Leadership Corner

BusOps webinar series explains upcoming Forest Service changes

October 30th, 2019 at 2:31PM
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Claudette Fernandez, Deputy Chief of Business Operations, USDA Forest Service

There are many changes happening in Business Operations. The organization is leading improvement efforts that will have direct effects on employees throughout the agency; for example, Information Technology Modernization, Acquisition Management Area Consolidation and the efforts to reform Job Corps. Other changes include direct hire fire authority and agency-wide budget reforms.

In Bus Ops, we recognize that effective communication is especially important in times of change. We know people may have uneven understanding of upcoming changes and their impacts. As part of a holistic Business Operations Change Management Plan, we plan to set up and train a cadre of “Change Champions” to share information regarding these upcoming efforts. This exciting cadre of more than 25 volunteers from across the country will help us share information in the coming months.

I want all employees across the agency to have a better understanding of the coming changes and how they will affect the way the agency conducts business. Even before we deploy our change champions, one of our first steps is hosting a series of webinars put on by each staff area for all Forest Service employees and made available to you via Adobe Connect. I have also asked for all of the sessions to be recorded so you will be able to access them later at your convenience.

The first of three sessions sponsored by the Chief Information Office was held Oct. 29. Each session focuses on a different topic. Acquisition Management and Human Resources topics will be featured during the weeks of Nov. 4 and 11, respectively. The rest of the sessions will be held in subsequent weeks through January.

Details about the webinars are on the Business Operations intranet site: Business Operations (http://fsweb.wo.fs.fed.us/busops/).

I truly hope you take advantage of these webinars and interacting with Bus Ops team members regarding the upcoming changes.  Please feel free to let us know if you have any ideas or questions as we embark on this dynamic time of change with you.