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Continuing Education for Natural Resource Professionals

Workshop Agenda for:

Asking & Answering the Right Monitoring Questions (AARMQ)

Date:

Contact Sound Science or WFW Continuing Education Program Leader (Request in AgLearn)

Host:

Sound Science, LLC

Place:

TBD

Workshop Home | Payment | Agenda | Travel | SF182

"Request" in AgLearn

Alternative - "Foundation in Ecological Monitoring in a Management Context" (FEMMC)

Payment:

Tuition is $850

Please pay by Credit Card/PayPal, Direct Deposit/Electronic Transfer or check; NFC government check, local government check or personal check.

Participants will receive Tax ID and DUNS information in the welcome letter from Christine Wisnewski. Credit Card payment is available through PayPal (note to FS participants: some USFS Purchasing Agents found PayPal not compatible with PCMS/FFIS in FY07. In FY08 PayPal was used without any reported problems.)

Tuition includes a printed manual, snacks, and coffee. Please pay this tuition in advance or submit an SF-182 to christine@sound-science.org.

There are two options for payment:

(1) Mail a check, payable to Sound Science LLC, to PO Box 9721, Boise, ID 83707-3721

(2) Use a credit card at PayPal

Steps for using PayPal:

(1) Go to www.paypal.com

(2) Select the tab marked “Send Money”

(3) In the “To:” field, enter “payments@sound-science.org”; enter the $850 as the amount; select “Services”. Click on Continue.

(4) Follow the instructions for entering credit card information.

AgLearn Keywords: Use one or two of the following key words in AgLearn. We recommend using the Advanced Search option.

2600 monitoring vegetation

Registering in AgLearn

Dropping from the Workshop: Pretty simple -- find a sub or pay fixed cost. Tuition is low for this workshop so we do not have much of leeway on letting people drop. The budget has been set and spent based on your current confirmation. Check with us first, just in case we have a waiting list. Thank you for your understanding and consideration.

Agenda:

Agenda - 2008 PDF (95 KB)
More Information from Sound Science

Bring:

  • information that may help you think about specific monitoring projects in your own world.
    • May include: photos, pilot data, and background information needed to create a conceptual ecological model of the system.

We will contact you individually to discuss possible projects that you might use during this session. If you don't have a project of your own to discuss, we will have two projects, drawn from our own experience, that can be used for the exercises.

Travel:

Airport & Ground Transportation:

TBA

Lodging:

TBA


For non-USFS participants, contact Christine Wisnewski, Director of Projects, 703-531-7359


Dropping from the Workshop: Pretty simple -- find a sub or pay fixed cost. Tuition is extremely low cost for this workshop so we do not have much of leeway on letting people drop. The budget has been set and spent based on your current confirmation. Check with us first, just in case we have a waiting list. Thank you for your understanding and consideration.


SF182

INFORMATION WILL BE UPDATED JULY 2010 FOR THIS 2011 OFFERING - this information is fairly accurate for 2011

Once you register, it is a good time to do your SF182. Kudos if you have done it already! You may have heard - it is mandatory to do SF182s in AgLearn.
As with most things...its not hard once you know how. Here is some info on 'how".

All the WFW-Continuing Education workshops are listed as "internal". USDA set up the SF182 process in AgLearn for "external" listed only. Purchasing agents and travel processing clerks want SF182s for any training that costs money and/or involves travel so you still need to do it.

County: Salt Lake

Step 1. Log into AgLearn
Step 2. Be sure your supervisor is listed in your profile


("Personal" tab...."Profile" hyper text on the horizontal menu -- scroll down past your email info and you'll find the supervisor cell. click on the handlens icon and you can search for your supervisor by last name. I can do this really fast for you if you can't get it to work). Also be sure your email info is listed. When done, if you added any info, be sure to click "Apply Changes".


Step 3. "click" on/select the "Learning" tab.


Step 4. On the horizontal menu under the "Learning" tab select "SF182 Requests". It is the far right option.


NOTE: You can't "save" the SF182 and finish it later (future updates in AgLearn should allow you to save your SF182). Have your data pulled together (travel costs, vendor info, etc) as well as filling in email and supervisor before doing the SF182 - otherwise you will waste your time searching around for the information. Be aware that if you are "inactive" while filling out your SF182 in AgLearn for 10 minutes or more you may get "logged out". If this happens your SF182 will disappear when you hit "submit".


Step 5. You should be looking at a page titled:

"Request, Authorization, Agreement & Certification of Training". This is where you can track the status of your SF182s. This is also where you create/initiate your SF182 for this workshop.


Click on/select "New Request".

NOTE: don't confuse the use of the word "Request" here with "request" used in other parts of AgLearn. Filling out an SF182 all by itself will NOT automatically register you for training or request unscheduled training. This part of AgLearn is not connected to the registration side of AgLearn.

Ok - back to the SF182.

Filling in the SF182 in AgLearn

Section A: Trainee Information
Step 6. You should see the SF182 populated with some of your personal information. You do NOT have to provide your social security number (shouldn't be on the form anymore) or home address. The form lists the address where your time sheet is routed to NFC...not necessarily your real home or work address. You can delete it out.

