan AFB as a GS-0301-05 Palace Acquire in 1990. Shortly after my induction into human resources, we re-aligned AF Logistics Command (AFLC) and AF Systems Command (AFSC) into AFMC and an overage of human resource analysts drove my conversion to financial resources (MAWB). Best career move of my life! Spent 4 years in MXW/FM and 4 more on the Contract DMAG side, getting to a temporary GS-12 there before moving to the Academy as the Cadet Wing budget analyst due to base closure at McClellan. What a great duty location, working for the 1 Star Commandant of Cadets at USAFA, where we were a direct report unit to Air Staff and just needed to hold out a hand to get more funding. In 2000, I was selected as the Munitions Budget lead at Hill AFB, returning to my northern Utah roots. I got there just in time to deal with the Sep 11 2001 concerns, where our munitions buy budget nearly tripled overnight. I got my GS-13 in Mature and Proven Aircraft, taking on a supervisory role with the budget team and other resource management there. From 2005-2007 I was the Combat Sustainment Wing Chief Financial Advisor GS-14, working budget, cost and finance issues for 4-5 major programs, with functional responsibility for 65 FMers and more than $4.2B in Procurement, R&D, O&M and WCF dollars. In Oct 2007, I left the FM career field and went into the Logistics career field, working in OM and PM positions. But I have stayed actively involved with the FM community, retaining my ASMC membership thru 2022, and helping host PDIs in SLC, San Diego, Orlando, Seattle, Orlando again and finally in Denver 2018. I have also been ASMC chapter president of the Utah chapter from 05-07 and 15-17. My FM roots run deep and have given me a broad base on which to work in my logistics career.

What are your future career goals? 

With 29 years Federal Civil Service, my 3-5 year plan is to get one last fulfilling assignment, work to age 60 and retire with more than 34 years federal service…  I have thoroughly enjoyed working in the federal sector and retaining my FM ties through the past 10-11 years. I plan to remain involved in the Utah chapter thru the end of my time here and with nine grandkids here local, I look forward to spending many rewarding retirement years playing with them.

How has your involvement in ASMC helped to develop your career?

Being involved in ASMC helped me develop an extensive network of friends and peers at many locations, specifically my time at the AF Academy. Since the Pikes Peak chapter includes Army and AF personnel from several locations around Colorado Springs, I was able to network with many fellow FM’ers not immediately located with me at the Academy. That really broadened my network base and allowed me to come back as an endeared ASMC member to help support the Denver PDI runs in 2013 and 2018, having known many from that region. ASMC membership also allowed me access to great training opportunities at regional and national PDIs, along with the satisfaction of working with local and national leaders in chapter leadership and PDI committee leadership. Running the program and hospitality committees really helped refine my coordination and management skills, having to remain flexible in the face of very demanding personnel scheduling challenges.

Which ASMC programs/offerings have you found to be the most beneficial?   

The National PDIs are a true training treasure not fully appreciated by all FM and DoD leadership. Taking advantage of the actual conference event or the follow on CBT training opportunities can truly help broaden your understanding and enhance your FM capabilities. The Networking aspect of the PDIs is just a great side benefit, not to be taken lightly. Getting involved in your regional areas and chapters is also a key to a fulfilling ASMC membership.

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

Get involved early, build your network at every event and meeting, learn all you can about all types of funds and the rules that govern them. Understanding the federal funding issues and working within the systems to make things happen is what truly adds value to the warfighter from the FM functional community. Also, getting some breadth outside the FM career field will enhance your understanding and capabilities greatly. Be mobile and open to all opportunities. Know your place in the process and do it well.  “What ere thou are, act well thy part!”  Shakespeare

November 2018 Chapter Highlight

Wed, 2018-11-14 02:30
NOVEMBER CHAPTER HIGHLIGHT: San Diego Chapter, by Brenda Meyer, Chapter President

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

This year we are focusing on having our Lunch and Learns at different Venues and plan to get more feedback from our members in order to provide them with better training and opportunities. We also have events scheduled for Ship Tours and other volunteer events which include the Fisher House and the Monarch Schools for Homeless Kids. I would also like to start having CDFM training. We have a new Chair for the CDFM Committee. His name is Josh Parrish. I hope to work closely with him to start some much needed CDFM training for many of our members.

