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PMA Announces Consultative Agreement with the IRS, Formalizing a Partnership to Improve IRS Operations, Personnel Management, and Employee Effectiveness

October 5, 2021

Washington, D.C. – Executive Director Chad Hooper of the Professional Managers Association (PMA) – formed in 1981 by Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Managers as a national membership association representing the interests of professional managers, management officials and non-bargaining unit employees in the federal government – released the following statement announcing a finalized consultative agreement between the IRS and PMA:

“PMA has been an important partner for the IRS and plays an important role providing a voice for managers,” said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. “We appreciate their input on important tax administration matters and helping us serve the nation’s taxpayers."

“PMA represents the needs and concerns of our members to IRS leadership and, as a good government organization, advocates for the improved delivery of taxpayer services and functioning of our federal government. The IRS is the largest revenue source for the federal government, so it is critical to the success of our entire nation that the IRS works efficiently and effectively. To meet this need, IRS leadership must communicate closely with employees at all levels. With this consultative agreement, PMA and the IRS solidify a consistent, collaborative partnership to ensure the IRS is best able to carry out its important mission. PMA is grateful the IRS was receptive and approving of formalizing this relationship to ensure it remains uninterrupted for years to come,” Hooper said.

“Our agreement ultimately revolves around a mutual partnership to improve IRS operations, personnel management, and employee effectiveness; facilitate the exchange of information, including ideas, opinions, and proposals; and establish policies that best serve the public interest in accomplishing the mission of the IRS,” Hooper continued. “At its heart, the consultative agreement establishes a framework for regularly consulting and communicating with management teams to ensure the success of IRS processes.”

“Often, conversations around employee relations and cooperative partnerships revolve around labor unions. While labor unions are undoubtedly critical partners for every agency, they are not the only players who deserve a seat at the table. Management and other non-bargaining unit employees provide valuable insights and expertise that leadership needs to understand the practical limits and opportunity areas for their workforce. Non-bargaining unit employees are too frequently the missing link in agency conversations. We appreciate the IRS for acknowledging the value employee associations like PMA bring and giving us a space to work together on the IRS’ important mission,” Hooper concluded.

To view the consultative agreement, click here.

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