FEMA Weekly Bulletin - November 8, 2013

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Message from Deputy Administrator Serino: Update on FEMA Innovation

Dear Team,

On behalf of Administrator Fugate, I would like to reiterate our gratitude for all of your assistance during the lapse in appropriations.  We are happy to have our entire team back!  And now that we are all getting back into a regular rhythm, we would like to provide you with a brief update on FEMA’s innovation initiatives. Read the full message from Deputy Administrator Serino.

FEMA Administrator's Awards

The FEMA Administrator’s Awards are designed to recognize and honor individual and team achievements that exhibit outstanding service contributing to FEMA’s mission and strategic vision. The Administrator will award individuals and teams who have clearly demonstrated performance above and beyond expectations in support of FEMA’s mission and strategic vision as defined in the respective award categories. Individuals and teams may be nominated for multiple awards. The award period covers August 1, 2012 to July 31, 2013. The total numbers of awards in each category are at the discretion of the Administrator, based on the recommendation from the Awards Committee. The Administrator’s Awards are honorary and non-monetary. Read more on how to participate.


11/2/2013  Message from Acting Secretary Rand Beers on the Death of Transportation Security Officer Gerardo I. Hernandez.

Jerome Hatfield Appointed as FEMA Region II Administrator

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced the appointment of Jerome Hatfield by President Barack Obama to serve as the Regional Administrator for FEMA Region II. “We’re proud to welcome such a dedicated first responder and emergency manager to the FEMA team,” said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. Read the full news release.

FEMA and Science and Technology Directorate Begin New Partnership

FEMA Deputy Administrator Richard Serino last week hosted an event at FEMA headquarters to recognize a new partnership between FEMA and the Science & Technology (S&T) Directorate. Acting S&T Under Secretary Daniel Gerstein joined Serino at the event where they signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to celebrate a new working relationship between the two DHS components. Read more about the MOU event.

FEMA Associate Administrator Inspects Colorado Disaster Sites
By Richard O’Reilly, FEMA External Affairs

Six weeks after Colorado storms, floods and landslides began in September, residents and FEMA inspectors still could not reach more than 1,100 homes. Although Colorado Department of Transportation road repair teams were ahead of schedule, many highways and local roads remained closed or had limited access capabilities. Even when roads open, damaged or missing private bridges across streams could prevent reaching undamaged homes on the other side. Read more about the Colorado storms, floods and landslides.

Disaster Survivor Assistance Crews hit the ground…  and air to support Colorado disaster recovery
By Tamara Palmer, Recovery Operations & Readiness Coordination 

During the week of September 9, 2013, Colorado experienced torrential rainfall that led to some of the worst flooding in the history of the state. The State estimated that more than 22,000 residential and commercial properties were damaged or destroyed. Read more.

Federal Disaster Recovery Coordination Proactively Manages Conflict in Devastated Communities
By Jim Pearman, ADR Advisor

As an Alternative Dispute Resolution Advisor, I have had the pleasure to work with the FEMA – 4086-DR-NJ (Hurricane Sandy) Federal Disaster Recovery Coordination/Community Recovery Assistance team on special assignment for the past 7 months.  During that time, I have worked to facilitate effective communication and conflict resolution among individuals, stakeholder groups, and various agencies both inside and outside of the FDRC.  By reducing conflict and minimizing the potential for future conflict, the FDRC/CRA team has helped to advance the mission of Long Term Recovery in the New Jersey communities we serve. Read more

Anniversary of FEMA Corps First Major Disaster Response
By Gianpaolo Ciocco, FEMA Corps member

Last Tuesday, October 29th, marked the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy’s landfall. On that date, Hurricane Sandy reached the East Coast to devastate lives and landscapes in the along northern Atlantic states. Read more about the Anniversary of FEMA Corps.

Embracing Conflict to Enhance Effectiveness in an Expeditionary FEMA
By Les Hagie, ADR Advisor, Urbandale, IA JFO

Are you kidding me?  Embrace conflict?  Isn’t the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) cadre supposed to eliminate conflict? A common misperception is that the job of ADR advisors is to prevent conflict.  This misperception stems from the fact that one of the primary tasks of ADR advisors is to help resolve conflicts.  But there is a difference between resolving and eliminating conflict.  Read more about ADR.


  • Message from Administrator Fugate: 2013 Combined Federal Campaign. Read more.

  • 2013 DHS Veterans Day Program - November 13, 1:00 p.m.   All  DHS employees in the National Capital Region are invited to attend the 2013 DHS Veterans Day Program to express our appreciation to our colleagues who have served.  Register to attend the Veterans Day Program.

  • FEDERAL BENEFITS OPEN SEASON - Monday November 11 to Monday December 9, 2013. Read more on how open season is your opportunity to elect, review, change or terminate your participation in benefits programs.

  • DECEMBER 31 DEADLINE! Reminder: Mandatory Records Management Training   All FEMA employees are required to complete four Records Management training courses (required per Title 44 U.S.C. § 3102(2), 36 CFR §1220.34 (f), OMB Circular No.A-130 8a (f), and DHS Management Directive 141-01) available on the FEMA Employee Knowledge Center by Dec. 31, 2013. Read the full announcement on mandatory records management training.

  • Reminder on Federal Employees Retirement Unused Sick Leave Credit: The National Defense Authorization Act of 2009 changed the way Unused Sick Leave is credited under the Federal Employee Retirement System.  We are approaching the deadline for the FERS Unused Leave credit change. This information is for your awareness only, no action is required. Read more about FERS unused sick leave.

  • No New Travel Authorizations or Vouchers Via FedTraveler.com after November 4  FEMA's Office of the Chief Financial Officer issued CFO Bulletin #158, FEMA Transitions Travel System from FedTraveler.com to Concur Government Edition (CGE) on Oct. 31, 2013. This CFOB details the full transition from FedTraveler.com to CGE.  After Nov. 11, 2013, FEMA personnel will no longer be able to access FedTraveler.com.  All travel authorizations and vouchers submitted through FedTraveler.com must be approved and processed by Nov. 7, 2013. Read more about the transition to Concur Government Edition (CGE).

Professional Development and Training

NOVEMBER 8 DEADLINE! FEMASTAT Rotational Opportunity
FEMA and the entire emergency management community are called to be our best during times of national crisis; and the past three decades presented challenges and conditions that necessitate continuous reevaluation of how we deliver emergency management services. For more information or to apply, please email FEMASTAT@fema.dhs.gov. Read more about the FEMASTAT rotational opportunity.

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 19 DEADLINE!  US Fire Administration – Secretary (GS-9)  

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 30 DEADLINE!  Office of Management and Budget - Special Assistant (GS-9/12)

Rotational Assignments are great ways to build proficiency in technical and leader competencies, while learning about other organizations.  To learn more about rotations, visit the Internal Rotations Program Page  or email edu@fema.dhs.gov.  Employees can apply for rotations and supervisors can post rotational assignment opportunities directly on that site.








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