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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Social Media Emergency Management: Temporary FEMA Assignment

 #DHS - #FEMA #SMEM Update 
Support FEMA in its Effort to Build a Stronger, More Resilient Nation
Are you an employee of a state, local, or tribal government, institution of higher education, or a non-profit organization interested in lending your expertise to the Federal government in 2013 and then returning to your previous position? A temporary assignment has recently become available for individuals interested in working with states and local communities to prepare citizens for natural and man-made disasters. This year, FEMA is launching a national campaign to build and sustain disaster preparedness throughout the country, and is seeking expertise to assist this effort within the FEMA Regions. This posting is being made available through theIntergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) Mobility Program, which allows eligible applicants to work for the Federal government for up to one year and then return to their previous positions.  Salary is paid to your host agency or organization by the Federal Government.  Responsibilities include supporting drills and exercises that involve the public and non-government organizations, working with States and local communities to update preparedness messaging and communications to the public, helping grassroots preparedness programs to build more resilient communities, and engaging youth-serving, faith-based, private sector, disability advocacy, and other organizations in preparedness activities and programs.
The goal of the Intergovernmental Personnel Act mobility program is to facilitate the movement of employees, for short periods of time, when this movement serves a sound public purpose. Mobility assignments may be used to achieve objectives such as:
  • Strengthening the management capabilities of Federal agencies, State, local and Indian tribal governments, and other eligible organizations;
  • Assisting the transfer and use of new technologies and approaches to solving governmental problems;
  • Facilitating an effective means of involving state and local officials in developing and implementing Federal policies and programs; and,
  • Providing program and developmental experience which will enhance the assignee's performance in his or her regular job.
We are specifically looking for applicants from the following metropolitan area(s): 
Additional information on the IPA program, including eligibility, can be found here: note that while we are able to pay your salary, you will not be reimbursed for per diem or relocation expenses.   

If you are eligible and interested in this opportunity, please contact the name associated with the city above.  Please submit your resume by August 15th.  Due to a high level of interest, we may not be able to reply to all applicants.  Selections will be made bySeptember 4, 2012.


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