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NARFE 2021 Legislative Federal Agenda

NARFE Legislative Agenda Federal February 2021

The U.S. Postal Service Has Never Been More Important, or More Endangered

Dr. Gary Roundtree Sr., President of NARFE/MD and Edward Holland, NARFE/MD Liaison with the Alliance for Retired Americans, encourage NARFE members in Maryland to sign the ARA petition to Congress to save the U.S. Postal Service.  See message below from ARA Executive Director to President of the Maryland/DC Alliance for Retired Americans.
Dear Susan,

U.S. Postmaster General Megan Brennan says the coronavirus crisis is threatening the U.S. Postal Service’s ability to operate beyond September 2020! Its future is literally in doubt.

The Trump administration has told Congress that it will block ANY emergency relief that allows the Postal Service to keep delivering the mail. This is an outrage.

This course of action is insane and dangerous. Without the USPS, voters literally won’t be able to vote by mail come the 2020 election. Help us keep this from happening by signing our petition to Congress. 

We depend on the Postal Service for so much — to deliver critical mail, medicines, packages every day to every address in the country — and to help make sure every American can vote in this challenging time.

Of course, extremists have tried to sell off the Postal Service for years — but the threat has never been more real.

We have to get the American people and Congress to unite and force President Trump to back down, save 900,000 jobs AND ensure a safe and secure election come November.

Please click here to sign our petition now. 

We promise to keep you posted as this develops.

Thanks for all you do.

Richard Fiesta

Executive Director

Alliance for Retired Americans


Rep. David Trone Hosts Roundtable with Marylanders Struggling to Afford the High Cost of Prescription Drugs

November 5, 2019 

Press Release

Gaithersburg, MD – November 5, 2019 , Representative David Trone (MD-06) hosted a roundtable in Gaithersburg, Maryland to discuss the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs. See link above for more information.


CONTACT: EDWARD HOLLAND, Public Relations Officer / #301.848.3476


AFGE President Jeffrey David Cox Sr will be joining us at the 2019 Biennial Conference. Come and here from a fellow fighter!

“…The American Federation of Government Employees, the largest federal employee union with more than 700,000 members, has also taken issue with [the President’s] claim. ‘They are eager to get back to work,’ AFGE President Jeffrey David Cox Sr. said in a statement earlier on in the shutdown … AFGE has also sued the government over the shutdown, saying it’s illegal to make people work without pay. Employees who are considered ‘essential’ to the functioning of the government ― such as air traffic controllers and people who work in law enforcement ― continue to work during the shutdown but will not get paid until after it’s over…”

The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) was founded in 1921 with the mission of protecting the earned rights and benefits of America’s active and retired federal workers. One of the largest federal employee/retiree organizations, NARFE represents the interests of 5 million current and future federal and postal annuitants, spouses and survivors.

Summary of Highlights from NARFE/MD Board Meeting – Feb. 5, 2019, Bowie Comfort Inn

