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Members asked to respond to questions about proposed CBS Strategy

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. 
o   Which would you prefer and why?
o   How do you feel about the possibility of 2 – 3 CEDs competing with an FLM for one manager position?
o   Keep in mind that, as a GS employee, FLMs would not answer to the COC.  How do you feel about it?
A Branch office will house 3 PTs with no full time supervisor.
o   A displaced CED could be placed in the branch office as a Chief PT with the possibility of retaining their pay grade.  
o   How do you feel about the possibility of a displaced CED working as a Chief PT in a branch office?
o   Do you think the displaced CED should have to interview with other eligible PTs before a Chief PT is chosen for the branch office?
Satellite offices would be open by appointment only.
o   We would still be paying for space to use by appointment only.  Do you think this is a good option?
o   Do you believe that Satellite offices would help or hurt our program involvement by producers?

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.  

CLICK HERE to submit your comments.

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