Although the VLTP is a great tool, FEMA should offer a Voluntary Leave Bank option for employees. This is a great program and is more like a leave insurance program. Basically, you donate one pay periods worth of annual leave at the beginning of each year. Most employees will never need to utilize the bank, but if a medical issue arises, participants in the FEMA Leave Bank program can request leave from the bank. ...more »
From a staff perspective, staff being in response and outside of grants, it appears that Grant packages are developed with FEMA assistance, but we internally do not collaborate on the applications being submitted. If we are to provide technical assistance in grant preparation, we should leverage work done in catastrophic planning and use those ideas to develop and provide grant opportunities. We also should be more ...more »
Instead of spending money to maintain regional IMATs who in the last few years are being kept on small PA disasters to "justify" their positions, use these resources as envisioned...for response. The "professionalizing" of emergency management where every FEMA employee is to be an emergency manager is not served when fixed regional teams are deployed for any disasters, even those that could be rune "virtually". Suggest ...more »
Require professional and civil behavior of managers, especially in disaster work. The U.S. Forest Service reportedly screens their employees prior to deployment by ensuring that they have demonstrated "calm and professionalism" over time in their training and in fire fighting.
FEMA’s primary role is to deliver services that are in the public’s best interest, especially in the areas of preparedness and disaster recovery grants. Our work is highly transactional, complex and it’s surrounded by uncertainty, which can lead to a break down in communications, internal controls and potentially at risk for waste, fraud, and abuse of taxpayer funds. I would like to see the agency create a program ...more »
In PA recent people hired do not have any background in infrastructure so that when they are sent out to inspect and report on damage to infrastructure they do not have the knowledge necessary to accurately describe the damage using the common vernacular for the particular facility, be it a hospital or a county road. Consequently when it comes to writing up the applicant's grant there is much confusion and revisiting ...more »
Please look at FEMA’s oversight of NFIP communities' enforcement of their flood damage prevention ordinances, especially following disasters. Communities agreed to enforce these ordinances in exchange for FEMA's flood insurance. Our flood insurance has historically paid for rebuilding damaged structures exactly the way they were before the damage even though our own insurance data and substantial damage technical assistance ...more »
Please look at FEMA’s oversight of NFIP communities' enforcement of their flood damage prevention ordinances, especially following disasters, which they have agreed to enforce in exchange for FEMA's flood insurance. Our flood insurance has historically paid for rebuilding damaged structures exactly the way they were before the damage even though our own insurance data and substantial damage technical assistance records ...more »
In the wake of the DL 4277, and Hurricane Matthew, we experienced a surge in the need to have trained personnel to take Registrations for survivors. In order to maintain a certain level of readiness, everyone could become an RI agent, much the same way that in the Marines, everyone is a rifleman first, or in the army, everyone is a Soldier first, then they have their specialty. That being said, in order to better serve ...more »
Consider making telework consistent across Regions, Headquarters, and with other federal agencies.
Consider maxi-flex and similar work schedules, which other federal agencies have had for 20+ years. This could enhance employee morale and offset the requirement to deploy and be on call 24-7 without compensation.
Please consider a Work/Rest Policy similar to the one utilized by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group, which includes numerous federal agencies, and that has been in place for at least 20 years.