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

In July of this year, Fed Advisors presented at our Lunch and Learn and sponsored our event. The topics covered were FEGLI and TSP. We had more than 65 people in attendance. The presentation was extremely easy to understand and the information was invaluable. In addition to having great speakers, we changed the venue and had it at Gordon Birsch. The food turned out to be amazing!

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

We’ve been offering incentives in order to bring in more people. If an existing member brings in a new member, we pay for their ASMC dues for the year. Louisa Mendiola who is a special assistant to the board has also motivated people to start joining. Since she helps with the RSVP’s at every Lunch and Learn, if she sees an RSVP that isn’t a member, she provides them with information on the benefits of being a member and really draws them in. She has been a good asset to our board!

What is your favorite chapter memory?

Being Co-Chair of PDI 2017!!!! The experience was outstanding! Overall, it was a lot of work but it was definitely worth it!

October 2018 Membership Renewal Winners

Wed, 2018-11-07 02:30

Thanks to those of you who renewed your membership early or on-time in October!

Congratulations to the following “RENEW” YEAR’s Resolution program winners: Elizabeth Walker, CDFM-A, of the Sandhills Chapter and Sharron Webb of the Cleveland Chapter each won $50 gift cards, and the $150 gift card was awarded to Glenys Vasquez-Banchon, CDFM of the Washington Chapter!

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. Remember, ASMC members who renew their membership for a three-year term can now receive a 20% discount on their membership!

In addition to contacting the members who win the drawings, we will announce the winners on our website and social media. To save ASMC administrative time and cost and for a chance to win the gift cards, renew your membership on time or early at http://www.asmconline.org/membership/renew/.

September 2018 Membership Renewal Winners

Thu, 2018-11-01 13:15

Thanks to those of you who renewed your membership early or on-time in September!

Congratulations to the following “RENEW” YEAR’s Resolution program winners: Tearria Fowler of the Washington Chapter and Mark Stevens of the Yankee Chapter each won $50 gift cards, and the $150 gift card was awarded to Brian Curtin of the Washington Chapter!

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. Remember, ASMC members who renew their membership for a three-year term can now receive a 20% discount on their membership!

In addition to contacting the members who win the drawings, we will announce the winners on our website and social media. To save ASMC administrative time and cost and for a chance to win the gift cards, renew your membership on time or early at http://www.asmconline.org/membership/renew/.

October 2018 Chapter Highlight

Mon, 2018-10-29 08:01
OCTOBER CHAPTER HIGHLIGHT: Indianapolis Chapter, by CPT Jason Reyes

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

For the rest of the Program year we plan on having the following events:

Military Committee golf outing Fall (October 2018) and Spring (May 2019), Coats 4 Kids Drive, 5K Wellness walk/run (Oct 2018), Murder Mystery Dinner (Nov 2018), Fall Professional Development Conference (PDC) (Nov 2018), AGA/ASMC Holiday Luncheon, Early Careerist First Impressions Workshop (Oct 2018) and many more events as well as our monthly luncheons.

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

Several events and programs stand out. The Community Services committee events have had great turnouts due to working with outside organizations within the community (Coats 4 kids, Easter Basket Project, Pink Ribbon Fashion show), and partnering with groups such as AGA and NAFE/WIN. Also, the Early Careerists Committee has found ways to bridge the gap for those who are not only new to the government, but exposure to what ASMC and our Chapter has to offer. Our November luncheon annually has the greatest turnout as it honors our Military and Veterans who work in the MG Emmett Bean Center, and our Holidays 4 Troops event has a huge response in the many donations and gifts that are received for troops who are suffering from hardships during the Holiday season.

