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September is National Preparedness Month

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

The month of September is National Preparedness Month.

Federal, state, and local agencies, as well as companies, non-profits, community organizations, and individual citizens are banding together to ensure communities are prepared for natural and man-made disasters.

First launched in 2013, America’s PrepareAthon! is a nationwide,  community-based campaign to increase emergency preparedness and resilience through hazard-specific drills, group discussions, and exercises.

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MSPB Mitigates Demotion Based on Misrepresentation Charge to Letter of Warning Due to Inconsistent Penalties

A United States Postal Service Customer Service Supervisor was demoted and reassigned to a different duty station based on one charge of misrepresentation. According to the agency, the employee intentionally and artificially inflated mail volumes on several routes on six different dates in September and October of 2012. The employee appealed the decision to the Merit Systems Protection Board, and an MSPB administrative judge found that the employee intentionally misrepresented mail volume reports on the dates noted in the demotion proposal. To come to this conclusion, the administrative judge relied on the agency’s documentary evidence and witness testimony. After the finding against him, the employee petitioned for review by the full Board, asserting that he was denied a full and fair adjudication process, that the administrative judge’s finding that the agency proved that he intentionally misrepresented mail volumes was incorrect, and that he was subjected to a disparate penalty compared to other similarly-situated supervisors. On September 9, 2014, the Merit Systems Protection Board affirmed the initial decision, but mitigated the penalty from a demotion and reassignment to a letter of warning and a geographic reassignment.

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An Interview with Tool Control Manager for the Navy at Norfolk Naval Shipyard

As the Tool Control Manager for the Navy at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Laura Herrin oversees the administration of tool policy. She operates nine tool rooms and two repair sections which provide virtually every hand tool, power tool, and calibrated tool, along with the safety equipment to support ship repair at the shipyard and at forward sites which include the Navy Base in Norfolk and Kings Bay in Georgia. She also holds the title of Resource Manager, which makes her responsible for hiring, promotion, and appraisals, along with determining where each employee is best suited within the organization.

Q: What is the best leadership lesson you've learned?

A: The best leadership lesson I have learned is to delegate jobs to the correct level and stop doing my people’s work for them.   

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