NASS held a successful and productive Administrative Workshop on August 10-13, 2010, in San Antonio, Texas. More than 30 Administrative Technicians from 26 NASS Field Offices participated in the session.
The NASS Administrative Technicians are key team members in the successful administration of the NASS-NASDA Cooperative Program by performing many critical tasks for both the Field Offices and for the overall NASDA enumerator program. Their work and responsibilities include: processing administrative and personnel forms, running payroll, performing many accounting and financial record-keeping programs, assisting with travel and meeting logistics, ordering equipment and supplies, and assisting with the administration of the NASDA awards program. In short, the NASS Administrative Technicians keep the Field Office operations running correctly, efficiently, and smoothly!
The San Antonio Workshop was an opportunity for NASS Administrative Technicians to strengthen and enhance their financial and human resources knowledge and skills. Some of the topics and issues discussed during the session included: the NASS Financial Management Modernization Initiative (FMMI), human resources related processes and programs, computer security, data confidentiality, payroll and financial reports, and NASS Operational Efficiencies. The Workshop included a hands-on computer lab for the FMMI portion of the training.
Doug Rundle, Director, NASS Texas Field Office, opened the Workshop and welcomed the group to San Antonio. Workshop participants and presenters from NASS Headquarters included staff and specialists from Field Operations, the Budget Administrative Services Office, the Human Resources Services Office, the Training and Career Development Office, and the Information Technology Division. On August 10, the Administrative and Financial Management (AFM) team, Agriculture Research Service (ARS), made presentations and Steve Helmrich, Chief Financial Officer, spoke to the group. NASS Associate Administrator, Joe Reilly, offered his perspective on many topics throughout the Workshop. In addition, NASDA’s NASS Program Director, Charlie Ingram, attended and spoke to the group on August 13 about the many duties of his position and provided interesting details about his recent travels to Field Offices.
Participants at the NASS Administrative Workshop held in San Antonio, Texas on August 10-13, 2010. More than 30 Administrative Technicians from 26 NASS State Field Offices participated in the session.
(l-r) Susan Purcell (Idaho Field Office), Trudy Leitz (Michigan Field Office), and Lor’rie White (California Field Office) were some of the NASS Administrative Technicians who participated in the workshop.
Rosemary Randel, Administrative Technician in the NASS Kansas Field Office received a certificate of appreciation for her dedicated work from Marshall Dantzler (l) and Janice Goodwin (r), NASS Field Operations. Rosemary is retiring soon.