News and Announcements (March 17, 2014)

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Message from Administrator Fugate


In the last year, you and your colleagues have participated in crafting FEMA’s strategic direction for the coming years.  More than 100 employees have contributed to the ongoing development of our 2014-2018 Strategic Plan, 40 employees participated in the Clean Slate Project to help re-think FEMA, more than 300 of you joined in-person and panel discussions on topics ranging from mission support to grants to risk management, and hundreds of you participated in last year’s employee viewpoint survey.

There were several recurring themes in these efforts.  You amplified the following:  the importance of investing in our workforce, working smarter, streamlining and simplifying, encouraging and incentivizing national risk reduction and resilience, and the continued need for competent, effective and transparent leadership support.

We heard you.

On March 6th, members of our senior leadership team spent the day at Mount Weather reflecting on your input and defining the Agency’s strategic direction for the coming years.  We reaffirmed the 5 priorities that were established in my Intent document, deliberated on specific initiatives that support the those priorities, and acknowledged collectively that we can’t succeed in any of our priorities without a sustained focus on strengthening our foundation – the FEMA workforce.

You’ll hear more details on our initiatives that cut across the 5 priorities in the coming weeks.  Here’s my biggest takeaway from last week -- we’ve come a long way together the past 5 years, and we have the opportunity to continue to advance our mission in the years ahead.  Thank you.


From the FEMA Blog: Video of the Week

Here’s a great video from Chelsey Smith about her experience surviving a tornado. It’s a reminder of how preparedness can save lives. Chelsey established a response plan at a young age in Alabama at the encouragement of her parents. When a tornado passed through her neighborhood, her family remained safe and unharmed.

View in FEMA Multimedia Library

Spring Cleaning: Send your After Action Reports!

The sun is starting to shine a little longer, flowers are starting to bud on the trees, and there is less and less need for hats and gloves. Spring is finally here! As you begin to think about spring cleaning, consider cleaning out your office files too!

If you have an After Action Report (AAR) you find particularly helpful please share it with the whole community as part of the “ Spring Cleaning AAR Drive.” Help turn your experiences into nation-wide knowledge. You can upload your AARs by clicking here

For additional questions, please contact Jen Sokatch at

Surge Capacity Force Seeking Volunteers

The Surge Capacity Force (SCF) program is seeking volunteers who want to help when the need is greatest in support of natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters, including catastrophic incidents.  The SCF program is currently being rolled out throughout the department and will then be rolled out government-wide.  All volunteers will be trained and utilized in four primary program areas — Logistics, Community Relations, Individual Assistance and Public Assistance. >> Read more.

Region I Awards Ceremony

On Wednesday, March 5, a group of outstanding FEMA Region I employees were ushered into the Regional Administrator’s office and presented with a number of well-deserved regional awards.

The Regional Administrator Award for Teamwork, which recognizes employees who have done excellent work in a collaborative setting, or as part of a group effort, was presented to the following individuals: Laura Hoberg (ORA), Russell Barnes (ORA), Gilbert Ynostroza (MSD), Eugene Wade (MSD), Cynthia Martin (MSD), Michael McDavitt (MSD), Sean Reynolds (MSD), Daisy Sweeney (NP), and Terese Trapani (NP).

In recognition of her outstanding programmatic work, Regional Exercise Manager Lauren DeMarco was presented with the Regional Administrator Award for Programmatic Excellence.

Paul F. Ford, Acting Regional Administrator, thanked each award recipient and presented them with a personalized plaque and a custom FEMA bag.  In conclusion—and with big smiles—these hardworking Region I staffers posed for a picture with Mr. Ford.

Boston, Mass., March 5, 2014 -- FEMA Region I employees receive Regional Administrator Award for Teamwork. Back row: Russell Barnes, Terese Trapani, Eugene Wade, Daisy Sweeney, Lauren DeMarco, Cythia Martin. Front rown: Gilbert Ynostroza, Paul F. Ford, Laura Hoberg. Not pictured: Michael McDavitt, Sean ReynoldsBoston, Mass., March 5, 2014 -- FEMA Region I employees receive Regional Administrator Award for Teamwork. Back row: Russell Barnes, Terese Trapani, Eugene Wade, Daisy Sweeney, Lauren DeMarco, Cythia Martin. Front rown: Gilbert Ynostroza, Paul F. Ford, Laura Hoberg. Not pictured: Michael McDavitt, Sean Reynolds
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FEMA is currently hiring a Supervisory Program Specialist for the National Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT)

E337 Posting Integrated Financial Management Information System (IFMIS) Transactions Course Available

The Emergency Management Institute is offering on April 22 -24, 2014. This is a comprehensive three-day course to teach the fundamentals of using IFMIS for data entry, data viewing and reporting. 

Course Objectives:

  • Learn background and theory of FEMA financial management.
  • Learn the coding of information in the Accounting Classification Code Structure (ACCS).
  • Learn and understand the handling of financial data and functions of IFMIS, particularly in disaster situations.
  • Provide a foundation of knowledge and skills for optimal job performance.

To Apply:

Complete a General Admissions Application, FEMA Form 119-25-1, with your signature and signature of supervisor or Reservist Program Manager, and mail, fax or email it to:

NETC Admissions Office (Room I-216)
National Emergency Training Center
16825 South Seton Avenue
Emmitsburg, MD  21727-8998
Phone: (301) 447-1035
Fax: (301) 447-1658

Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.  For further enrollment information, refer to the EMI website.

New Business Rules for Open Obligations

The Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO) issued CFO Bulletin #157, Business Rules for Managing Open Obligations on March 4, 2014.  The Bulletin establishes procedures for timely review and, as appropriate, de-obligation of open obligations and undelivered orders (UDOs) to more accurately reflect balances in financial reporting. 

Based on the business rules set forth in CFO Bulletin #157, the following obligation types are subject to closure by the OCFO.  Balances or obligations using prior fiscal year funds that have had no payments will be de-obligated on March 31, 2014.

  • Disaster Fleet Cards (fuel)
  • Travel
  • Non-Contractual Training (SF-182)
  • Credit Cards and Purchase Cards
  • Permanent Change of Station
  • Bills of Lading
  • Government Printing Office
  • Closed UDOs with Balances Remaining due to Accounts Receivable transactions

The OCFO, in partnership with FEMA programs and offices conducts a quarterly analysis of all open obligations.  The following must be de-obligated by the responsible programs and offices:

  • Community Disaster Loans
  • Contracts, Disaster Leases, and Procurement-Based Interagency Agreements
  • Non-Disaster Grants
  • Mission Assignments

We are grateful to several of our customers and stakeholders whose feedback and suggestions shaped this final product, and encourage everyone to read the bulletin in its entirety for additional information, including when and where programs and offices can view their quarterly UDO list.







Last Updated: 
07/24/2014 - 16:00
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