By Ralph Simcox from the Louisiana Recovery Office
During the Federal Executive Board‘s annual Public Service Recognition Week awards luncheon on Wednesday, May 6, two Louisiana recovery office employees were honored for their contributions to Louisiana’s recovery mission. Andre´ Cadogan, deputy director of programs, received the Outstanding Federal Manager Award, and Dwayne Barnes, Sr., logistics support branch director,. received honorable mention in the Outstanding Federal Supervisor (Level II) category.
Cadogan was honored for his dedicated service as the deputy director of programs for the FEMA Louisiana Recovery Office since 2010. During this time he has acted as senior adviser to the executive director for the planning, development, review and evaluation of all phases and functions of disaster recovery operations. He is directly responsible for managing the Individual Assistance, Public Assistance, Mitigation and Environmental and Historical Programs within the Louisiana Recovery Office for Hurricane Katrina, the largest disaster in American history, and three other hurricanes, Rita, Gustav and Ike.
As a key leader, Cadogan represents the agency in inter-agency planning groups and coordinates plans and policies within appropriate agency divisions and other organizations. He is adept at developing plans and strategies, based upon agency policies and disaster recovery needs and is skillful at finding creative ways to enhance policies and procedures to meet new or unforeseen situations.
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Federal programs impact largely through the actions of the field representatives of the departments and agencies. In addition, federal representatives are the principal contact with the federal government for the citizens of the United States. The national network of 28 boards, located in areas of significant federal populations, serves as the cornerstone for strategic partnering in government.