FGAA 1950–1959

Sept. 14, 1950

The Federal Government Accountants Association (FGAA) is founded on the initiative of Robert W. King and group of federal accountants.

January 1952

Association holds first symposium for government officials, accountants and auditors.

Fall 1952

Denver Chapter becomes second FGAA chapter on Oct. 31.

373 attend the second annual symposium on Nov. 12, 1952.

September 1953

Membership Statistics
326 as of June 30, 1951
396 as of June 30, 1952
938 as of June 30, 1953 (due largely to the formation of eight chapters from New York to Tokyo)

Oct. 29 1956

Minneapolis/St. Paul Charter No. 19 approved by Executive Committee with 64 applications

Association office located in Room 505, 1145 19th St NW, Washington, D.C.

Nov. 12, 1956

1,050 attend 6th FGAA Symposium. Elmer S. Frazier serves as Chair of Committee on arrangements.December 1956

Nov. 14, 1956

Dallas Chapter, Charter No. 20, has 36 initial members.

Tokyo Chapter votes to award annual $100 scholarship to Japanese student.

Early Community Service: “Many FGAA members use their financial skills in voluntary community enterprises such as churches, citizens' associations, health and welfare organizations and the like, either in financial operations or in auditing the work of others. May others do likewise—and if you are, or have been performing work of this kind, please send us word."

January 1957

Nearly 200 professional accountants working for the government in the Panama Canal Zone plan to establish FGAA Canal Zone Chapter.

J.M. Merrill Jr., Chair of new FGAA Membership Status Committee, was recently appointed by President Robert King to study the question of FGAA associate memberships.

Education Committee issues 4,200 copies of "Opportunities for Accountants in the Federal Government."

Chair of Education Committee is Paul L. Appleman.

New Editorial Committee formed with Edwin J.B. Lewis as chair.

A recent Finance Newsletter distributed by the U.S. Post Office Department to its Regional Controllers states: "In these changing times, it is most important that we keep abreast of the latest changes and developments in accounting and auditing. Regional controllers, and their staffs who are eligible, will find participation in local chapters of the Federal Government Accountants Association, and the National Association of Cost Accountants, highly rewarding."

February 1957

Issued membership brochure "FGAA—Its Purposes and Programs"

Paul A. Hagen serves as first president of Minneapolis/St Paul chapter

Early member get a member campaign – Atlanta Chapter offers $10 to members securing the most applications from December through April.

March 1957

Robert King signs membership certificate No. 2210 on Oct. 10, 1956. By the first week of Mach 1957, he had signed No. 2600.

Interest shown in forming San Antonio, Seattle, Salt Lake City and Baltimore Chapters.

Executive Committee grants charter No. 21 to Canal Zone Chapter.

April 1957

300 people attend local technical symposium sponsored by Denver Chapter.

New York symposium in May expected to draw 600.

Ben C. White named chair of National Chapters Committee.

May 1957

The Federal Accountant's new format debuts to rave reviews.

June 1957

William A. Newman Jr., General Accounting Office, elected as 1957-1958 national president.

Two new chapters formed: No. 22 to Seattle (known as Puget Sound Chapter) and No. 23 to Salt Lake City.

Early interest in member affinity programs—10 percent of total FGAA membership expressed interest in professional association insurance program.

September 1957

Seventh Annual National Symposium to be held on October 8, 1957 at Department of Commerce Auditorium. "Federal Accounting and Budgeting—A New Look." Chair of Symposium Committee is Elmer S. Frazier. "Ladies are especially welcome at the dinner."

Fourth Annual chapters’ conference to be held on October 7.

Charter No. 24 goes to Frankfurt A/M Germany Chapter.

President Newman names committee chairmen—Editorial, Edwin J.B. Lewis, - Chapters, James L. Robbins; Bylaws, John C. Cooper Jr.; National Membership, James R. Hock

October 1957

Membership plan—"For every duly qualified active or associate member who applies for and is received into membership during the period of November 1 through December 20, 1957, the national office will return to that member's chapter the sum of $2.”

Charter No. 25 goes to San Antonio. Eddie Cox serves as president with 34 members.

Charter petition received from Bridgeport, CT. Other chapters being discussed in Omaha, NB; Columbus, OH; San Diego, CA, etc.

Membership certificate No. 3019 signed by President Newman. More than 800 members have been added since October of 1956.

“As of January 1, 1958, the subscription rate of The Federal Accountant will increase to $4 per year (fiscal year basis) and $1.25 per copy. This will pertain to non-member subscribers. All FGAA members will continue to receive the journal at no added cost.”

