Updated September 2015
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What is PACOE?
Simply put, PACOE (Pennsylvania Association of County Office Employees) is the PA state chapter of NASCOE (National Association of County Office Employees), a non-profit, non-partisan, and non-government organization. In order for each state to maintain affiliation with the national association, they must represent a majority (50%+) of eligible employees. As a member of PACOE, you are automatically a member of NASCOE.
NASCOE’s mission is to help us, as county office employees, better serve American agriculture. This includes negotiating with FSA leadership on our behalf and hiring a legislative assistant in Washington DC to ensure our legislators know the value of what we do for our producers. Some recent initiatives of NASCOE have been:
- Encouraging better funding from congress, which helped include 100 million in Farm Bill implementation funds resulting in face to face meetings and temporary staff.
- Association presence and input on FSA Task Forces.
- Negotiating for an updated grievance process.
- The implementation of Key PTs
- The development of an aspiring PT program.
On a local level, PACOE works to share the good work that NASCOE is doing on your behalf and support it as able. We send delegates to both the NASCOE National Convention and the Northeast Area Rally to vote on your behalf for the national officers and executives who represent us. We also work with the SED and STC to ensure that they are aware of issues important to you. Recently we had a PACOE member serve on the Awards Committee and the PACOE President and Vice-President met with SED Wehry and Undersecretary Scuse to discuss a variety of issues such as Key PT implementation in PA, the release of workload numbers, and the impact of group awards on the performance process.
What do our dues go toward?
Primarily the dues that PACOE collects go toward paying for our NASCOE dues. With any remaining funds we reimburse delegates for travel, pay for conference calls, hold annual meetings, and various other expenses similar to an organization like ours.
All officers and executives, of both PACOE and NASCOE, are volunteers. The association reimburses actual costs only and nobody is making any money off dues for serving. Quite the opposite, most of the officers, chairs, and executives are giving their time and resources in order to help us be a better agency and better serve our producers.
You can be assured that all of your dues are respected and that any expense of them is carefully weighed to ensure it is necessary and beneficial.
What are our standing committee, what do they do, and who are our state chairs?
PACOE generally mirrors its structure after NASCOE. So we have the same standing committees that they do. These are:
- NAFEC (Vacant)
o This committee supports and promotes the National Association of Farmer Elected Committees (NAFEC) which is made up of COC members who work for a more effective and active farmer elected committee system for the betterment of agriculture.
- Emblems, Awards & Scholarship (Vacant)
o This committee works to raise funds for local and national scholarships as well as to recognize employees who are going above and beyond.
- Benefits (Vacant)
o This committee works to obtain additional benefits for being a member. These include special discounts and memberships and also works with Dillards Financial to offer special financial packages.
- Legislative (Jason Pontillo)
o This committee works with our legislative consultant to help educate congress on our unique mission and requirements.
- Membership (Kelly Delucy)
o This committee coordinates existing members and helps recruit and educate potential members.
- Programs (Dan Smeal)
o This committee accepts and forwards suggestions and concerns that members have with regards to actual program delivery.
- Publicity (John Stinavage)
o This committee works to ensure our members receive effective and efficient communication.
- Webmaster (Johanna Mutti)
o While not technically a committee, the webmaster ensure the website is current and informational for our membership.
More information on these committees, including who the national chairs are, can be found at www.nascoe.org.