WASHINGTON, DC—As part of the OneUSDA initiative, all Forest Service employees now have a USDA email address ending in @usda.gov. You must update your signature block by Nov. 16.
Your @usda.gov address is already added to your Outlook account but isn’t immediately replacing your current Forest Service email address. For now, you’ll continue to send email using your Forest Service email. When you receive email via your new USDA address, it will route to your Forest Service account.
CIO intends that all email accounts will transition entirely to USDA extensions for both sending and receiving messages by spring 2019. Keep an eye out for further messages as this transition progresses over the coming year. Additional information and resources are also posted on the CIO website.
This upcoming change impacts all communication materials where emails are listed, including mobile email signature blocks, website content and business cards.
Ensure you’re prepared by doing the following:
- Identify your new @usda.gov email address by following the instructions at the bottom of KBA00085015: FS: Email Standard Signature Block.
- Create your new email signature block using the signature block generator. Be sure to enter your @usda.gov email address. Additional instructions about creating your email signature block and adding it to your Outlook account are found in KBA00085015: FS: Email Standard Signature Block.
- Change your signature block on all your mobile devices. Instructions are in KBA00106235, FS: Mobile: Creating Signature Block on Smartphones and Tablets.
- Change email references on web pages, business cards, and other written communications and documents to your new usda.gov address.
If you have further questions related to the transition, please send an email to the OneUSDA Email project team.