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									                                               Professional Managers Association
                                              An Association of Managers and Management Officials

                     The Capitol Digest
                  National Capitol Station P.O. Box 77235 Washington, DC 20013 Ph: (202) 874-0168 Fax: 202.874.1739
                                                       Benefits For The Year 2003

This is your 2003 PMA Membership Benefits Guide. At PMA we                  BUSCH GARDENS/CLUB USA CARD
are constantly adding new member services, more often than not,
at the suggestion of one of our members. So, if you have a                  Special discounts are available to Busch Gardens/Sea World
specific benefit that you would like to see PMA provide, don’t              theme parks through Club USA. To receive your free Club USA
hesitate to call Hydi Miller, PMA’s Legislative and Communications          membership card which provide up to $5.00 off admissions to any
Director at (202) 874-1547.                                                 of the nine theme parks around the country, send a self-
                                                                            addressed-stamped-envelope to PMA/Club USA, P.O. Box 77235,
                  2003 PMA Member Benefits:                                 Washington, DC 20013. The membership card also entitles you
                                                                            to a 10 percent discount at Choice Hotels and special car rental
             Accounting Services – DeLeon & Stang                           rates through Alamo.
                 Busch Gardens/Club USA Card
              Capitol Digest Weekly News Report                             CAPITOL DIGEST WEEKLY NEWS REPORT
                       Car Rental – Alamo
                        Car Rental – Avis                                   The Capitol Digest is PMA’s weekly legislative update of current
         Dental Services - Phillips, Cooper & Associates                    events in Congress, your agency and the Administration. It gives
               Estate Planning – The Collins Firm                           you the fundamentals of prevailing legislation and regulatory
               Executive Summaries – Soundview                              actions, and court decisions which affect federal managers and
                          Federal Paper                                     retirees. The Capitol Digest provides late breaking news from
                          Federal Times                                     Capitol Hill and The White House. The Capitol Digest is available
         Financial Services – Legg Mason Wood Walker                        by E-mail or fax.
                Government Executive Magazine
              Hotels – Choice, Clarion, Quality Inn                         CAR RENTAL – ALAMO
                    Insurance – Auto (GEICO)
                    Insurance – Life (WAEPA)                                Through Alamo’s Association Benefits Program there are many
   Insurance – Professional & Personal Liability (Wright & Co)              ways to save and earn free rentals. Not only do PMA members
                          Legal Services                                    benefit from Alamo’s already low rates, you are also entitled up to
                   Legislative Alerts/Bill Texts                            10 percent off Alamo’s weekly basic rate and 50 percent off
                Professional Manager Magazine                               upgrade charges. And with your PMA membership, additional
                Universal Studios Fan Club Card                             drivers’ fees are waived.
                           White Papers                                     To help you save time and money, Alamo offers the Quicksilver
                                                                            Program - your rental transaction takes about 60 seconds. And
ACCOUNTING SERVICES – DELEON & STANG                                        with the Quicksilver program, you are eligible for unlimited free
                                                                            mileage, larger cars at smaller car rates and a wider selection of
DeLeon & Stang, CPAs offers PMA members a 15 percent                        quality vehicles.
discount on tax return preparation. Personal tax appointments
with licensed CPAs are available daytime, evenings and weekends             In addition to the Quicksilver Program, you are automatically
during tax season at their Gaithersburg, Maryland offices (located          eligible for Alamo’s Travel Smart Extras. Every time you rent an
just off I 270 at exit 10, at One Bank Street, Suite 240).                  Alamo vehicle, every dollar spent accumulates mileage points
Appointments are available year round daytime and evenings for              towards free rentals. And for every Alamo point registered, there
tax planning meetings.                                                      are frequent flyer rewards with all major airlines. Plus, if you are
                                                                            driving an Alamo car and have car trouble, Alamo has 24-hour
DeLeon & Stang also accepts mailed or faxed tax information. All            roadside assistance to help you get where you need to go.
returns are ready to sign and mail, with file copies and original
data returned to you. Electronic filing of tax returns is also              When you rent as a federal manager, the benefits are even
available. DeLeon & Stang prepares returns for all 50 states.               greater. As a federal employee, you are entitled to Full Collision
                                                                            Damage Waiver coverage, no airport access fees, no charge for
Your tax return and tax planning strategies are highly personal             underage drivers and you are insured by primary liability coverage.
matters and DeLeon & Stang strives to know and understand its
clients to serve each one with efficiency and absolute                      Just make sure you use PMA’s ID number when you transact with
confidentiality. Access to a wide range of resources allows the             Alamo ID # 376-440. If you have any questions call (800) 354-
CPAs to keep current with all the latest tax regulations. For more          2322 or visit their website at
information, fee estimates and/or appointments, call DeLeon &
Stang at (301) 948-9825 and tell them you are a member of PMA               CAR RENTAL – AVIS
to receive your 15 percent discount. DeLeon & Stang, CPAs, One
Bank Street, Suite 240, Gaithersburg, MD 20878, Ph: (301) 948-              PMA has formed a partnership with Avis Rent A Car Systems to
9825, Fax: (301) 948-3220, Email:                        provide members with considerable savings, special benefits and
                                                                            the comfort and reliability that comes from Avis.
PMA members are entitled to save 10 percent on Avis’ daily and          FEDERAL PAPER
weekly SuperValue rates, and Avis’ low promotional rates can
save you up to 5 percent on leisure and vacation rentals. To            The Federal Paper, a new weekly, nonpartisan community
receive these discounted rates at any of Avis’ 4,800 locations          newspaper about the people, politics and business of the
throughout the world, simply mention Avis Discount number T 55          Executive Branch as well as Managers and Senior Executives
65 00. To find out more, contact Avis at (800) 331-1212.                within the federal government, is offering free subscriptions to
                                                                        PMA members. The Federal Paper breaks new ground by
DENTAL SERVICES - PHILLIPS, COOPER & ASSOCIATES                         providing behind-the-scenes, insider news about the people,
                                                                        politics, and business of the Executive Branch and independent
Phillips, Cooper & Associates is offering each PMA member $50           agencies—as well as how they interact with Congress. To receive
toward a new patient exam. The offer is extended not only to PMA        your free subscription, simply go to the publication’s website,
members, but also to the members of their families. Dr. Russell W. and click on “subscribe” then click on the
Phillips and Dr. Ronald L. Cooper have been practicing in their         “online qualification form” prompt.     Within the subscription
Washington, DC office at 1625 K St., NW for more than fifteen           application is a priority code box. The priority code for PMA
years.                                                                  members is: W0209PMA.

