Senior Executives Association

Welcome to the Senior Executives Association

Senior Executives Association (SEA) is the professional association for career members of the Senior Executive Service (SES) and equivalent positions. SEA is not only the voice of the SES through a strong advocacy program, it empowers senior leaders across government by providing the tools, resources and connections they need to succeed in the 21st century.

SEA's membership spans across government agencies, missions and functions, giving SEA a unique whole of government perspective and the ability to connect to the skills, tools and people (both public and private sectors) that senior leaders need. SEA members receive access to research and news, strategic networks, and connections to the good practices across government that they may not receive on the job.

Above all else, SEA is guided by dedication to public service and to helping career federal leaders better serve the American people.


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Urgent Letter to GSA/Treasury: Federal Employees Receiving Excessive Tax Bills Due to Tax Reform Change

Washington, D.C. – The Senior Executives Association (SEA) today sent an urgent letter of concern to GSA Administrator Emily Murphy, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and other relevant parties regarding an issue with tax implications for huge swaths of the federal workforce, including current and retired federal employees.

The letter notes that, “as a result of recent changes pursuant to Congress’ passage of major tax reform, many federal employees are being presented with exorbitantly large bills for taxes owed, due to a change that eliminates the tax deduction exception for household goods services, but does not affect home sale’s excludable tax status.

“In practice, the policy has meant that many federal employees who relocate (or were previously relocated) to a new duty station – approximately 25,000 annually – are facing “gross-up” tax bills that, in some cases, are so large as to essentially negate the total value of one or multiple employee paychecks.

The letter continues, “Clearly, this unintended policy outcome of tax reform holds the potential to be personally ruinous to affected federal employees. Moreover, the policy is specifically impacting those federal employees who already faced the daunting prospect of uprooting and relocating their entire lives in the name of public service.”

The letter calls on GSA, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. § 5738 (b) to take the appropriate steps, including consultation with the Department of Treasury and Internal Revenue Service, to quickly remedy the policy error.

SEA is joined in sending the letter by the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA), the FAA Managers Association (FAAMA), Federal Managers Association (FMA), the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE), the National Association of Federal Veterinarians (NAFV), the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE), the National Council of Social Security Management Associations (NCSSMA), and the Professional Managers Association (PMA).

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