February 7, 2013
In case you missed it. FEMA Weekly Jan. 31, 2013
Message from Tonya Schreiber, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer and Program Manager for the Workplace Transformation initiative.
Workplace Transformation Town Hall Meetings - As you know, FEMA is in the process of transforming itself into a mobile workforce. You probably have many questions associated with this transition. As part of our commitment to keep you informed on this key initiative we will be conducting sessions for HQ Managers and Supervisors and All FEMA Employees. The purpose of these meetings is to update you on our progress and listen to your questions and concerns. The full schedule for Managers/Supervisors at HQ and the Regions, and All Employees at HQ and the Regions, is provided on the FEMA intranet.
From the field
A First For FEMA, Region 6 And Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT) - For the first time in FEMA’s history, an Incident Management Assistance Team has performed several key operational tasks in a single non-disaster forward deployment.
REMINDER: Recruitment for FEMA Incident Management Assistance Team Pilot Program - Recruitment for FEMA Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT) Pilot Program, announcing a pilot program to expand our National and Regional Incident Management Assistance Teams (IMATs). This effort includes the commencement of the application process for 70 new positions.
In Memory - We are very saddened by the untimely passing of Roger Kevin Caughman, age 62, on January 14, 2013. Mr. Caughman was an esteemed member of the Environmental Planning and Historic Preservation Disaster Reservist Cadre.
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Employee News and Announcements
TOMORROW! Please join us for the FEMASTAT meeting on Friday, Feb. 8, 1:00 – 3:00 pm EST. Read more.
Mandatory Transit Benefit Recertification - All FEMA employees participating in the transit program are required to recertify by COB, Feb. 15. All changes will become effective April 1. Participants who do not recertify will be withdrawn from the transit program. New employees who submitted a transit application in January are not required to recertify.
MONDAY DEADLINE! If you haven’t already done so, Monday is the deadline for nominating a colleague for the DHS: Heroes on the Front Lines initiative. Please refer to the Secretary’s memo for details.
Tampa Police Department Use CDP Field Force Training During RNC - When Tampa, Fla., was identified as the location for the 2012 Republican National Convention, the Tampa Police Department wasted no time assessing their preparedness for an event of that size and of such national importance.
Preparations For Potential Sequestration On March 1. This week, DHS circulated a memo to all employees titled, Preparations for Potential Sequestration on March 1. The purpose of the memo was to advise employees on the potential for cross-the-board budget cuts and the Department’s planning to execute such cuts.
Partners in Mitigation Convene in Atlanta – FEMA Region IV held its second annual “Partners in Mitigation” workshop at the Georgia Tech Research Institute Conference Center in Downtown Atlanta.
Designation of Resources Support Section Chiefs for the National Response Coordination Center (NRCC) - memo distributed to all FEMA Employees on Jan. 25 by William L. Carwile, former Associate Administrator for the FEMA Office of Response and Recovery.
Tips for Flu Prevention Flu season had an early and significant start in many parts of the country. Individuals who received their flu shot early took the first and best preventive measure for fighting against the flu. There are still things you can do to protect yourself.
It’s not too late to get a flu shot! Message from the FEMA Occupational Safety, Health and Medical Readiness Division.
ALERT! FedTraveler.com will undergo scheduled maintenance on Sunday, Feb. 10, from 1-7 a.m. EST. During this window, users may experience intermittent connectivity issues to FedTraveler.com. We anticipate interruptions not to last more than a few minutes. We apologize for any inconvenience to our user community. If you have questions, please call the Fedtraveler.com Helpdesk on 1-800-310-3169, Option 2 or you may contact Deborah Brown at 202-646-3856 or Kathy Ballard at 202-646-3396
Training and Career Development Opportunities
Detail and Rotational opportunities - The FEMA Internal Rotation Program is a professional development program designed to engage and strengthen the FEMA workforce. The breadth and depth of an employee’s organizational knowledge will be enhanced as he/she participates in the Rotation Program.
NEW! All-Hazards Position Specific Train-the-Trainer Program - The primary goal of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) Incident Command System (ICS) All-Hazards Position Specific Training Program is to provide additional training that may be needed by personnel responsible for managing incidents of greater complexity than those typically encountered during routine operations.
NEW! E0176 Hazards United States Multi-Hazards (Hazus-MH) for Floodplain Managers - This course provides in-depth instruction and hands-on exercises that develop the skills needed by Certified Floodplain Managers and other Emergency Planners to effectively use the Hazus tools necessary for modeling the impacts on communities from riverine and coastal flooding.
NEW! Announcement of the DHS Efficiency Review Fellowship Opportunity The Office of the Secretary is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2013 spring session of the DHS Efficiency Review Fellowship.
Two program Analyst detail position - This position is located in the Office of the Assistant Administrator for the Recovery Directorate, Office of Response and Recovery, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security. Closing date is Feb. 17.
Office of the Administrator Staff Assistant rotational position available. Serves as primary assistant and scheduler for the Deputy Administrator, scheduling meetings and appointments. Closing date is Feb. 8.
USDA Executive Potential Program, GS-13 to GS-15 - Nomination Period Re-opened - The Executive Potential Program is hosted by the USDA Graduate School and is designed to enhance participant’s leadership effectiveness. The core curriculum is centered around the Office of Personnel Management’s Executive Core Qualifications with an emphasis on Leading Change. Nomination Deadline Feb. 8.
Course: B449 Incident Command System Curricula Train-The-Trainer - this course is designed to prepare instructors to deliver Incident Command System related training courses. Course dates: March 4-7.
The Fundamentals of Leadership is Now Accepting Registrations! - The Fundamentals of Leadership offers new supervisors the chance to learn more about their role within the agency and to develop proficiency in leadership competencies. Several course dates available.
DHS Master’s Degree Program and Executive Leaders Program - The Career Development and Training Branch is accepting nominations for the 2013 Fall cohorts of the DHS Master’s Degree Program and Executive Leaders Program. Application Deadline: Feb. 15
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.
E910 – Integrated Emergency Management Course, Earthquake: Preparedness and Response Course Dates: July 22-25, 2013 -The E910 IEMC, Earthquake: Preparedness and Response, addresses preparedness and response in emergency situations based on an earthquake. The participants in the "generic" audience represent various communities from throughout the country.
Deployment Tools and Resources
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
Hurricane Sandy Lessons Learned Resources Available at LLIS.gov
Reservist Program Federal Employees Health Benefits Program Health Care Coverage - Frequently Asked Questions
FEMA Blog Stories and Photos
What We're Watching: 02/01/13 - At the end of each week, we post a "What We’re Watching" blog as we look ahead to the weekend and recap events from the week. We encourage you to share it with your friends and family, and have a safe weekend.
- Changing laws for the better - recognizing tribal sovereignty
Help FEMA Prevent Fraud, Waste and Abuse. If you have information about instances of fraud, waste, abuse, or mismanagement involving FEMA programs or operations, you should contact the DHS OIG Hotline at: 1-800-323-8603; by fax at 202-254-4297.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are aware of a FEMA employee that is not receiving these All Hands Messages, please have them contact the Enterprise Service Desk at 1-888-457-3362, or email Enterprise-Service-Desk@fema.dhs.gov and request to be added to the All Hands distribution lists. You must be a FEMA employee to be added to this list.
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