They are devoted to providing comfortable and comprehensive             FEDERAL TIMES
dental care for Washington area professionals. Respect for the
value of time in the lives of busy professionals remains a focal        FEDERAL TIMES, a weekly newspaper specifically tailored to
point. Furthermore, they place a high value on ensuring that they       provide information to federal employees has offered PMA
can offer their patients the latest in “state of the art” dental        members a special subscription rate of $36.00 per year. This rate
procedures by taking an abundance of continuing education               is significantly lower than the regular subscription rate. PMA
courses and adopting new technologies such as BriteSmileTM -            makes no money off of this offer. We have arranged for this
the one-hour whitening procedure.                                       special rate because we believe that many of our members would
                                                                        find the publication beneficial. To subscribe, call (800) 368-5718
Drs. Phillips and Cooper are a full-service dental practice offering:   and mention ID#PMA97 to the operator.
general (cleanings and check-ups), preventive (night & sports
guards), restorative (crowns, bridges, tooth implants and advanced      PMA members GS-15 and above are entitled to a free one-year
prosthetics), cosmetic (tooth whitening, white fillings, bonding,       subscription to Federal Times. This benefit is only available to
orthodontic retainers and periodontic (gum treatment) dentistry.        PMA members GS-15 and above due to a special arrangement
                                                                        with the Fed Times Executive Board. For your free subscription,
Their office participates with several dental insurance plans and       email and provide your name, agency,
will help you complete the forms for plans with which they do not       title, office address (including city, state and zip code), and your
participate. Additionally, special financing plans are available for    office phone number. Important Note: Type “PMA Subscription” in
large treatment plans. To schedule an appointment, contact their        the subject line of your email.
office at (202) 463-2090 and mention code PMA50DDS.
                                                                        FINANCIAL SERVICES – LEGG MASON WOOD WALKER
                                                                        PMA has identified Legg Mason Wood Walker, Inc. (“Legg
Attorney Michael T. Collins, a member of the bar since 1965, has        Mason”) as one of the foremost providers of financial management
assembled a team of seven lawyers who limit their practice to           advice. We have asked them to provide us with timely advice that
wills, trusts, estate planning and administration. With attorneys       can greatly benefit our members. Today they believe the Roth IRA
licensed in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and the District of        is an important subject for members’ financial planning. Why?
Columbia, the firm offers PMA members in those states
experienced counseling with a free no-obligation estate planning        The Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997 established the Roth IRA
consultation, together with a 15 percent discount from their            beginning in 1998. Like the Traditional IRA, the lesser of $2,000
published fixed-fee schedule for all services rendered.                 or earned income can be contributed to a Roth IRA for any
Mike Collins hosts the popular "Legally Speaking" radio show on         individual (married couples can contribute up to the lesser of
630-WMAL-AM in Washington, D.C. An Engineering Science                  $4,000 or combined earned income.) Unlike the Traditional IRA,
graduate of Notre Dame, with a J.D. from Georgetown University,         eligibility for establishing a Roth is based on adjusted gross
Collins lectures widely in the National Capitol Area.        PMA        income (AGI): single filers with AGI of less than $95,000 and joint
members are entitled to a complimentary admission ticket for            filers with AGI of less than $150,000 are eligible to make the
themselves, spouses and guests to one of his award-winning              maximum $2,000 contribution, but eligibility phases completely out
seminars.                                                               for single filers with AGI greater than $110,000 and joint filers with
                                                                        AGI exceeding $160,000. In addition, all Roth IRA contributions
The Collins Firm has offices in Tyson's Corner, VA and Bethesda,        are non-deductible.        Qualified individuals who are active
Annapolis, Columbia and Owings Mills, MD.               For further     participants in a retirement program such as FERS are eligible to
information or to schedule a free consultation call (703) 748-3400,     fund a Roth IRA.
or check their website at Be sure to
mention your PMA affiliation to receive your members-only 15            “Qualified” distributions may be withdrawn federal income tax-and
percent discount.                                                       penalty free if the IRA has existed for five years after the first
                                                                        taxable year for which a contribution was made, and after attaining
EXECUTIVE SUMMARIES – SOUNDVIEW                                         age 59 ½, or in the event of disability or death, or for qualifying
                                                                        first-time home buyer expenses up to a lifetime limit of $10,000.
Another benefit that PMA members are able to access are                 Additionally, the Roth IRA doesn’t require minimum distributions to
Soundview’s Executive Book Summaries. The executive summary             begin after age 70 ½, and, in fact, allows contributions to continue
is a 4-5 page abstract of recent best-selling management books.         as long as there is sufficient earned income to fund the
To receive a list of executive summaries currently on file, contact     contribution.
PMA’s Communications Department at (202) 874-1547 and
provide your fax number and the selection which you are                 Legg Mason can provide more information on the benefits of the
interested in receiving. New executive summaries are listed in          Roth IRA. Shortly, they expect to have a computerized analyzer to
The Capitol Digest as they become available.                            determine for each individual whether converting your Traditional
IRA into a Roth IRA would be beneficial. Our resource at Legg           a conversion to individual plans at age 80 without a medical
Mason is David Conner, a financial adviser with 30 years                examination.
experience. Use the code PMA98 when you contact him, either at
800-792-4411x1311 or e-mail, “” to                 WAEPA is confident that you will find their insurance the best in
request Roth information or the analyzer.                               the business. In fact, WAEPA offers a 30-day “free look” and if
                                                                        you are not satisfied with WAEPA coverage, they will refund your
GOVERNMENT EXECUTIVE MAGAZINE                                           initial premium payment. For more information, call (800) 368-
Government Executive is a monthly magazine edited specifically
for career federal managers. In fact, free subscriptions are            INSURANCE – PROFESSIONAL & PERSONAL LIABILITY
available only to federal managers GS-12 and above. Readers             (WRIGHT & CO)
stay abreast of the most important issues facing the public sector--
downsizing, outsourcing, third-party contracting and oversight,         For over 40 years, Wright & Co. has provided key benefits and
acquisition reform and best practices, intelligent application of       services to federal employees and has become one of the largest
information technology, performance measurement, career                 third party administrators in the federal marketplace. Years of
planning and more. Subscribing is easier than ever, now that            experience and success have helped build strong relationships
Government Executive offers an online application form. All you         with insurance companies, financial institutions, and service
have to do to apply for a subscription is to click out the answers to   providers. As the originator and provider of the Federal Employee
five    quick   questions.   You      will   find    the    form   at   Professional Liability Benefit, Wright & Co. knows the importance or you can call (800) 551-6244         of maintaining the personal touch and providing reputable
for assistance.                                                         customer service.

