Wednesday, March 31, 2010

All Hands Consulting is recruiting for on-call disaster response reservists

Reservists Needed

All Hands Consulting is recruiting for on-call disaster response reservists


Reservists are needed to support FEMA’s response to catastrophic disasters or incidents as defined by the Stafford Act. Deployments will be on short notice for up to 30 days or longer and will require long and/or odd hours in support of emergencies and disasters. In some cases, 12 hour shifts seven-days-a week will be expected. The size and scope of the mission will vary based on the geography, scale and magnitude of damage, type of incident, impact on the national security, and the projected number of affected individuals and households, as well as the availability of resources (housing, personnel, supplies, and materials).


Background, job descriptions, and contact information for interested candidates are included below.


Background: Individual Assistance – Technical Assistance Contracts (IA-TAC)

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded Individual Assistance Technical Assistance Contracts (IA-TAC) to support FEMA's implementation of the agency's ESF6 Mass Care/ Emergency Assistance programs as authorized by the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act. Managed by FEMA’s Individual Assistance Branch, one of four regional contracts was awarded to the Partnership for Temporary Housing, LLC (PaTH), a partnership between three federal contractors: DynCorp International (www.dyn-intl.com), Dewberry (www.dewberry.com) and Parsons Infrastructure (www.parsons.com). Under the IATAC III contract, PaTH provides a variety of mission support for people affected by disaster incidents, including emergency sheltering, feeding, evacuation, medical services, security, and more.

All Hands Consulting is a subcontractor to PaTH team member CONOPS Consulting. Our contract includes planning and staffing support for FEMA’s Individual Assistance mission. Together these two firms are responsible for providing reservists to PaTH for mass care/emergency assistance program support. As a part of our preparedness efforts, we are augmenting our existing cadre of part-time and intermittent staff to develop a large force of disaster reservists who will be available and prepared to deploy to perform work for PaTH following catastrophic incidents.

PaTH requires individuals with a variety of skills, experience, and technical capabilities to fulfill this mission. We are filling command and general staff positions for PaTH coordination centers at the national and field level as well as staff to manage and support large emergency shelters (see below). All positions are intermittent (part-time), on-call (rapid deployment), with travel and field work required in most cases). Experience with one or more large-scale disaster relief operations is a plus.

Command and General Staff Positions

Senior command and general staff positions, with mass care, logistics, and incident management experience are needed to fill positions in the following command and control facilities:

1. PaTH National Coordination Center located in Falls Church, Virginia.
2. Field Management Team Center located at the disaster site (may be at a base or shelter).
3. Shelter Management Teams located within a shelter facility.

Specific positions are described below.

PaTH National Coordination Center Positions

Located in Falls Church, Virginia.

Applicants should have some mass care knowledge and incident command system training (through ICS 400) and incident management experience. Experience in incident management command and general staff positions required. (Ideally, you should live within reasonable driving distance to the Washington DC metro area.)

PCC Manager (ICS equivalent Incident Commander)

The PCC Manager is responsible for the daily operations at the PCC (national-level coordination center), and leads the PCC Team. Responsible for overall management of the PaTH PCC, establishment of immediate priorities for task order support operations, development of objectives and strategy, organizing and staffing the PCC organization to meet workload demands,
and approval of the incident action plan (IAP).

PCC Deputy Manager (ICS equivalent Operations Chief)


The PCC Deputy Manager is responsible for assisting the PCC Manager with overall management of the PaTH PCC and the establishment of immediate priorities for task order support operations, development of objectives and strategy, organizing and staffing the PCC organization to meet workload demands, and approval of the incident action plan (IAP).

Liaison Officer

The Liaison Officer is responsible for managing and monitoring task order operations and advising the PCC Manager on all matters relating to interagency coordination. Responsible for coordinating continuing contact with cooperating agencies to understand the capabilities, limitations, needs and desires of cooperating agencies, and to identify and resolve any potential interagency problem.

PCC Planning Section Chief

The PCC Planning Section Chief is responsible for collection, evaluation, and dissemination of PaTH response situation information and intelligence to the PCC Manager and PCC management personnel. Assures preparation of status reports, displays situation information, maintains the status of resources assigned to the PaTH response, and prepares and documents the IAP and quality assurance plan, based on Deputy Manager (Operations Section) input and guidance from the Manager; prepares the risk management plan and advises the PCC Manager and other command and general staff on all matters relating to planning for task order operations and support of deployed personnel.

