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Continuity of Operations (COOP) and Emergency Planning in Government Training Workshop XXIII

Preparing Your Agency for a Disaster or Emergency in the New Administration

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - Friday, August 18, 2017

Keynote Speaker:

 

Richard M. Chávez

Director, Operations Coordination

DHS Continuity Coordinator, Reporting to Secretary John F. Kelly

Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

 

 

Guest Speakers:

 

Veronica (Roni) M. Glass

Deputy Director, Continuity Division

Office of Operations Coordination

Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

 

Kenneth Briscoe

Chief, Readiness Branch

Continuity Division

Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

 

Joe Douglas, ABCP

Continuity Program Manager

U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC)

 

Timothy D. Smith

Senior Advisor

Associate Administrator, Office of Response and Recovery

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

 

Calvin W. Turner, Jr. 

Director, OFCO

National Finance Center

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

(The National Finance Center is the "poster child" for Successful Data Center Reconstitution.)

 

Elizabeth Voeller

Program Manager

eGlobalTech (eGT)

 

Dean Gallup

Disaster Recovery Consultant

Advantaged SOlutions, Inc.

Coauthor of Information SYstems Contingency Planning Guidance

NIST Special PUblication 800-34 Rev. 1

Contingency Planning Guide for Federal Information Systems

 

 

 

Additional government speakers awaiting agency confirmation.

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - Friday, August 18, 2017

Meeting Location: 
Willard InterContinental Hotel

Willard Intercontinental Hotel
1401 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W.
Washington 20004
United States

Metro Center (Red, Orange, Blue Lines). Use the exit marked “12th & F Sts” to exit onto F St., then continue straight two blocks and cross 14th St.

Overview: 

Learn about New COOP Requirements, Federal Government Policy, Best & Proven Practices and what they mean for your organization. The Federal Government’s continuity requirements are currently being updated and this workshop will address the new developments and how it will impact your organization.  The New Administration will be depending upon Career and New Appointees to insure the continuity of government. 

 

  • Is your agency management currently pleased with its COOP Planning and Policy? 
  • Is your agency prepared for an incident and is it resilient? 
  • Attend this proven Potomac Forum Training Workshop to improve or fine tune your agency COOP planning and policy.

 

Industry and Government Leaders Present Practical Solutions to Government Continuity of Operations Requirements.  This is a “How To” workshop “with proven instructors and guest speakers. Rated as “Excellent” the previous 22 workshop sessions!

 

Guarantee:  Potomac Forum is so confident that each and every attendee will be pleased with the information presented and its value to the government that Potomac Forum will provide a FULL REFUND for any student that does not find the two day workshop of value to their organization.

 

Hear from industry experts and government managers leading Business Continuity Planning and Continuity of Operations Development. This Instructor Team presents practical, real-life solutions required to establish or improve a Continuity Program within your Federal, State, Local, Tribal, or Private Sector organization. The key to success in moving your COOP program forward is gaining the foothold within your organization’s culture and business processes. You will hear from Federal Agency Leadership about their development of a COOP Program that has been recognized by DHS as best practice. Learn about impacts of current events that drive Telework, Resilience, Reconstitution and other key response and recovery strategies.

 

 

Learn how to Justify COOP Programs to Senior Management and Build Cooperation and Consensus at the “Front Line” levels. Instructors will simply and clearly answer the “what’s in it for me” question from the leadership level through, and right down to the individual implementers' level. This technique, though simple and easily tailored, is often the key to gain leadership’s buy-in and individual understanding of the complexities involving the many facets of COOP.  You will see a simple concept that will allow you to capture, catalog, measure and report on existing Continuity Implementations that already exist within your organization. 

 

Consider this Workshop...

  • If you have recently taken over an existing COOP Program and want to ensure that it is up to speed with the industry’s best practices
  • If you have a COOP Program that is just taking off
  • If you have an established COOP Program and need to find new areas to quickly and easily improve
  • If you are looking for ways to make your COOP Program execute effectively on a “bad day”
  • If you are new to the Federal COOP environment
  • If you are in top leadership and need to learn more about what you are “on the hook” for within COOP
  • If you are not satisfied with your current agency COOP Plan or Policy
  • If you have new Agency Leadership and want to be better prepared to discuss COOP

... then this is the session for you to deliver a practical and sustainable COOP Program that complies with government regulations, best practices and effective management.

