The Director of the Auxiliary is the direct representative of the Commandant of the United States Coast Guard to the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. (Title 14, USC Chapt. 23)
The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed volunteer component of Team Coast Guard. Founded in 1939 by an Act of Congress as the US Coast Guard Reserves and re-designated the Auxiliary in 1941. The 30,000+ volunteer members (men and women) donate millions of hours in support of Coast Guard missions.
OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT (OPM) CYBERSECURITY INCIDENT
1. The following message was delivered to Coast Guard personnel late last night through the Department of Homeland Security Management Communications network. Although yet to be confirmed, it is reasonable to presume that Coast Guard Auxiliarists may be included in the population of affected individuals. The message indicates that notifications will be sent by email and U.S. mail to affected individuals during the June 8-19, 2015 time period. Auxiliarists are strongly encouraged to closely monitor their email and mail during this upcoming two week time period for possible notification. Any additional details regarding the source and content of these notifications will be forwarded to you as soon as they become available.
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) recently became aware of a cybersecurity incident affecting its systems and data that may have exposed the personal information of current and former Federal employees, including employees of the Department of Homeland Security.
Since the incident was identified, OPM has partnered with the Department's U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to determine the impact to Federal personnel. As a result of this investigation, OPM is notifying approximately 4 million individuals whose Personally Identifiable Information may have been compromised. The notifications will be sent beginning June 8 and continuing through June 19 by email and U.S. mail.
In order to mitigate the risk of fraud and identity theft, OPM will offer affected individuals credit monitoring services and identity theft insurance through CSID, a company that specializes in identity theft protection and fraud resolution. This comprehensive, 18-month membership includes credit report access, credit monitoring, identity theft insurance and recovery services and is available immediately at no cost to affected individuals identified by OPM. Employees whose information was affected will receive a notification directly from CSID. If you have any questions about the impact of this incident to your data or if you receive a notice and have questions about the services being offered, contact CSID directly beginning at 8 a.m. CST on June 8, 2015. The company's website is www.csid.com/opm, and its toll free is 844-222-2743 (International callers: Call collect 512-327-0700).
Following this incident, OPM took immediate action to implement additional security measures in order to protect the sensitive personnel data it manages. Please remain vigilant in helping to protect our systems and data.
Below is information about identify fraud which you may find useful.
Steps for Monitoring Your Identity and Financial Information
* Monitor financial account statements and immediately report any suspicious or unusual activity to financial institutions.
* Request a free credit report at www.AnnualCreditReport.com <http://www.AnnualCreditReport.com> or by calling 1-877-322-8228. Consumers are entitled by law to one free credit report per year from each of the three major credit bureaus - Equifax(r), Experian(r), and TransUnion(r) - for a total of three reports every year. Contact information for the credit bureaus can be found on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) website, www.ftc.gov.
* Review resources provided on the FTC identity theft website, www.Identitytheft.gov. The FTC maintains a variety of consumer publications providing comprehensive information on computer intrusions and identity theft.
* You may place a fraud alert on your credit file to let creditors know to contact you before opening a new account in your name. Simply call TransUnion(r) at 1-800-680-7289 to place this alert. TransUnion(r) will then notify the other two credit bureaus on your behalf.
Precautions to Help You Avoid Becoming a Victim
* Be suspicious of unsolicited phone calls, visits, or email messages from individuals asking about you, your employees, your colleagues or any other internal information. If an unknown individual claims to be from a legitimate organization, try to verify his or her identity directly with the company.
* Do not provide personal information or information about your organization, including its structure or networks, unless you are certain of a person's authority to have the information.
* Do not reveal personal or financial information in email, and do not respond to email solicitations for this information. This includes following links sent in email.
* Do not send sensitive information over the Internet before checking a website's security (for more information, see Protecting Your Privacy, http://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/tips/ST04-013).
* Pay attention to the URL of a website. Malicious websites may look identical to a legitimate site, but the URL may use a variation in spelling or a different domain (e.g., .com vs. .net).
* If you are unsure whether an email request is legitimate, try to verify it by contacting the company directly. Do not use contact information provided on a website connected to the request; instead, check previous statements for contact information. Information about known phishing attacks is also available online from groups such as the Anti-Phishing Working Group (http://www.antiphishing.org).
* Install and maintain anti-virus software, firewalls, and email filters to reduce some of this traffic (for more information, see Understanding Firewalls, http://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/tips/ST04-004; Understanding Anti-Virus Software, www.us-cert.gov/ncas/tips/ST04-005; and Reducing Spam, http://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/tips/ST04-007).
* Take advantage of any anti-phishing features offered by your email client and web browser.
* Employees should take steps to monitor their personally identifiable information and report any suspected instances of identity theft to the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov.
