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    E-mails and Memos from the past 3 months

    November 19, 2019
    R1S CATT Nomination Memo - Susoense 20 December 2019
    With the evolution of the Rec-One-Stop (R1S) program, including a new contractor for Recreation.gov and the addition of Jason Owen as the new USACE R1S Program Manager (vice Greg Webb), I feel it is timely that we refresh the R1S Coach, Assist & Train Team (CATT). This team has served a vital function by providing assistance to Greg in ensuring the field received outstanding support regarding all aspects of the R1S program. Refreshing the CATT will provide Jason and the field the support needed to ensure we continue to deliver excellent customer service to those who use and rely on Recreation.gov.

    The first attachment is the R1S CATT Charter that has been refreshed. The second attachment is a memo requesting nominations for CATT membership. Nominations are to be sent to Jason Owen, R1S Program Manager (cc'ed on this email), and are to be received NLT 20 Dec 2019. Thank you for your support as we continue to ensure a quality program and outstanding customer service. Jason can be reached at Jason.W.Owen@usace.army.mil and Scott Strotman the HQ POC can be reached at James.S.Strotman@usace.army.mil.

    Jeff

    Jeffrey F. Krause
    Chief, Natural Resources Management
    Operations and Regulatory Division

    November 6, 2019
    News Release - Army Corps of Engineers waives day use fees at recreation areas in observance of Veterans Day

    November 5, 2019
    Veteran's Day - Fee Free Day Memo

    October 28, 2019
    Volunteer Clearinghouse last day: 31 December
    Since 2002, the Corps has been using two volunteer recruitment websites to post volunteer opportunities and match volunteers with Corps projects. The Volunteer Clearinghouse website launched in 1994 and is only used by the Corps. The Volunteer.gov website launched in 2002, and is used by the 10 major Federal land management agencies as a 'one-stop shopping' site for all volunteers. With the Volunteer Clearinghouse contract expiring on 31 December 2019, HQUSACE and the Nashville District (host of the Clearinghouse) have decided to shift away from duplicative websites and solely use the Volunteer.gov site to advertise opportunities and recruit volunteers. The Volunteer.gov website is currently undergoing upgrades through a new contract, with anticipated launch of the updated site and features in the second quarter of FY 20.

    What does this mean for you and our volunteers?

    1. From now until 31 December, we will continue business as usual with volunteer coordinators submitting their opportunities to the Volunteer Clearinghouse for administration by the contractor. Notices will be put up on the Volunteer Clearinghouse website to notify potential volunteers that beginning 1 January 2020, they will need to go to www.volunteer.gov to search for opportunities. The Volunteer Clearinghouse contractor will contact current volunteers in the system to inform them of the change. Project volunteer coordinators should also inform current volunteers of the shift. HQUSACE PAO will develop a press release announcing the changes in late December.

    2. Starting 1 January when the Volunteer Clearinghouse website has been shut down, we will shift to an interim process for a few months where Heather Burke (HQ) and Bobby Jackson (LRN) will be the main POCs for administering Corps volunteer opportunities on Volunteer.gov until a time when we can obtain user licenses and provide training to transition to District Volunteer Coordinators managing the opportunities for field sites within their district. The 1-800-VOL- TEER phone line will still be available to the public (answered by Bobby), along with a new volunteer.gov@usace.army.mil email address that will go to Heather and Bobby.

    Beginning 1 January, project volunteer coordinators should send their opportunities to volunteer.gov@usace.army.mil using the attached "Volunteer.gov I Need a Volunteer- Posting Form". Heather and Bobby will load the opportunities onto the Volunteer.gov website, with the project volunteer POC listed on the opportunity for volunteers to contact directly with questions. Volunteers may submit their applications through the Volunteer.gov website or fill out an OF 301 Volunteer Application and email directly to the project volunteer POC. Applications received through Volunteer.gov will be sent to Heather and Bobby, who will then forward to the project volunteer POC. Heather and Bobby will serve as the main POCs for the Corps for general volunteering questions and will forward queries to District and Project volunteer coordinators as needed.

    3. Late winter/early spring 2020, after the upgraded Volunteer.gov website has launched, user licenses/logins will be sent to District level Volunteer Coordinators, training webinars will be conducted, and online training modules will be provided for District coordinators to learn how to administer the volunteer opportunities for field projects within their districts. The goal will be to have all District Coordinators trained and proficient within 3 months of new website launch to fully run their program. Bobby Jackson and Heather Burke will remain as overall system administrators to elevate issues and questions and will answer the toll free phone number and volunteer.gov@usace.army.mil email.

    October 18, 2019
    Physical Meter Check Online Entry; FY20 Monitoring Method Annual Review  Corps Castle

    October 16, 2019
    Inflatable Life Jackets: Everything You Need To Know Video Just Released
    I'm very pleased to let you know that a new outstanding 9-minute video regarding inflatable life jackets has been released recently by the National Water Safety Program and The Corps Foundation. The video is titled "Inflatable Life Jackets: Everything You Need To Know" and is available on the National Water Safety Program's YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.co m/user/USACEwatersafety)Blocked and DVIDS unit (https://www.dvidshub.net/unit/USACE- WS). To download the video on DVIDS you must register and login first.

