2015 End Of Year Package (EOYP) Update
As the 2015 EOYP hits the final weeks, CPC is happy to report that roughly 84% of the NOAA Corps officers have started their Package. And congratulations and thanks go to the 60% that have submitted their EOYP! As a reminder, the EOYP cutoff is FEBRUARY 29, 2016.
Additionally, once you complete your EOYP, you will see an orange icon within your OPF while CPC is processing your results. If additional documentation is needed on any items, CPC will contact you.
Please contact LT Lindsay Morrison with any questions or concerns at Lindsay.Morrison@noaa.gov.
Important Digital OER Information
While the newly approved digital OER process has been a success in saving time and money by making the process more efficient, CPC has recently realized some problems with a few digital OER signatures as well as the transmission of sensitive PII without proper protection.
The three main issues are:
- The actual digital part of the digital signature from some individuals is not showing up as Valid,
- The visual representation of some digital signatures are not showing name, DOD ID number and time stamp, and
- CAC enabled digital signatures, when connected to a performance plan with ratings is considered sensitive PII which means we need to send them via Accellion or some other secure means.
Please go to Important Digital OER Information page for more details. A webinar will be held soon to give more guidance and answer questions. For critical questions feel free to call CDR Devin Brakob, Chief OCMD at 301-713-7748 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Health Alert: Zika Virus
The Florida Department of Health and the CDC have identified an emerging mosquito-borne illness known as the Zika virus. This mosquito-borne virus is transmitted by an infected mosquito (Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week. Symptoms include: low-grade fever, headache, vomiting, flat, red rash on the skin covered with small bumps merging together, painful joints, and conjunctivitis (also known as "pink eye").
Outbreaks of the Zika virus have been seen in sub-tropical areas such as Africa, Asia, Caribbean, South and Central America and is slowly migrating north with local transmission reported in Puerto Rico. Travel to these locations has been assigned Alert Level 2 by the CDC which means travelers should follow enhanced precautions. This means there is increased risk in defined settings or associated with specific risk factors; certain high-risk populations may wish to delay travel to these destinations (https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices). Three cases have already been reported in Florida; even one in Hillsborough County, FL. The Zika virus has serious implications in pregnant women. The Ministry of Health of Brazil has reported that exposure to the Zika virus has been linked to an increase in microcephaly of newborns (small size head in relation to the body).
Travel to any of the affected areas is not advised for women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant. All individuals exhibiting the above symptoms must immediately contact your primary care provider for testing and a definitive diagnosis.
Travelers going to the Caribbean, South America, or other areas with ongoing transmission, should ensure that you take the following mosquito precautions: applying insect repellent with active ingredients of DEET(up to 30 %), Picardin, permethrin to clothing, wearing long sleeves/long pants, sleeping in an area with screened-in windows or using a bed net if sleeping outside.
For more information about Zika Travel Information and travel health notices visit: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices and https://www.cdc.gov/zika/index.html
Vote: Election Season 2016
The spring primary election season is fast approaching. Depending on your state of residence, your primary elections could be happening any time between 6 Feb and late April (CT is 4/26).
Fortunately, absentee voting is quicker and easier than ever before - even for procrastinators. The Federal Voting Assistance Program maintains a great website that can provide you with all the information you need to get your ballot cast and counted.
Please visit https://www.fvap.gov to get started.
Reminder for Planning and Obtaining Health Care
NOAA Corps officers are required to familiarize themselves with sick leave, convalescent leave and maternity leave policies and procedures covered in the NOAA Corps Directives (NCD), Chapter 6, Part 4. Since NOAA Corps follows the medical guidelines set forth in the USGC Medical Manual (COMDTINST M6000.1F August 2014; https://www.uscg.mil/directives/cim/6000-6999/CIM_6000_1F.pdf) regarding medical fitness for duty, NOAA Corps officers should consult this resource as well.
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Uniform and Awards Board
The current term for the Uniform and Awards Board (UAB) is coming to an end and CPC is seeking new membership. The current UAB structure enables virtual Board membership so membership is open to all officers in the rank of O2 and above. The NOAA Corps UAB provides the Director, NOAA Corps with recommendations for awards, decorations and uniforms. The UAB is comprised of no less than three active duty officers appointed by the Director. Membership typically consists of eight or nine officers. A senior member of the UAB is appointed the Chair and is responsible for arranging and organizing the meetings as well as managing minutes of the meeting and debriefing the Director as necessary. UAB duties primarily include reviewing and making recommendations to the Director of qualifying award nominations. The UAB convenes once a month and membership is for 18 months.
Additional UAB duties are outlined in NOAA Corps Directive, Chapter 10, Section 10010. If you are interested in joining the UAB, please contact Katherine Raymond at email@example.com by COB Friday, February 20, 2016. The newly appointed UAB will convene in March for an overlap Board with the outgoing team.