Kentucky Association of FSA County Office Employees



Shutdown update

Posted on January 21, 2018 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (104)
On Sat, Jan 20, 2018 at 8:21 AM Mike Mayfield <[email protected]> wrote:

This is the latest information from last night and this morning. Also, I have included the proposed communication methods during the furlough. Hopefully this will not last long and something will be worked out by Monday. We realize that membership will be extremely concerned and wanting current information as soon as possible. Please share information regularly with your membership and keep them in the loop with all we know. Please cc Dawn and me on all you communications sent to your state email tree. 

9:47 PM

This is the latest information from our legislative consultant Hunter Moorehead

Motion to invoke cloture fails.

At moment it is 50-48 (w/60 votes needed and 99 Senators present; Senator McCain absent).

‎YES votes (folks were following):







‎NO votes folks were following:








The Leader might move to amend the bill to the three weeks, Dems could offer their amendment, etc....All should fail.  

So....kinda/sorta unclear at the moment.

Government shutdown begins @ midnight.  

4:09 am

Senate just had a procedural vote on the motion to table the motion to refer with respect to the House message to accompany H.R.195, CHIP/One Month CR (this was a procedural vote that made space on the amendment tree for a date change amendment to be slotted in – CR funding until February 8, 2018).


Vote time is TBD (not tonight) on the Feb. 8 CR amendment (with CHIP and ACA tax delays).

Communication Tools

We will utilize the NASCOE database.  The link to the NASCOE database for those who have not already signed up for it.  Please distribute that link through your normal distribution methods to make that link available.  https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Tr6Dw-t0yG4XqGdX4yRwztR7sRX87VKOksIGrQYo-P0Information releases will be posted on the NASCOE webpage.  The follow button on the NASCOE webpage allows people to give their email address and click on the follow button.  Once that is done it will provide an email notification anytime the webpage is updated.We will post the information on the NASCOE News Facebook page.  Those of us on Facebook should be prepared to share any of the posts on our personal page. 

The NASCOE team will be working hard on behalf of all members during this furlough. 


Mike Mayfield

Message from Juan Garcia, FSA Administrator, on 10/15/2013

Posted on October 15, 2013 at 9:52 PM Comments comments (116)
Message from Juan Garcia, FSA Administrator, on 10/15/2013:

Subject: Shutdown update


I only have a few items to report today. 

All FSA employees were paid timely except one and we are working on resolving this issue.

The USDA website is partially up with some information for employees under the “Be Prepared” icon.

Employees should not access WEB TA. We are waiting on further guidance on how this pay period will be handled.

We all hope that this issue will be resolved soon.  As soon as we are back I plan to hold a meeting with the staff here in DC to discuss priority issues that need to be addressed and hold conference calls with SEDs as soon as possible the day we return to provide more guidance.

I will provide more pertinent updates as soon as I receive them.

Thank you

Pay Checks

Posted on October 12, 2013 at 6:53 PM Comments comments (0)
The following message from Wes Daniels, NASCOE Vice President, is forwarded by KASCOE President, Coy Higdon:
"Our paycheck for pay period 19 should be deposited in your bank account today Saturday Oct 12, 2013. It is approximately 60% of what you normally receive. Please get this out and let me know if you hear of anybody that doesn't get paid. Thanks WD"

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Any KASCOE members with questions or concerns can reach NASCOE leadership through your KASCOE Director.  Visit KASCOE.com for contact information.   

NASCOE Legislative Team Conference Call

Posted on October 7, 2013 at 11:46 PM Comments comments (77)
We just completed a NASCOE Legislative Team conference call. Although we don't any breaking news, the general feeling is that there is very little negotiations going on now and that it is not likely we'll see a re-opening of the government this week. However, with the debt limit deadline coming up on October 17, it is very likely this could force some serious negotiations. 
Currently, the bill passed by the House this weekend, to provide back pay for furloughed federal employees, is not on the Senate calendar. However, it is likely to be added to the calendar this week and is expected to pass the Senate and be signed by the President. The fact that there is obvious bi-partisan support for this bill is very good for federal employees. 
Hunter Moorhead, NASCOE's Legislative Consultant, encouraged us to tell our members that every phone call, email, or personal contact makes a difference. The Southeast Area has had some very good participation from our members in sending Capwiz messages. However, we can not stop at this. If you've send a Capwiz message, follow up with a personal email to your congressional members and then follow up with that by placing a phone call to their offices. 
If you have access to Facebook, I would encourage you to stay up to date by visiting the NASCOE News Facebook page. NASCOE's website (www.nascoe.org) is also being updated frequently with the most current information. As we get more information, we'll be sure to get it out ASAP. 
Thanks for everything you are doing!
Donny Green, SEA Legislative Chair