Maryland Federation of NARFE – Patricia Farmer, Secretary, NARFE/MD

  • Opening: President Dr. Gary Roundtree Sr. called the meeting to order at 9:34 a.m.
  • Bowie-Crofton President Frank Lee introduced new member Charles Smith who was affected by the recent partial shutdown. His shutdown story was featured in the Washington Post. As a result of the affect the shutdown had on him, Charles decided to retire and is waiting for his papers to go through.
  • President Dr. Gary Roundtree Sr. went over the Federation’s reimbursement policy for those attending the National Legislative Training Conference (NLTC), March 10-13, at the Hilton Mark Center in Virginia.
  • First Vice President and Legislative Director Dr. Sudha Haley talked about the Crusade to Capitol Hill on March 13. This is the day the NLTC attendees from NARFE/MD will visit Senators and Representatives on Capitol Hill.
  • Guest Speaker John Koskinen, former IRS Commissioner, spoke to attendees and gave insights into his management style during his career. He made sure employees at all levels knew him and had the opportunity to ask questions and let him know about problems at any level. He stressed that the ethos in an organization is very important. As the lead for Y2K in the United States, and he subsequently became the lead in the world. As a result of his management and the people he worked closely with in government and the private sector, there was no disaster when we rolled over to the year 2000. He mentioned a few glitches, one in Japan and the other in the United States.
  • William Guthrie, President Chapter 1260, Southern Prince George’s, was inducted as a Board member by President Dr. Roundtree.
  • Luncheon Speaker was Colonel William Pallozzi, Maryland Secretary of State Police. As such, he is a member of Governor Hogan’s cabinet. He is responsible for the 23 Barracks of State Troopers within Maryland. His purview also includes an aviation section and the largest crime laboratory in the state. Maryland State Police began in 1921 and is now 98 years old. In keeping with its three missions, there is a Traffic Bureau, a Criminal Investigation Bureau and a Support Services Bureau. Colonel Pallozzi stressed that it is a dangerous, noble profession. The Polar Bear Plunge, sponsored by the State Police, is the largest single day fundraiser in the world. There are 152 Police Departments in the state of Maryland.
  • New Region II Vice President Kathy Adams gave her report. Region II includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. RVP Adams reported items from the National Executive Board (NEB) meeting, including the existence of four new committees at the National level: Membership Committee; Non-Dues Revenue Committee; Building Committee (all reasonable options, even sale of the HQ building, which is large, with only 50 employees currently); and 2021 – 100th Anniversary Centennial Committee (Kathy Adams is Chair; Dr. Sudha Haley is one of committee volunteers).
  • Dr. Bruce Fowler, Chair of the Federal Legislative Committee, said that the 2019 Profiles in Civil Service, Golden Edition, should be out in March and the NARFE/MD delegation from the NLTC will be taking copies to Capitol Hill to keep reminding Congress what federal employees do every day for this country.
  • Paul Schwartz, Chair of the State Legislative Committee stressed the importance of NARFE/MD having a large contingent going to Annapolis on Feb. 13 for the hearing on HB 327, which would decouple Maryland from Federal taxes and allow taxpayers to itemize at the state level. He also urged members to give to MD-PAC because it allows us to meet/greet our state legislators and share with them our legislative interests. Toll free phone number for General Assembly: 1-800-492-7122. Tell the operator who you are and your organization and that you support HB 327 and why. Also, you can go to to get a phone number and email address for a specific lawmaker. (LWV is the League of Women Voters.)
  • Second Vice President and Membership Director Ed Reed handed out a Membership packet and exercise to each Chapter President. The exercise is an effort to recruit US Postal Employees; packets include 20 F135 applications, 18 M2 prospective member forms, the new membership manual, and three packets for US Post Offices.
  • The Board voted to accept the proposal to amend the National Bylaws to ensure fairness in the NARFE ballot used in voting.
  • Scholarship Chair Eleanor Kaul said that FEEA/NARFE Scholarships have been reduced to $700. There is a new Memorandum of Understanding between FEEA and NARFE due March 25.
  • Alzheimer’s Chair Eleanor Kaul reported that Maryland NARFE is Region II’s second largest donor to NARFE Alzheimer’s Research. The three top donor chapters are: 969 St. Mary’s County/$5,500; 2274 Ocean Area/$1,577; and 1127 Rockville/$1,500.
  • Co-Chair Larry Walton gave an update on the 2019 Biennial Conference, May 5-7, 2019 in at Dunes Manor, Ocean City, Md. Dunes Manor is located at 28th Street, in the heart of Ocean City. Oceanfront rooms are available all week for $98.35. Vendor Chair for the Conference Eleanor Kaul has sent letters to 16 vendors, inviting them to rent tables at the conference. Several vendors have taken ads in the conference program and are sponsoring meals. Registration fee is $50, which includes two breakfasts and two lunches. The Installation Banquet is separate at $45. For details, contact your Chapter President who received the Call Letter to the 2019 Biennial Conference. Also, on Feb. 8, the Maryland Federation Secretary Pat Farmer sent information on the May Conference to each member of the Maryland Federation from the NARFE Email System.
  • Programs Chair Edward Holland has been busy securing speakers for the May conference; among them are Barbara Sido, NARFE Executive Director; James Marshall, NARFE Federal Benefits Institute; John Wobensmith, Maryland Secretary of State; and many other speakers from State and Federal government and beyond.
  • Public Relations Chair Edward Holland stated that his goal is to tell the story of NARFE and get us in the fight.
  • Adjournment: 2:54 p.m.