National Legislation

National Legislation


Gaston Gianni

I retired from federal service at the end of 2004 after 40 years. My first 32 years were with the Government Accountability Office (GAO), where I served in a variety of audit/evaluation positions. I joined GAO's Senior Executive Service in 1992 and in 1995 was nominated by President Clinton to serve as the first Inspector General (IG) at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). Confirmed by the Senate in April 1996, I served in the position for 8 years prior to my retirement. During my tenure as IG, I also served as the Vice Chair of the President's Council on Integrity and Efficiency. During my Federal career, I had extensive interaction with the Congress and its committee.
 I joined NARFE in July 2003 and served as Woodbridge Chapter 1270 V P in 2008 and as Chapter President 2009-10.  I’ve served as VFC Public Relations Chair since 2011.  In August 2013, I became the VFC Congressional Liaison for Virginia’s 1st Congressional District.  I also have served on several NARFE National Committees.
As National Legislative Chair, I sit on the VFC Board and work with the other VFC Board members to improve and enhance the VFC for our Chapters and members. The VFC Legislative Chair’s primary function is to coordinate the activities of the VFC’s 11 Congressional District Liaisons and 2 Senator Liaisons. Together we work to ensure that members of the Virginia Congressional Delegation are informed of key NARFE issues that are being addressed by the Congress. In addition, we work to help keep NARFE members updated on important issues and encourage communication with their House and Senate Representatives. Finally, we work to ensure that there is active communication with Chapter members about the importance of financially supporting NARFE’s Political Action Fund.
I look forward to working with NARFE members, Chapters, and Area Vice Presidents during the coming months and will do my best to keep you informed. I appreciate your thoughts, comment and suggestions. My email address is gastongianni@aol.com and my phone number is 703-508-4339. Please feel to contact me.
Gaston

WELCOME to the VFC National Legislation Web Page.

The purpose of the page is to provide Virginia NARFE members (both Active and Retired) with information and assistance to help them carry out their important responsibilities of contacting their congressional representatives about  NARFE issues related to protecting earned pay and benefits. This page is a work in progress. We hope to make it the starting point for providing useful information and direct links to the NARFE legislative pages as well as other sites to help you determine the status of legislation in the congressional process and assist you in contacting your congressional representatives. As you become familiar with the site and its information, we would appreciate your feedback and suggestions on what we could do to make the site more useful to you. Email your comments to gastongianni@aol.com

PURPOSE of NATIONAL LEGISLATION


National Legislation Advocacy is at the heart of the NARFE organization.   At NARFE National Headquarters in Alexandria, we have a Legislative Director and legislative specialists who constantly research bills that may affect active and/or retired federal employees and interact with Congressional staff and committees on issues that affect NARFE members. They are the front line on Capitol Hill in protecting Active and Retired Federal Employees’ earned pay and benefits. As a separate function, NARFE manages a Political Action Fund (PAC) which is sustained by NARFE member contributions. This IMPORTANT fund is used to provide financial support to committees and individuals who have shown support for NARFE and NARFE’s legislative priorities.


 In the Virginia Federation of Chapters (VFC), we have another level of assistance—a National Legislative Team made up of a Chair, two Senate Legislative Liaisons (SLLs) and 11 Congressional District Liaisons (CDLs).   The SLLs and CDLs are NARFE members who volunteer their time and efforts to work directly with the members of VA’s Congressional Delegation in the Senate and House. They are the life line between chapters and their respective Congressmen and Senators. They aid in building strong communications with their respective Congressional Representatives meeting with them and keeping them informed of important NARFE issues related to bills and laws which negatively affect federal employees and retirees. Also, CDLs are tasked with communicating with chapter members and encouraging them to take an active role in communicating with their congressional representatives.  The VFC National Legislative team meets periodically to discuss NARFE issues, coordinate efforts, and help bring NARFE members together in a single, unified voice.  


WEB PAGE CONTENT and TOOLS:
The list of information below is designed so that when you click on the information it will take you to the desired page containing the information.
1. VIRGINIA Congressional Delegation and contact information
2. VF SLLs and CDL assignments and contact information 2018
3. Information on Virginia Federal Annuitants by Congressional District
4. American Federal Family at a Glance
5. NARFE’s Legislative Priorities
6. NARFE’s Legislative Accomplishments
7. NARFE Guidance for CDLs
8. Virginia's Federal Family