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The Forest Service was tasked by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG), through OIG Audit Report #08601-54-SF, to prepare for the timely replacement of critical fire management staff. As in most federal agencies, the Forest Service faces a significant number of retirements over the next 5-10 years. Many of the fire management positions require several years of formal and on-the-job training in order to become certified for firefighting duties. The report included recommendations for the development of plans for recruiting, training, developing and retaining those personnel who fill these critical positions.

Over the last few years, the Firefighter Workforce & Succession Planning Team responded to each of the OIG’s recommendations (conferring with Human Resource Management, Civil Rights and the Union). On February 20, 2013, the team received notification that all responses to the audit were accepted. The intent of this web-page is to keep everyone abreast of all the work that continues to be accomplished, as well as documents related to this important effort.

Links of Interest:

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