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  1. 1. In this issue... HPO Dispatch Federal Facilities DivisionMonthly Newsletter FFDa high performing organization through continuous improvement ISSUE 1 November 2015VOLUME 8 AWG WELCOMES ........................ 1 FROM THE DIRECTOR .................. 2 GOOD TO KNOW ....................... 3 SAFETY SPOTLIGHT .................... 4 ANNOUNCEMENTS ...................... 5 FFD SHOUT OUT ....................... 6 AWG Welcomes New Branch Manager Mr. Rodney Abrams joins the Alterations Work Group (AWG) with more than 20+ years of experience in structural engineering, program management, and sustainment of infrastructure. He has worked in both the private and public sectors. Mr. Abrams holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Structural Design and Construction Engineering Technology from The Pennsylvania State University, and a Master of Science degree in Management from the Thomas Edison State College. Mr. Abrams is also a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Reserves (enlisted since 1988). His military education includes the Engineer Officer Basic Course, Engineer Captains Career Course, Combined Arms and Service Staff School, and Intermediate Level Education. Serving as Lieutenant Colonel, Mr. Abrams was deployed during Operation Enduring Freedom (March 2012 December 2012), where he was the Chief Engineer of a combined joint brigade- level Reginal Support Command in Southwest Afghanistan. Most recently, Mr. Abrams served as Chief of Military Section for the US Army Corps of Engineers of the New York City District. Along with responsibilities for the delivery of design and engineering projects in support of the Districts military program, supporting customers at US Military Academy at West Point, Picatinny Aresnal, Joint Base McGuire Dix Lakehurst, and Thule Airbase. Abrams served as Chairman for architect-engineer and design-build contract selection boards. Mr. Abrams joined the AWG team on September 8th and looks forward to continuing the branchs mission of delivering the best in construction and alteration services to the tenants in the Pentagon. He plans to work closely with both customers and employees in delivering those services. In his spare time, Mr. Abrams loves to cook, with collard greens deemed as his specialty. Hamburgers are amongst his favorite foods, but mayonnaise is not a desired condiment. Abrams is married to Terriann, and they have one daughter (Brianna).
  2. 2. 2 Federal Facilities Division 1155 Defense Pentagon Room 3B1089 Washington, DC 20301-1155 Phone: 703.695.3472 Fax: 703.692.3253 FFD LEADERSHIP: R. Adrian Upshur Director Robert.A.Upshur.civ@mail.mil Philip Samet Deputy Director Phil.I.Samet.civ@mail.mil FFD BRANCH MANAGERS: Rodney Abrams Alterations Work Group (AWG) 703.697.8312 Michael Mike Bryant Robert Candido (Deputy) Pentagon Building Management Office (PBMO) 703.697.7351 Kenneth Gordon Darryl Diggs (Deputy) Property Management Branch (PMB) 703.614.1299 Charles Buster Hash Resources, Security, and Administration Branch (RSA) 703.695.7229 Curtis Houston Facilities Configuration Management Branch (FCMB) 703.692.1858 Don Kuney James Graves (Assistant Manager) Pentagon Heating and Refrigeration Plant (PH&RP) 703.697.4478 Paul Viergutz Facilities Business Systems Office (FBSO) 703.614-5210 Federal Facilities Division 1155 Defense Pentagon Room 3B1089 Washington, DC 20301-1155 Phone: 703.695.3472 Fax: 703.692.3253 This months message contains a recent submission to our Innovation Exchange Program. The Innovation Exchange Programs mission is to support FFDs vision of earning the unquestioned reputation of being the leader among facilities management organizations by engaging all FFD employees in continuous improvement through open communication and collaboration. Most importantly, the program gives employees the opportunity to offer suggestions for improvement or ask questions that affect the workplace. To submit a suggestion or question please visit the FFD Innovation Exchange Share Point site at: https://whsportal.osd.mil/FSD/FFD/SitePages/Innovation.aspx suggestions can be submitted anonymously. Please review this very thoughtful and enlightening commentary from one of our FFD workers, submitted anonymously. From the FFD Director, Mr. Upshur Sincerely, Adrian Upshur Mr. Adrian Upshur FFD Director To whom it may concern, The reason I am writing is because we hear people say that our shop has too many complainers, I don't think that is true due to the fact that, the majority of us get along and work very well together...We are a small shop with many people to support, but we do our best and come through for the most part. The Supervisor treats us very well and is fair to all of us, the manager only asks for everyone to give their best, because that is what we are getting paid for and we should take pride in what we do.The other Supervisor for the most part is fair to us as well. I have worked outside of the