HOTELS – CHOICE, CLARION, QUALITY INN                                   In the past five years, the Justice Department received over 7,000
                                                                        requests for legal representation from federal employees. In
Through Bush Gardens’ Club USA PMA members receive a 10                 today’s workplace, the need to have the “peace of mind” provided
percent discount at any one of the more than 4,800 Choice hotels        by the Federal Employee Professional Liability Benefit is becoming
in the country. Choice Hotels include Sleep, Comfort, Clarion,          increasingly necessary. When IG, OIA, OPR, and EEOC
Quality, Rodeway and Econo Lodge. Call (800) 4-CHOICE and               procedures occur, you need someone on your side. A complaint
mention Club USA Travelers discount ID 00057166.                        filed against you for damages alleging harassment or
                                                                        discrimination, though baseless, will nonetheless require you to
INSURANCE – AUTO (GEICO)                                                obtain legal counsel to obtain a dismissal of the claim. The
                                                                        government is NOT required to defend you.
The Government Employees Insurance Company (GEICO) has
insured federal workers for almost 60 years. In order to give you       As a full-time federal government employee (at least 17.5 hours
the best rates, GEICO has cut out the middleman and deals               per week), this benefit is available to you. It provides $1,000,000 of
directly with the customer. When you call GEICO you speak to a          coverage for damages arising from errors or omissions allegedly
trained insurance professional who is courteous and                     committed in your job, up to $200,000 to pay the cost of defense
knowledgeable about GEICO’s products.                                   and monetary penalties during administrative proceedings, and up
                                                                        to $100,000 in defense costs for criminal proceedings or
As a member of PMA, you can save even more when you insure              investigations into alleged criminal misconduct. Coverage for
with GEICO’s Preferred Program. If you qualify, your rate quote         Accidental Death & Dismemberment and Identity Theft are also
will include a “member discount” which entitles you to rates even       included at no extra cost. Better still, as a manager, supervisor, or
lower than their everyday rates, which are among the lowest in the      law enforcement officer, you are entitled up to 50% reimbursement
country. When you qualify, combine the “member discount” and            of premium from your agency!
additional discounts such as the multi-car discount, anti-lock
discount, anti-theft discount, or the five-year good driver discount    For more information on the Federal Employee Professional
for greater savings.                                                    Liability Benefit or any other products offered by Wright & Co.,
                                                                        simply     call     1-800-424-9801    (option    7)    or   visit
With GEICO’s easy payment plans, you can choose to pay an     
annual premium, a monthly premium or six-month premium. In
addition, you can make your initial GEICO payment with your             LEGAL SERVICES - PMA GENERAL COUNSEL MICHAEL
MasterCard, VISA, or Discover Card. Or you can have the                 RISELLI
premium deducted from your personal checking account. Call
GEICO, mention you are a PMA member, and see exactly how                Since 1981, Michael J. Riselli has been a principal in the
much you can save on your car insurance. If you have any                Washington, D.C. law firm of Riselli & Pressler, P.C. Riselli’s firm,
questions call (800) 841-3000 or visit the GEICO website at             a general civil practice, concentrates in the area of labor and                                                   employment with special emphasis on the federal sector.

