During the month of November, FEMA - National Continuity Programs, in collaboration with Office of Chief Information Officer and Office of Chief Human Capital Officer, will conduct a no-notice telework drill. The Determined Sentry Telework Drill will test FEMA’s current capabilities to operate in a telework environment; test the alert and notification system; connectivity to the FEMA network through the Virtual Private Network (VPN) dual factor authentication; remote access to component vital records; and communication capabilities.
Continuity of Operations isn’t just for Emergency Relocation Group Members, it affects all employees and teleworking is a good example of a resilient workforce able to respond and support FEMA’s mission under all conditions. Determined Sentry 2012 is a one-day telework activity for all FEMA Headquarters, Regional, and National Processing Service Centers personnel with current telework agreements in place to telework from their designated telework sites. It is important managers, supervisors, and telework coordinators ensure telework agreements are current and in place for employees prior to the November Telework Drill.
In preparation for Determined Sentry, components are encouraged to incorporate telework days to test component telework capabilities, FEMA-issued IT equipment, access to vital records, and accessibility to the VPN prior to the drill.
The telework drill will begin with an advance notice at 2:00 pm EST, the day prior to the drill. For further information regarding Determined Sentry Telework Drill 2012 please contact National Continuity Programs: FEMA-NCP-FEMA-Continuity-Branch@fema.dhs.gov.