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

Membership is growing as we are putting together an Information Fair that will help those who are interested, engage with our various Chapter Committees. The Fall and Spring PDC's also help in showing the breadth and depth of experiences our guest speakers have and the relationship to ASMC. As for engaging members, we have a lot of events that are taking place throughout the year that can get everyone engaged. Also, the volunteer opportunities are immense as we engage the Indianapolis community, as well as the Veteran community. Members are afforded networking opportunities and ways to serve. Most of our members come from Agencies such as DFAS, USAFMCOM, NGB, and OCAR, to name a few.

What is your favorite chapter memory?

There are so many. Recently, we had a Chapter appreciation luncheon and one of our events was musical chairs. That can always be comical as you witness grown adults compete over a chair. Also, our annual Holiday breakfast for Troops who are stationed locally was always a hit. One year, we had both Boomer (Pacers), and Blue (Colts), mascots who entertained the troops by doing hand stands off of chairs and pranks on the troops.

 

 

Elsie Steffany Memorial Scholarship Award

Thu, 2018-10-11 09:38

ASMC is pleased to announce a new ASMC scholarship award available for competition among those of you who are DoD and USCG members of ASMC and who do not currently hold the CDFM credential. To memorialize the service of Ms. Elsie Steffany, who passed away as a result of a tragic accident on 1 June 2018 during our National PDI, the ASMC National Executive Committee (Board) approved the establishment of the Elsie Steffany Memorial Scholarship Award to be presented annually at National PDI. The ASMC Board also approved the establishment of the Elsie Steffany Memorial Scholarship Award Committee (chaired by Mr. Keith Buchholz, VP, Defense-wide Board member).

Elsie was a GS-15 employee of the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Financial Management and Comptroller). A member of our ASMC Washington Chapter, she was also a Certified Defense Financial Manager (CDFM) and participated in activities of our Redstone-Huntsville Chapter in Alabama, while on temporary assignment at Headquarters, Army Materiel Command.

Following are details developed and approved by the committee and the Board regarding the composition of the Elsie Steffany Memorial Scholarship Award, eligibility, nomination process, and timelines. 

Award Composition 
The scholarship award will cover the following costs:

  • Enrollment for two years as a candidate in the ASMC Certified Defense Financial Manager (CDFM) program
  • CDFM Textbook
  • Participation in one Enhanced Defense Financial Management Training Course (subject to course availability and approval of the awardee’s organization)
  • Three exams (one each for CDFM Module 1, Module 2, and Module 3)
  • Registration to attend (subject to approval of the awardee’s organization) the annual ASMC National PDI, in which the scholarship award will be presented

Eligibility

ASMC members, who do not possess the CDFM credential and are assigned to the Department of Defense or the US Coast Guard, may apply for the scholarship award.   

Scholarship Award Application Requirements

Applicants for the Elsie Steffany Memorial Scholarship Award must submit (not later than 31 December 2018) a one-page paper, consisting of two or three paragraphs, limited to a total of no more than 600 words on the page, addressing the two questions below, using single-spaced Times New Roman, 11 size font. The application must also include a cover page including the applicant’s name, organization, work email address, and ASMC chapter.

  • Why is public service in defense financial management important to you?
  • Why is professional development and the pursuit of the CDFM certificate important to you?

Scholarship Award Nomination Process.

Each ASMC chapter president may submit only one nomination to ASMC HQ, among the applications submitted at the chapter level and evaluated by the chapter. ASMC HQ is not prescribing the specific methodology for evaluation of applications submitted at chapter level; however, we recommend that either the Chapter Officers (Board) or a chapter scholarship committee review the applications and determine the individual nomination to be submitted to ASMC HQ as the chapter’s nominee for the scholarship.