What You Will Learn: 

  • Define all aspects of COOP
  • Develop an action plan for delivering your COOP Program that shows regular
  • How to effectively engage Telework within your COOP Program
  • How development of executable procedures first drives policy development later
  • Describe the activities involved in developing and implementing a sound COOP strategy
  • Develop a COOP Implementation plan complete with Emergency Response Strategies
  • Understand the COOP, IT Infrastructure relationship and how to better connect the two
  • Distinguish between Continuity of Operations and Disaster Recovery and understand how both areas are critical to contingency planning
  • How to promote personal preparedness with each individual COOP Team Member
  • Justify COOP program and testing
  • Understand the increasing responsibilities on Human Resources, Logistics and Contract Management brought about by the Implementation of COOP planning
  • Understand Government regulations on COOP and Business Continuity and how they pertain to your agency and why (including The Disaster Recovery Plan and the Information Systems Contingency Plan according to NIST 800-34 Ref. 1 and Federal COOP Guidelines – FCD-1/FCD-2/NCP Implementation Plan)
Why You Should Attend: 

  • Learn how the cooperation of Continuity of Operation Planning and Disaster Recovery is an essential requirement for government emergency preparedness
  • Network with your colleagues on COOP/DR capability in the Federal, State, Local Government
  • Review the development phases, tasks, and how to deploy personnel for COOP/DR implementations, testing, and exercises
  • Understand the best COOP/DR Architecture for your organization
  • Get some practical experience in COOP/DR concepts and planning through the course workshops
  • Gain insight into building resilient data centers that scale efficiently
  • Learn the importance of data integrity and how to protect it
  • Understand the reasons why some COOP/DR implementations fail
  • Apply techniques to maximize the efficiency of your IT and Systems contingency plans 
Who Should Attend: 

  • Program Managers responsible program operation
  • Senior Leadership who own the COOP Program
  • Senior Leadership who is Accountable for COOP Planning, Policy and/or Implelentation
  • Middle managers and staff tasked with the development and implementation of COOP
  • Facility managers of Alternate and Emergency Relocation Sites
  • IT Managers and Staff tasked with Information Systems Contingency Planning according to NIST SP800-34 Rev. 1 Guidance
  • IGs, QA Managers and Staff
  • Procurement Staff responsible for COOP Contracting
  • Human Resource Managers and Supervisors responsible for Implementing COOP Telework and tracking personnel during emergencies
  • Industry managers and staff supporting the government
Format: 

Lectures, classroom exercises, and government panelists

 

Executable Response to Catastrophic Challenges and Readily Implementable Solutions

 

The New Administration is focusing on Continuity and Resilience within the Government.  Ensure your agency is ready!  Learn How at this workshop.  Other recent government challenges due to electrical outages, fires, and natural disasters reinforce the importance of having an executable Continuity Program.  Executives and managers who support COOP within their organization will be commended for their foresight. Those who do not support COOP will be evaluated appropriately when an emergency condition requires COOP Activation.

 

Can your agency afford to not have a practical, implementable and compliant Continuity Program regardless of its size?

 

This workshop will help advance your program with new strategies, methods and templates.  Included in the course materials will be a disk with numerous Federal continuity references as well as several ready-to-use templates to advance your program. (Material is Updated to Include the Latest Guidance from NIST, DHS and Administration Initiatives)

 

We are so confident in the quality of this COOP Workshop, that we offer a guarantee you will be pleased with the quality of the instruction and information presented to help your agency.  Attendees regularly state this workshop has propelled their program forward significantly through time saved and with new executable methodology.  If not satisfied, we will give you a 100% return of your registration fee.

 

In this time of government budget reductions, justifying each training event becomes more and more challenging. This Continuity Workshop has been constantly evaluated as "Excellent" by both government and industry attendees alike. The benefits gained from attending this Workshop will provide a significant return on time and dollar investment. The information presented, templates, lessons learned and presentations by our experienced instructors who know Continuity Planning both in the Commercial and Government sector will save your organization significant resource expenditures in both time and effort to help your agency improve and implement a more effective, compliant Continuity Program.

 

Agenda: 

 

Day One

7:30am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

 

8:30am

Welcome and Introductory Remarks

 

Art Chantker, President, Potomac Forum

 

8:45am

COOP Introduction

 

Veronica (Roni) M. Glass, Deputy Director, Continuity Division, Office of Operations Coordination, Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

 

9:00am

COOP Policy: A Practical Guide

What Agencies Need to Know

 

Veronica (Roni) M. Glass, DHS

 

10:00am

Floating Your COOP Program

A Federal COOP Manager’s path to program maturity

 

Veronica (Roni) M. Glass, DHS

 

10:45am

Refreshment Break

 

11:00am

Alternate Site Integration

Operational perspectives from activation to completion of an event

 

Kenneth Briscoe, DHS, Chief, Readiness Branch, Continuity Division, Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

 

11:45am

Working Luncheon

Attendees will be given table topics based upon the morning training.

