FEMA Weekly December 9, 2013

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Holiday Events Around FEMA!  Calendar of events.

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 Administrator Fugate

Deputy Administrator Rich Serino has made the difficult decision to leave FEMA and return home to Boston at the end of January.  Rich has been instrumental in leading and transforming FEMA into a nimble, expeditionary, and survivor centric organization.  His perspective, experience, and vision have made him an irreplaceable member of our leadership team.  D/A Serino Accomplishments. >>

Message from Deputy Administrator Serino


It has been an honor and privilege to serve as your Deputy Administrator over the past four years. It was with mixed emotions that I made the decision to leave my post here at FEMA and return home at the end of January to be with my family in Boston. The work that you do each and every day under the incredible leadership of Administrator Fugate makes a difference in the lives of people all across this country. I am proud to have worked beside such an outstanding and dedicated group of professionals. Read entire message to the team. >>

D/A Serino 2013 Combined Federal Campaign Video Message - You make it possible.


Rehabilitation Act turned 40 and continues to celebrate inclusion at FEMA.
On September 26, American citizens celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which commits the federal government to ending discrimination against persons with disabilities in federal employment and in federally-conducted and federally-assisted programs and activities.  Read how to access the products developed to support the anniversary.  >>

Administrator Fugate Co-Chairs NATO Seminar on Extreme Space Weather
By Jess Bratton, International Affairs Specialist, FEMA HQ

On Friday, November 15, 2013 Administrator Fugate co-chaired a NATO Civil Emergency Planning Seminar on Extreme Space Weather at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. Read the details and objectives of the Seminar. >>

FEMA Corps’ Innovations Help Educate Students about Hazard Mitigation
By Susan Gembrowski, FEMA DR-4145-CO External Affairs

Think of creative ways to teach high school and college students about hazard mitigation. That was the directive given to FEMA Corps members assigned to DR-4145-CO in Denver. Read the creative results of this directive. >>

CDP Hosts Eastern Alabama Emergency Management Coalition
By Shannon Arledge, CDP public affairs specialist 

The Emergency Management Coalition of Eastern Alabama convened for its quarterly meeting at FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) recently. The coalition was formed almost one year ago and consists of 25 members, representing more than 10 counties. Find out more about this event. >>

International Learning: Shared approaches to mitigating river delta floods
By Joe Iandoli, Planning Branch Chief, FEMA Region VI and Candice Abinanti, International Relations Specialist, International Affairs Division

FEMA is well respected by emergency management organizations around the world, and leadership and staff are frequently invited to international seminars, conferences and meetings in other nations.  I recently returned from Thailand, where I attended the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center River Delta Conference. Conference details. >>

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. >>

Cold Legs, Warm Hearts - R6 Employees Finish the Race! By Cynthia Wirz, FEMA Region VI  Read about the event. >>


Holiday Events Around FEMA!  Calendar of events.

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. >>

Holiday stress avoidance tips from the Employee Assistance Program
Welcome to the holiday season -- that whirlwind of gift-giving holidays, marketing blitzes, holiday parties and activities galore that begins right after Halloween, builds to Thanksgiving, and continues gaining momentum through the end of the year.  Read the holiday tips. >>

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. >>

Concur Government Edition replaces FedTraveler
FEMA is now using Concur Government Edition as its electronic travel system. All travel authorizations and vouchers should be submitted using CGE. Read more. >>

Toys for Tots - Annual Giving Campaign
The 2013 Toys for Tots Campaign will begin November 26 and run through December 11. Read more on how your contribution can help less fortunate children.
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.
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!
DEADLINE TODAY! 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.

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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