* Additional information about preventative steps by consulting the Federal Trade Commission's website, www.consumer.gov/idtheft. The FTC also encourages those who discover that their information has been misused to file a complaint with the commission using the contact information below.
Identity Theft Clearinghouse
Federal Trade Commission
600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20580
Posted by Webmaster at 8:29:04 AM on 6 Jun 2015
AUXMT - NEW DELIVERY METHODS AND POLICY CHANGE
AUXILIARY MANDATED TRAINING (AUXMT) - NEW DELIVERY METHODS AND POLICY CHANGES
1. In October 2014, ALAUX 022/14 announced an extension for members to complete their Auxiliary Mandated Training (AUXMT) requirements. This ALAUX provides an update to the National Training Directorate's efforts in developing alternative ways for members to complete their AUXMT requirements, and announces a series of policy changes designed to achieve AUXMT completion throughout the Auxiliary. AUXMT remains comprised of the following courses:
a. To be successfully completed by the end of the first full year of enrollment and then once every five years thereafter:
(1) Building Resilience and Preventing Suicide in the CG - course 502379
(2) Security Fundamentals - course code 810030
(3) Privacy at DHS: Protecting Personal Information - course 810015
(4) Sexual Harassment Prevention - course 81000
(5) Sexual Assault Prevention / Response - course 810045
(6) Civil Rights Awareness - course 502319
b. To be successfully completed only once (new enrollees must complete them by the end of the first full year of enrollment):
(1) Ethics 1 / Personal Gifts - course 502306
(2) Influenza Training - course 502290
c. To be successfully completed only once (new enrollees must complete them by the end of the first full year of enrollment - they can only be taken on the FEMA website, https://training.fema.gov/is/nims.aspx , and they require registration on the site for a FEMA Student Identification Number (SID) in order to take the associated end-of-course exam):
(1) Intro to the Incident Command System, ICS-100 - course IS-100.b
(2) Intro to National Incident Management System - course IS-700.a
2. AUXMT prepares individuals to effectively serve as members of a volunteer organization that is in frequent contact with the American public and which augments and supports a military organization. The AUXMT requirements provide a basic understanding of critical human relations policies, personal safety and organizational security topics, and the National Incident Management System. Completion of AUXMT requirements places Auxiliarists on the same footing as other members of the Coast Guard workforce and allows seamless integration with their active duty, reserve and civilian employee counterparts. AUXMT drills down to the Coast Guard's core values. AUXMT ensures all members of the Coast Guard workforce stand ready to provide Service to Nation, fulfill our commitment to Duty to People, and reflects our Commitment to Excellence. To be considered ready to serve and in good standing with one of our nation's premiere volunteer organizations, members must conform to these training requirements. All Auxiliarists are strongly encouraged to embrace these training requirements and assist their Auxiliary shipmates to successfully complete them whenever needed.
3. The Auxiliary Training Directorate Mandated Training portal (http://wow.uscgaux.info/content.php?unit=T-DEPT&category=mandated-training) provides all Auxiliarists convenient opportunities and multiple options to complete their AUXMT requirements. Here are the options for completing the eight (8) non-FEMA AUXMT training courses:
a. AUXLMS online courses with automatic AUXDATA recording (direct link to AUXLMS website: https://auxlearning.uscg.mil/ ). This is the fastest and easiest option for an individual to complete the training.
b. Classroom training (e.g., at flotilla meetings). There are three ways an instructor may present the class (the instructor remains responsible for completing the requisite ANSC-7039 Workshop Mission and Attendance Report form at the conclusion of the class):
(1) AUXLMS: The instructor logs into AUXLMS with their own account and projects the online course on a screen.
(2) PowerPoint Slide Presentation: The instructor downloads PowerPoint presentations for each course and then projects the slides to the class as with any other course.
(3) Video: The Auxiliary Training Directorate is developing voice-over PowerPoint videos that will be completed for all eight (8) non-FEMA courses. These videos will be made available on the Mandated Training portal as they are completed. This option may be used for both classroom and individual training situations.
c. Self-Certification. This form of training is meant for the exceptional case where neither online nor classroom training is readily available. A member may self-certify AUXMT completion by filling out a self-attestation form (http://tdept.cgaux.org/documents/Mandated_Self_Training_Attestation_reh_2-9-15.pdf). Self-certification may be achieved in one of two ways:
(1) The member views the aforementioned voice-over PowerPoint training videos once they are available. After viewing the video(s), the member completes the self-attestation form and mails it to their FSO-IS for AUXDATA entry.
(2) The member studies a hard copy of the aforementioned annotated PowerPoint PDF obtained from their flotilla leadership. Upon completion, the member completes the self-attestation form and mails it to their FSO-IS for AUXDATA entry.
To reiterate, at the completion of each course the member must complete the self-attestation form affirming that they have completely read and understood the contents of the training course(s), and then mail it to their FSO-IS for AUXDATA entry. One form may be used to self-certify multiple AUXMT courses if completed on the same date.
