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Collaboration Between Forest Service, Industry, Academia Brings Commercialization of Cellulosic Nanomaterials Closer to Reality

GEICO’s Good Stuff is a column series highlighting great stuff happening in the federal community. 

A new report borne from a workshop that brought together stakeholders and experts from industry, academia, and government details the pathway to commercializing affordable, renewable, and biodegradable cellulose nanomaterials from trees.

"This report is yet another important step toward commercializing a material that can aid in restoring our nations' forests, provide jobs, and improve products that make the lives of Americans better every day," said U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell. "The Forest Service plans to generate greater public and market awareness of the benefits and uses for these naturally-occurring nanomaterials."

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Help Feds in Need—Support FEEA's Bill Bransford Helping Hands Fund

During this year’s Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) – join the effort of feds helping feds!

Consider contributing to the Bill Bransford Helping Hands Fund, which provides grants to federal employees in need for whom repayment of even a no-interest FEEA (Federal Employee Education & Assistance Fund) loan would create an undue hardship.

Bill Bransford, of the law firm Shaw Bransford & Roth P.C. and the publisher of the FEDmanager and FEDagent newsletters, passed away in September 2013. He also was a long time FEEA Board member.

"Bill was known as a champion of the federal workforce and dedicated his profession to advocating on their behalf. This fund recognizes that dedication and ensures that his legacy continues to truly help those in need. He'd approve, and ask you to join him in support," said Debra Roth, longtime law partner at Shaw Bransford & Roth, upon creation of the Fund.

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Court of Federal Claims Issues Order Conditionally Certifying Shutdown Case as a Collective Action

On July 31, 2014, the United States Court of Federal Claims partially denied the Government’s motion to dismiss the claims of a group of federal employees who were declared “excepted” (or “essential”) and who had sued the government on October 24, 2013, on claims that the Government violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA) during the government shutdown. After the denial of the Government’s motion to dismiss, the employees worked with the Government’s representatives and discussed whether and how to give notice to government workers covered by the lawsuit of their right to join the case.  The parties reached agreement on October 10, 2014. On October 16, 2014, the claims court Judge entered an Order conditionally certifying the case as a collective action, adopting the parties’ proposed forms of Notice, the proposed Consent to Join form, and the plan for giving notice, with modifications.

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Five "Dos and Don'ts" For An Effective SES Application

1. Don’t use the word “I” in your resume. Instead, drop the “I” (implied first-person point of view) and begin sentences with active verbs, such as “Developed,” “Directed,” “Led,” “Oversaw,” etc.

2. Don’t spend too much space in your resume on positions older than 10 years. Instead, focus your work history on the past decade or so, and then summarize any earlier positions by listing the start and end years, job titles, organizations, and perhaps a brief explanation of your scope of responsibility.

3. Do use the word “I” throughout your Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and Technical Qualifications (TQ). These first-person narratives should represent a collection of your top career accomplishments.

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