• Ventilation Updates
 • Free Scholarships
 • Phone Regs
                          NUMBER 2


   EPA staff visited Pulitzer laureate
 James Michener in Florida in
 December to film public service
 announcements on the subject of
 wetlands. PSAs have been sent to TV
 stations across the  country, and the
 Offices of Public Affairs and
 Community and Intergovernmental
 Relations have begun a campaign to
 get them aired.  Michener is a life-long
 eco-activist; he  is shown here with
 Melba Meador,  Director of Community
 Relations, OCIR. Other participants
 were Mike McDonell, Shirley Smith,
 Mat Cuddy, Gene Padgett  and Hazel
 Groman. a
Leaded  Coolers
  Some electric water coolers may be
adding unsafe concentrations of lead
to drinking water, according to data
submitted to EPA by the Public
Health Service. The putative link
between water coolers and lead
contamination was discovered in two
Navy offices last summer. Levels of
the hazardous metal reached as high
as 40 times the recommended
standard. The problem apparently
originates in lead-lined tanks or lead
soldering in refrigeration coils.
  EPA officials say initial testing
procedures are underway throughout
the  agency to determine the quality of
water in our coolers as well. D
                                   Ventilation Update

                                     The Ventilation Committee
                                   continues to work with Facilities
                                   Management and Services Division
                                   (FMSD) on air quality issues at
                                   Headquarters, among which are the
                                   possibility of conducting a health
                                   survey to determine how many
                                   employees suffer from "edificiogenic"
                                   illnesses, the problem of truck fumes
                                   permeating the second floor of the SW
                                   Mall, and the persistent presence of
                                   mold in the NE basement library.
                                     Rich Lemley (FMSD) has been
                                   holding meetings with representatives
                                   of EPA's Indoor Air Program, the
                                   National Federation of Federal
                                   Employees, the Occupational Health
                                   and Safety Staff (OHSS) and  Town
                                   Center management to work on
                                   compliance with the ASHRAE fresh
                                   air standards, the location of
                                   air-intake dampers and CO2
                                   monitoring methods.
                                     Preliminary calculations by a
                                   member of the Indoor Air Program for
                                   the second and third floors of the
                                   Mall (not including the SE Mall and
                                   the second floor of the SW Mall),
                                   show that the ASHRAE fresh air
                                   standard (20 cfm per person) is
                                   perhaps not being met. The amount of
                                   fresh air coming into these areas
                                   seems to be about 10 cfm.
                                     An employee of the Office of Solid
                                   Waste has prepared a memorandum
                                   detailing the problems she and others
                                   experienced while working in the
                                   2600 corridor: laryngitis, sore throat,
                                   persistent cough, headaches,  dizzy
                                   spells, fluid in the lungs, difficulty
                                   breathing and general fatigue. The
                                   putative causes range from poorly
                                   located air-intake vents to general
                                   overcrowding. Health problems have
                                   also been noted on the ground floor of
                                   the NE Mall; OHSS is considering an
                                   investigation of this floor.
                                     A report summarizing indoor
                                   air-quality goals  as developed in talks
                                   with  management over the past two
                                   years may be ordered from Myra
                                   Cypser on 382-2872. a
                     Free Scholarships

                    for  Feds

                      Officials of the Federal Employee
                     Education and Assistance fund
                     (FEEA) hosted its 1988 program
                     kickoff on January 6, highlighting the
                     group's first full year of operation
                     with the award of fifty-thousand
                     dollars in scholarships. FEEA is on
                     the verge of becoming a major
                     charitable force in the federal
                     employee community. It was formed
                     in 1986 to provide general assistance
                     to all  federal employees in the form of
                     family emergency loans and grants as
                     well as educational loans and
                      The founding members are officers
                     of both management and labor
                    groups, including the National
                    Treasury Employees Union, the Senior
                    Executives Association, the National
                    Federation of Federal Employees and
                    the National Council of Social
                    Security Management Associations.
                      For information call 1-800-323-4140
                    or 202-543-8685,  or write to POB
                    2811,  Washington DC 20013-2811. a
                    Charles Robbins retires after 52 years of
                    dedicated service to the Army, the Air
                    Force, NIH and, since 1971, our own
                    Office of Radiation Programs.