4. With the rollout of these additional AUXMT delivery options, a series of policy incentives and consequences related to AUXMT have been approved by Auxiliary national leadership and the Chief Director of Auxiliary, and shall be effective on January 1, 2016. Appropriate AUXDATA changes will be made.
a. The following general policies apply:
(1) All Auxiliarists who have a Base Enrollment Date (BED) prior to 01 January 2016 must complete AUXMT by 31 December 2016 to qualify, re-certify, and avoid REYR status, as applicable, in any competency.
(2) All Auxiliarists who have a BED after 31 December 2015 must complete AUXMT by the end of the first full calendar year after their BED to qualify in any competency.
(3) For all Auxiliarists, events occurring after 01 January 2016 such as eligibility for certain awards, elections, Auxiliary ID cards, C-Schools, and augmenting the Coast Guard will require AUXMT to be completed prior to those events regardless of their BED.
b. The following specific policies apply:
(1) Eligibility Status: Starting on 01 January 2016 for all Auxiliarists regardless of BED, all AUXMT courses must be completed and current in order to be eligible for the following:
(a) Auxiliary Member Service Award: An Auxiliarist must successfully complete all initial and recurring AUXMT requirements to be eligible to receive any iteration of the Auxiliary Member Service Award. Subsequent awards will only be issued if an Auxiliarist is current in all recurring AUXMT requirements. Section 11.A.15.C. of the Auxiliary Manual will be amended accordingly.
(b) National Commodore's Three Star Unit Award for Training Excellence: The National Training Directorate is developing criteria for a new National Commodore's Three Star Unit Award for Training Excellence to recognize positive unit-level leadership initiatives to inspire and achieve completion of AUXMT. Details about how Auxiliarists will collectively contribute to this new unit award will be made available during the summer of 2015.
(c) Auxiliarist of the Year and Greanoff Inspirational Leadership Awards: AUXMT completion and currency maintenance will be an eligibility requirement for all Auxiliarist of the Year and Greanoff Inspirational Leadership Award nominees. Sections 11.A.16.e and f. of the Auxiliary Manual will be amended accordingly. Auxiliary regions are encouraged to adopt a similar requirement for Auxiliarist of the Year recognition among their Auxiliary units.
(d) Auxiliary Identification (ID) Card: Auxiliarists must successfully complete all AUXMT courses in order to receive their initial identification card. Initial AUXMT completion will become a requirement for new Auxiliarists to have their membership status changed from Approval Pending (AP) status to any other status. AUXMT currency will also be required in order to be issued an ID card renewal or replacement. Appropriate sections of Chapter 3 of the Auxiliary Manual will be amended accordingly.
(e) Elected or Appointed Office: Initial AUXMT completion and currency maintenance will be required as eligibility criteria for any elected or appointed office. This requirement may not be waived for Auxiliarists in AP status. Sections 4.F. and 4.G. of the Auxiliary Manual will be amended accordingly.
(f) Attendance at CG-funded C-Schools and Travel: Initial AUXMT completion and currency maintenance will be required to receive orders for Coast Guard-funded C-schools or any Coast Guard-funded travel including travel to national and regional conferences.
(g) Limited Coast Guard Augmentation and Participation in Coast Guard Public Affairs Events: A proper and professional command climate at any Coast Guard unit is directly shaped by the crew's completion of its mandated training requirements. Initial AUXMT completion and currency maintenance will therefore be required to be eligible for augmentation positions at Coast Guard units or to participate in public affairs activities with other-than Auxiliary personnel (e.g., active duty, reserve, civilian, other agency).
(2) Qualifications, Re-certifications, and REYR Status:
(a) All Auxiliarists regardless of BED: Initial AUXMT completion and currency maintenance will be required to qualify, re-certify, and avoid REYR status in any Auxiliary competency. This means AUXMT completion will be recognized as a task like any other required for qualification and currency maintenance for any competency, including for those Auxiliarists in AP status. Appropriate sections of Chapter 3 and Chapter 8 of the Auxiliary Manual will be amended accordingly.
(b) Auxiliarists with Base Enrollment Date (BED) prior to 01 January 2016: If AUXMT is not completed and current by 31 December 2016, then Auxiliarists shall be placed in REYR status in their respective competencies, and shall not be authorized to qualify in any other competencies. For example, a current Auxiliary Vessel Examiner (VE) who has a BED of 14 May 2009 will be placed in REYR status on 01 January 2017 if they have not completed AUXMT by 31 December 2016 and even if all other currency maintenance tasks have been completed (e.g., 5 annual vessel safety checks; mandatory VE workshop).
