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In Memory of 15 ASMC members killed in the Pentagon attack.  9/11/2001


P.O. BOX 46575
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20050-6575

11 August 1999 - 1130
Holiday Inn, Eisenhower Ave, Alexandria

Today's Event

Today, the Washington Chapter welcomes RADM Louis M. Smith as our guest speaker. RADM Smith is the Commander of Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) and the Chief of the Navyís Civil Engineer Corps. NAVFAC manages the planning, design and construction of facilities for U.S. Navy activities around the world. RADM Smith will speak about "The Future of Defense FacilitiesÖPaying for Tomorrow."

Presidentís Message

At out recent executive board meeting two items were discussed which leave me excited about the coming year.

First, CDR Neil Seiden, who is enthusiastically spearheading the program portion of our luncheons for the coming year, has clearly jumped in with both feet and is developing a substantial speakers program. The initial theme will address defense financial management certification.

Second, Cindy Bogner and Jeannie Karstens have agreed to co-chair our spring symposium. While this activity is just starting t gain momentum, Cindy and Jeannie bring tremendous talent to this effort.

With such strong leadership and enthusiasm in these two areas, our chapterís professional functions will be greatly enhanced. However, as stellar as these folks are (to include the rest of the executive board), your help is both needed and expected. Please contact these individuals and offer your assistance. Your involvement in these activities will provide for a much stronger chapter!

Charles E. Cook III

Navy Vice President Message

We are fast approaching the close of another fiscal year Ė how time flies when youíre having fun! As we do so, its timely review to information we may have missed in our hectic schedule. The following is food for thought for you. Please note that you should contact your agencyís policy office for guidance unique to you organization.


The FY 98 Defense Authorization Act (P.L. 105-85), signed by the President on 18 November 1997 pertains. Sec. 801 allows the Department of Defense (DOD) to enter into a contract for procurement of severable services for a period that begins in one fiscal year and ends in another if the contract period does not exceed one year. Sec. 806 requires that any multiyear contract over $500 million be specifically authorized by a law other than an appropriations act. However, each service and major command therein needs to research their respective policy implementation guidance.

- New Rules Issued on Business Cards. DON business card policy has been revised per ASN(FM&C) memo of 9 Mar 99. The new policy expands the authorized printing of business cards at government expense. Also, OSD memo of 28 Aug 98 and Comptroller General Decision ltr B-280759 of 5 Nov 98 permitted government employees to print business cards, using existing software and agency-purchased card stock, for use in connection with official activities when the exchange of cards would facilitate mission-related business communications.


The Defense Acquisition Deskbook, containing information on all aspects of acquisition, is available at the Internet web site

An excellent companion resource available at the website is the "Ask-a-Professor" program. This program provides the opportunity for people to submit acquisition-related questions to elicit a response directly from an expert on the appropriate subject. The answers come from the Defense Department Universities, as well as the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Service Headquarters. You may be able to find answers to questions you have, already posted here, or you can submit a question of your own. Or, you can browse recent questions by category to see what is of interest to you.

CDR Marci Pinkerton

National News

The ASMC National Office web page now includes job announcements for a variety of employers, such as commercial, nonprofit and government agencies. Please note that ASMC does not provide employment services but does want to make its members aware of potential opportunities in the financial management community at large. You can access Nationalís web site at

Plans are underway for PDI 2000 in Philadelphia. As you know, our chapter is one of several teaming together host this event. Washington Chapter is specifically responsible for the Program, Hospitality and Exhibit Committees but volunteers are needed for the many other committees chaired by other chapters. For more information, visit our chapterís website.


Several of our long-time friends will be retiring from civil service soon. Please join us in wishing fair winds and following seas to:

  • Patricia Abel, Branch Head (SEA 0131) in the RDT&E,N/WPN/OPN Division at NAVSEA
  • Tom Wallace, Director of NAVSEAís Navy Working Capital Fund Division (SEA 015).
  • Dave Scott, NAVSEAís Associate Comptroller for Planning and Financial Systems (SEA 01D) .

Also, Jocelyn Chapman was selected as Head for NAVSEAís O&M,N Budget Formulation Branch (SEA 0141).

Future Events

Mark your Calendarís for:

  • 15 Sep 1999: Luncheon Sponsored by Coast Guard at Eisenhower Holiday Inn
  • 20 Oct 99: Luncheon Sponsored by Air Force at Eisenhower Holiday Inn
  • 24 Nov 99: Luncheon Sponsored by DFAS at Eisenhower Holiday Inn
  • 9 Dec 99: Holiday Social Sponsored by U.S. Marine Corps at Ft. McNair Officerís Club

For details, check the Chapter web page or contact your agency Assistant Secretary.


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