November 1957

What does an FGAA member get for his $7.50 that goes to the National Office? "…It makes possible the operation of a genuine, professional National Office to handle any matter that may come up in the interest of the Association’s membership.”

December 1957

Bridgeport Chapter being formed with charter No. 26 with 29 members. E.R. Willats serves as president.

January 1958

"The FGAA is to be commended for providing various means of keeping federal key financial people posted on significant developments in this area. I can assure you that our member employees, and others, who have attended the symposiums, round-table discussions and meetings, have derived many benefits and have broadened their accounting horizons as a result thereof." —D. Otis Beasly, administrative assistant to the Secretary of Interior

Philadelphia leads member program. More than 150 new members in FGAA in November through December.

February 1958

FGAA Group Income Protection and Catastrophe Hospitalization Program is now in effect. For all present and future AGA members who are qualified, the low-cost, non-cancelable FGAA policies remain available. You may deem this subject of special interest in view of the following statement by President Eisenhower (from his budget message): "Last year, I recommended a program of hospitalization and medical insurance for government employees. In view of the priority given to recommended pay adjustments, I propose that this health insurance program be postponed."

March 1958

Charter No. 27 goes to Omaha

Charter No. 26 goes to Bridgeport

Total membership nears 3,000.

Eighth Annual National FGAA Symposium set for November 17 and 18, 1958. For the first time, exhibits are planned. "Management – and Electronic Data Processing,” Shoreham Hotel

April – May 1958

21 booths engaged by prominent equipment manufacturers for display at Eighth Annual Symposium: IBM, National Cash Register, Addressograph, Datamatic and General Electric.

Charter No. 28 goes to Baltimore with 40 members. Joseph F. Giza serves as first president.

U.S. information Agency lists openings for qualified candidates—The U.S. Information Agency has requested the assistance of GAA in recruiting auditasdfasdfasfors with base pay from $6,390 to $8,990 yearly. These are located in Washington, but candidates must be willing to travel 75 percent of the time in the United States and overseas.

National Committee on Chapter Participation completes the drafting of a uniform set of bylaws for chapters, approved by National Executive Committee on October 7, 1957.

June 1958

Harry J. Trainor elected as FGAA National President.

Pay increase given to federal employees—10 percent to federal officials and employees in executive, legislative and judicial branches excluding postal field service and wage board employees, also includes increase from $16,000 to $17,500 the existing maximum salary rate of the general schedule of the Classification Act of 1949, as amended (among other changes)

L.H. La Motte, President of the Office Equipment Manufacturers Institute, national organization of all the major office machines, equipment and furniture concerns, will be a featured speaker at the Eighth Annual National FGAA Symposium.

September 1958

Under new vertical committee structure chairmen of corresponding chapter committees are automatically named to corresponding national committees.

Columbus, OH earns charter No. 29 with 30 members. William H. Pattan is first president

Toledo, OH earns charter No. 30 with 31 members, William Tolliver Jr. serves as president

638 active members and 108 associates entered FGAA during FY58.

Total of 746 was 43 more than the 703 added during FY57.

Message from the President Trainor of FGAA:
“Dear Fellow Member:
It is my duty to inform you that FGAA faces a serious financial problem. Reports sent out by President Newman in January and June of FY58 made it clear that our cash position has been declining sharply in spite of the addition of new members. As matters stand now, the Association is headed into a dead-end street."

Advocates dues increase to $12.50 from current $7.50 will be sufficient to assure a sound long-range FGAA program.

National Office enjoys free rent, free use of equipment and local phone service. Has part-time executive secretary/treasurer with part-time secretary to correspond and keep track of more than 3,000 members. Plan to begin employing full-time director on July 1, 1959 if possible.

October 1958

FGAA invited to attend American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) annual convention in October. Recognition by AICPA and American Accounting Association must be counted as important accomplishment.

American Society of Military Comptrollers holds second National Conference with 26 chapters

November 1958

800 attend Eighth Annual Symposium; 300 more who didn't register attend. Event covered by The Washington Post. More than $1 million worth of new business machines demonstrated for the first time.

NEC debates dues increase. Immediate Past President Newman warns that $2.50 increase would enable association to "hold its own" while a $5 increase would establish firm basis for future operations Edwin Lewis, speaking for his Washington DC Chapter, says more justification for dues increase is needed. Other chapters support $2.50 increase. Action deferred, President Trainor notes that further clarification of situation is needed.

