FEMA Weekly Bulletin - March 21, 2013

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Modernizing Business Processes, Message from Tonya Schreiber.

You can stay current with ongoing Workplace Transformation events by bookmarking the calendar events!

The first of a series of Workplace Transformation Brown Bag discussions will be held on April 3, 2013 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Topic: Telework Successes.  Panshella Cole, Office of the Chief Component Human Capital Officer.

“Speaker Forum:  FEMA Women Impacting FEMA History”

In celebration of Women’s History Month, FEMA invites all employees to participate in a forum on the role of women at FEMA, career advancement, and achieving work-life balance – especially as FEMA enters the new era of a mobile workforce.  The panel will feature women who occupy senior leadership positions at FEMA, and who will engage employees in a question and answer session.

Moderator: Beth Zimmerman, Acting Associate Administrator for Response & Recovery

Featured Speakers:  

Nancy Ward, Regional Administrator, Region IX

Pauline Campbell, Director, FEMA Office of Equal Rights

Lillian Virgil, Mitigation Branch Chief, Emergency Management Institute

Date: March 25, 2013

Time: 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time

Location: Headquarters Employees:  M01 or Channel 13

Regional Employees: Available via VTC at your regional conference room.

Sign language interpretation will be available.

From the Field

Employee News and Announcements

  • Retraction: In last week’s FEMA Weekly, the Gold’s Gym membership discounts were incorrectly advertised. FEMA will be ending their contribution to gym memberships at the end of this month. Current members and prospective members should contact Gold’s Gym to discuss their membership options. Federal ethics rules generally do not permit FEMA employees to accept discounts offered exclusively to FEMA employees. Please contact the OCC Ethics Office if you have specific questions.

  • Do you have questions about the implementation of the sequestration? Visit the Sequestration Resources page to view memos, templates and frequently asked questions.

  • Is Roth Right for Me?  In 2012, The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) introduced a Roth feature, allowing participants the flexibility to contribute after-tax dollars to their retirement plan.

  • Mobile Work Exchange will host the 13th semi-annual Spring Town Hall Meeting at the Washington Convention Center April 30.

  • Regional VII Administrator finds face-time with Surge Members invaluable - Members of the Department of Homeland Security Surge Capacity Force met with Beth Freeman, FEMA Region VII Administrator, March 15, to talk deployment experiences, lessons learned and life-changing encounters gleaned from their response to Hurricane Sandy.

  • FedTraveler will be replaced by a new travel management system called ETS2 by the end of the year.

FEMA 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.

Full descriptions of each of the rotation assignments are available on on.fema.net. Employees interested in applying for these rotations, should click on the link, “Apply for a Rotation Position” located on the upper right-hand side of the Detail & Rotation Opportunities page.

DHS Rotational Opportunities

  • Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman. The CISOMB is seeking individuals interested in a rotational assignment as a Program Assistant. Program Assistant’s will assist supervisors with identifying CISOMB database problems and reports problems for resolution. Works with the staff and management to identify and assist with correcting administrative and technical issues concerning office policies and procedures. To apply for DHS rotational opportunities visit DHSConnect.dhs.gov. Employees should review the announcement very carefully for specific instructions on eligibility and how to apply. 

Training and Career Development Opportunities

  • Intelligence Community Developmental Programs - The DHS Intelligence Enterprise Professional Development Team is pleased to inform the workforce about three courses sponsored and delivered by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, through its Intelligence Learning Network.
  • Fundamentals of Leadership application timeline extended - 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.  The program is a requirement of all permanent fulltime and CORE supervisors hired after Oct. 1, 2011.
  • The Office of Personnel Management is sponsoring two free 1-day leadership training seminars for National Security Professionals and Senior Executive Service members.
  • Writing Individual Performance Goals and Employee Relations Workshops in the National Capital Region - The Office of the Chief Component Human Capital Officer is offering joint workshops on Writing Individual Performance Goals and Employee Relations at headquarters
  • All-Hazards Position Specific Train-the-Trainer Program  - The primary goal of the National Incident Management System   Incident Command System   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.
  • E910 – Integrated Emergency Management Course, Earthquake: Preparedness and Response Course Dates: July 22-25 -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

FEMA Blog Stories and Photos

Prevent Fraud, Waste and Abuse

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.


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07/24/2014 - 16:00
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