The chapter will have one month to review individual nominations received by the 31 December 2018 deadline and determine the chapter’s nominee for the scholarship award. Once the chapter’s nominee is determined, the chapter president (or his or her designee) must submit the nominee’s application via the ASMC National Awards System to ASMC HQ NLT 1 February 2019. Chapters may not edit, add to, or otherwise embellish individual applications.  

Timeline

  • 15 October – 31 December 2018: Eligible applicants may submit Elsie Steffany Scholarship Award applications to the ASMC chapter POC designated by the chapter president
  • 1 – 31 January 2019: ASMC Chapters evaluate applications received
  • 1 February 2019: Deadline for submission of chapter nominee to ASMC HQ (chapters may submit their individual nomination application anytime during the period 1 January – 1 February 2019; however, once submitted, it may not be revised.)
  • 1 – 28 February 2019: Elsie Steffany Memorial Scholarship Award Committee evaluates applications and selects the award recipient
  • 5 March 2019: ASMC HQ notifies chapter presidents of Elsie Steffany Scholarship Award Recipient
  • 15 March 2019: ASMC HQ notifies ASMC membership of Elsie Steffany Scholarship Award recipient via monthly membership update
  • 15 – 31 March 2019: ASMC HQ works with award recipient and their organization to ensure recipient’s participation in PDI 2019.

Chapter presidents will soon distribute information to chapter members regarding their chapter POC for receipt of individual applications for the Elsie Steffany Memorial Scholarship Award. 

ASMC Newsletter: September 2018

Thu, 2018-09-27 12:09

After a long, hot summer here in DC, Autumn is finally here! With the launch of the new CDFM exams this month and some additional programming, the Fall has plenty of activity lined up for our ASMC members! As always, thanks for your continued ASMC membership and dedication to our great nation.

 

MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL PROGRAM

Thanks to those of you who renewed your membership early or on-time in August! Congratulations to the following "RENEW" YEAR's Resolution program winners: Deanna Kilcollins of the Crown of Maine Chapter and Denita James of the Evergreen Chapter each won $50 gift cards, and the $150 gift card was awarded to Susan Miley, CDFM of the Fort Meade Chapter!

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. In addition to contacting the members who win the drawings, we will announce the winners on our website and social media. To save ASMC administrative time and cost and for a chance to win the gift cards, renew your membership on time or early.

 

MEMBER HIGHLIGHT: Genia Ziparo, Greater Jacksonville Chapter

Can you briefly describe your career path? 

I majored in business/accounting in college. In 1981, I took a GS-3 Temp Clerk Typist position to get my foot in the door with the federal government. Six months later I was in a permanent position. In 1985, I was selected for my first Financial Technician position as a GS-5…finally, I was working with numbers!  Over the years I took every opportunity I could to advance in my career. Whether that meant in a training capacity, learning and understanding a process backward and forwards or volunteering to work on special projects, etc., I put myself out there so supervisors knew I had what it took to be the person they were looking for to fill a vacant position. Over the years I moved up to a GS-6 Accounting Tech; GS-7 Budget Assistant; GS-9 Budget Analyst; GS-11 Financial Management Analyst; GS-12 Supervisor Financial Management Analyst; and then a GS-13 as a Regional Accounting Officer and my last job as a Regional Program Support Branch Head. In 2016, I retired with 35 years of federal service and never once did I look back and say why didn’t I get that job? Every job I had, I took that experience and built upon it to be the best I could be within my field!

What are your future goals? 

Since my retirement in 2016, I have continued to be involved with our Greater Jax Chapter as President, and for the foreseeable future, I continue to be an active member. But my main enjoyment with retirement has been volunteering and spoiling grandkids rotten!

How has your involvement in ASMC helped to develop your career?      

Being a chapter officer was the best thing that happened to me because it gave me more self-confidence in front of large crowds. It also opened doors and job opportunities that might not have come my way.

Which ASMC programs/offerings have you found to be the most beneficial?

