Deputy Secretary visits Forest Service employees in Albuquerque

New Mexico – On January 31st, Deputy Secretary Censky visited with employees from the Albuquerque Service Center and the Southwestern Regional Office.

During the tour of the ASC, Deputy Secretary Cesky interacted with employees from various program areas and was able to see how the consolidated Fire Hire process is coordinated for the Southwestern Region. He even had an opportunity to listen-in on a phone call with a Human Resources Management Contact Center agent. During the ASC Roundtable discussion, employees from all units of the ASC provided great examples and ideas about how the Forest Service works and contributes to USDA. 

In the afternoon, Deputy Secretary Censky enjoyed an authentic southwestern lunch featuring red and green chile enchiladas and learned about the diverse resources the Southwestern Region manages in support of USDA’s strategic goals. Following lunch, Deputy Censky toured the Southwest Coordination Center, an interagency focal point for coordinating the mobilization of resources for wildland fire, prescribed fire and all-risk incidents in the southwest. As part of the tour he received a predictive services briefing associated with the upcoming fire season. 

Deputy Secretary Censky was impressed to hear from Forest Service employees about many of the services they provide for employees and that are designed to meet the needs of communities while caring for the nation’s resources.


Deputy Secretary Stephen Censky listens to a call in the HRM Contact Center. Forest Service photo.


Deputy Secretary Stephen Censky and Chief of Staff Brooke Appleton engaged with employees at the Albuquerque Service Center. Forest Service photo.