Georgia Association of FSA County Office Employees
NASCOE Congressional Contact Toolkit & NASCOE Positions on FSA Employees’ “Excepted On Call” Status
JANUARY 23, 2019 / NASCOEINFO
Attached are two documents:
“NASCOE Positions on FSA Employees’ ‘Excepted on Call” Status”
NASCOE Guide for Contacting your Congressional Representatives
Since most FSA employees are out of the office today (Wednesday), we should use this opportunity to get busy making these congressional phone calls.
DO NOT USE YOUR GOVERNMENT POSITION, GOVERNMENT TELEPHONE, GOVERNMENT COMPUTER, OR DO THIS FROM YOUR GOVERNMENT OFFICE.
We realize that everyone is extremely concerned about getting paid for providing our services. This is an excellent opportunity for each member to take action to help NASCOE secure equitable and fair working conditions for our employees.
Neil Burnette & Donny Green
NASCOE Legislative Committee Co-Chairpersons
To stay up to date on the furlough situation please follow the below link:
NASCOE News Flash – January 20, 2019JANUARY 20, 2019 / NASCOEINFO
[Dennis Ray, NASCOE President]
Fellow NASCOE Members,
NASCOE leadership believes it is possible that all County Office Employees may be called back as “excepted” employees. Excepted employees would be required to perform limited duties if approved by OMB and to work without pay until shutdown ends. The negative employee impacts that are the most concerning to NASCOE are the potential loss of unemployment benefits and the loss of the ability to utilize outside employment to make ends meet.
NASCOE fully understands that the negative impacts of the current agricultural economy are compounded by the additional loss of FSA benefits. While NASCOE is sympathetic to the burdens our farmers face, NASCOE cannot support sacrificing the financial security of Farm Service Agency County Office Employees by subjecting them to a callback without pay.
As fellow employees, we are dealing with the same financial stress and fully understand the situations that employees are facing. NASCOE is in constant communication with Administration leadership in an effort to discuss ways to minimize the impact on FSA employees.
NASCOE is deeply concerned that the callback could force some employees to leave the agency and force others to make the decision to retire. These actions will have a negative long-term impact on FSA’s ability to provide quality service to our producers when they need us the most. Trained, experienced and committed employees who leave the agency will not be easily replaced.
NASCOE has been very disappointed in the lack of clear direction and instructions from the very beginning of this historic furlough. NASCOE has diligently made an effort to keep members up to date. Keep in mind this is not official notification. As details continue to emerge, NASCOE will be sharing information with our membership as quickly as possible. Please continue to look for email correspondence and website updates with the latest news from NASCOE.