I always found the PDI’s to be a great training resource and networking opportunity.

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

Attend meetings, get involved with your local chapter and network…you want people to know who you are when your resume comes across their desk. Know your job and processes backward and forward. Be that one person that people know they can go to for help in getting the right answer or finding a way to solve a problem!

 

CHAPTER HIGHLIGHT: Charlestowne Chapter, by Virginia Pitts, Chapter President

What are your plans for the Chapter this year?

We just completed this year’s first event at the Carolina Youth Development Center (CYDC). In addition to 25 children enjoying an amazing cookout, games, and movie we were pleased to present the Center with a $325.00 donation. Founded in 1790, CYDC is an important part of Charleston’s historic and cultural heritage, a direct descendant of the Charleston Orphan House, America’s first publicly-funded orphanage. Today, CYDC provides programs reaching over 1,200 children, youth and their families locally each year. The Charlestowne Chapter has been engaged with CYDC for over 20 years. Our professional development plans include collaborating with the local AGA organization as well as other South Carolina ASMC Chapters.

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

Last year we were able to hold a PDS at the Naval Consolidated Brig Charleston. The mission of Naval Consolidated Brig Charleston is to ensure the security, good order, discipline and safety of adjudged and pretrial prisoners; to retrain and restore the maximum number of personnel to honorable service; to prepare prisoners for return to civilian life as productive citizens; and when directed by superior authority, detain enemy combatants in accordance with guidance from the President via the Secretary of Defense. Lunch was prepared at the Brig for all PDS attendees. The Brig Executive Officer and Technical Director provided an overview of Brig operations and challenges.  A tour followed and we were able to walk through the shops where prisoners work and develop skills in preparation for release.

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

Membership growth continues to be a challenge and a priority for the Charlestowne Chapter. Our goal this year is to increase membership by 10%. Like many smaller chapters, our challenge is to find speakers and programs on a monthly basis that will be relevant and of interest to a Joint Community (i.e. Navy, Air Force, Army Corps of Engineers). On the positive side, we have been very successful in engaging our membership in taking the EDFMT class and achieving CDFM status.

What is your favorite chapter memory?

As a way to honor the memory of Nancy Hood, former Chapter President, and the person who was vital to the reactivation of the Charlestowne Chapter two years ago (the Chapter had been dormant for several years), we were able to restart the Scholarship Program. In June, the Chapter awarded $1,000.00 to a deserving High School graduate seeking a college degree in a financial management discipline. The diversity of our membership, early careerists, interns, and students, as well as veteran and seasoned professionals, creates a great opportunity for many more memories as we move into the future.

 

ASMC AWARDS PROGRAM

The National ASMC Awards Program is off to a new Awards Year start and we want to have more nominations than ever, more excitement, and more participation in getting people nominated and providing an opportunity for recognition of excellence. Encourage managers to recognize outstanding employees, mention the National Awards Program at your meetings, let other managers know it exists, and look for individuals and teams worthy of nomination. Let others know that they can get funds to help pay for their continuing education classes or that they can win money for writing an essay on the recent topic posted by ASMC. Even you can recognize people you know have done an outstanding job. Go to asmconline.org for more awards information. All forms should be online by the end of October.

You can nominate your employee(s) or peer(s) for an award. They do not have to be a member of ASMC to be nominated for an Achievement (Individual or Team) Award. There is no cost to nominate and the winners receive free registration for the ASMC national PDI. With limited budgets and training opportunities, this is a good way to recognize deserving individuals and teams. All nominations must be submitted online. The Achievement Awards must be in by midnight on the 31st of January. If you have any questions email dcall.asmcawards@yahoo.com. Please make sure you provide an accurate email address and phone number of the person nominated.

