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.
- FEMA Leadership Welcomes Employees Back from Furlough during Town Hall Meeting
FEMA employees returned to work Oct. 17 from a two-week furlough to a FEMA all-hands town hall meeting. As the meeting started that afternoon, the Administrator and Deputy Administrator reassured employees of how much they are appreciated. The Administrator also informed employees of the challenges the agency faced potentially having to respond to a hurricane with limited staff. Read the full welcome back article.
- FEMA, NPR Work Together to Increase Emergency Alert Preparedness for People Who Are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing
DHS and FEMA today announced a cooperative pilot project with National Public Radio’s technology research and development group, NPR Labs, to demonstrate the delivery of the first-ever, real-time emergency alert messages to people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing in five Gulf states. Read the full FEMA/NPR news release.
- Alternative Dispute Resolution Takes Conflict Resolution to the Ship
Hurricane Sandy created the need for housing to support FEMA and other personnel dispatched to New York City to help with disaster relief. Ships were used to house relief workers, primarily members of the DHS Surge Capacity Force, staff on loan from other DHS components, and FEMA Corps teams. Read the full ADD article.
- FEMA Employees Recognized for Making a Difference
During the 2013 gala, inWEM will recognize former Community Relations Cadre Managers Angeles Morillo Thompson, FEMA Region II, and the late Benard “Ben” Dew, FEMA Region X. Read the full employee recognition article.
- Making Recovery Connections in Oklahoma: Funders Forum Brings Donors Together with Groups Helping Survivors
Vital connections are being made in tornado-ravaged central Oklahoma, where the National Disaster Recovery Framework has been initiated for the first time ever in the history of the state. Read the full article on recovery connections.
- New Jersey relies on CDP training to prepare for Super Bowl 48
If past Super Bowls are any indication, Super Bowl XLVIII stands to pack more than 70,000 fans in the bleachers of MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The Meadowlands Sports Complex will be the spectacle of the most popular program on television, Feb. 2, 2014. Read the full CDP article.
- FEMA Region VI Employees Swim-Bike-Run
FEMA Region VI employees recently hit the water, mounted their bikes and pounded the pavement for the Denton Monster Triathlon in Denton, Texas. Read the full swim-bike-run article.
- 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.