 

12:45pm

Working Luncheon Report-Out

Student Table Leader Report Out to Class

 

1:00pm

Keynote Presentation

Continuity of Operations: An Executive's Perspective

 

Richard Chávez, Director of Operations, DHS Continuity Coordinator, Reporting to Secretary John F. Kelly

 

1:45pm

Tracking Continuity Operations

Pre-COOP Playbook

  • Capture and track what you already have and the items yet to be accomplished
  • Development of an executive decision aid for COOP event
  • Plug and play templates provided

 

Joe Douglas, Continuity Program Manager, U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC)

 

2:30pm

Refreshment Break

 

2:45pm

Alternate Site Orientation

Emergency Relocation Site Reception Planning

  • Create and maintain site-specific orientation guides
  • Discuss vital site preparation aspects for seamless activation
  • Plug and play templates provided

 

Joe Douglas, USITC

 

3:30pm

Personal COOP Planning

  • Preparations at work and home for both responders and regular employees
  • Plug and play templates provided

 

Joe Douglas, USITC

 

4:15pm

Devolution Planning Best Practices

Practical guide to developing and improving Devolution within your organization

 

Elizabeth Voeller, Program Manager, eGT

 

5:00pm

Conclusion

 

Art Chantker, President, Potomac Forum

 

 

Day Two

7:30am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

 

8:30am

Welcome and Recap

 

Art Chantker, President, Potomac Forum

 

8:45am

Telework: Incorporating the Lessons Learned During Recent Emergencies

How Telework Interfaces with COOP Operations

 

Elizabeth Voeller, eGT

 

9:30am

Information Systems Contingency Planning Guidance NIST Special Publication 800-34 Rev. 1 Contingency Planning Guide for Federal Information Systems

  • Critical aspects from an SP 800-34 author
  • Relationship of SP 800-34 to other resilience documents
  • Incorporating SP 800-34 into your IT resilience

 

Dean Gallup, Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Expert

Advantaged Solutions, Inc. Coauthor of Information SYstems Contingency Planning Guidance, NIST Special PUblication 800-34 Rev. 1, Contingency Planning Guide for Federal Information Systems

 

10:15am

Refreshment Break

 

10:30am

Your Agency and COOP Compliance

 

Elizabeth Voeller, eGT

 

11:00am

Bridging the Gap to Business Continuity Management through Business Resilience

  • Compare and contrast the relationship between business resilience and IT resilience
  • Identify the process required to successfully develop a business and IT resilience program

 

Dean Gallup, Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Expert

 

11:45am

Working Luncheon

Attendees will be given table topics based upon the morning training.

 

12:45pm

Luncheon Report-Out

Student Table Leader Report Out to Class

 

1:00pm

Datacenter Resiliency Panel Discussion

Government COOP Executives Discuss Lessons Learned

How to get from Preparedness to Resiliency

 

Panelists:

- Timothy D. Smith, Senior Advisor, Associate Administrator, Office of Response and Recovery, FEMA

- Calvin W. Turner, Jr. , Director, OFCO, National Finance Center, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). (The National Finance Center is the "poster child" for Successful Data Center Reconstitution.)

 

Additional government speakers awaiting confirmation.

 

2:30pm

Refreshment Break

 

2:45pm

COOP Testing, Training, and Exercises

Framework for success in setting up engaging events

 

Elizabeth Voeller, eGT

 

3:30pm

Wrap-up and Consulting Period

Opportunity to discuss specific agency COOP challenges with the instructors.

