FEMA Weekly December 17, 2013

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TODAY! The  2014-2018 FEMA Strategic Plan Employee Webinar will be held today at 1:00 EST.
Memo with instructions on how to participate.
Webinar presentation: Employee Webinar - FEMA Strategic Plan.pptx 

Save the date! Women Leaders in Disaster Operations Panel Discussion
Wednesday, January 29, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Stay tuned for complete details!!


Message from Brad J. Kieserman, Chief Counsel
2013 Ethics Holiday Memo; Holiday Gifts and Party Invitations
University researchers using FEMA grant to develop tool that measures disaster recovery 
DR-4085-NY External Affairs Staff

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are creating a tool to measure how well communities recover from disasters. Read more >>.

NDRS Welcomes Additional Support from FEMA Corps as Oklahoma Recovery Continues

The AmeriCorps NCCC-FEMA Corps Hickory 3 team has been living the “Oklahoma Strong” life. The team spent October and November working with FEMA’s National Disaster Recovery Support group in support of the State of Oklahoma. Read more. >>.

FEMA Youth Preparedness Council member highlight of California Utility Charitable Giving Campaign
By Kelly Hudson, FEMA Region IX public affairs specialist

It would not be a stretch to say that 14-year-old Tiffany Espensen is a force of nature -- especially when you consider that the FEMA Region IX’s Youth Preparedness Council member’s most recent preparedness message reached a staggering 3.5 million Californians.  Read more. >>


Each day you can read the newest FEMA daily news clips This site also includes a searchable archive of past editions.  Clicking the hypertext links in the write-ups will take you to the newspapers' original full-text articles. 

Launch of 2013 SAVE Award Voting. Message from Rand Beers, DHS Acting Secretary.

The Hurricane Sandy Mitigation Assessment Team Report is released

FEMA Building Science Branch announced the release of FEMA P-942, Mitigation Assessment Team Report: Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey and New York.  In December 2012, in response to a request for technical support from their Joint Field Offices in New Jersey and New York, FEMA deployed a Mitigation Assessment Team composed of national and regional experts to assess the performance of buildings in New Jersey and New York. Read more >>

IFMIS training available for those who need to manage budgets - For those who manage budgets, course L337 has been launched on how to use the Integrated Financial Management Information System. Read more. >>

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers to Accessing and Using the New FEMA Travel System, Concur Government Edition
FEMA is now using Concur Government Edition to process all travel authorizations, reservations, and vouchers, including those traveling in support of active disasters. The Office of the Chief Financial Officer will only grant waivers to use paper TAs in extraordinary circumstances.  Read more. >>

2014 Transit Benefit Statutory Limit Set at $130/month
For awareness and to allow our customers advance notification, the Transit Benefit statutory limit of $245 is due to expire December 31, 2013. More. >>

Annual ethics training due for all FEMA employees on last day of 2013
ALL FEMA Employees must complete annual ethics training by December 31, 2013. More on how to register and complete the course on-line. >>

2013 Use or Lose Leave Guidance
"Use or lose" annual leave is the amount of annual leave in excess of 240 hours or the employee's applicable annual leave ceiling. Read more.
FEMA’s LLIS.gov Partners with IAEM
Current Certified Emergency Managers (CEMs®) and Associate Emergency Managers (AEMs) now have a new way to contribute toward their certification and re-certification requirements. Read more. >>

Professional Development and Training

Please read and take advantage of the following training opportunities being offered to the FEMA workforce.
  • NEW!  Continual Learning for Supervisors –Webcast - Basic Recruitment Bootcamp
  • NEW!  Now accepting applications for the Presidential Management Council Interagency Rotations Program.
  • New!  Now accepting applications to the U.S. Army’s Senior Leader Seminar, January 26-31, 2014 in Shepherdstown, WV.
  • NEW!  Now accepting applications to the National Intelligence University Master of Science of Strategic Intelligence program!
  • Online Courses – OPM’s Manager’s Corner
  • Now Accepting Applications for the Graduate Academic Programs at the Department of Defense Senior Service Schools!
  • The next Virtual Employee Development Fair will be on Monday, November 18th!
  • Mentor a Presidential Management Fellow – Earn Leader as Teacher Credit!
  • NEW!  Learn how you can meet the Continual Learning and Leader as Teacher requirements!

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.

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07/24/2014 - 16:00
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