Symposium policy—First to be held outside Washington, D.C. (NY/1960) President is authorized by NEC to appoint committee to work with NY Chapter to work out financial and other arrangements for next symposium.

Charter No. 31 goes to Anchorage Chapter with 15 members. First president is Col. Wendell E. Carter, U.S. Air Force.

December 1958

Symposium date changes from autumn to spring in accord with NEC decision that "it's preferable to hold the symposium toward the end of the fiscal year, as a culmination of the year's activities, rather than at the beginning when a new group of officers has just commenced work."

Several FGAA chapters were not represented at national symposium and annual NEC meeting in Washington because requests for travel orders were turned down. Little uniformity between agencies on travel policies. Addressing this issue would be important duty of full-time FGAA director.

January 1959

Highlights of continuous improvement in the federal government's far-flung financial management operations were contained in the Tenth Annual Progress Report under the joint program to improve accounting in the federal government, signed and issued this month by Secretary of the Treasury Robert B. Anderson, Director of the Budget Maurice H. Stans, and Comptroller General Joseph Campbell. Report showed improvements resulting in many millions of dollars in savings to the American taxpayers. The basic aims set forth in the national and chapter bylaws of FGAA broadly parallel those of the Joint Improvement Program.

10 reasons to belong to FGAA compiled by Philadelphia Chapter.

February 1959

Four changes to bylaws approved—

  • Empowers NEC to admit into active membership those recommended by chapter executive committees even if not employees of federal government.
  • Enables chapters to vote as units on matters referred to them by the NEC.
  • Limits national office in the association to active members who are federal employees.
  • Most important—revised the method of amending the bylaws.

Dallas membership goal of 100 for 1959 has been exceeded (now 132) and since July 1, 1958, 33 1/3 percent expansion. San Antonio, which began with 38 members in Sept of 1957, has grown to more than 90.

Eighth Annual Symposium numbers – 963 people signed registration cards, 212 were FGAA members, 200 more were in attendance but did not register. Letters of invitation to subscribe to the Federal Government Accountants Association extended to the 663 nonmembers.

March 1959

National Membership Committee chairman Joseph Hock reports majority of chapters are doing a good job of recruiting new members. Total membership has more than doubled in the last two years and now exceeds 3,200.

President Trainor appoints Joseph G. Barkan of New York, second vice president of Association, as general chairman of ninth symposium to be held in New York in May of 1960. Edwin F. Adams appointed co-chairman.

April 1959

Further discussion of dues increase at National Financial Planning Committee on March 16, 1959. "Unless dues are increased by at least a modest amount, it will be a long time, if ever, before the association can meet its obligations of professional service to its members," President Trainor said.

Corrective action is needed because:

  • FGAA has no cash assets.
  • No borrowing power.
  • Income gained by the addition of new members is accruing at far too slow a rate to offset higher costs of operations as members are acquired increased postage rates and funds needed for an office.
  • Efforts to receive financial assistance through a foundation grant have proved unsuccessful.
  • Attempts to create revenue through advertising do not show promise.
  • Question of a dues increase will be submitted to chapters for a vote later this month.

Laurence W. Acker and Clark L. Simpson, both of Washington are
candidates for National President

May 1959

Leland P. Draney succeeds Col. Carter as president of Anchorage chapter.
FGAA brochure "Opportunities for Accountants in the Federal Government" to be revised and re-issued.
National Office receiving record number of national election ballots.

June 1959

Laurence W. Acker elected FY60 president. He is the Deputy Chief of Army Audit Agency.

September 1959

FGAA of Central New York Chapter forms with 25 new members. Hans J. Pechner serves as first president.

Karney A. Brasfield appointed by President Laurence W. Acker to chair new Long-Range Planning Committee. Interesting to note that one of the questions the committee was asked to study was the name of the organization. "Is the term 'accountant' too narrow and does it handicap the organization?” Study to be completed by January 1, 1960.

October 1959

Rome–Syracuse–Utica Chapter, Charter No. 32 with 30 members formed.

Required reading: "I want to compliment your Association on the excellent articles in the September 1959 issue of The Federal Accountant.

We in the Air Force are just getting started in the development phase of cost-based budgets and operating budget… I intend to use this as required reading for my office. It is the clearest discussion on the subject found thus far." – Excerpt from a letter signed by Col. J.P. DuFour, USAF, Chief Systems and Procedures Group, Directorate of Budget, Comptroller

November 1959

First symposium outside of Washington, D.C. slated for New York, May 1960

December/January 1960

Joint Improvement Program name changes to the Joint Financial Management Improvement Program.