FEMA Weekly Bulletin - March 7, 2013

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As the Third Annual Telework Week comes to an end, the Office of Chief Component Human Capital Officer wants to remind all employees to complete the Telework Week questionnaire so that we may begin to identify strengths, gaps, and lessons learned as we move forward towards a more mobile workforce.  Please send the completed questionnaire to FEMA-HC-WorkLifePrograms@fema.dhs.gov by Thursday, March 14, 2013.   Also, we would like to remind all employees to document days that they teleworked on WebTA.  All approved telework hours are to be reported on the WebTA Time and Attendance System, using the following codes:

  • Telework two days or less per work week = 01-Telework Home <=2 days
  • Telework more than two days per work week = 01-Telework Home >2 days.

If you have any questions regarding Telework, please contact Yvonnzier.Staley or 202-212-2079 or  Panshella.Cole or 202-212-1459.

Sequestration Update: Memo from Rafael Borras (March 2)

Upcoming White House Champions of Change Nomination Opportunities

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Personnel Accountability System Implementation - Federal Continuity Directive 1 mandates that all Federal departments and agencies must have the capability to account for all personnel.

From the Field

  • Federal Aid Programs for the Navajo Nation   (March 5)  FEMA announced that federal disaster aid has been made available for the Navajo Nation and ordered federal aid to supplement the Tribe’s efforts in the area affected by a severe freeze during the period of December 15, 2012 to Jan. 21.

  • Just before passing away, Derek Jensen was participating of the prestigious DHS Fellows program. Jensen was posthumously graduated as a DHS Fellow at the graduation ceremony Dec. 14, 2012.

  • A member of FEMA's Youth Council shares her view on preparing for severe weather and the impact she's making in her community.  Read more of Rachel Little's story at Preparing Communities for Severe Weather.

  • Car enthusiast records Public Service Announcement for FEMA – Bruce Larson, a legendary National Hot Rod Association world champion drag race driver, recorded a 30-second public service announcement for radio broadcast in support of National Severe Weather Preparedness Week, March 3-9.

  • Hundreds of coach evaluators trained to support FEMA Qualification System - The Disaster Field Training unit located in the New Jersey Joint Field Office recently trained more than 300 coach evaluators to support the new FEMA Qualification System, otherwise known as FQS.

  • In Memory - The family of Thomas Kendrick "Ken" Medernach wishes to commemorate a life lived wholly. The Savannah born raconteur, dedicated adventurer and self-proclaimed President of the Atlantic Ocean, sailed on to higher seas, suddenly, Feb. 15.

Employee News and Announcements

  • In one of his most enjoyable interviews yet, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate takes questions from Emily, Scholastic kid reporter, about how kids and families can prepare for severe weather in their community.
  • Region IX goes Green! - Region IX is a prime example of how embracing mobile work allows for increased productivity and higher morale, while greatly benefiting the environment.
  • Region VI Mitigation presents “You Rock!” award - Diana Herrera, Floodplain Management and Insurance Specialist was presented the “You ROCK” award at the most recent Region VI All Hands meeting.
  • Pledge to be ready for severe weather – Wrapping up National Severe Weather Preparedness Week.  Much of the emergency management community will be getting the word out about staying safe from the kinds of severe weather that impact their communities.
  • Long Beach Police Train for Hazardous Threats, Expand Knowledge for Department - Five police Preparedness, in Anniston, Ala.
  • Ten helpful Apps from Uncle Sam - Disaster Preparedness - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has created an app that provides disaster-preparedness safety tips and, for victims, the ability to apply for assistance. Available in English and Spanish, the FEMA App is designed to be helpful in the event of floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, terrorism and other disasters. Users can pull up a map and get directions to shelters and FEMA Disaster Recovery Center locations. There's also a checklist for emergency kits. Available for Android, BlackBerry, iPad and iPhone and in a mobile Web version, too.
  • Department of Homeland Security celebrates ten years of unification - the U.S. Department of Homeland Security began its operations, unifying 22 legacy agencies within a single department with a common mission: to safeguard America and integrate our Nation’s capabilities to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from threats and disasters of all kinds.
  • Community Relations transfers to Recovery Directorate - Community Relations has once again proven to be a critical function of disaster response and recovery by supporting disaster survivors and providing essential information to disaster operations.
  • FedTraveler will be replaced by a new travel management system called ETS2 by the end of the year.
  • Disaster Discussion of Book Club “The Worst Hard Time” March 13: Join us for a brown bag discussion of The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl. Following a dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region, author Timothy Eagan tells of their desperate attempts to carry on through blinding black dust blizzards, crop failure and the death of loved ones. We will meet from 12 to 1 p.m. in the Orange Room (6th Floor) of 500 C Street, or via conference line. Email Erin Clark to let her know if you are interested in participating by conference line.

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.

  • Office of the Administrator, Center for Faith Based and Community Initiatives, Special Assistant, GS-9 to GS-13 - The DHS Center is pleased to announce the opening of 90-day detail opportunity for a dynamic, proactive person to assist the Director as Special Assistant. This person will work with the Director in a variety of special projects, attending meetings, and managing the Director’s calendar and travel. Closes:  March 11
  • Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration - Building Science Engineer/Architect/Physical Scientist, GS-12 to GS-14 - FEMA’s Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, is seeking a highly motivated GS-12/14 to serve as a Building Science Engineer/Architect/Physical Scientist. Closes:  March 16
  • Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration - Building Science Assistant Program Manager, GS-11 to GS-13 - FEMA’s Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration is seeking a highly motivated GS-11/13 to serve as a Building Science Assistant Program Manager. Closes:  March 16
  • Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration - Building Science Program Specialist, GS-11 to GS-13 - FEMA’s Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, is seeking a highly motivated GS-11/13 to serve as a Building Science Program Specialist. Closes:  March 16

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

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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Last Updated: 
10/03/2013 - 18:47
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