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NATCA NATIONAL OFFICE DEPARTMENTAL UPDATE June 23 - July 13 , 2018 NATIONAL OFFICE STAFF EMPLOYEE NEWS Accounting NATCA is pleased to announce that Preet Mohinder Singh Virk, NATCA's Deputy Comptroller, has been promoted to Comptroller, replacing Selma Golding - Forrester who retired from NATCA. This promotion became effective on Monday, July 9. Preet joined NATCA as the Senior Staff Accountant on Jan. 22, 2009, was promoted to Deputy Comptroller on July 1, 2011, and he will have his 10 - year NATCA annivers ary this coming January. Preet has been an invaluable part of the Accounting Department over the past nine years, and he has been integral in many of the major changes implemented during that period including the transition to electronic vouchering. NATC A is excited for Preet to be taking on this new role and confident that he will continue the excellent professional leadership that has been a hallmark of the NATCA National Office Accounting Department. Executive Office and Public Affairs Department NATCA is pleased to announce that Cheryl Lewis joined NATCA on June 13 as Executive Administrative Assistant. Cheryl has been an executive administrative assistant for another organization in D.C. for the past 10 years, and she is excited to bring her skil ls and expertise to the NATCA Executive Office. Cheryl worked with Grace Colby for the remainder of June during a transition phase, and Grace has now moved into the Public Affairs Department as the Associate Director of Public Affairs, Special Events. Ch er yl is the point of contact for, among many other things, scheduling meetings with President Paul Rinaldi and Executive Vice President Trish Gilbert and reserving conference roo m space in the NATCA building. LABOR RELATIONS DEPARTMENT FAA PHASED RETIREMENT PROGRAM PILOT On July 12, 2018, the Agency briefed NATCA regarding Policy Bulletin (PB) 103: FAA Phased Retirement Program Pilot. PB 103 outl ines a year - long pilot program. It is limited to mission - critical and hard - to - fill positions in certain Lines of Business ( LOBs) and Staff Offices (SOs). The pilot includes ten (10) phased retirement positions for Airports (ARP) Civil and Structural Engineers (Job Series 0810), five (5) positions for ARP Inspectors (Job Series 1801), and likely some positio ns in Aviation Safety (AVS). The Air Traffic Organization (ATO) o pted out of the pilot program. Additionally, phased retirement is not available to Air Traffic Controllers. Phased retirement allows employees who are eligible for full (immediate) retireme nt to work part - tim e while engaging in mentoring. Participants work forty (40) hours per pay period, with eight (8) of those hours de voted to mentoring activities. During phased

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