NB_300_22_13 - NB 300-22-13 LTP - Request for Applications to Serve as Subject Matter Experts (SME) on Collateral Duty Assignments with the Easement Program Division (EPD) Policy Branch
NB 300-22-13 LTP - Request for Applications to Serve as Subject Matter Experts (SME) on Collateral Duty Assignments with the Easement Program Division (EPD) Policy Branch
National Bulletin: 300-22-13 Date: November 23, 2021  
Subject: LTP - Request for Applications to Serve as Subject Matter Experts (SME) on Collateral Duty Assignments with the Easement Program Division (EPD) Policy Branch  


   
 
Purpose.   To request applications from interested State staff to serve as SMEs on collateral duty assignments with the EPD Policy Branch.    
 
Expiration Date.   September 30, 2022  
 

Background.   To increase staff capacity in the Conservation Planning and Program Delivery Deputy Area and EPD, with minimized impact to State staff capacity EPD is seeking State staff that are able to assist with EPD tasks as collateral duties while still working in their normal State role. Collateral duty assignments are not a detail or temporary promotion. Serving as an SME to accomplish collateral duty assignments allows EPD to ensure the State perspective is best represented while affording the SME the opportunity to gain experience working at a national level. These arrangements also allow for more continuity than 120 day details for longer term projects without the need for back filling vacancies at the State level.

In the past, collateral duty assignments within EPD Policy Branch have been very successful for all parties involved; as the time commitment and expectations can be adjusted based on need and circumstance of the SME, EPD, and the State.  
       

 

Explanation.   EPD Policy Branch is seeking employees to serve as SMEs on collateral duty assignments. Collateral duty assignments can address any topic or area of work covered by EPD Policy Branch; such as business tool development, workload prioritization, manual updates, training development, quality assurance, collaborating with other Branches, etc. (see Attachment A for examples). Applicants can provide input and, in some instances, select the topic of the collateral duty assignments on which they will work.

A yearlong commitment from the employee and State is required for this opportunity, with an option to extend beyond the initial year. Employees must have supervisor approval to apply. The starting date and amount of time (hours/week) to commit to the collateral duty will be negotiated between EPD, the employee’s State Conservationist and supervisor, and the employee. There is a minimum time requirement of 10% of the employee’s time. This is not a detail or temporary promotion opportunity.

All applications to this request must be submitted through Program Activity Management System (PAMS) no later than December 20, 2021. Staff must create a PAMS General Request ticket with the Request Type of “Other Request – State.” Upload a resume, documentation of supervisory approval, and a document stating what topics and tasks would be of interest to the applicant.      

 
Contact.   If you have questions or concerns regarding this bulletin, contact Easement Support at easementsupport@usda.gov.  
 
 

 /s/

JIMMY BRAMBLETT
Deputy Chief for Programs
 
Attachment A
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