FEMA Weekly Bulletin - February 14, 2013

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Message from Tonya Schreiber, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer and Program Manager for the Workplace Transformation initiative.

The Workplace Transformation Town Hall Meetings Have Begun - This week three Town Hall meetings were conducted for managers and supervisors.  These meetings provided an overview on the future of the “mission-centric” mobile work environment and aimed at addressing misconceptions supervisors and managers may have -- especially as they guide their staffs through this transition.

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Employee News and Announcements

  • Administrator Craig Fugate - spoke to a group of training and education representatives who were gathered for the First Annual Internal Training Integration Workshop held Feb. 5 – 7 at the Emergency Management Institute.
  • Join us for Telework Week 2013. Mobile Work Exchange will host the third annual Telework Week.  Telework Week is a week-long, global effort to encourage agencies, organizations, and individuals to pledge to telework.  For additional information please visit Mobileworkexchange.
  • Community Relations - has proven to be a great asset supporting disaster survivors and operations. One of the great innovations from this past disaster included the ability of deployed teams to meet disaster survivors in their community and assist with registration and status inquiries for Individual Assistance.
  • Department of Homeland Security announces new “Know Before You Go” traveler facilitation website - To better serve the traveling public, Department of Homeland Security is developing the “Know Before You Go” website to address common traveler questions like what items can pass through Transportation Security Administration checkpoints, tips when traveling across the U.S. border, and information for travelers with special needs.
  • 2013 Annual Payroll updates and W-2 availability - The 2013 taxable earnings year is from pay period 26, beginning Dec. 16, 2012, through pay period 24, ending Dec. 13, 2013. See link for available payroll calendar NFC.USDA.gov.
  • Guidance for restoration of 2012 forfeited annual leave - This document serves as guidance for timekeepers, employees and supervisors regarding forfeiture and restoration of annual leave for the year of 2012 which ended on Jan. 12.
  • Preparations for Potential Sequestration On March 1 - Last week, DHS circulated a memo to all employees titled, Preparations for Potential Sequestration on March 1. The purpose of the memo was to advise employees on the potential for cross-the-board budget cuts and the Department’s planning to execute such cuts.
  • The FedTraveler.com booking and reservation system will undergo system maintenance on Sunday, Feb. 17, from 12:01 to 5:00 a.m. EST. During this time, users will be unable to access the booking and reservations component of FedTraveler.com, however, all other functions will be available.

Training and Career Development Opportunities

Detail and Rotational opportunities - The FEMA Internal Rotation Program is a professional development program designed to engage and strengthen the FEMA workforce. The breadth and depth of an employee’s organizational knowledge will be enhanced as he/she participates in the Rotation Program. 

  • New* Office of Chief Counsel - Economist, GS-9 to GS-13 - Under varying levels of supervision, analyze regulatory actions in accordance with the principles and requirements outlined in Executive Order 12866 and 13563, Regulatory Flexibility Act, and OMB Circular A-4. Closes: March 1
  • New* Office of Chief Counsel - Statistician, GS-9 to GS-13 - Under varying levels of supervision, analyze regulatory actions in accordance with the principles and requirements outlined in Executive Order 12866 and 13563, Regulatory Flexibility Act, and OMB Circular A-4. Closes: March 1
  • Office of External Affairs Deputy Director of Public Affairs, GS-14 to GS-15. FEMA’s Office of Public Affairs is looking for an energetic person to assist the Division of Public Affairs Director and key staff officials.  Closes:  March 15
  • New* Office of External Affairs Public Affairs Specialist, GS-11 to GS-13 FEMA’s Public Affairs Division is looking for an energetic person to serve on its Internal Communications Team.  This position would assist in the on-going development and support for the agency’s internal communication efforts.  The position will provide great experience in drafting written materials and learning how to incorporate the tools of digital communications (including web and social media platforms).  Closes:  Feb. 28

Deployment Tools and Resources

FEMA Blog Stories and Photos

Fraud, Waste and Abuse

Help FEMA Prevent Fraud, Waste and Abuse.  If you have information about instances of fraud, waste, abuse, or mismanagement involving FEMA programs or operations, you should contact the DHS OIG Hotline at: 1-800-323-8603; by fax at 202-254-4297.

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07/24/2014 - 16:00
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