Congresswoman Claudia Tenney Urges Union Representation to the Defense Accounting Solutions Board
Washington, D.C.—Today, Congresswoman Claudia Tenney (NY-22) is urging the Department of Defense to allow union representatives from the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) to serve on the newly established Defense Accounting Solutions Board.
This newly established board is comprised of individuals with a deep technical knowledge of accounting practices to facilitate the efficient and timely remediation of Department-wide issues related to finance and accounting.
The board is tasked with prioritizing problems identified and communicated by DoD Components or their auditors, researching the issues and related authoritative guidance, and providing a path forward. The board offers a wide range of solutions including: suggestions of revision to current policy, implementation guidance or clarification memoranda.
In a letter to Secretary Norquist, Under Secretary of Defense for Finance, Rep. Tenney noted the critical role that DFAS plays in executing an array of DoD finance and accounting tasks, and that this role should warrant their inclusion on the board in some capacity.
“By ensuring robust representation of DFAS employees on the Defense Accounting Solutions Board, DoD will be able to gain a far more comprehensive and thorough understanding of the issues facing the Department. Union representation, in particular, would enable these important finance and accounting partners to provide their valuable input and unique insights, which will enrich the overall quality of the Board’s findings,” said Congresswoman Claudia Tenney.
“AFGE totally concurs with Congresswomen Tenney's initiative to include Union representation and pre decisional involvement in the formulation of accounting solutions that will ultimately impact the over 270,000 civilian DOD employees,” said AFGE National President Cox.
To read the letter click here: Defense Accounting Solutions Board.pdf