Employee Events (June 23, 2014)

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Feds Feed Families Summer Campaign 2014

This summer’s Feds Feed Families campaign officially began on June 1 and will run through August 27, 2014.  

Since the campaign began in 2009, Federal workers have donated and collected 24.1 million pounds of food and other non-perishable items to support families across America.  More than 85 percent of Federal workers live and work outside the Washington D.C. area, so we are helping communities in every state.  Last year, Federal agencies combined collected nearly 9 million pounds of food.  For 2014, we are asking for your help again to “beat your previous best”!  

All FEMA Headquarters, Regional, and Field locations, are asked to participate in this year’s campaign. Research shows that one in every five Americans will go to bed hungry.   In fact, D.C. has the second highest child food insecurity rate of any other state in the nation, with 30 percent of children under the age of 18 living in food insecure households? Learn more about Hunger in the Washington Metro Area and how you can help “Knock Out Hunger” at Capital Area Food Bank.   The Regional and Field locations can share their collections with their local food banks; we are looking forward to ensuring the FFF campaign will stretch across America and be visible and active in every state. Regional offices and field sites needing boxes can contact www.FeedingAmerica.org and the website for FFF is www.fedsfeedfamilies.gov for information.

This years’ collection format for “Knock Out Hunger” has changed – instead of giving food to the food banks every month, we must collect and donate food every week so that the Pantries can stay stocked and remain opened.   FEMA’s mission depends upon food pantries and banks to help in the recovery of over 56,000 disaster survivors, annually. Won’t you join us by putting on your gloves and engaging in the battle to “Knock Out Hunger”?  Please bring non-perishable food items and place them into a designated collection box located in your Federal workplace. Cash is not accepted.

Become a FEMA Hall of Famer by starting with 255lbs.   Suggested tips and items most wanted are listed below:

  • Fourth Week (June 24-28) - "To Your Health" - Electrolyte drinks, water, nuts, canned fish, beans and meat;
  • Fifth Week (July 1-5) - "Survival Pantry" - Everything!  Especially protein, carbohydrates and fats to keep energy up!
  • Six Week  (July 8-12) - "Help after a Disaster” – The goal is to  collect  255 pounds of canned goods per person or 500 lbs. or more per group/team;
  • Seventh Week (July 15-19) – “2020 Healthy People” repeat Survival Pantry suggestions; Select foods with less sodium so that those fed may be healthy;
  • Eighth Week (July 29-August 2) – Children need to eat right – oatmeal, pancake mix, corn, peanut butter, canned chili, peaches and soups;
  • Ninth Week (August 5-9) – Healthier Feds Challenge – paper products, napkins, (toilet tissue); feminine hygiene products, toothpaste, toothbrushes, etc.
  • Tenth Week (August 19-28) – FedsGetFit Challenge – pasta, rice, dried beans, apple sauce, canned peas, lima, navy, kidney, black beans;
  • Eleventh Week (August 13-17) –School Preparedness Tool kits- Paper, pencils, pens, erases, backpacks;
  • Twelfth Week – (August 20-27) – College Tool Kits: can goods with pop up openers, snacks, popcorn, peanuts, peanut butter, raisins; all healthy and low in sodium products.

FEMA’s employees work hard to make a difference in the lives of disaster survivors, especially during recovery, where food and water are the main resources for continued health. 

NOTE: All donations are voluntary and are tax deductible.

Questions, Stories and Photos should be forwarded to: Yvonnzier Staley, HR Specialist, at Yvonnzier.Staley@fema.dhs.gov or (202)212-2079, or email FEMA-HC-Worklifeprograms@FEMA.dhs.gov

Building LGBT Equality and Inclusion in the Federal Workforce

On June 25, 2014, 1:30-2:30 pm, the United States Office of Personnel Management (OPM) will be hosting an expert panel of senior officials from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Merit Systems Protection Board, and the Office of the Special Counsel to discuss the following:

  1. Valuable insights on Building LGBT Equality and Inclusion in the Federal Workforce;
  1. One year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision striking down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA);
  2. Evolution of the federal government's treatment of same-sex couples and their families;
    1. including OPM's pivotal role in first extending benefits to same-sex domestic partners of federal employees;
    2. implementing the Windsor decision;
  3. Explore the evolving, increasingly robust protections for LGBT federal employees.

