ROBERT’S CANDIDACY

I’m Robert Allen, candidate for NARFE’s Region X (Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia) Vice President on the National Executive Board (NEB).  We’re 100 years strong and I want to do my part to keep us strong for the next 100 years!

The primary job of the NEB is oversight of NARFE.  It sets the overall direction and goals of the organization and institutes policies to fulfill our core mission of protecting our earned pay and benefits. I concentrated on this as the North Carolina Federation President by leading a mission-focused, comprehensive strategic planning effort.  So, as your NEB representative it will be my duty to see where we are and where we need to be.  I’ll be in constant communication with you to bring the best and brightest ideas to the table.  NARFE members have a wealth of knowledge that the NEB should tap.

There are three primary areas we must focus on.

  1. Ensuring our mission of protecting our earned pay and benefits drives everything we do.

    1. Non-partisan legislative advocacy regarding all aspects of federal benefits

    2. Policies reflecting our mission                                                                                                                                                            

  2. Increasing our membership                                                             

    1. Loss of over 300,000 members since 1980, 14,000 in the last year; subsequent loss of dues revenue

    2. Policies and programs, including new initiatives/technology such as FEDHub, to turn the tide                                                                                              

  3. Reviewing (and changing, if needed) governance/structure

    1. HQ role? Regions?  Federations?  Chapters?

    2. National Executive Board/Board of Directors

    3. Efficient, responsive national policymaking process

    4. Cohesive financial policies; fewer inefficient, more cost-effective measures for continued service/value to our members. It’s your money!

I’m ready to lead NARFE into our second 100 years. I look forward to serving you.  I respectfully ask for your vote because a vote for me is a vote for NARFE! For more information, see www.robert4regionx.org.

Experience

NARFE Credentials:  2016-2018 NC Federation President; 2014-2020 National Bylaws Committee (Chair, 2016-2020); 2012-Present President, Chapter 2295; 2021-2022 NC Federation National Legislative Officer; NARFE Centennial Club

Federal Service:  32 years with Department of Defense and Department of Army; retired as Chief, Futures Division, Office of Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, US Army Training and Doctrine Command

Military Service: US Army 1972-1975

Education:  1972–BS in Spanish, East Carolina University; 1978–MA in Slavic Linguistics, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; 1997–Graduate, Army Management Staff College (AMSC); winner of AMSC professional writing competition.