Step 7. Fill in the other info per usual habit.

A. Agency Code, agency sub element and submitting office number. (Optional Field)
If don’t know it, skip and move on. If you happen to know your "number" go ahead and fill it in. It might automatically fill in.

B. Request Status / Record Action (Optional Field): – choice of ‘Add’ or ‘Delete’; Choose ‘Add’ if doesn't auto fill.

A.1 Applicant’s Name Pre-populated

A. 2 & 3? Missing from the form. Must be the unnumbered fields for your name.

A.4 Home Address (Optional Field): – Pre-populated; delete if you want – private & not needed

A.5 Home Phone (Optional Field): – Pre-populated; delete if you want – private & not needed

A.6 Position Level (Mandatory Field): Select one of the following:

6a. Non supervisory - Anyone who does not have supervisory/team leader responsibilities.
6b. Supervisory - First line supervisors who do not supervise other supervisors; typically those who are responsible for an employee's performance appraisal or approval of their leave.
6c. Manager - Those in management positions who typically supervise one or more supervisors.
6d. Executive - Members of the Senior Executive Service (SES) or equivalent.


A.7 Organizational Mailing Address Field - office mailing address. This should pre-populate in AgLearn. Sometimes it puts the administrative address where your paperwork is handled which is not always where you actually work. Enter the office address where you pick up mail. If the workshop has pre-work, it will be mailed to this address.

A.8 Office Phone (Optional Field): Enter the trainee’s telephone number. Include area code, office number and extension.

A.9 Work Email Address (Optional Field)

A.10 Position Title (Optional Field): – Enter the trainee’s current position.

A.11 Applicant Handicapped or Disabled (Optional Field): If the trainee is in need of special arrangements (brailing, taping, interpreters, facility accessibility, etc); describe the requirements in the space provided or on a separate sheet. This is new –and really important for the vendor to know ASAP to ensure a quality product.

A.12 Type of Appointment (Optional Field): – Pre-populated

A.13 Education Level (Optional Field): – Pre-populated

A.14 Pay Plan (Mandatory Field): – If not pre-populated, enter the trainee’s pay plan. (e.g., GS, WG, ES…Pay Band)

A.15 Series (Mandatory Field): If not pre-populated, enter the trainee’s position classification four digit series. (e.g., 0201)

A.16 Grade (Mandatory Field): – If not pre-populated, enter the trainee’s grade level. (1-15)

A.17 Step (Optional Field): Enter the appropriate step. (1-10)

Section B: Training Course Information

B.1a Training Vendor Name
For Asking & Answering the Right Monitoring Questions: Dr. David Maddox, Sound Science - LLC, (Mandatory Field)
Tab over to second cell and type in 'Sound Science - LLC' (vendor name) in field labeled “If other, please specify”. You only have 30 spaces.

For the WFW/CE program, the vendor contact information is also available at our website: www.fs.fed.us/biology/education

Street Address: PO Box 9721

City: Boise

State/Province: ID

Postal Code: 83707

Country: USA

B.1b Location of Training Site (Optional Field): Provide town/state of the training site if different from B1a. If same, mark box labeled “If same, mark box”. For AARMQ: Salt Lake City, UT; Facility University of Utah, Guest House

B.1c Vendor Email Address: (Optional Field): – david@sound-science.org

B.1d Vendor Telephone Number: (Optional Field): 202-255-1124

B.2a Course Title (Mandatory Field): – Asking & Answering the Right Monitoring Questions

B.2b Course Number Code (Optional Field): – We use the AgLearn Schedule ID: 18896 (for FY2011)

B.3 Training Start Date (Mandatory Field): – Enter the start date of the training to be completed by the trainee.

Note: The label for the field incorrectly defines the format. Use the calendar icon to select the date or enter the date manually in the following format: mm/dd/yyyy
01/12/2011

B.4 Training Complete Date (Mandatory Field): – Enter the end date of the training to be completed by the trainee.

Note: The label for the field incorrectly defines the format. Use the calendar icon to select the date or enter the date manually in the following format: mm/dd/yyyy
01/14/2011

B.5 Training Duty Hours (Mandatory Field): Enter the number of duty hours for training. 25 hours
2 long days (10 hours) and one 1/2 day

B.6 Training Non-Duty Hours (Mandatory Field): Enter the number of non-duty hours for training; 0 (zero)

B.7 Training Purpose Type (Mandatory Field): – From the drop-down list, select the purpose for taking this course or program using the appropriate training purpose type code. We recommend 03: Improve/Maintain Present Performance - Training to provide the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to improve or maintain proficiency in present job. Though for B.9 it seems you should pick 01: Program Mission.

B.8 Training Type Code Hidden Field
Determined by selection of Field #9 (Training Sub-Type Code)

B.9 Training Sub-Type Code (Mandatory Field): – From the drop-down list, select the Training Sub-Type code that applies to the requested training. We recommend either: 01_03: Scientific - or 03_30: Employee Orientation.

