FEMA Weekly Bulletin - October 28, 2013

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Message from the Administrator & Deputy Administrator regarding the Oct. 1 Government Shutdown

As we have often said, every FEMA employee is essential to our shared mission to support our citizens and first responders.  We recognize that every member of the FEMA team was affected by the shutdown.  Disaster response activities and most of the work of the Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration continued, but disaster recovery work was delayed, and the remainder of the agency’s activity was limited to immediate threats to life safety and the protection of property. Read the full message from the Administrator and Deputy Administrator.



  • OPM Announces 2014 FEHB Premium Rates
    OPM has announced the average premium rate for the 8.2 million people covered by the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program will increase by 3.7 percent in 2014.  That percentage is only slightly higher than last year's increase of 3.4 percent and less than the national average increase in 2013. Read the full announcement on FEHB premium rates.
  • 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.
  • Premium Class Travel
    The Office of the Chief Financial Officer issued FEMA Directive 122-7, Premium Class Travel on Sept. 27, 2013.  The Directive provides guidance on the use any class of travel accommodation above coach class, e.g., first class, business class, otherwise known as premium class travel for FEMA employees and invitational travelers conducting official government travel on behalf of FEMA. Read more about premium class travel.
  • Reminder on Federal Employees Retirement System 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.
  • FMLA Coverage of Same-Sex Spouses
    Federal employees with same-sex spouses are now provided the same Family and Medical Leave Act entitlements as those with opposite-sex spouses. Read more about FMLA coverage for same-sex spouses.
  • 2013 Performance Plan Close-Out & 2014 Transition Update
    Due to the lapse in appropriations, new guidance is being provided for the 2013 and 2014 performance cycle for Permanent, Full-Time General Schedule employees, Federal Wage System employees, and Cadre of On-Call Response/Recovery Employees. Read the full close-out and transition announcement.

Professional Development and Training

  • 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.
Last Updated: 
07/24/2014 - 16:00
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