PCC Logistics Section Chief

The PCC Logistics Section Chief is responsible for all logistical support requirements needed to facilitate effective and efficient incident management, including ordering resources from off-incident locations. Provides facilities, security (of the incident command facilities and personnel), transportation, supplies, equipment maintenance and fuel, food services, communications and information technology support, and emergency responder medical services, including inoculations, as required. Responsible for coordinating the systems and procedures necessary to ensure ongoing logistical support for the performance of task orders and implementation of measures to monitor and resolve issues in logistics section activities.

PCC Finance & Admin Section Chief

Responsible for all financial and administrative and cost analysis requirements needed to facilitate effective and efficient incident management. Responsible for coordinating the systems and procedures necessary to ensure ongoing monitoring of multiple task orders and sources of funds, and the accrued cost as the incident progresses; and continued support for the performance of task orders and implementation of measures to monitor and resolve issues in logistics section activities.

Other Positions

Other branch directors and unit leaders will be needed as required by the scope of the incident.

Field Management Team (FMT) Positions

The Field Management Team will be located at the disaster site (may be at a base or shelter).
Applicants must be able to deploy within 12 hours, be on site in 24 hours to western U.S. (including Alaska, Hawaii, and the Pacific Islands). Applicants must have mass care and incident command system (through ICS 400) and incident management experience on large disaster relief operations. Applicants must be able to pass an FBI Background Clearance check and secure a FEMA ID badge. See specific positions below.

The FMT is scalable, based on the size and/ or complexity of the Task Order(s), and may include:

Task Order Manager (TOM) (ICS equivalent Incident Commander)


The TOM is responsible for the daily operations in the field, and leads the Field Management Team. The TOM will ensure that technical and financial objectives are achieved in accordance with the Task Order and FEMA policies and authorities. Depending upon the nature of the Task Order and work to be performed, the FMT may include technical specialists and subject matter experts to support the TOM in operational planning and execution.

Deputy Task Order Manager (DTOM) (ICS equivalent Operations Section Chief)


The DTOM is responsible for operational execution of the Task Order and components. The DTOM is responsible for managing the daily activities of the QC Specialists to ensure that they perform their duties in accordance with IATAC III contract Task Orders.

Senior Disaster Response Specialist (ICS equivalent Planning Section Chief)


The Disaster Response Specialist works with operations and logistics to plan for the next operational period and identify resources needed to accomplish the goals of that operational period.

Logistics Manager (ICS equivalent Logistics Section Chief)


The Logistics Manager is responsible for coordinating PaTH personnel, transportation, hotel accommodations, and property control records for all furnished equipment.

Finance / Admin Manager (ICS equivalent Administration Section Chief)


The Finance / Admin Manager is responsible for contract administration, finance accountability, procurement activities and basic administration during the period of mission performance.

Operations Branch Directors - Other Subcontractors


Task Orders are executed using a variety of resources, including PaTH fulltime staff, temporary/ cadre staff, and subcontractor staff and resources. Subcontractors will staff branch and unit positions and are directed by and report directly to the FMT during execution of TOs.

Quality Assurance/ Quality Control Inspectors


The QA/QC Inspector is responsible for conducting inspections, recording inspection data, planning inspections (including preparation and set-up of shelters), evaluating the validity and acceptability of inspection, examination and testing results, reporting inspection, examination and testing results, and providing leadership to lower-level QA/QC Inspectors.

Shelter Management Team Positions


Shelter Management Teams are located within a shelter facility.


Shelter Management Teams include command and general staff positions as well as branch chiefs and specialists operating under the Incident Command System. Shelter Management Team applicants must be able to deploy within 12 hours, arriving on site in 24 hours to western U.S. (including Alaska and Hawaii). Applicants should have shelter management/shelter operations/mass care training and experience, particularly on large disaster relief operations, and be familiar with ICS. Applicants must be able to pass an FBI Background Clearance check and secure a FEMA ID badge.

The following is a list of positions which are currently being recruited.

Shelter Management Team Members:

Shelter Manager
Asst. Shelter Manager
Safety & Security Supervisor
Liaison Officer
Information Officer
Operations Chief
Dormitory Supervisor
Feeding Services Supervisor
Planning Section Chief
Logistics Section Chief
Finance/Administration Section Chief

Other Positions

Other team members will be needed as required by the scope of the incident for specific support functions in a variety of roles required by shelter operations.

