Agency launches preview site for new FEMA.gov
If you have not been involved in the migration of your office’s content from the existing FEMA.gov website to the one in development, you probably know someone who has. And, you’re probably curious of what this new site will look like. Well, today we’re taking a step forward by launching a preview site that will allow you an opportunity to browse our work in progress.
In our blog, we’re going to encourage members of the public to kick the tires, so to speak, and give us their feedback. As has been the case with workforce transformation, we want to know what you think as well. So, check out http://preview.fema.gov, and give us your feedback. Of course, if you come across something that doesn’t look right or function properly, please let us know.
Special thanks to all of you who have taken the time and made the effort to work with your office’s content.
FEMA Employees Respond to Employee Viewpoint Survey
Through the responses of FEMA employees, FEMA was successful in raising the participation rate in the May-June 2012 Employee Viewpoint Survey to be higher than both the DHS-wide average and last year's 2011 FEMA participation rates. We look forward to the opportunity to hear employee feedback.
For the first time this year CORE and Reservist employees will be eligible to participate in a version of the survey that will be launched in August 2012. If this applies to you, please look out for the link that will be coming in the next few months. The new August survey is another step toward ensuring input from the total FEMA workforce.
Following the conclusion of both versions of the survey, OCCHCO will work with FEMA partners to analyze the data and facilitate the action planning process. Last year's action planning process allowed leadership review of employee feedback through the FEMAStat process and included discussion related to updated rewards programs and career development opportunities. This year FEMA will continue the action planning process with the additional involvement of the newly convened DHS Executive Steering Committee.
- FEMA Region V Named Federal Agency of the Year - FEMA Region V received the Federal Agency of the Year award, June 20 during the 2012 Federal Employee of the Year award ceremony held by the Chicago Federal Executive Board.
- FEMA Region II and FBI New York Field Office Hosts Guest Speaker – Recipient of the Navy Cross.
- FEMA Participates in Emergency Preparedness Seminar for Miami-area Consulates - The seminar focused primarily on preparing Miami-area consulates for the 2012 hurricane season.
- Gulf States Hurricane Conference - This annual three-day conference was hosted by the states of La., Ala., and Miss.
- FEMA Region VI Supports Texas Unites Conference - FEMA Region VI staff recently attended and participated in the 3rd annual Annual Texas Unites Conference in San Antonio.
- Region VII Receives Kudos for Service ‘Above and Beyond’ Expectations - On June 13, FEMA Region VII received the "Patriot Award" and the "Above and Beyond Award."
- Texas Couple Trains Together at the Center for Domestic Preparedness - One couple, Marylee and Edward Kott, recently found an opportunity to attend training together at the Center for Domestic Preparedness.
- Mount Weather firefighters respond to a mock "live burn" outside Washington, D.C. - On May 15-16 the Mount Weather Fire Department took part in a "live burn" training exercise at Dulles International Airport. View the "Live Burn" training video.
DHS-Bundesministerium des Innern Security Cooperation Group Working Group 6 on Emergency Management – Formal meeting in Berlin on June 6.
Training and Career Development Opportunities
- Intern Announcement – The DHS Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer Student Programs and Services Office invites all DHS Summer Student Interns in the National Capital Region to participate in the DHS Program for Student Intern Development.
- Fundamentals Program for New Supervisors Launches in August - The FEMA Leader Development Program announces that the Fundamentals for Leadership Program will officially launch in August. The program meets the statutory leader development requirements for new supervisors, as well as those put in place by DHS under the Cornerstone Program. Information, including updated delivery dates, will be available on the Leader Development intranet site, or you may contact the FEMA Leader Development Program at LDC@fema.dhs.gov.
- DHS Pathways Information Sessions Announcement - If you are a Human Resource Professional or a Manager who plans on hiring Interns, Recent Graduates, or Presidential Management Fellows you need to attend one of these informational workshops.
- FEMA Internal Rotation Program – The Career Development Office has posted the following six internal rotation announcements.
- Executive Development Opportunities – The Office of the Chief Component Human Capital Officer, Career Development and Training Branch is accepting nominations for the following Executive Development opportunities.
- State/Local/Tribal Detail Rotation Opportunities - For the third year in a row FEMA is announcing the opportunity for a limited number of personnel to work on an extended detail with a state, county or city emergency management organization.
- New Online Performance Management Training - Another computer based training course is now available on the FEMA Employee Knowledge Center.
- Executive Development Program Offerings - The Office of the Chief Component Human Capital Officer, Career Development and Training Branch is accepting nominations for the following Executive Development opportunities.
Read these stories and more on the employee site.
Derek T. Jensen, external affairs director at the Center for Domestic Preparedness was killed in a traffic accident, Thursday, June 14. Derek was bicycling to work at the time of the accident. Derek joined the FEMA team in August 2006 as an external affairs specialist for Region VIII. Derek assumed his current assignment at the CDP in November 2010.
Derek served FEMA with enthusiasm and was committed to the FEMA mission. He loved the spirit of service and set an example, both professionally and personally, many strive to follow. Derek was known by many as a person with great spirit, a positive attitude, a sense of humor, and someone who always wore a smile. He energized the room, and everyone around him.
Derek represented FEMA and his External Affairs colleagues with extreme pride. He was a valued member of the community, and above all a fantastic husband and father.