 

4:00pm

Workshop Adjourns

 

 

Registration Information: 

  Early Bird Registration Fee AFTER 7/28
Government Employees:
(Federal, State or Local Government Issued ID)
Now $1395 
Special Reduced Rates in Support of Government Budget Reductions
$1495
Government Team Discount Rate: 
The 3rd  person (and all other subsequent group members) from the same office receives a $400 reduction off their registration price (to encourage teams to “learn together”.
Industry and Contractors:
(Including contractors on-site and in direct support of government agencies).
Now $1495
 
$1595

Registration Includes: Presentations, Workshop Notebook, Continental Breakfast, All Day Refreshments and Hosted Luncheon

Keynote Speaker: 

Richard "Rich" M. Chávez

Director, Operations Coordination
DHS Continuity Coordinator, Reporting to Secretary John F. Kelly
Department of Homeland Security

 

Mr. Chávez is a career Senior Executive at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). As the Director of the Office of Operations Coordination (OPS), he provides counsel directly to the Secretary of Homeland Security on a wide range of operational issues to include prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery operations, continuity of operations (COOP), and planning. He leads an office of more than 500 people who are responsible for monitoring the security of the United States on a daily basis, providing national situational awareness, and developing the national common operating picture. His office provides vital decision support information to the Federal interagency, Governors, Homeland Security Advisors, law enforcement, private sector, and critical infrastructure operators across the homeland security enterprise.

 

Mr. Chávez has over 30 years of government experience serving with DHS and with the Department of Defense (DoD), as an Air Force officer and later as a senior civilian advisor in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. As a senior civilian advisor, he worked directly with the Department of State and with foreign governments to develop policy regarding the request for assistance process to enable host nation support to prepare for and respond to a chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear event. He also served as Director, Domestic Consequence Management, where he led a staff that developed policy for Defense Support of Civil Authorities preparedness and response operations throughout DoD and with 32 other Federal agencies. Mr. Chávez was responsible for leading DoD’s largest, most comprehensive, and most extensive civil support mission ever in response to Hurricane Katrina, and he led DoD’s pandemic influenza preparedness and response efforts.

 

Mr. Chávez came to DHS in 2010 as the Deputy Director of OPS. In 2011, he was selected as the Director of OPS. During his tenure leading OPS, the organization has responded to several key events, most notably the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the Japanese earthquake and tsunami response, a number of National Special Security Events (including two States of the Union, two political conventions, and several global summits), and over 70 exercises.

 

As Director, Mr. Chávez has overseen critical improvements to the National Operations Center, which provides real-time information, analysis, and situational awareness to the Secretary and other senior government leaders during major incidents. Other initiatives have included leading the White House-directed, interagency effort to draft the Integrated Southwest Border Security Augmentation Plan; leading the creation of the National Terrorism Advisory System; and developing continuity plans that allow DHS to execute its missions even when its primary facilities and systems are unavailable. In September 2012, the DHS Common Operating Picture (COP) Project, a database operated by OPS to provide situational awareness to first responders nationwide, was selected as a Government Computer News Award winner for “Outstanding Information Technology Achievement in Government.”

 

Mr. Chávez holds a Bachelor of Science professional degree in Corrections and Law Enforcement from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. He also holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Golden Gate University, San Francisco, California, and a Master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.

Guest Speakers: 

Veronica (Roni) M. Glass

Deputy Director, Continuity Division
Office of Operations Coordination
Department of Homeland Security

 

Veronica M. Glass (fondly known as “Roni”) started her public and professional service working for legacy U.S. Customs Service24 years ago before it was bridged with the Department of Homeland Security and became Customs and Border Protection. Her body of work of 33 years in public service has exposed her to vast opportunities at all levels of management. Her experience with the changing world of IT afforded her the unique opportunity to be asked to help revitalize the CBP Continuity Program.  Previously she was the owner and Program Manager for the Headquarters Customs and Border Protection Continuity of Operations (COOP) Program within the National Capital Region (NCR). Ms. Glass coordinated and had complete COOP oversight and responsibility not only for CBP Headquarters, but CBP field locations. Recently, Ms Glass was selected for a Department level position as Chief, DHS Headquarters Section, Mission Assurance Branch, Continuity Division for the Department of Homeland Security.

At the Departmental-level Ms. Glass is responsible for department-wide coordination / integration of COOP policy and plans on all levels of contingency planning surrounding potential threat conditions.  Ms. Glass has daily COOP programmatic oversightfor at least 26 components.  She has been working in the Emergency Management field for the last nine years and has taken every opportunity with the new challenges to become as informed and trained on continuity and emergency planning as possible.  Ms. Glass has completed coursework with the Disaster Recovery Institute (DRI) and is a candidate for certificationas a Certified Business Continuity Planner (CBCP). She has also completed coursework in Information Assurance (IA) and continuity planning at the Department of Defense (DoD) Information Resource Management College (IRMC), Fort McNair.  Ms. Glass is passionate about her challenge of emergency management, working with the people she meets and championing the cause of COOP whenever and wherever she can.