Shelter Management General Requirements:


• Experienced in mass care sheltering and/or feeding on a large disaster response operation: shelter manager/supervisor; feeding manager/supervisor; bulk supply distribution, or logistical support of these activities.
• Completion of FEMA Independent Study classes IS 100, 200, 700a, 800b, 26, 288, 701, 806. Otherwise candidate must complete within 30 days of hire. Other related training may be required.
• Must be able to effectively manage multiple priorities under extreme pressure in a highly stressful environment.
• Able to work independently with little supervision, but also work well as part of a cohesive team.
• Able to focus on details while handling multiple tasks independently.
• Proven leadership and interpersonal skills.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Demonstrate proficiency with Microsoft Office including Outlook, Excel, and Word. SharePoint experience a plus.

Specific duties, responsibilities and qualifications will be available for all positions.
Pay will be established based on experience and qualifications and will be comparable with that of FEMA on-call reservists (Disaster Assistance Employees).

How to Apply

Interested candidates should send a resume to Annette Rhoads at Info@conopsconsulting.com with “PaTH Candidate” in subject line. Time is of the essence but recruitment will stay open indefinitely.

For More Information:
Annette Rhoads
Business Development Consultant
www.conopsconsulting.com
571-215-7633

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Security and Privacy on Social Networking Sites

I thought that this bulletin from the Emergency Management and Response Information Sharing and Analysis Center (EMR-ISAC) was worthy of a repost.

CIP Bulletin 2-10 March 23, 2010

Security and Privacy on Social Networking Sites

What are the security and privacy issues associated with social networking sites?

Social networking sites have become very popular avenues for people to communicate with family, friends and colleagues from around the corner or across the globe. While there can be benefits from the collaborative, distributed approaches promoted by responsible use of social networking sites, there are information security and privacy concerns. The volume and accessibility of personal information available on social networking sites have attracted malicious people who seek to exploit this information. The same technologies that invite user participation also make the sites easier to infect with malware that can shut down an organization’s networks, or keystroke loggers that can steal credentials. Common social networking risks such as spear phishing, social engineering, spoofing, and web application attacks attempt to steal a person’s identity. Such attacks are often successful due to the assumption of being in a trusting environment social networks create.

Security and privacy related to social networking sites are fundamentally behavioral issues, not technology issues. The more information a person posts, the more information becomes available for a potential compromise by those with malicious intentions. People who provide private, sensitive or confidential information about themselves or other people, whether wittingly or unwittingly, pose a higher risk to themselves and others. Information such as a person’s social security number, street address, phone number, financial information, or confidential business information should not be published online. Similarly, posting photos, videos or audio files could lead to an organization’s breach of confidentiality or an individual’s breach of privacy.

What are the precautions I should take?

Below are some helpful tips regarding security and privacy while using social networking sites:

• Ensure that any computer you use to connect to a social media site has proper security measures in place. Use and maintain anti-virus software and keep your application and operating system patches up-to-date.

• Use caution when clicking a link to another page or running an online application, even if it is from someone you know. Many applications embedded within social networking sites require you to share your information when you use them. Attackers use these sites to distribute their malware.

• Use strong and unique passwords. Using the same password on all accounts increases the vulnerability of these accounts if one becomes compromised.

• If screen names are allowed, do not choose one that gives away too much personal information.

• Be careful who you add as a “friend,” or what groups or pages you join. The more “friends” you have or groups/pages you join, the more people who have access to your information.

• Do not assume privacy on a social networking site. For both business and personal use, confidential information should not be shared. You should only post information you are comfortable disclosing to a complete stranger.

• Use discretion before posting information or commenting about anything. Once information is posted online, it can potentially be viewed by anyone and may not be retracted afterwards. Keep in mind that content or communications on government-related social networking pages may be considered public records.

• Configure privacy settings to allow only those people you trust to have access to the information you post. Also, restrict the ability for others to post information to your page. The default settings for some sites may allow anyone to see your information or post information to your page; these settings should be changed.

• Review a site’s privacy policy. Some sites may share information such as email addresses or user preferences with other parties. If a site’s privacy policy is vague or does not properly protect your information, do not use the site.

Additional Information:

MS-ISAC Monthly Cyber Security Tips Newsletter: Social Networking Sites: How To Stay Safe
OnGuardOnline
StaySafeOnline – National Cyber Security Alliance
Social Networking Privacy - A Parent’s Guide
US-CERT--Staying Safe on Social Network Sites

For more monthly cyber security newsletter tips visit: www.msisac.org/awareness/news/.


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