government for many years and know that people are going to complain but some of the other people just don't get it! Outside of the government, they would have been let go, or simply told to just do your job or find employment elsewhere... Some workers here think that someone owes them something when in fact they are being paid to do what is needed. I would say to those that complain try going and work for the contractors or move on if they think the grass is greener! I can say from just being out there that it is not easy and you get paid for what you know and some of those that are complaining wouldnt get paid much and wouldnt last. I just wanted to say that this is a great place to work and the people in the shop get along for the most part; and I know that not everyone is going to be happy.I just wish that those that complain would stop, they seem to just complain about anything they can, and it is not good for the overall morale. Thanks for taking the time to read and hope that it makes some sense. Sincerely, One that cares!!!! Innovation Exchange SubmissionConcerned FFDer
  3. 3. 3 Good to Know... FFD Employment Opportunities To apply, you must first have a current resume posted on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Website, USAJOBS. Go to https://www.usajobs.gov. In order to save your search or post your resume, you must create an account on the web site. Closing Date Job Title Series & Grade Branch 11/10/2015 General Engineer GS-0801-13 AWG Hails. (Welcome to the newest FFD members) & Farewells (The following employees have departed...) Length of Service Anniversaries in November (Years as a Government Employee, and Current Branch) Names Branch Years RICKY D DAWKINS PMB 40 LAWRENCE ERNEST PHRP 36 JEFFERY R HINES AWG 35 CHARLES H ARCHER AWG 34 ANTHONY A TURNER PBMO 32 KELVIN B PRUITT PBMO 30 Names Branch Years LAMONT FARMER PBMO 29 MCARTHUR RODGERS JR PBMO 26 CARLTON W ALEXANDER PBMO 23 GARY R MOODY PBMO 22 CONRAD BLOCK JR AWG 6 STEVEN M GRAY PBMO 6 Names Branch Years KYLE L DONALDSON AWG 6 BRIAN S EVANS AWG 6 LAWRENCE R PABLO AWG 6 LESLIE F KIDWELL PBMO 4 LEONARD T SARATAN PBMO 2 MICHAEL L SMITH PBMO 1 AWG Rodney Abrams Daniel Ginger Timothy Hines HRP Abe Elbakkari Jason Robb O&M Mark Abels PBMO Davina Fisher Gary Hardy Rodney Hardy Antuan Lee Wilfredo Mateo Lindon Prince Rebecca Schultz Edmond Saneaka AWG Kenneth Akehurst Anthony Hugel HRP Behzad Dananiani Timothy Lowe PBMO Paul Caruso Natalie Huber Johnny Hudler David Jagoda Antonio Santiago
  4. 4. 4 Contributed by the Standards and Compliance Division, Occupational Safety and Health Branch. WHS Safety Spotlight TOOL & MACHINE SAFEGUARDING Hand and power tools are a part of our everyday lives. These tools help us to perform tasks that otherwise would be difficult or impossible. However, even simple tools can be hazardous and have the potential for causing severe injuries when used or maintained improperly. Special attention toward hand and power tool safety is necessary in order to reduce or eliminate these hazards. Basic Tool Safety The potential for permanently debilitating injuries exist with many tools and machines. This applies mainly to employees involved in industrial, maintenance, or construction activities, but similar hazards exist on some office equipment, including printers and copiers when safeguards are compromised. Washington Headquarters Services has developed policies to minimize the potential for tool and machine related injuries by ensuring the right tools and equipment are available to do the job. All employees are responsible for: Selecting the right tool or machine for the job Inspecting the equipment Before each use Preventative maintenance Returning/reporting damaged tools to supervisor Selecting Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) based on hazards Preparing the work area before use Operating equipment according to manufacturers instructions GuardingPoint of Operation Remember, only use a tool or machine if you have been trained to fully understand the proper usage of the equipment. Training includes proper machine operation, tool use, hazard recognition, the proper adjustment of adjustable guards, and the use of PPE as needed. Point of operation guards are often included to help you avoid injury from the working part of the tool, but they rarely offer perfect protection. You cant fully guard a saw blade, or it will have no way to cut! It is therefore important to understand those guards, how they work, and how they may fail to protect you. Always de-energize a machine (unplug it, lock it out) if you need to reach into the point of operation. Modern power transmission guards are usually more effective and will prevent you from reaching over, under or through to the hazardous gear, belt or drive shaft, as long as the guard is in proper working order. Remember these basic tool and machine safety techniques the next time you use a tool or machine. If you have any questions about Tool & Machine Safeguarding or wo