NASS Administrative Workshop (San Antonio, Texas) August 10-13, 2010

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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.

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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.

Mary DeNardo, NASS Human Resources Services Office, discussed roles and responsibilities of Administrative Technicians.

Workshop participants strengthened their skills in the computer lab.

Joan Cooper (standing), NASS Budget Administrative Services Office, works with participants in the computer lab.

Wendy Bugtai (standing), NASS Budget Administrative Services Office, works with participants in the computer lab.

(l-r) Barbara Nelson and Danny Malloy, NASS Budget Administrative Services Office, worked with participants in the computer lab.

(l-r) Administrative Technicians Connie Rutledge (Indiana Field Office) and Karla Vale (Wisconsin Field Office)

Diane Stonecypher, NASS Budget Administrative Services Office, discussed preparation and requirements for cooperative and interagency agreements

Stacy Wiggins (l) and Yagasher Jones (r) are Administrative Technicians in the Tennessee Field Office.

(l-r) Sandra Hoff and Jayne Ott (South Dakota Field Office), with Charlotte Rowe (Nebraska Field Office)

Janice Goodwin, Director of NASS Western Field Operations and Marshall Dantzler, Director of NASS Eastern Field Operations.

Group Photo of the Administrative Technicians who participated in the workshop.

Group Photo of workshop participants included Field Office Admin Techs and NASS Headquarters staff.

The NASS HQ Human Resources Office Team (l-r): Mary DeNardo, Haregewien Mismaku, and Lisa Jenkins-DePeiza

Travis Averill (l) and Jody Roberts (r) are part of the NASS HQ Training and Career Development Office Team and did an excellent job of organizing and coordinating the San Antonio workshop.

Sylvia Magbanua, NASS HQ Training and Career Development Office Team, explained eAuthentication and computer security.

Administrative Service Center Team Leads (l-r): Gail Spain (Washington Field Office), Bobbi Forst (Virginia Field Office), Rosemary Randel (Kansas Field Office), and Kim Lowery (Ohio Field Office)

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Joel DeArmitt, Security Policy Officer in the NASS HQ Information Technology Division, explained computer and physical security.

(l-r) Judy Cook (Arkansas Field Office) and Novia Engelhardt (Kentucky Field Office)

Jeff Claxton and Gilda Harvey are Administrative Technicians in the NASS Colorado Field Office.

(l-r) Katherine Kimball and Gail Spain are Administrative Technicians in the NASS Washington Field Offfice.

(l-r) Bettyanne Fish and Karlyn Tuczynski are Administrative Technicians in the NASS New York Field Office and Kim Lowrey is the Administrative Technician in the NASS Ohio Field Office.

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.

NASS Associate Administrator Joe Reilly speaks to workshop participants.

Delores Acosta (l) is the Administrative Technician in the NASS New Mexico Field Office and Carolyne Foster (r) is Management Analyst in the NASS Administrator’s Office.