INSURANCE – LIFE (WAEPA)                                                Prior to 1981, Riselli served as the Deputy Assistant General
                                                                        Counsel for the U.S. Department of Treasury and as Assistant to
Founded in 1943, the Worldwide Assurance for Employees of               the Director, General Legal Services, IRS Office of Chief Counsel
Public Agency’s (WAEPA) purpose is to provide life insurance            among other staff positions.
coverage for civilian government employees. WAEPA is the most
affordable life insurance offered to federal employees today.           A native of Massachusetts, he graduated from Tufts University in
                                                                        1968 with a B.A., cum laude, degree in history. He then received
In addition to great low rates, WAEPA participants can receive up       his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Suffolk University Law School in
to $300,000 of group life insurance individually and up to $150,000     1972. He also earned a L.L.M. degree (concentrating in labor and
of group life insurance for their spouse and dependent children.        employment law) from Georgetown University Law Center in 1977.
Plus, for no additional cost, members can receive up to $60,000 of
accidental death and dismemberment coverage and up to                   Riselli has been PMA’s General Counsel since 1981. As a PMA
$120,000 travel accident insurance. To make insurance hassle            member, you are entitled to a free ½ hour legal counseling session
free, WAEPA includes payroll deduction as a payment option and
per year. Call Michael Risseli’s office at (703) 837-1785 for more


