FEMA Weekly December 23, 2013

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The FEMA Weekly will not be published on Monday December 30, 2013. Have a wonderful holiday and a very happy New Year!

Holiday Message

On behalf of FEMA leadership, we thank you for your tireless dedication, and wish you and your loved ones a safe, healthy and joyous holiday season, Holiday message from the Administrator and Deputy Administrator. Holiday message from the Administrator and Deputy Administrator.

News

Employees participate in the development of the next FEMA Strategic Plan - The strategic planning team invited employees to participate in the Tues., Dec. 17, webinar on the development of the agency’s 2014-2018 Strategic Plan, which is designed to outline the key operating priorities for the agency.  Read more. >>

FEMA Kicks Off International Assistance System (IAS) Review and Revision - On Friday, November 22, FEMA’s International Affairs Division hosted the inaugural meeting of the International Assistance System Concept of Operations Interagency Review Committee. Read more. >>

FEMA Core Summit 5 Team - FEMA Corps Summit 5 team volunteered on a cold wintry Saturday at Arlington National Cemetery by helping lay wreaths on the final resting place of veterans. Read more. >>

Resolve to be Prepared 2014! - Roughly half of all Americans make New Year’s resolutions. In 2014, FEMA and the Ad Council are encouraging everyone to Resolve to be Ready for potential emergencies by committing to make preparedness a year-round family activity.  Read more. >>

Mississippi Recovery Office Participates in Toys for Tots - For the past several years the Mississippi Recovery Office has participated in the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots Donation Program. Read more. >>

Logistician’s zeal for emergencies is strong after almost 50 years - FEMA’s Logistics Management Directorate received a large, enthusiastic response from a wide cross-section of its federal partners with the hosting of a newly-condensed version of its popular Interagency Logistics Course (L675) held December 3-5 in Colorado Springs, Colo. Read more. >>

Mount Weather Police Department: Achievements & Promotions - Mount Weather Emergency Operations Center Police Officers were recognized for accomplishments in their field. Hard work and dedication to duty has paid off for these officers, who are to be commended for their achievements.  Read more.  >>

Mount Weather Tests Active Shooter Response - Active shooter scenarios are an unfortunate part of life. Organizations throughout the government and the private sector must confront these events far too often. Knowing what to do and how to prepare prior to an active shooter situation can be the difference between life and death.  Read more. >>

Mike King selected as CDP Superintendent  - FEMA National Preparedness Directorate’s and National Training and Exercise Division announced Charles “Mike” King as the new Superintendent for the Center for Domestic Preparedness.  Read more. >>

FEMA Logistics Has Major Success With New Training Event in Colorado - FEMA’s Logistics Management Directorate received a large, enthusiastic response from a wide cross-section of its federal partners with the hosting of a newly-condensed version of its popular Interagency Logistics Course (L675) held December 3-5 in Colorado Springs, Colo. Read more. >>

FEMA Kicks Off International Assistance System (IAS) Review and Revision - On Friday, November 22, FEMA’s International Affairs Division hosted the inaugural meeting of the International Assistance System Concept of Operations Interagency Review Committee. Read more. >>

FEMA Blog

What We’re Watching: 12/20/13

Author: Dan Watson

At the end of each week, we post a "What We’re Watching" blog as we look ahead to the weekend and recap events from the week. We encourage you to share it with your friends and family, and have a safe weekend.

Announcements

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!!

UPDATE! 2014 Annual Contribution Limits for Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) and Catch-up - When was the last time you thought about your retirement? No matter what stage in your career, contributing to TSP provides a great opportunity to invest in your retirement. Contributions made to TSP early in your career will earn a greater amount of interest than those you make just before you retire.  Read more on how you can invest now!
 
Performance Management is Going Electronic! - The Performance Management unit has been launched in FHR Navigator. All GS, CORE, and Wage Grade employees and supervisors will now complete performance management forms online. Read More. >>
 
Launch of 2013 SAVE Award Voting. Message from Rand Beers, DHS Acting Secretary.
 
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. 
 

Professional Development and Training

NEW! Rotational opportunity within Protection and National Preparedness Division

Responsibilities of the PNP Action Officer include: correspondence management, tasking divisions for response, coordinating documents with other FEMA offices for review and approval, and automating a historically manual action office process. Read more. >>

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!
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.

Last Updated: 
12/23/2013 - 12:43
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