The Panel of Subject Matter Experts will provide the audience an opportunity to ask questions.  So don’t miss this opportunity to gain valuable insights on Building LGBT Inclusion in the Federal Workplace by following these steps:

  1. Due to the volume of attendees and questions anticipated, submit your questions to DiversityandInclusion@opm.gov ASAP so you may be ensured a response.
  2. To request reasonable accommodations, please submit your request by noon, June 24 to DiversityandInclusion@opm.gov .
  3. Those employees planning to attend in person, please RSVP at https://max.omb.gov/community/x/CYRCKw.
    1. After you log in, scroll down and click the “RSVP” button and provide your name, e-mail address, agency, office and job title. 
    2. To receive a calendar invitation on your personal calendar, check the “Send calendar invite” box.
    3. Confirmation of your attendance will be provided prior to the event. 
    4. Please remember to bring either your government ID or Driver’s license.
  4. PM front entry – 1900 E Street, NW, Washington, DC 20415, Visitors’ Entry, Guard’s Center.
  5. Those employee who wish to view by webcast, RSVP for the webcast at  https://max.omb.gov/community/x/LoRCKw.
    1. After you log in, scroll down and click the “RSVP for Webcast” button and provide your name, e-mail address, agency, office and job title. 
    2. To receive a calendar invitation on your personal calendar, check the “Send calendar invite” box.
    3.  Confirmation and webcast info will be sent prior to the event.

For more information concerning this event, please contact OPM’s staff at DiversityandInclusion@opm.gov.

Men’s Health Month-Walk to Wellness

Men’s Health Month continues to offer everyone – men and women- a chance to increase their awareness of the health problems facing men.  All employees in the NCR are invited to participate with FedStrive in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for this month’s   “Walk to Wellness” on the National Mall, June 25, 2014 at 12:00 pm, EST sharp! 

What:    Men’s Health Walk to Wellness: Wear Blue, National Mall Route

When:   Wednesday, June 25; 12:00-12:45pm (Walk starts at 12:00 pm sharp!)

Where:  Meet at the FedStrive table at the Farmer’s Market, Humphrey Building Plaza (200 Independence Avenue, SW)

Come on and lace up your athletic shoes, wear BLUE and join us for the next Walk to Wellness!

Webinar Wednesdays Continue with LLIS.gov

LLIS.gov is continuing “Webinar Wednesdays,” with a presentation on providing population and workforce counts during a natural disaster. Join Earlene Dowell, Lead Technical Marketing and Training Consultant, for the Longitudinal-Employer Household Dynamics (LEHD) Program for the Center for Economic Studies of the U.S. Census Bureau as she discusses OnTheMap and OnTheMap for Emergency Management public data tools. These tools provide an intuitive web-based interface for viewing where workers work and where workers live. Ms. Dowell travels around the nation promoting and training people on LEHD products.

For more information on “Webinar Wednesdays,” or to find out how to host your own webinar, please visit LLIS.gov, follow @LLIS on twitter, or contact Jen Sokatch at Jenny.Sokatch@fema.dhs.gov.

LLIS.gov is the national, online network of lessons learned, best practices, and innovative ideas for the emergency management and homeland security communities.  Through FEMA, this free resource is open to all emergency managers and provides a platform for knowledge sharing and collaboration. 

SAVE THE DATES! Employee Development Opportunities Open House

Learn more about the available activities, workshops and leader development programs available to employees.  Visit with program graduates, learn about the book club, and get information on the application/registration process.  The afternoon session is available for VTC to fixed sites outside the DC area.  Email EDU@fema.dhs.gov to register for an Open House.  

Open Houses are scheduled for:

  • Friday, June 27   
    9:00-11:00 am and 1:00-3:00 pm
  • Wednesday, September 10 
    9:00-11:00 am and 1:00-3:00 pm

Women’s Health Program

You are invited to join NIH Expert Maggie Brewinski Isaacs, M.D., M.P.H., to learn how women’s health research has expanded to improve healthy lifestyles and behavior and identify areas in which you can make adjustments for risk reduction and disease prevention.

Date:  June 25, 2014 at 2:00 EDT 

Location: Innovation Lab, Room 324

Phone: 1-800-320-4330, Pin #120306  

Questions: Contact FEMA-HC-Worklifeprograms@fema.dhs.gov or call (202) 212-2079.

Dr. Brewinski Isaacs joined NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) in 2013. She is a physician board certified in both Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine. Previous experience includes serving as team lead at the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) and as the Immunization Officer in Guyana with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/World Health Organization (WHO). Dr. Brewinski Isaacs has also worked with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) as the Senior Technical Advisor for Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) and Pediatric HIV, and served as co-chair of the PEPFAR PMTCT and Pediatric HIV Technical Working Group. Her publications include work on complications of HIV treatment in children, PMTCT, and general pediatrics.


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07/24/2014 - 16:00
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