 

REDUCTION IN ASMC THREE YEAR MEMBERSHIP DUES

We are happy to announce that the ASMC National Executive Committee, during its September meeting, approved a recommendation from the Executive Director to reduce ASMC’s three-year membership dues (for joins and renewals) from $114 down to $96 effective 1 October 2018. The $96 rate will provide a discount of 20% from the fee individuals would pay if they renew annually over a period of three years at $40 per year (total of $120) rather than taking advantage of a discounted three-year join or renewal.  The previous discount for three-year memberships was only 5%. 

 

CDFM EXAM UPDATE

ASMC is very happy to share that the new updated CDFM Module 1, 2, and 3 exams were launched on September 1, 2018, and are being offered concurrently with the “old” exams until December 31, 2018.  Some new features to candidates who take the new Module 1, 2, and 3 exams are:

  • 10.0pt;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"”>PDF Acronym Guide—only acronyms actually used in the new exam forms
  • 10.0pt;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"”>Ability to provide comments/feedback on specific items—a comments box can be opened for each item, allowing the candidate to type in feedback while taking the exam
  • 10.0pt;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"”>Exam Score Report for failed exam attempts shows the percent correct for each competency area instead of only a pass/fail rating—we hope this will be more meaningful feedback

 

CDFM CANDIDATE HANDBOOK

We also revised the CDFM Candidate Handbook with the updated exam blueprints. Anyone interested in the CDFM Program can download a candidate handbook from www.asmconline.org to help them understand the following:

  • 10.0pt;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"”>Requirements to earn certification
  • 10.0pt;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"”>Certification process (including a flowchart!)
  • 10.0pt;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"”>Preparation for the exam modules
  • 10.0pt;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"”>Purchase of and scheduling exam modules
  • 10.0pt;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"”>Current Certification Department policies and procedures
  • 10.0pt;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"”>Requirements for maintaining certification
  • 10.0pt;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"”>Plus much more!

Please let your colleagues know about this valuable resource!

 

ASMC NEEDS CDFM-A PILOT TESTERS

The work to finalize the comprehensive update of Module 4 – Acquisition Business Management examination continues. We need active CDFM-As to field test the pilot exams, so we can determine which questions to include on the updated exam! If you possess the CDFM-A specialty certification, please consider helping us.

 

ASMC MEMBER ENGAGE PLATFORM

Log in and check out our new membership communication and engagement platform that we appropriately named Engage! Engage, is an interactive service platform, which has been adapted for integration with your ASMC membership. Engage will allow our members to better network and collaborate with each other and the individual chapter communities will enhance communication among chapter officers and members, as well as chapter administration. Log into Engage at https://engage.asmconline.org/home, using the email address and password associated with your ASMC member account. 

 

RETIREE MEMBERSHIP

Anyone who fully retires (except for volunteer work) is eligible to remain as a free, non-dues paying member of ASMC. The only difference in membership benefits is that members in our Retiree Sector do not receive the hard copy edition of the Armed Forces Comptroller quarterly journal beyond the time that their normal membership paid thru date occurs. Instead, they receive access to our digital-only version. If you are approaching “full” retirement, please notify ASMC at membership@asmconline.org, so we can transfer you into our non-dues paying Retiree Sector, led by volunteer Jack Mutarelli.

 

CHECK YOUR ASMC MEMBERSHIP PROFILE

We ask that all members routinely check their membership profile information – including email and mailing addresses. 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.   

Remembering 9/11

Tue, 2018-09-11 09:00
It is with heavy and solemn hearts that we remember those ASMC members who were lost 17 years ago today.   Angelene Carter, Department of the Army  Gerald Fisher, Contractor  Brenda Gibson, Department of the Army  Peggie Hurt, Department of the Army  Brenda Kegler, Department of the Army David Laychak, Department of the Army  Robert Maxwell, Department of the Army  Patricia Mickley, Defense Intelligence Agency  Diana Padro, Department of the Army  Rhonda Rasmussen, Department of the Army Edward Rowenhorst, Department of the Army  Robert Russell, Department of the Army  Chuck Sabin, Defense Intelligence Agency  Sandra Taylor, Department of the Army  Willie Troy, Department of the Army   We will never forget.