 Functional Staffing

   The Personnel Management
 Division recently held an agencywide
 functional staffing workshop in New
 Orleans where approximately forty
 specialists received training and
 shared experiences on a variety of
 subjects ranging from special
 employment programs to new staffing
 flexibilities. The workshop was a
 smashing success; there are more to
 come. D
 New Phone Regs

  Twenty years ago government paid
flat fees for long-distance telephone
lines. Extra calls and extended
conversations did not produce extra
costs, though they did tie up lines and
perhaps forced the  government to
lease more lines than were strictly
necessary for business traffic.
  Today, charges to agencies for
long-distance are just like those for
home phones. More calls for more
minutes mean bigger  bills. Every
agency receives a monthly itemized
list showing the extension from which
each call was made, its destination
and time expended. Personal
long-distance calls now cost the
government about $90 million a year.
  Staff will notice the colorful GSA
phone posters now  going up in federal
halls and offices. "Somebody pays" is
the first in a series of five posters
informing employees  of the cost and
inequity of personal calls at
government expense,  how charges are
generated on the Federal
Telecommunications  System and how
new rules will soon apply to personal
calls from work phones.
  The new rules are the result of an
attempt to cut down on major abuse
of the federal long-distance system,
while liberalizing guidelines on
                                                  Staffing Workshop Attendees
 employee use of phone facilities to
 match the private sector. Future
 posters will spell out the details. For
 example, federal workers will soon be
 allowed brief daily calls—even long
 distance—to children at home,
 babysitters, daycare centers and
   If personal long-distance calls
 during work hours  are necessary,
 federal workers are being asked to do
 the honorable thing and charge the
 calls to their own accounts. Managers
 themselves, some of the most
 notorious abusers, must set an
 example for staff and employees. D

Health and Safety

   A Health and Safety Committee has
been established in EPA's New York
Office, responsible for advising
management in carrying out an
effective occupational health and
safety program in the Javits Federal
Office  Building and during field
activities. The Committee will help
maintain open  channels of
communication between employees
and management, and comprises one
member and an alternate from each
division and regional counsel's office,
who serve one-year terms. Members
were nominated by  their Division
Directors or elected by members of the
 Regional Counsel Health and Safety
 Committee. Meetings are held on a
 regular schedule; minutes are kept
 and sent to the Director of the
 Occupational Health and Safety Staff
 at Headquarters.  The Committee
 elected as co-chairmen Carl Howard
 and Richard Wice;  the Occupational
 Health and Safety Officer for Region
 Two is Donna Haseman. D

National Symposium

  EPA Institute, Office of Human
Resources Management, held its first
two-day National Instructor
Symposium here  November 18-19.
The Symposium brought together 125
of the Agency's more than 500
in-house instructors from
headquarters, regions, field offices and
labs to discuss course evaluation and
design. They also attended
continuing-education classes in
instruction techniques, public
speaking and negotiation skills. As
keynoter, Lee Thomas lauded the work
of the participants and presented
special awards to 21 outstanding
instructors. The Institute offers a
broad spectrum of courses from
secretarial to law  to the  sciences, a
The awardees were:
Administrative Hearings
 & Trials
Data Quality Objectives
Framework for

Groundwater Modeling

Human Exposure
 Seminar Series
Managing Office

Negotiation Skills
Risk Assessment
Risk Assessment
Statistics for Managers
Danforth Bodien,
Region 10; John Hohn,
Region 10; Michael
Walker, OECM
Kevin Hull, ORD
Ruth Allen, ORD
James Guy, OARM;
Jack Hoffbuhr, Region
Zubair Saleem,
Wayne Bloch, ORD

Nancy Kawtoski,
ORD; Edith Minor,
David Batson, OECM;
Linda Flick, OECM;
Winston Haythe,
OECM; Chris Kirtz,
OPPE; Renelle Rae,
Donald Barnes, OPTS
Dorothy Patton, ORD;
Linda Tuxen, ORD
John Warren, OPPE
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Nominations for Excellence

