Update on the FEMA Reservist Program

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Over the last several months, FEMA has made great strides in being more active and inclusive with our employee communication…especially as it pertains to those who are part of our reservist program. Using all the tools at our disposal, we’re even including the use of the FEMA blog to help ensure we’re providing information to our workforce in a timely fashion.

After the Town Hall meetings and Think Tank sessions, we have received e-mails from many of you suggesting that the Response Directorate stay in touch with you about the Disaster Assistance Employee transition to the Reservist Program. This blog will be a quick and direct way to do that. As the opening of the application process for the Reservist Program is fast-approaching, we have scheduled a webinar to share an overview of the application process and to provide resources to keep you informed during the transition.

First and foremost, we are committed to making sure that you know how to apply to the new Reservist Program, are aware of how these changes may affect you, and how you can get more information. Maintaining open lines of communication will continue to be a top priority as we move forward with the Reservist Program.

Staying Informed
There are several ways that you can continue to receive information on the Reservist Program.

  • Bob’s Blog – we started this blog section with you in mind, to provide a public place for you to receive information on all topics related to the Disaster Workforce Transformation.
  • The Employee Information and Resource Center Page at www.fema.gov/employees - this page is a great one-stop shop where you can find announcements, timelines, and videos. We posted step-by-step instructions for the application process—so be sure to download those.
  • The FEMA Weekly – another great place to find announcements and information about the transition. If you aren’t subscribed via e-mail, you can find the most recent newsletters posted to www.fema.gov/employees.
  • The FEMA Employee call center--the call center can be reached by calling 1-855-377-FEMA (3362), hours are from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. EDT Monday – Friday.
  • Webinars – to discuss the Reservist Program, we will be conducting ongoing webinars on weekly basis with senior leadership from the appropriate offices. Be sure to closely monitor your e-mail or visit the employee resource page for upcoming dates and times.

I hope to hear from during one of the upcoming webinars, and look forward to sharing more news about the Reservist Program as it becomes available. In the meantime, feel free to post a comment below or visit the employee page on fema.gov for more information.

Last Updated: 
06/22/2012 - 12:46
Posted on Tue, 06/05/2012 - 12:36
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Tom Morello:

I understand that the conditions of employment ( t...

I understand that the conditions of employment ( the old DAE policy 8600.1) is being revised significantly. I am hoping that the revised policy will be approved and distributed prior to the application date of 6/15 so that DAEs can see what those changes are and make an informed decision regarding whether or not they wish to apply for a position in the new reservist cadre. Is that going to be the case, or will we just sally forth blindly?
Susan Shelden-Cohen:

1.If you are currently a DAE with an FQS qualified...

1.If you are currently a DAE with an FQS qualified status for the job you are applying for what additional paperwork besides an application is required?<br /><br />2.When are the new conditions of employment going to be posted?
Anonymous:

Clarifiction please on applying for a second job t...

Clarifiction please on applying for a second job title for which we may also be qualified. <br />First, we need to apply for both positions separately? <br />Second, will we then need two resumes? <br />Third, Do you want only FEMA related experience as to the number of disasters, types, and our titles on the FEMA disasters worked which apply towards the additional job(s) titles?
Anonymous:

How sad it is that you did not anticipate how many...

How sad it is that you did not anticipate how many DAEs would be interested in their future with FEMA that the 6/5 Webinar crashed. What's wrong with this picture?
Mary Davis:

What good is a blog if no one answers the question...

What good is a blog if no one answers the questions posted? <br />I would think that the first question posted 6/5 would have a comment by now by someone 'in the know' on the timeframe of publication for that document. <br />I would appreciate some sign that this isn't just a placebo for DAE/Reservists thinking they have input, but no one is watching.....

Thanks for contacting us. We will try our best to ...

Thanks for contacting us. We will try our best to share the new Conditions of Employment for the Reservist Program by June 15.

Thanks for your question. Your resume, FQS Notific...

Thanks for your question. Your resume, FQS Notification letter for DAEs who have been rated under FQS, and OF-306 Declaration for Federal Employment are the only required documents for the application process. A PDF writeable version of the OF-306 can be obtained at http://www.opm.gov/Forms/pdf_fill/OF306.pdf. We will also try our best to share the new Conditions of Employment for the Reservist Program by June 15.

Thanks for contacting us. Yes, you will need to ap...

Thanks for contacting us. Yes, you will need to apply individually for each position. It is left to the applicant’s discretion if they want to use the same resume for each application or different resumes. The resume should include any and all relevant experience to the position for which you are applying, regardless of the organization for which it was performed.

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