Kenneth Briscoe

Chief, Readiness Branch

Continuity Division

Department of Homeland Security

 

Kenny Briscoe has over 25 years of professional service; he is a Retired Military Officer with Special Operation and Combat experience, a Manager in Corporate America and is presently the Chief of the Readiness Branch for DHS. His experience is evident in his broad knowledge and expertise in Business Continuity Planning and Emergency Management/Security Operations. Mr. Briscoe was instrumental in supporting numerous large and complex operations that include, Hurricanes Isabelle, Katrina, Andrew, Fran, Marilyn St. Thomas, Floyd, Uphold Democracy Haiti, Restore Hope Somalia, Desert Shield and Desert Storm

 

 

Kenny holds a Masters in Security Management/Emergency Planning, is a DRII Certified Business Continuity Planner, is Six Sigma (Green Belt) certified and a published author. His book is titled “Disaster Management & COOP Handbook”.  Kenny has developed and implemented numerous programs and process improvement procedures within the Federal Government and National Capitol Region for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Joint Staff, Defense Information Systems and Department of Homeland Security.

Joe Douglas, ABCP

Continuity Program Manager,

US International Trade Commission

 

Joe Douglas is a recognized expert within continuity operations COOP and emergency planning.   Previously he was the Director of the ICE ITS Continuity of Operations Practice based in Reston, Virginia.  He has planned and executed continuity efforts for DHS, Customs and Border Protection, US Coast Guard and Department of Justice.  He is currently the Continuity Program Manager for the US International Trade Commission. 

 

Prior to this engagement he supported DHS with emergency relocation site planning and led the tactical continuity planning and implementation of CBP’s Continuity Program.  Joe has performed as an exercise controller in Eagle Horizon and National Level Exercises.  He developed the alternate site reception plan for US Coast Guard Commandant Staff and completed the IT Contingency Plan for DOJ’s Consolidated Asset Tracking System.  He was a trusted agent in Forward Challenge 2004 and has been instrumental in the planning, outfitting and accreditation of Sensitive Compartmented Information Facilities (SCIF) within the Continuity Community.

 

Joe previously served as an officer in the United States Coast Guard performing both operational and staff duties that included coordination of directorate-level Year 2000 (Y2K) contingency planning.  Mr. Douglas holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Appalachian State University.

Elizabeth Voeller

Program Manager,

eGlobalTech (eGT)

 

Elizabeth Voeller is a Program Manager at eGlobalTech where she provides consulting support on cyber risk management, incident response, emergency management, and strategic communications to the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Information Security.  Prior to that, Ms. Voeller spent 8 years at Booz Allen Hamilton as a Lead Associate supporting Federal business continuity/COOP, critical infrastructure analysis, strategic planning and communications, and emergency management programs. She has facilitated national level exercises and senior leadership meetings for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), written Congressional briefings for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), drafted and rolled out national-level plans for DHS, and developed pandemic response tools and emergency communications curriculum for the Department of Defense (DoD) PACOM and USAFRICOM. She has a Masters degree in International Affairs from American University and an Bachelors degree in Political Science and English from Hamline University in Saint Paul, MN.  Ms. Voeller is currently the Vice President of the Mid Atlantic Disaster Recovery Association (MADRA, a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), and a DRII-certified Associate Business Continuity Professional (ABCP).

Dean Gallup

Disaster Recovery Consultant

Advantaged Solutions, Inc.
Co-author of NIST SP800-34 Revision 1 Contingency Planning Guide for Federal Information Systems

Dean Gallup, MBCP, is a Disaster Recovery Consultant with Advantaged Solutions, Inc., providing disaster recovery, business continuity, Continuity of Operations (COOP) and contingency planning support to the Federal government and Department of Defense (DoD).  Mr. Gallup has over 35 years of experience in emergency management, disaster recovery and continuity planning, data center operations, governance and security risk management.  Mr. Gallup’s clients included the IRS, U.S. House of Representatives, SEC, FDIC, and other federal and DoD agencies. He is a co-author of NIST Special Publication (SP) 800-34 Revision 1, Contingency Planning Guide for Federal Information Systems, and regularly speaks on SP 800-34 at Potomac Forum and other venues. 

