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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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Army Changes Security Regulation after Termination of Employee for Anonymous Posts Relating to Sexual Orientation

The Department of the Army terminated a civilian employee after his “anonymous online posts” were discovered by his supervisors and coworkers. Those posts mentioned the employee’s sexual orientation. Army Regulation (“AR”) 380-67 provides that certain sexual behaviors “could raise a security concern and may be disqualifying.” Among those behaviors listed is “sexual behavior of a public nature and/or that which reflects lack of discretion or judgment.” On October 16, 2014, the Office of Special Counsel announced that the Department of the Army, after an OSC investigation, had modified AR 380-67 to state that “[n]o adverse inference concerning the standards in the Guideline may be raised solely on the basis of the sexual orientation of the individual.”

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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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