    The video was also posted on the National Water Safety Program's Please Wear It Facebook page on Friday, October 11th. Please share this video with friends and followers on your Facebook pages. www.facebook.com/PleaseWearIt

    This video is a great resource that can used to educate and remind employees, visitors, and others on the proper care and maintenance of inflatable life jackets. Anyone that owns or would like to own an inflatable life jacket needs to watch this video. A lot of people including our employees wear inflatable life jackets but they don't know how to properly maintain them, so this video would be great to show at an employee safety meeting, interpretive programs, special events, fishing tournaments, etc and to share with partners.

    This video was developed and produced in cooperation with the Corps of Engineers Natural Resources and Education Foundation utilizing grant funds from the U.S. Coast Guard.

    Thank you for wearing your life jacket and for all that you do to promote water safety!

    Take Care and Be Safe - Pam

    Pam Doty CIG, CIT
    National Water Safety Program Manager, HQUSACE

    October 16, 2019
    VERS Meter Reading Entry - CLOSED; Kudos to those 392 projects that completed the entry process!!  Corps Castle

    October 15, 2019
    15 October Deadline - FY19 Meter Reading Entry Status and Entered Readings  Corps Castle

    October 15, 2019
    FY19 Meter Reading Entry and other deadlines  Corps Castle

    October 11, 2019
    NEW: Corps of Engineers Volunteer Opportunities printable brochure
    The Partnership Advisory Committee has designed two new "U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Volunteer Opportunities" tri-fold brochures. These replace the previous brochure version sent out in 2014. Both new brochure designs contain identical information, but are laid out in a different style. Your office may choose whichever version you prefer to use.

    Each brochure is available in two pdf printing options for your use, attached.

    The local printer files can be printed on an office color printer, using standard 8.5 x 11 letter paper. (Print double-sided, flip on short edge) This version will print with a 1/4" margin around the edges.

    The professional print files can be sent to a professional printing service to print with color bleeds to the edge of the paper (no white margin).

    These will be also be posted on the NRM Gateway Volunteer Clothing, Posters, and Brochures page http://c orpslakes.usace.army.mil/employees/volunteer/clothing.cfm

    Please feel free to contact me, or your division Partnership Advisory Committee member if you have any questions: (NAD-Scott Sunderland; SAD- Francis Ferrell; MVD-Stacy Sigman; LRD-Allison Walker; SWD- Tennille Hammonds; SPD-Taylor Saia; NWD- Heath Kruger)

    Thanks,
    Heather Burke

    October 2, 2019
    Request for Nominations - Environmental Compliance & Sustainability Career Assignment Program (ECS-CAP) S: 15 Nov 2019
    I am pleased to announce the eighth call for nominations under the Environmental Compliance and Sustainability Career Assignment Program (ECS-CAP) at HQUSACE for FY2020. The intent of this program is to provide your emerging leaders with demonstrated interest in the environmental and sustainability aspects of Corps missions an opportunity to serve at the national level in these closely aligned and rapidly evolving program areas.

    I appreciate your ensuring the widest distribution of the attached memo and your support of nominations to this program.

    Please direct any questions to the HQUSACE POCs, John Coho (202-761- 4722) or Marti Sedgwick (202-761-1936).

    VR,
    Lara

    Lara Beasley
    Interim Chief, Environmental Programs

    September 24, 2019
    Revised ER 385-1-91 - Training, Testing, and Licensing for Operators of Class A and Class I Motorboats
    I am pleased to announce that ER 385-1-91, "Training, Testing, and Licensing for Operators of Class A and Class I Motorboats" has been revised and published. COL Kirk E. Gibbs, Chief of Staff, signed the regulation with an effected date of 1 September 2019. The revised regulation is a result of a thorough review of the Corps small boat training program and incorporates the program modifications stipulated in the 1 May 2018 memorandum, "Revised Policy - U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Small Boat Operator Training Program".

    A PDF copy of the regulation is attached. The regulation can also be found on the Publication URL at:

    https://www.publications.usace.army.mil/Portals/76/Publications/EngineerRe gulations/ER-385-1-91.pdf?ver=2019-09-13-152237-213

    A PDT was chartered to conduct the review and to provide recommendations for program modification to HQUSACE for consideration and approval. The PDT did an excellent job in delivering this product and I'd like personally thank the team for a job well done. Their names are below.

    If you have any questions please contact Art Ruebenson, Lead Instructor, Boat License Examiner PROSPECT Course #172 at 772-219-4575, Arthur.J.Ruebenson@usace.army.mil or Stephen Austin, HQ POC, at 202-761- 4489, Stephen.B.Austin@usace.army.mil

    Please distribute as appropriate and please always think safety first!!

