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Mandatory Fraud Awareness and Prevention Training Module, IS-38
This message is a follow-up to an earlier message announcing the launch of a Fraud Awareness and Prevention Training course designed to enhance our efforts in preventing fraud, waste, and abuse as good stewards of Federal tax payer dollars. This training is in line with the Administrator’s priorities and can be found on FEMA’s Employee Knowledge Center at http://kc.fema.net/.
To ensure we remain vigilant, this training is mandatory for all Agency members and is to be completed by December 31, 2012. With the fast approaching holidays and with the many recent disasters, we strongly encourage everyone that has not taken the training to take 20-30 minutes and complete the training at your earliest convenience. If you have questions you can email: Rodolfo.Vinas@fema.dhs.gov Phone: (407) 854-4338.
From the field
In Memory - FEMA Region 6 friend and colleague, Rob Connell, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
An Historic Airfield Serves as Staging Area for Sandy - Andrew Hubert and Michael Topel did not know much about Floyd Bennett Field when they arrived in New York City in response to Hurricane Sandy.
A Maverick Way of Staying Calm – (FEMA Blog) Author: Hannah Vick
Emergency response training through a county administrator’s eyes - (FEMA Blog) Author: Liane Richardson
A Rockaway survivor looks at a “new normal” - (FEMA Blog) Author: Hannah Vick
The national, regional and state leadership of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. hosted a webinar on Dec. 5, 2012. Representatives from the State of New Jersey, Small Business Administration and FEMA presented disaster recovery information.
Merry Christmas from West Virginia. FEMA workers become Santa's helpers during Toys for Tots Campaign.
Hiring Local Talent Has Many Benefits - Tony Jones was hired locally this past year in Raleigh, N.C. and when Superstorm Sandy hit the east coast in October he put his skills to the test using the FEMA External Affairs experience he had gained.
Please submit story ideas to FEMA-Weekly@fema.dhs.gov.
Employee News and Announcements
From A Private Sector Representative’s Perspective: My Time At FEMA - As I wind down my 90 day rotation as the Private Sector Representative, I’m astonished at how quickly the time has slipped by. I guess the old adage “time flies when you’re having fun”, is very accurate.
Holiday guidance on gifts, contractors, holiday parties - With the holiday season approaching, now is a good time to review some of the rules and regulations federal employees must follow concerning exchanging gifts with fellow employees, interacting with contractor personnel, and attending holiday parties.
December 15 Deadline! 2012 Combined Federal Campaign message from Ernie Mitchell - U.S. Fire Administrator and 2012 CFC Campaign Manager.
Happy Holidays from Region IX - first place in this year’s Oakland City Center Competition for a very festive Gingerbread house.
2013 highlights, changes for Thrift Savings Plan’s contribution, IRS limits.
Training and Career Development Opportunities
NEW! National Defense University, Program for Emerging Leaders - the National Defense University, Program for Emerging Leaders (PEL), sponsored by the National Defense University’s (NDU) Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD).
NEW! FEMA Mentor Program – “Paying It Forward” - FEMA’s Mentor Program is designed to provide employees an opportunity to grow personally and professionally through a co-learning partnership with fellow colleagues to share aspirations and experiences.
NEW! Federal Acquisition Institute Training Application System - below is a list of Federal Acquisition Institute online and instructor-led courses for Contracting Officer Representatives.
NEW! DHS Master’s Degree Program and Executive Leaders Program - The Career Development and Training Branch (CDTB) is accepting nominations for the 2013 Fall cohorts of the DHS Master’s Degree Program and Executive Leaders Program.
Mandatory Training: Fraud Awareness and Prevention Training Module, IS-38 - This message is a follow-up to an earlier message announcing the launch of a Fraud Awareness and Prevention Training course; designed to enhance our efforts in preventing fraud, waste, and abuse as good stewards of Federal tax payer dollars.
Deployment Tools and Resources
- Flu Shot Locations - FEMA Occupational Safety, Health and Medical Readiness Division
- How To Prepare a Travel Voucher – For the Individual Traveler
- FEMA Travel Toolbox - The Travel Toolbox is intended to support FEMA travelers (FEMA Intranet)
- Travel Voucher Checklist - Reference Guide for Travelers and Approvers (FEMA Intranet)
- Deployment Guidance – ADD Check-In/Check-Out Procedures
- Time and Attendance Guidance for Hurricane Sandy
- Hurricane Sandy Lessons Learned Resources Available at LLIS.gov
- Reservist Program Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) Health Care Coverage - Frequently Asked Questions
Employee News Online is a news site that highlights the work of FEMA employees and issues related to the FEMA mission. It is produced by the Office of External Affairs, Public Affairs Division at 500 C Street, Washington.
You may submit your articles and announcements to FEMA-Weekly for inclusion to Employee News Online, FEMA Weekly Bulletin. Please allow 24-48 hours for your article or announcement to be posted.