PMA members are provided with members-only Legislative Alerts
and Bill Texts. Members are notified through The Capitol Digest of
the availability of Legislative Alerts and Bill Texts. There is no
charge to PMA members to receive these documents.


The Professional Manager is PMA’s comprehensive semi-annual
newsletter.       It provides reports on Administration and
Congressional actions affecting federal managers and
management officials, federal employees and updates members
on PMA's activities nationally and locally. Management texts,
videos, books and techniques are also reviewed.                  The
Professional Manager also features a perspective on career
transition, retirement planning and provides a forum for members
to suggest agency improvements and innovative approaches to
improve government operations. PMA members are encouraged
to contribute editorials and perspectives on any and all subjects.


PMA is pleased to announce the addition of the Universal Studios
Fan Club Card to our list of member services. The card provides
reduced admission at Universal Studios theme parks, discounts on
Universal Studios merchandise and reduced rates on US Air. The
card is free to PMA members. To receive your free Universal
Studios Fan Club Card, send a self-addressed-stamped-envelope
to PMA/USFC, P.O. Box 77235, Washington, DC 20013. Again,
there is no charge to receive a Universal Studios Fan Club Card.


PMA has formed a partnership with Waldenbooks and Brentano
Books allowing PMA Members and Subscribers to The Capitol
Digest to receive a 20 percent discount on any purchase less than
$1,000. Purchases above the $1,000 level will automatically
receive a 25 percent discount. To take advantage of these
discounts simply provide your PMA/WISE ID number (16-02-72-
78) at any of the 900 store locations nationwide. PMA makes no
money off of this benefit. We have arranged for our members and
subscribers to have access to this special program because we
believe that many of our members will find the discount beneficial.


PMA members receive free White papers on issue-specific topics
such as “Advice for Managers in Internal Security Investigations”,
and “The Legal Impact of Section 1203” and “Professional Liability
Insurance – What You Need to Know”. PMA Members are notified
of the availability of White Papers and Issue Alerts through The
Capitol Digest.

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