The Federal Managers Association last night gave a well-deserved thank-you to Bun Bray, its retiring executive director. Bray was the longtime staff director of the House manpower subcommittee and is as well known and admired as anybody who ever walked the federal beat.

U.S. Geological Survey's Rupert B. Southard has retired after 40 years of federal service. The ex-Marine headed the national mapping division and was the toastmaster general at many of the survey's functions.

George L. Farah, who spent the past 44 years with Uncle Sam, is retiring this month. He came into the Public Health Service's personnel operation from the Defense Department 18 years ago.

Geological Survey's Donald R. Finley is the new president of the National Association of Government Communicators. Other officers include Sandy Smith, HHS; Helen White, IRS; Linda Wright, Agriculture; Kate Dorrell, Army Research Institute; Dan Hall, Defense, and Washington radio news (WMAL) pioneer Del Malkie, who is head of public affairs for the Defense Mapping Agency.

Office of Personnel Management's George Freeman recently won $5,000 worth of stock when a local radio station read his car tag number over the air. In addition, his vehicle gets free oil changes for 12 months.

Fernando Bren, head of Treasury's cash management division, has been elected chairman of Montgomery County's Merit System Protection Board. Lawyer Richard S. McKernon, who is attorney for the town of Poolesville, is vice chairman of the county watchdog group.