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DASP: Emergency Response

Detailer Assignments

In FY 2009, DASP detailers completed 50 individual assignments, contributing a total of 1,032 work days. Assignments ranged from supporting USAID/OFDA’s Operations Division including the Military Liaison and Disaster Response units; serving on Washington, DC-based Response Management Teams (RMT) for the Horn of Africa complex food insecurity emergency and Pakistan complex emergency; four Disaster Operations Specialist rotations for the Africa and Asia regions; one program officer assignment in Nairobi, Kenya; and deployment to the Federated States of Micronesia and Republic of the Marshall Islands for an assessment.

Between 2003 and 2007, DASP detailers contributed an average of 1,238 work days per year. FY 2005 has been the busiest year for DASP since 2003, with a total of 100 assignments comprising 2,022 work days. In FY 2005 alone, detailers participated in six Disaster Assistance Response Teams (DART) and four RMTs for the West Africa Sahel locust emergency, Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, Ethiopia complex health and food insecurity emergency, Darfur/Sudan complex emergency, Sahel complex food security crisis, and Hurricane Katrina.

A majority of detail assignments, roughly 75%, are staffed by Forest Service personnel. The detailer cadre includes representatives from all nine Forest Service geographic regions, and to the extent possible DASP seeks to achieve regional diversity when filling prospective detail assignments. In addition to Forest Service personnel, DASP accesses detailers from BLM to help meet surge staffing requirements. Just over 20% of detail assignments between 2003 and 2007 were filled by BLM, hailing from field offices across the United States.

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