Epidemic Intelligence Service officers serve as the disease detectives when an outbreak happens.
OPM sent a memo encouraging federal managers to minimize travel to regions affected by Zika, suggesting teleconferencing as an alternative.
Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller is reporting this week from the National Contract Management Association’s World Congress in Dallas. He reports on CDC contracting, GSA’s FedSIM program and the current status of DoD’s new services acquisition policy.
The government wants to go green and it’s soliciting employee suggestions to help do it. It’s a top-to-bottom effort though, as federal agencies also released their annual sustainability plans and the President announced a new GreenGov Symposium.
The Ebola outbreak has forced the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention into overdrive. About 100 staff members are in West Africa. Hundreds of other employees are working at the agency’s emergency operations center in Atlanta. Still more are working stateside to protect Americans from Ebola or just picking up extra work so their colleagues can focus on the disease. Ted Pestorius is a management officer for the CDC’s National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, where his focus is on the center’s employees. Emily Kopp caught up with him at NIH this week, at a conference where he was speaking about ways supervisors can support their employees. She asked Pestorius how is the CDC supporting these employees, and what concerns he hears the most about their well-being?
The CDC staff working to stem the Ebola outbreak are “overachievers, hyperachievers and superachievers,” according to one manager. The agency is taking steps to prepare those employees both physically and mentally for a long crisis.
This week, the award for Federal Employee of the Year went to Dr. Rana Hajjeh for her contributions at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Her work with vaccines will save the lives of about 7 million children by 2020. The Service to America Medals gala on Monday also featured several young federal employees who might earn that honor for themselves one day. Tim McManus is Vice President for Education and Outreach at the Partnership for Public Service. He was at the Sammies Awards. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said he sees some special potential from this year’s finalists in the Call to Serve category.
The Partnership for Public Service named the winners of the 13th Annual Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals. Dr. Rana Hajjeh and a team from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were honored for promoting the immunization of children worldwide to prevent the spread of the Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) virus.
Working with a public-private team, James D. Green recommended 10 crash safety standards or practices to be used for ambulances and their equipment.
An ambulance crash in Texas that killed everyone inside but the driver is the latest incident to expose safety problems in the vehicles of first responder. New emergency crash standards can hopefully reduce that risk. James Green is project officer of the Division of Safety Research at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He’s a finalist for a Service to America medal in the Citizen Services category. He created ten new safety standards for ambulances and tells Francis Rose on In Depth what inspired their creation. View a photo gallery of all Sammies finalists. Read a Q&A and read a related article.