On NASCOE conference call this afternoon, the following was discussed concerning the proposed future office structure concept, CBS, (central, branch, satellite) Office Strategy plan for FSA:
A Central office will house one manager and a minimum of three PTs. The manager may be a CED or a FLM.
A Branch office will house 3 PTs with no full time supervisor.
Satellite offices would be open by appointment only.
It was recommended that if you are one of the 67% of FSA employees that will be eligible to retire in 5 years, learning farm loan shouldn’t be your top concern. However, if you have a long future with the agency, you should request farm loan training.
· Do you think this is a good idea?
· Do you believe that will help or hurt you as the structure of the agency evolves?
Keeping in mind that this is just a concept and a plan for FSA, please understand that these changes could take effect as soon as the 2016 election is completed. How do you feel about this as a possibility?
Also, remember that contacting your representative is always important. Without employees, software and proper training, the COF system will seem to have failed America’s farmers. In actuality, focusing on the future of FSA, as opposed to the current FSA (that is trying to implement the Farm Bill without complete training and resources), will truly be the failure.
Please send your responses and thoughts to Coy Higdon and Travis Chick as soon as possible. Feel free to discuss with your KASCOE director or officers, as well.
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