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Achievement Award Nominations due January 31

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

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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

Monday, December 11th, 2017

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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

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

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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

Friday, November 10th, 2017

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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.”

ASMC HQ Happenings: October 2017

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

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October brings us cooler temperatures, falling leaves, and all things pumpkin. At ASMC, we’re welcoming the changing of the seasons with some new and exciting programs – it’s like all your favorite Fall things in one!

“No tricks only treats” when ASMC members enroll in the CDFM program this month. For the month of October, the initial enrollment for the CDFM program will be discounted 50% for ASMC members. This is a great opportunity for those that have been interested in the CDFM program but have been waiting for the right opportunity.

Do you have a colleague that’s worth recognition? Nominate them for our ASMC Achievement Awards. The nomination period is open until January 31st – that’s nothing to “boo” about!

Next month, after the office Halloween candy disappears, we’ll start working on our New Year’s resolutions. Our resolutions will mean big things for our members, so stay tuned to hear about our “RENEW” YEAR’s Resolution kick-off!

CDFM INITIAL ENROLLMENT FEE DISCOUNT

This month, current 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 before enrolling as a candidate in the CDFM program and save $20 on your enrollment fee, plus receive additional discounts on other CDFM and ASMC programs, products, and services.

Visit  http://bit.ly/joinASMC to join ASMC and visit http://bit.ly/enrollCDFM to enroll in the CDFM program in October!

EDFMT COURSE LISTING NOW 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.

NOW ACCEPTING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD NOMINATIONS

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.

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

UPDATE YOUR WORK EMAIL TO YOUR PERSONAL 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/.

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