(c) Auxiliarists with BED after 31 December 2015:
Auxiliarists must complete AUXMT by the end of the first full calendar year after their BED to qualify in any competency. For example, an Auxiliarist who has a BED of 12 November 2016 will have until 31 December 2017 to complete AUXMT in order to then qualify as a Vessel Examiner, Instructor, etc.
Posted by Webmaster at 8:23:40 AM on 6 Jun 2015
Honored to Serve
From: Zukunft, Paul ADM
Sent: Friday, May 29, 2015 1:48 PM
Subject: Honored to Serve
To our Coast Guard men and women,
It has truly been an honor to serve as your Commandant over the past year. Our 88,000 active duty, reserve, civilian and auxiliary men and women comprise the most talented workforce in our nearly 225-year history. This includes families and loved ones who do not take an oath but faithfully support your service.
A year ago, I published my Commandant's Direction with three guiding principles for our Service: Service to Nation, Duty to People and Commitment to Excellence. Today, I released the Commandant's Strategic Intent 2015-2019 <http://go.usa.gov/3Xrpr> which builds upon my direction and details our areas of focus over the next four years to ensure we are best aligned with national objectives and our Department's priorities.
It is your story - the Coast Guard's story - that highlights your exceptional service. It is my privilege to share this story with everyone who will listen. In doing so, I can best ensure you have the resources and authorities you need to execute our missions for decades to come. A large part of this is engaging on social media, often in real-time as with my most recent video Q&A <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BsHhYwhCPI> on Facebook. I have also written to you directly through our official workforce blog, All Hands. I encourage you to read any messages you may have missed <http://go.usa.gov/3XrKk> , and standby for future communication from me as I continue to share our story.
In looking ahead, budget uncertainty and challenges will persist, but your ethos, bias for action and talent give me absolute confidence in our success.
Thank you for your service in America's Coast Guard.
Admiral Paul F. Zukunft
Posted by Webmaster at 10:10:52 AM on 30 May 2015
VIGILANCE DURING COAST GUARD OPERATIONS
1. On 22nd of May, VADM Michel released the below message calling for vigilance during Coast Guard operations. The 2015 boating season is now underway, and it is especially important to remain mindful of the daily risks we manage and the all-hands responsibility to continuously apply prudent risk management principles in all facets of our recreational boating safety mission set. As members of the Coast Guard workforce, we have a responsibility to ourselves, our crew, our loved ones and the public we serve to carry out our duties safely, whether it be working dockside conducting vessel safety checks, underway on patrol, or recovering from a regatta support mission.
2. I encourage leaders at all levels of the Auxiliary to review the contents of this message with fellow Auxiliarists at the next unit-level meeting, and seize every opportunity to underscore the constant and imperative need for vigilance.
CAPT F. Thomas Boross
Chief Auxiliary and Boating Safety
R 221530Z MAY 15
FM COMDT COGARD WASHINGTON DC//DCO//
SUBJ: VIGILANCE DURING COAST GUARD OPERATIONS
1. It's been almost one year since I assumed the duties of Deputy Commandant for Operations. In that year, I have seen first-hand the tremendous work you perform conducting difficult and challenging operations in the most demanding of conditions.
2. Unfortunately, in the last nine months, the Coast Guard has experienced 11 Class B and 2 Class A mishaps in the Cutter and Boat Forces Communities. These events have resulted in the permanent partial disability of colleagues, the loss of cutter/boat asset hours, and a reduction in operational readiness. These incidents underscore the dangerous nature of our missions.
3. My primary responsibility is ensuring that you are able to safely and effectively perform all the various missions that you are called upon to execute. The fundamental principles that guide our operations from the top all the way down to the most newly reported Seaman Apprentice are the principles of risk management and on-scene initiative. These must be understood and practiced. When we speak of risk management, we are not implying or assuming that risk can be managed to zero. We work in complex, dynamic, and often dangerous environments that demand acceptance of warranted levels of risk. We can reduce mishap occurrence and severity by renewing our focus on aspects of manageable risk mitigation, not only at the outset of every mission, but continuously as unexpected hazards develop.
4. Safety stand-downs play an important role in the aftermath of a mishap. However, we must also be proactive and pause before and during the mission to perform the foundational tenets of team coordination (leadership, mission analysis, adaptability and flexibility, situational awareness, decision making communication and assertiveness) in order to adapt to dynamic conditions.
5. We are working diligently with the safety community to continually update risk management guidance, training and tools to best support your risk assessment efforts. These tools will provide the most accurate and timely information for operators to mitigate hazards and make sound decisions. These updates will reduce mishaps if you integrate risk management into all daily routines, make risk acceptance decisions at the proper level and challenge subordinates to practice risk management at all times. You are charged with dangerous, critically important missions, and the public relies on you. I challenge you to always remain vigilant.
6. VADM C. D. Michel, Deputy Commandant for Operations, sends.
7. Internet release authorized.
Posted by Webmaster at 7:53:33 PM on 26 May 2015
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