Notes from NASCOE Legislative Briefing - October 7, 2013

Posted on October 7, 2013 at 11:35 PM Comments comments (209)
A very good update concerning the status of the shutdown has been posted on NASCOE's website.

View it HERE.

Important Information about Unemployment

Posted on October 3, 2013 at 3:08 PM Comments comments (0)
From Associate Adminstrator Candy Thompson 

Some recent unemployment guidance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture

Employee's will need to provide the a 3 Digit Federal Identification Code (FIC), when they file their claim. The USDA FIC is 445. 

Employees can receive information and guidance on the process from their local state offices (by local state office, that means the unemployment office for your state) and please share this info. One office is advising that, if an employee can provide their Agencies' FIC, street address, and the gross salary amount they have earned for the past three fiscal quarters, they can successfully file a claim. 

Our office has also suggested that furloughed Federal employees should list their “anticipated return to work date” as November 9th. Federal employees in a furlough status are eligible for up to 6 weeks of benefits, that’s where the November 9th date comes from.

By indicating that they are still attached to their employer and expected to return to work on Nov. 9th – they will avoid having to do all of this:

• Completing an on-line resume
• Demonstrating that they’ve made at least 3 work search contacts each week
• Completing an on-line work search assignment
• Having a case manager assigned

Immediate Action Requested!! CAP-WIZ Alert

Posted on October 2, 2013 at 7:39 AM Comments comments (117)
Note:  The word "concerns" is misspelled in the CAP-WIZ subject line.  Please correct the spelling before forwarding the message to your legislator.  NASCOE will probably revise this soon, but please be aware to correct the typo until a correction is made to the CAP-WIZ template.  

 If you have never used CAP-WIZ, you will be amazed at how simple it is to use:

  • Follow the link.
  • Review the letter template that NASCOE has prepared for us. (Edit if you wish.)
  • Type your name and contact info.
  • CAP-WIZ will identify your legislators based upon your address.
  • Within a few clicks, your message -- OUR message -- will be en route to your legislators!
  • Strength in Numbers!!  Encourage all your fellow KASCOE members to take action on this CAP-WIZ Alert!

Message to all NASCOE Members:

Even in this darkest hour we have the opportunity to shine the brightest. Now it is more important than ever for each member to voice their concern and impact the legislative process. Your NASCOE leadership and legislative team are working to make sure that you have tools at your disposal to express to Congress how the recent government shutdown affected us.

We are asking that you send the attached letter (Letter is in the previous post) to your 3 members of congress letting them know exactly how the government shutdown is affecting us as employees, and our customers, all of whom are your constituents. Again, we ask that each NASCOE member email this letter to their 2 Senators and to their member of congress, either through CAP-WIZ or directly by email. We would also ask that each member call all three of their congressional representatives and use the attached alert as their talking points. You can find your members of congress’s contact information at www.house.gov andwww.senate.gov by doing a search by your home zip code. We ask that you report back to your state president and state legislative chair on what was discussed on the call so that we can take further action as needed.

Thank you
NASCOE Leadership

CAPWIZ Alert forthcoming

Posted on October 1, 2013 at 7:42 PM Comments comments (77)
NASCOE is currently working on a CAPWIZ Alert that will go out tonight or early tomorrow.  Let your voice be heard through NASCOE!!!
If you know FSA employees who are not on the database, they can go on the NASCOE website and send it out. IT IS AN IMPORTANT TIME TO BE A MEMBER OF NASCOE!!!
A post will be made to NASCOE News Facebook Page when the CAPWIZ alert is sent.