The New CDFM Exams Are Here!

Tue, 2018-09-04 09:48

The new 2018 CDFM Module 1, 2, and 3 exams are now available! See the exam blueprints here

The 2013 exams are still available through December 31, 2018. Passed exams are good for 4 years regardless of the version.

 

An updated Candidate Handbook can be found here.

ASMC projects that the new Module 4 Acquisition Business Management course material and exam will be available in 2019.

ASMC Newsletter: August 2018

Thu, 2018-08-30 14:54

Things are always a bit slower in August here in the Nation’s capital, but don’t let that fool you! There’s a busy Fall ahead of us here at ASMC. With the launch of the new CDFM exams next month and some additional programming, the Fall has plenty of activity lined up for our ASMC members!

 

MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL PROGRAM

Thanks to those of you who renewed your membership early or on-time in July! Congratulations to the following "RENEW" YEAR's Resolution program winners: Tuyen Tu of the Sequoyah Chapter and C. Mary Ricketson of the Alamo City Chapter each won $50 gift cards, and the $150 gift card was awarded to Anna Zyska of the Sandhills Chapter!

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. In addition to contacting the members who win the drawings, we will announce the winners on our website and social media. To save ASMC administrative time and cost and for a chance to win the gift cards, renew your membership on time or early.

MEMBER HIGHLIGHT: KELLYE BREEDEN

Beginning this month, ASMC will be highlighting some of our members and their careers.

Can you briefly describe your career path?

I began my career as a PALACE Acquire (PAQ) intern at Wright Patterson AFB, OH, where I started as a cost analyst supporting the HH-60 Recapitalization program. I was fortunate enough to complete my internship in the C-17 Financial Management Branch, where I built a solid foundation as the financial manager for RDT&E and procurement funding. After completing my PAQ internship, I moved to Scott AFB, IL to accept a position in the newly established Program Executive Office – USTRANSCOM. The experience I gained there was incredibly valuable as I was an integral part of building an organization, allowing me to earn increasing levels of responsibility. Earlier this year, I was selected to be the Executive Assistant to the Director, Program Analysis and Financial Management – a Tier 3 Senior Executive Service member. The insight I now have at the strategic level is priceless to my professional development.

What are your future career goals?

My experience to date has piqued my interest in a few particular areas – leading people, data analytics, and process improvement. As I move forward in my career, I plan to pursue career and educational opportunities that will allow me to enhance my knowledge and skills related to these competencies. At this point in my career, I know that I enjoy working as part of a team and, more specifically, enjoy building a strategy to lead a team to support the mission. Working in a brand new organization made me realize just how instrumental it is to design efficient processes to implement that strategy and to constantly be looking for better ways to do business as the environment and technology changes. 

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

There have been two primary benefits associated with my involvement in ASMC. First, my decision to volunteer for multiple officer and committee chair positions allowed me to grow my leadership abilities. If you want a crash course on learning to motivate people, a volunteer organization is a great place to start. I helped achieve several goals over the years working to improve the experience ASMC members while gaining insight into the dynamics of people and improving my ability to manage a significant number of tasks during what I would call a renaissance year for our local chapter. The second major benefit is a byproduct of working to build a strong chapter – my network grew significantly. For these reasons, I would not pick a specific program as the most beneficial but instead would suggest that the opportunities that exist to demonstrate my leadership abilities and to learn new skills have been the most beneficial for me. 

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

My advice to ASMC Early Careerists is to take advantage of opportunities to network with senior leaders. These individuals have a deep understanding of our career field, from a strategic perspective of how to accomplish the mission to an understanding of what it takes to rise through the ranks. Learn from their experiences and leverage their lessons learned to avoid enduring the same pitfalls from their past. Use them as a soundboard to share your good ideas and work through challenges in your career. Create a team of well-known and well-respected allies who can help you navigate your career to achieve your goals. A small effort to network can pay huge dividends in the long run!

