Sunday, December 4, 2016

DHS Reverse Industry Day (January 10, 2017) Register Now in FAITAS!

The next Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Reverse Industry Day (RID) is fast approaching. After the overwhelming success of the first and second RIDs, the Office of the Chief Procurement Officer will be hosting a third event on Tuesday, January 10, 2017.  This full-day event is a unique opportunity to engage with industry representatives to learn more about industry processes and methodologies related to identifying and tracking DHS opportunities, pricing, proposal preparation, and various contract performance considerations.  Past events have featured important topics such as demystifying the private sector, how vendors decide whether to bid (or not) on a solicitation, and factors affecting innovation and the participation of non-traditional vendors.  You will have an opportunity to ask specific questions of the industry panel members and hear from Chief Procurement Officer Soraya Correa as well as other DHS senior leaders about the importance of your role in industry engagement and how it directly supports the DHS mission.

RID is a no-charge, resident event in support of Acquisition Innovations in Motion and the Secretary’s Unity of Effort initiative.  It is designed to improve DHS’s understanding of industry practices related to identifying, tracking, pricing, bidding, winning, and performing on DHS contracts.  The purpose is to provide the acquisition workforce an opportunity to learn about the issues that are most important to industry when doing business with the Department. 

This event will be held on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST and is available for registration via FAITAS; look for FCL-DHS-0041. Step by step registration instructions are below.  Space is limited, and on a first come first serve basis, so register soon.
*Please note that registration MUST be completed by Wednesday, January 4, 2017, before 11:59 pm.  

8 CLPs will be given for participating in this event. 

Date: Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Location of Event: Omni Shoreham Hotel  2500 Calvert St NW, Washington D.C. 20008
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM EST (Registration begins the morning of the event at 8:00 AM)
Parking: Valet available at hotel for $49/day
Metro: Woodley Park-Zoo Metro Station (Red Line)


HOW TO REGISTER IN FAITAS:
·        Login to FAITAS - https://faitas.army.mil/faitas
·        Click “Manage Career/Training/Search for Training” link
·        Select the top-right radio button under the Standard Search to “Order by Course Number”
·        Select “Course ID” from the drop down list (Example: FCL-DHS-0041), and click submit
·        Select the location (Example: Washington, DC)
·        Click on the Class # (Example # 001)
·        Then click on “Submit Request” button at bottom of page


Best regards,


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2017 Presidential Inauguration. Work in D.C.? Do you really want to got to work that day?

Federal employees in the Washington, D.C. metro area only will have to report to work for three days during the week of Jan. 16.

The Office of Personnel Management confirmed the plan is for federal workers to be off on inauguration day, Jan. 20. 

Acting OPM Director Beth Cobert wrote a memo explaining that every federal employee around the country will be off on Jan. 16 in commemoration of Martin Luther King Day.


Additionally, she said federal employees who work in the “Inauguration Day area,” which is defined in law as the District of Columbia, Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties in Maryland, Arlington and Fairfax Counties in Virginia, and the cities of Alexandria and Falls Church in Virginia, will be off on Jan. 20 as well.

“The legislative history states that the holiday was established to allow employees working in the inauguration day area to attend the nearby inaugural ceremonies and to avoid the traffic problems and work disruptions that would occur if employees were required to report for duty,” Cobert wrote.
OPM also clarified how telework agreements will work on Jan. 20.

Employees who are scheduled to telework on inauguration day at a location within the DC metro area are off that day no matter where their official worksite is located.

Employees who are scheduled to telework on inauguration day at a location outside the DC metro area are not on vacation that day, again, no matter where their worksite is located.

Additionally, agencies are strongly encouraged to let federal employees telework or work an alternative work schedule the other three days of the week.


“In addition, federal employees who work in the downtown Washington, DC, area and its vicinity should expect significant commuting delays and travel disruptions on Wednesday, January 18 and Thursday, January 19 due to extensive road closures, mass transit changes, motorcades, and the establishment of security perimeters,” Cobert wrote. “To help alleviate traffic congestion and minimize distraction to law enforcement and security officials, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is urging agencies to permit employees to use their workplace flexibility options on Wednesday, 

January 18 and Thursday, January 19. Accordingly, OPM strongly encourages agencies to allow employees to telework to keep the federal government operating while helping to minimize traffic congestion and support law enforcement efforts during these events. Employees may also request to use their alternative work schedule day off, annual leave, leave without pay, previously earned compensatory time off, and/or earned credit hours under a flexible work schedule.”

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