B.10 Training Delivery Type Code (Mandatory Field): Enter the Training Delivery Type code. 01 – Traditional Classroom

B.11 Training Designation Type Code (Mandatory Field): Enter the Training Designation Type Code: 05 – N/A

B.12 Training Credit (Mandatory Field): Enter 0; no credits earned.

B.13 Training Credit Type Code (Mandatory Field): – Enter 04 – Not Applicable

B.14 Training Accreditation Indicator (Mandatory Field): Enter No (N)

B.15 Continued Service Agreement Required Indicator (Mandatory Field): Enter No (N)

B.16 Continued Service Agreement Required Expiration Date (Optional Field):– Enter NA or leave blank

B.17 Training Source Type Code: (Mandatory Field): –02: Government - External

B.18 Training Objectives (Optional Field): design and implement a monitoring program assessing ecological systems relative to management actions.

B.19 Agency Use Only (Optional Field): For use by an agency as needed. Skip it.

Section C: Cost and Billing Information

C.1 Direct Cost and appropriation/fund chargeable (Mandatory Field). – Enter the following data:

1a. Tuition: $850
Insert the actual/final cost of training tuition and fees for training completed by the employee that was paid for by the Federal Government.
Enter the associated budget and accounting code in the Appropriation Fund field. Something like “0100 NFVW00”. INCLUDE your Override code too!
1b. Books or Materials - $0.00
1c. Total Cost - $850

C.2 Indirect Cost and appropriation/fund chargeable (Mandatory Field): – Enter the following data:

2a. Travel - Insert the actual/final travel cost excluding per diem for training completed by the employee that was paid for by the Federal Government. You need to calculate this based on if you are traveling by walking, metro, driving, flying, shuttle, taxi or any combination.
Enter the associated budget and accounting code in the Appropriation Fund field. Something like “0100 NFVW00”. INCLUDE your Override code too!

2b. Per Diem - Insert the actual/final per diem cost (e.g., meals, lodging, miscellaneous expenses) for training completed by the employee that was paid for by the Federal Government. You can get Per Diem from the GSA website.
Per diem for Salt Lake City: $106 lodging and $61 M&IE ($167 total); $45.75 first and last day of travel.
Vendor Negotiated Room Rate: TBA

Enter the associated budget and accounting code in the Appropriation Fund field.
2c. Total - The total cost is system generated after the Travel and Per Diem costs are entered.

C.3 Total Training Non-Government Contribution Cost: (Optional Field): Enter the cost contributed by the trainee or other non-Government organizations for the training completed by the trainee.

C.4 Document/Purchase Order/Requisition Number: (Optional Field): Not applicable for WFW-Continuing Education workshops. Sound Science accepts credit cards, checks, cash. Forest Service - you can pay by credit card through PayPal; NOT your travel card, but a "Purchasing Card". You may not have purchasing card, but your Purchasing Agent does.

C.5 8-Digit Station Symbol (Optional Field): Enter the 8-digit station symbol of the nominating Agency Finance Office. This is the same number discussed at the top of this document for field “A”. Skip it if you don’t know it.

C.6 Billing Instructions (Optional Field):– Normally asking for ASC address. For Asking & Answering the Right Monitoring Questions, this is not applicable because the SF182 is not used as a billing document. It is used for assuring supervisor approval and other agency tracking.

Questions? Problems? Contact Shelly Witt, USFS, WFW-Continuing Education Program Leader. Happy to help.

The Government Travel Card may never be used to pay for training, training fees, or conference fees. The use of your personal credit card is also inappropriate, and may lead to personal financial responsibility for any training costs.

Submit Your SF182

Signature blocks will show up after you submit the form in AgLearn.


Step 8. Go to the bottom of your screen and hit submit. This will send a message to your Supervisor's email box (hence why we need your supervisor info in your profile before you start - and your supervisor needs to have his/her email info entered in AgLearn). You should see the status show up immediately in your AgLearn profile - the page where you first clicked "New Request".


NOTE: some supervisors don't notice the AgLearn email because it can come from "Plateau" (AgLearn's real software name). On rare occasions the FS Spam filter can filter out the email. Always good to ask your supervisor to go into AgLearn and approve the SF182. Supervisors should have a tab saying "my employees".


AgLearn will NOT automatically pay the vendor (Sound Science, LLC). Once you get supervisor approval you should print your SF182 and run it through the usual Purchasing/payment route. Sound Science will provide detailed payment information


That should be "it"! 8 fun steps. Thanks for taking the time to fill it out! Hope it doesn't take all day.


After the workshop: When you return from the course you need to go back into your AgLearn profile and "verify" you attended. Your supervisor will need to do this too. Otherwise you will get naggy emails later on. HRM has information docs setting out all this:
http://fsweb.hcm.fs.fed.us/training/support.php





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Forest Service Continuing Education for Natural Resource Professionals
Author: Shelly Witt, National Continuing Education Coordinator,
WFW staff
Email: switt01@fs.fed.us
Phone: 435-881-4203
Publish_date:2/24/98
Expires: none

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 Last Modified: June 2013