 

Mr. Gallup chairs the Disaster Recovery Institute (DRI) International Permanent Committee publishing the DRI International Glossary for Resiliency, a compilation of the best resiliency terms and definitions from standards around the world.  He is a member of two additional DRI International committees supporting Veterans outreach and public school resiliency classes. He is Vice-President for Planning with the Mid-Atlantic Disaster Recovery Association (MADRA), a consortium of disaster recovery and resiliency experts and practitioners from around the National Capital Region.  Mr. Gallup has been a volunteer Fire Chief, firefighter and Commissioner over 23 years of service in upstate New York. Additionally, he has volunteered for over 25 years as an EMT-Intermediate, provide advanced life support services in New York and currently with the Spotsylvania Volunteer Rescue Squad in Virginia.

Timothy D. Smith

Senior Advisor

Associate Administrator, Office of Response and Recovery

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

 

Mr. Smith entered federal civil service in January in 2009, initially serving in Disaster Operations Planning, then leading the agency’s Continuity of Operations program. Mr. Smith is currently the Senior Advisor to the Associate Administrator, who oversees FEMA’s Response, Recovery, Logistics and Field Operations Directorates. The Associate Administrator is also responsible for FEMA’s tactical communications and Doctrine and Planning. In his capacity as Senior Advisor, Mr. Smith serves as the chief strategist on program, policy, doctrine and initiatives. He advises executive leadership on readiness for and effective execution of response and recovery operations. To this end, Mr. Smith is standing up a Decision Support Group for day-to-day and crisis response analytical support to senior executives. He is also the Associate Administrator’s emissary throughout FEMA promoting programs and fostering collegial internal collaboration.

 

Mr. Smith is a graduate of the Emergency Management Institute’s Executive Leadership Academy and most recently he was awarded the FEMA Administrator's Award - Exemplary Emergency Manager – 2015. He deployed to Kyiv, Ukraine as member of US delegation assisting the Government of Ukraine plan for energy resilience for the 2015/16 winter season following the invasion of Crimea and Donbas region and participated in Cabinet-level exercises with the Prime Minister and Ukrainian Parliament members.

 

Mr. Smith is dual qualified under FEMA’s Qualification System (FQS) in Incident Support and Incident Management. In Incident Support, he is a Resource Capability Branch Director in the National Response Coordination Center (NRCC), leading five support groups covering all operations, logistics and ESFs. He has participated in numerous activations including multiple hurricanes, including Isaac and Sandy, winter storms, flooding, tornadoes and Haiti support.

 

In Incident Management, Mr. Smith is an FQS qualified Division Supervisor and deployed with National Incident Management Assistance Teams to Virginia for Hurricanes Irene, as Operations Section Chief on Staten Island, NY for Hurricane Sandy, and as a Division Supervisor to Georgetown County, South Carolina in 2015 and to Livingston and Ascension Parishes, Louisiana in 2016 for their historic flooding.

 

Prior to joining FEMA, he completed a 28 year career in the United States Air Force. His varied assignments included operational, staff and command tours in both ground and flying units. Mr. Smith was a Master Air Battle Manager and flight examiner with over 3,300 flight hours in both the AWACS and JSTARS aircraft. He deployed as a Mission Crew Commander on five combat tours to Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom in 2003-2006, with 120 combat missions and over 1,500 combat flight hours. He additionally served a wartime tour with the United Nations in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1994 and Operations Southern and Northern Watch flying 55 Combat Support missions in 1992-1996.

 

While serving with the Air Force, Mr. Smith responded to a number of disasters, including, as military On Scene Commander for the Murrah Federal Building bombing response, managing a shelter for over 1,000 personnel in Mississippi during Hurricane George's and volunteering with nonprofit organizations during the Hurricane Katrina response in Biloxi, Mississippi.

 

He is a graduate of The Citadel with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and earned a Masters of Arts in Biology from Harvard University.

Calvin W. Turner, Jr.

Director, OFCO

National Finance Center

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

(The National Finance Center is the "poster child" for Successful Data Center Reconstitution.)

 

Calvin W. Turner, Jr. is the Director of the National Finance Center (NFC). Mr. Turner joined NFC in October 2011, as the Deputy Director, and most recently, he was the Acting Director. Prior to joining NFC, Mr. Turner had more than 20 years of leadership experience in the banking industry with Whitney National Bank, Hibernia National Bank, and the Federal Reserve Bank.

 

He was also an Associate Instructor with the University of Phoenix at the New Orleans campus, and he was the owner of two small businesses.

 

Mr. Turner is active in the community and frequently volunteers as on-air talent with WYES TV/Channel 12 Public Television to help raise money with their pledge drives, and he has served on the boards of numerous local community organizations. Mr. Turner has a Master’s degree in Public Administration and an undergraduate degree in Business Management and Communications.

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