Chief Christiansen welcomes back, thanks ASC employees

Banner signed by employees. Text: We are so grateful for your heroic support to your fellow employees during the shutdown! ...With enormous gratitude, Your friends in DC and across the country.
Banner of appreciation from colleagues in the Washington Office for the work of ASC employees during and following the government shutdown. Forest Service photo by Nicole Ebberhart.

Chief Christiansen stands at head of long, wooden table. Employees sitting on either side.
ASC employees engage in small group discussions about the government shutdown. Forest Service photo by Nicole Ebberhart.

NEW MEXICO—On Jan. 31, Chief Vicki Christiansen welcomed employees back to work at the Albuquerque Service Center after an unprecedented government shutdown. Chief Christiansen spent the day engaging with employees to learn more about what the shutdown meant to them. These lessons learned will help us continue to resume, recover and reset.

Chief Christiansen recognized that the shutdown was felt by employees in many ways. She also stressed her gratitude for the support ASC provides and continued to provide during the government shutdown. On behalf of the agency she thanked ASC employees for their valiant effort of processing over 50,000 timesheets to ensure all employees were paid as soon as possible.

As we continue to resume, recover and reset, we can all learn from the themes of these discussions—working together and being kind to one another.

Chief Christiansen & small group of employees.
Chief Christiansen discusses the impact of the government shutdown with the CFO Incident Finance staff. Forest Service photo by Nicole Ebberhart.
Chief Christiansen stands in front of room full of Albuquerque employees.
Chief Christiansen welcomed Albuquerque Service Center employees back to work and expressed her gratitude for the hard work that went into paying all Forest Service employees. Forest Service photo by Nicole Ebberhart.