PDI 2018 PRESENTATIONS & VIRTUAL PDI

Did you attend PDI but missed out on some of the great presentations? The PDI 2018 presentation files are now available on our ASMC website. Virtual PDI, included as part of the PDI registration fee, is now available.

Didn’t attend PDI 2018? You can still access great content by purchasing Virtual PDI separately.

THE ELSIE STEFFANY SCHOLARSHIP AWARD

The ASMC Staff and our National Executive Committee have developed an annual Elsie Steffany Memorial Scholarship Award in honor of Elsie’s life and her dedication to public service. The scholarship committee, chaired by National Executive Council member Keith Buchholz, will soon meet to determine guidelines for the scholarship, including nomination information, for distribution to chapter presidents. Each chapter will be able to nominate one individual (non-CDFM) to compete for selection for the scholarship which will cover enrollment as a CDFM Candidate, participation in an Enhanced Defense Financial Management Training Course, and also fees to take the three CDFM exam modules. The recipient of the Elsie Steffany Scholarship Award will receive complimentary PDI registration.

You can read ASMC’s memoriam regarding Elsie Steffany here

ARE YOU CDFM-A CERTIFIED? YOU CAN EARN 3 CPEs BY TAKING THE MODULE 4 PILOT EXAM

ASMC is preparing to launch the new CDFM Module 1, 2, and 3 exams in September. However, your help is still needed to complete the update to the Acquisition Module. 

We need active CDFM-As to take the Module 4 Pilot Exam and answer a short follow-up survey, so we can determine which questions to include on the updated exam!

Who can participate?

Active CDFM-As only.

What can I expect?

The paper-and-pencil Module 4 (Acquisition Business Management) Pilot Exam has 100 multiple-choice items and typically takes 1 to 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. Pilot testing has no impact on certification status.

When and where can I test?

Eligible individuals can take the Module 4 pilot exam anytime and anywhere an approved ASMC proctor is available. Group pilot test events can also be arranged by the Chapter/Organizations.

What will I receive in return?

After the emailed post-test survey is completed, you will receive an electronic certificate with 3 CPE/CET. Additionally, you will have the satisfaction of actively supporting ASMC’s Certification Program in keeping the CDFM-A exam current and relevant.

When will the new exams roll out?

We do not yet have a solid timeline. We are currently updating the textbook, as well, which will be released BEFORE the updated exam. Once a release date is determined for the new Acquisition textbook, we will employ social media and email blasts for notification.

ASMC MEMBER ENGAGE PLATFORM

Log in and check out our new membership communication and engagement platform that we appropriately named Engage! Engage, is an interactive service platform, which has been adapted for integration with your ASMC membership. Engage will allow our members to better network and collaborate with each other and the individual chapter communities will enhance communication among chapter officers and members, as well as chapter administration. Log into Engage at https://engage.asmconline.org/home, using the email address and password associated with your ASMC member account. 

RETIREE MEMBERSHIP

Anyone who fully retires (except for volunteer work) is eligible to remain as a free, non-dues paying member of ASMC. The only difference in membership benefits is that members in our Retiree Sector do not receive hard copy edition of the Armed Forces Comptroller quarterly journal beyond the time that their normal membership paid thru date occurs. Instead, they receive access to our digital-only version. If you are approaching “full” retirement, please notify ASMC at membership@asmconline.org, so we can transfer you into our non-dues paying Retiree Sector, led by volunteer Jack Mutarelli.

CHECK YOUR ASMC MEMBERSHIP PROFILE

We ask that all members routinely check their membership profile information – including email and mailing addresses. 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.   

As always, thanks for your continued ASMC membership and dedication to our great nation.

Summer 2018 AFC is availble online!

Wed, 2018-08-29 13:30

Check out the latest issue of the Armed Forces Comptroller available online!