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Washington Chapter Newsgram


Date: 24 November 1999 Time: 11:30 Place: Holiday Inn

Today, Mr. Edward Kufeldt, Deputy Director of Resource Management for Plans, Defense Finance and Accounting Service will speak on the DFAS Y2K preparations, readiness and contingencies.

President’s Message

The holiday season is here!  And so are opportunities for our Chapter of the American Society of Military Comptrollers to participate and share in the many charitable activities in the Washington, DC area.  First, we begin with today’s luncheon!   We are using this luncheon to support Project Harvest. Many thanks to all of you who have brought canned goods to support local families and individuals in need in our community.  Our next opportunity to display our community support is at our Holiday social.  On December 9th at Ft. McNair, we invite you to enjoy a holiday buffet with fellow and prospective members, participate in the awarding of door prizes, and supporting the local Toys-for-Tots drive.  Please bring an unwrapped toy to the social to help brighten the holidays of young people in need.  Mark you calendars now so that you won’t miss out on these great opportunities!

Charlie Cook

DFAS Vice President Message

As 1999 winds down and we approach what has been dubbed Y2K, we at DFAS are confident in our readiness.  Today’s speaker, Mr. Edward Kufeldt will provide you with an overview of our preparations and readiness posture.  We believe you will find, as we do, that we at DFAS have taken every prudent step to make this a non-event.

It is a very exciting time at DFAS, our new director, Mr. Thomas Bloom, has energized our agency and is carrying on the with the outstanding groundwork left by his predecessor Mr. Gary Amlin.  DFAS is the world’s largest finance and accounting operation, with disbursements of approximately $24 Billion per month.  Our mission is to provide responsive, professional finance and accounting services to the Department of Defense.   Visit us on our website at!

Pat Stansfield

National News

There are some slots available for the Defense Financial Management Certification (DFMC) beta test.  Please give Frank Arcari a call (703-549-0360) if you are interested.  While this requires the outlay of about $45, it does represent a significant cost savings from taking the test at a later date.  The testing is scheduled during 6-9 December.  Frank will confirm specific dates and work to set up actual testing times.

DFMC is the certification test that is given under the stewardship of ASMC.  The test will cost a few hundred dollars when it goes live next June.  For the beta testing, you only have to pay the administrative fee of about $45.  If you pass all three modules, you're golden.  If you happen to not pass one or more of the modules, subsequent testing is in the range of $100 per module.  Though DoD cannot pick up the cost of the testing.  DoD is working on a plan to provide funds to cover the cost of preparing for the test.


Congratulations to Susan Grant on her induction into the Senior Executive Service on 4 November 1999.  Ms. Grant is the Director for Resource Management at DFAS.  She began her federal career with the Department of the Navy, held significant positions with the Air Force and later with the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) staff, before landing at DFAS. We at DFAS are very fortunate to have her on our team!

Next Event

When 09 December 1999
Where Fort McNair Officers Club
What Holiday Social

Sponsored by the Marine Corps

Assistant Secretaries
Army Clara Weston (703)695-9238
Navy Shirley Simpkins (703)602-8040x403
Marine Corps Mary Wilson (703)614-8244
Air Force Lt Col Robert Palmer (703)604-0441
Coast Guard SK2 Mike Baltzgar (202)267-1995
OSD Gwen Brown (703)697-0021
DFAS Hyesuk Bellino (703)607-3844
Corp./Retired Member Rep Richard Pineda (703)560-9477


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