We heard you!
Each year the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (EVS) assesses the needs of FEMA employees and provides invaluable data for action planning to improve FEMA’s human capital policies and practices. In 2013, there were several recurring themes in the EVS analysis including 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.
Learning and development are integral components of work performance, job satisfaction and career advancement. Learning and development is also inherently tied to the Agency’s mission and the Administrator’s Intent.
Recognizing the importance of investing in our workforce and work teams, the Employee Development Division (EDD), headed by Dr. Cheryl Seminara, is tasked with developing new programs and resources that enable employees to take full ownership of their careers and career paths as well as improve the overall performance of the agency. These programs and resources include: employee development workshops; a leadership development book club; monthly webinars; numerous classroom-based workshops; a full library of online training; a new mentoring program; rotation assignments; higher education programs; and a variety of competitive leadership programs. Additionally, the EDD is introducing new Individual and Executive Development Plans (IDP and EDP) that will give you and your supervisor the opportunity to assess your learning needs an explore a variety of developmental opportunitie.s
Employees who wish to research and review more career development planning tools should contact Dr. Seminara at Cheryl.email@example.com or by phone at (202) 646-3777 or the Employee Development Division mailbox at firstname.lastname@example.org. Individuals are always welcome to participate in a scheduled online workshops and training sessions. Sessions are announced on the front page of on.FEMA.net, through the FEMA Weekly Bulletin, and through weekly announcements to all training points of contact and executive officers.
Photos from the 2013 Administrator's Awards Ceremony
On February 27th the 2013 Administrator’s Awards Ceremony took place at FEMA headquarters in the NRCC to recognize employees from all across FEMA who have gone above and beyond their daily work in support of the FEMA mission. To view and/or download photos from the ceremony please click here.
Creation of External Coordination and Liaison Unit
FEMA has an opportunity to better integrate and improve the Agency’s ability to articulate and advocate for strategic resource requirements with both the Executive (DHS and OMB) and Legislative Branches (Appropriations Committees). To achieve this end, the Office of External Affairs (EA) and the Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO), with FEMA senior leadership support, are partnering to create a new External Coordination and Liaison Unit within OCFO.
During its initial implementation, this unit will be organized under the Deputy Chief Financial Officer, Tom Lowry, working in close collaboration with Budget Director Evan Farley and the Budget staff, External Affairs, and the FEMA Programs and Offices. This unit will be able to deliver, proactively and on-demand, timely and fully integrated budget, resource, and appropriations information to our Executive and Legislative Branch stakeholders. The Appropriations Liaison function is in the process of transferring from the Congressional Affairs Division (CAD) to OCFO to be fully incorporated into this unit, which will create a more integrated agency-wide structure to handle all budget matters.
To facilitate the transition, we have made several interim staff changes, and other changes are under review. With OCFO’s big thanks, CAD Deputy Director Pamela Williams will be on temporary detail to OCFO to ensure on-going operations, coordination, and to begin to establish structure and process for the OCFO team that will be assuming the Appropriations Liaison function. Also, for at least the next six months, Chelsea D’Angona, Special Assistant to the CFO, has graciously accepted an offer to help kick-start and build this new unit given her background and expertise, which includes time working for the Senate Budget Committee and FEMA Budget Planning and Analysis Division. Finally, the OCFO is nearing selection of a permanent unit chief who should enter on-duty within the next 60 days, and we have other actions under way to align resources (temporarily or permanently) to support the time-sensitive and active work of this new unit, especially given our continual budget seasons.
As we all know, coordination is key, and these functions will require recurring, frequent interaction and support from the OCFO and EA teams, as well as FEMA programs and offices. We thank you for your ongoing support as we create a single, centrally-managed unit that is focused full-time on understanding and effectively communicating FEMA's strategic resource needs not only to Congress, but also to our OMB and DHS stakeholders. We look forward to keeping you updated on our progress towards ensuring the success of this critical function, and also thank all who have been involved previously in efforts to keep these important stakeholders informed.
First FEMA Incident Workforce Academy Class Graduates
The Federal Emergency Management Agency recently congratulated the first graduating class of the FEMA Incident Workforce Academy, an emergency preparedness class to ensure FEMA employees are prepared in the event of a national emergency.
“Every FEMA employee is an emergency manager who may be called upon to deploy in response to a disaster,” Chief of the Mission Support Branch Melissa Weida Ventresca said. “We want to make sure every employee is trained and ready for those responsibilities.”
FIWA is a two-week training initiative for all FEMA employees to prepare them for possible deployment. Forty five FEMA employees graduated from the class last week, including full-time FEMA employees, reservists and Cadre of On-Call Response-Recovery employees.
“The intent is to ensure that no matter what role you play in FEMA’s mission, you are trained and ready to deploy,” Ventresca said. “This course makes sure everyone is receiving the same training. It’s also a great networking opportunity. FEMA employees who serve in different capacities across the country get to meet and learn from each other.”
FIWA was created through a joint effort between the Emergency Management Institute, the Incident Workforce Management Division and the Center for Domestic Preparedness. Nine additional FIWA courses are scheduled throughout 2014 and will be held at the CDP.
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