    Jeff

    Jeffrey F. Krause
    Chief, Natural Resources Management

    September 17, 2019
    News Release - USACE waives day use fees on National Public Land

    September 16, 2019
    Excellence in Partnerships and Volunteer Award Nomination Requests - S: 06 December 2019
    I'm pleased to request your nominations for an outstanding partner within your area of responsibility for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Excellence in Partnerships Award and outstanding volunteer(s) for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Volunteer Award. These awards, which are co-sponsored by the Corps Foundation, will be presented in the spring of 2020 at the award recipients' locations, in ceremonies that recognize their outstanding partnerships and service to the Corps.

    The Excellence in Partnerships Award began in 2001 and is now in its eighteenth year recognizing exceptional contributions by a partner providing substantial support to the Corps Recreation and/or Environmental Stewardship programs. Each year, the award recipient is selected based on accomplishment of management objectives, creativity, improvements in public awareness and education, serving diverse audiences, and involvement of other partners. The National Volunteer Award began in 2014, and was created to nationally recognize the extraordinary service provided by volunteers, draw attention to their vast skills and contributions, and encourage an attitude of stewardship and responsibility in caring for Corps lands, facilities, and resources. The intent of the award is to distinguish those individuals, couples/family units who give their skills, talents, and time beyond the normal call of duty and whose creditable service to the Corps has resulted in the significant enhancement to one or more of the Corps business lines.

    Nominations must be routed through each District to the MSC. Each MSC recreation/stewardship business line manager will electronically forward nomination packages assembled in accordance with the enclosed criteria and instructions to Taylor Saia, CESPK-CO-N, no later than 06 December 2019. A selection committee will review the nominations and provide me with recommendations for final selection.

    More information about these awards can be found on the NRM Gateway at https://corpslakes.er dc.dren.mil/partners/awards.cfm.

    The POC for this activity is Taylor Saia, SPD Partnership Advisory Committee member, who can be reached via e-mail at taylor.q.saia@usace.army.mil or phone at 209-772-1343.

    Please encourage your staff to nominate worthy partnership and volunteers. Their service is so very valuable to our NRM mission!

    Thank you,
    Jeff

    Jeffrey F. Krause
    Chief, Natural Resources Management

    September 13, 2019
    FY19 Meter Reading Entry and other deadlines  Corps Castle

    September 9, 2019
    NRM Career Assignment Program (CAP) FY20 Announcement Suspense: 25 October 2019
    Please see attached memo, signed by Thomas P. Smith, Chief of Operations and Regulatory Division, announcing the opening of nominations for the FY 2020 Natural Resources Management (NRM) Career Assignment Program (CAP). This program provides an excellent opportunity for our future leaders to gain valuable experiences and insights into the NRM program at the national level and to become familiar with HQUSACE roles and responsibilities.

    There will be two CAP assignments (6-month terms) offered. One is scheduled to run from early February through July 2020 and the other from early July through December 2020. The exact reporting date will be negotiated once selections for the assignments are made. Further explanation of the program and the requirements for submission of nominations is enclosed. Salaries for the CAP assignees will remain the responsibility of their home district or MSC. Travel and full per diem costs will be funded by CECW-CO-N.

    Interested and qualified team members must submit a resume through their supervisor to their district office for consideration. District offices will forward their candidate(s) to their MSC. Each MSC NRM Chief will prepare and send a memorandum endorsing their top two candidates to Stephen B. Austin at HQUSACE, Operations Natural Resources Community of Practice (CECW-CO-N), no later than 25 October 2019. Nominations will not be accepted directly from individuals.

    Please encourage your employees to consider this outstanding opportunity to experience the policy, budget, and decision-making through the organization. Previous CAP's have stated that this was the best experience of their careers and inspired them to consider new directions and building skills and abilities. This program helps to build leadership in the Corps.

    The POC for this program is Stephen B. Austin, CECW-CO-N, 202-761-4489, Stephen.B.Austin@usace.army.mil

    Jeff

    Jeffrey F. Krause
    Chief, Natural Resources Management

    September 9, 2019
    National Boating Federation's National Water Safety Awards
    I would like to take this opportunity to announce a new award program by the National Boating Federation (NBF) that will recognize a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) employee and team for the extraordinary work that they have done to promote water safety and save lives on our nation's waterways. Water safety is one of our top priorities, so this is an excellent opportunity to recognize those that have done a great job promoting water safety by creating and implementing initiatives, utilizing available resources, sharing information effectively, developing partnerships, maintaining and improving recreation facilities, and much more.

    The NBF wishes to honor an outstanding USACE employee and team with a National Boating and Water Safety Award. These awards will be presented annually to recognize an outstanding individual and team for their significant contributions to boating and water safety.

    As stated in the attached criteria, nominations must be submitted through District Operations Chiefs to their respective MSC for consideration. Division Operations Chiefs should submit one nomination for each award to Pam Doty, National Water Safety Program Manager, NLT 06 December 2019. Nominations will be evaluated on the basis of content that should concisely describe innovative performance and specific accomplishments, during the current year only, towards promoting boating and water safety. Pam Doty is the point of contact regarding this award program and can be reached at pamela.j.doty@usace.army.mil or 817-886-1727.

    Thank you for all that you do to promote water safety and save lives!

    Respectfully,
    Jeff

    Jeffrey F. Krause
    Chief, Natural Resources Management

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