  The Public Employees Roundtable (PER) recently
announced that it is accepting nominations for the 1988
Public Service Excellence Awards. The Awards pay tribute
to public organizations whose achievements exhibit the
highest standard of dedication and accomplishment in five
award categories: federal, state, local, retiree and youth.
Awards will be  presented to the winning organizations at
the Roundtable's "Breakfast of Champions" at the U.S.
Capitol in Washington, D.C. on May 5, 1988.
  Nominations are solicited from organizations and
individuals  interested in excellence in government, such
as federal, state  and  local agencies, non-profit
organizations, business, educational groups and the public.
The Awards Committee focuses on improvements in the
quality of life, projects that have cut costs of governmental
services and the intensity of employee or volunteer effort
and innovation.
  Nomination forms can be obtained by writing the
Roundtable  at P.O. Box 6184, Ben Franklin Station,
Washington, D.C. 20044, or calling (202) 535-4324. The
deadline for receipt of nominations is February 29, 1988. n

Sci-Tech Committee Calls for Panel Members

   The Scientific and Technical Careers Advisory
Committee  has  identified a number of issues affecting the
career development and work environment of the
scientific and technical community, and is seeking
participants for panels to address them. To become a  Panel
member or Chair you may self-nominate or be nominated
by your peers. Include a paragraph explaining your
qualifications for serving on a specific panel and send it to
the appropriate member liaison within two weeks of the
date you get this issue of the Notes, n
                                      Member Liaison's
                                      Name and Mail
 Panel Title   Project Description
 Recognition  To recommend ways to
 EPA        enhance recognition of EPA
 Scientific/   scientific/technical
 Technical    community accomplishments
 Community  not only at EPA but in the
            scientific community at large
            and among the public

Distmgushed To develop a lecture program
Lecturer     where nationally recognized
Series       scientific/technical people
            can present seminars and
            hold discussions with EPA
            sci/tech personnel on
            environmental science
            management and policy
                                      Elizabeth Leovey
                                      Office of Pesticides
                                      Programs Hazard
                                      Evaluation Division
                                      Mail Code TS-769
                                      Rosemane C Russo
                                      College Station Rd
                                      Athens, Ga 30613
                                      E-Mail EPA8430
Better Government
  The EPA Committee on Integrity and Management
Improvement (CIMI - pronounced SEE ME) was
established by the Administrator in August 1984 to
coordinate Agency efforts aimed at minimizing
opportunities for fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement,
and to advise the Administrator on how to improve the
effectiveness of EPA programs and activities. CIMI is
chaired by the EPA Inspector General and includes
representatives of the  Assistant Administrators and
Regional Offices. Two rotating members from regional
offices represent the Regions as a whole. The full
committee meets every other month; various
subcommittees meet on their own schedules to develop
projects for the full committee.
  One of CIMI's most visible products has been the
Awareness Bulletins. Always devoted to a single-subject
and easily identified by their bold yellow chromatics, the
Bulletins are designed to raise the awareness of employees
of their responsibility to  identify fraud, waste and
mismanagement at all levels and of all types. Bulletins
have addressed bid-rigging, the employee  suggestion
program and procurement fraud, and in future will
address new anti-fraud legislation and FTS Regs.
  Other CIMI products include the publications  Indicators
of Fraud in EPA Procurement  and Prevention Plan. The
Committee was also instrumental in standardizing
certification statements on EPA forms, such as the
Application for Notification of State Registration of a
Pesticide and Laboratory Performance Evaluations. Future
publications will include "Ethics In A Nutshell" for all
employees and "A Common-sense Approach to Managing"
for supervisors.
  The Committee members, listed below, welcome your
comments and suggestions. You can contact them
personally or write, o

CIMI Representatives:
John Martin      Inspector General (Chair)                382-3137
Tony Musick     Office of Administration & Resources      382-5087
Pat Alberico      Office of Enforcement and Compliance     382-4541
Gerald Yamada    Office of General Counsel                475-8064
Mary Free       Office of Policy, Planning and Evaluation    382-4020
Don Flattery      Office of External Affairs                475-8200
Pat Keitt        Office of Water                       382-5698
Thad Juszczak    Office of Solid Waste and Emergency      382-4510
Laurie May       Office of Air and Radiation              382-7431
Marylouise Uhlig  Office of Pesticides and Toxic Substances    382-2906
Randy Shobe     Office of Research and Development       382-7500
Alan Sielen      Office of International Activities          382-4875
Ramona Trovato   Office of Regional Operations            382-4719
Herb Barrack     Region 2                            264-2520
Bill Wisniewski   Region 3                            597-3654
Leanne Boisvert   Office of the Administrative Law Judges    382-4860
Dwight Doxey    Office of Civil Rights                   382-4569
John Ropes      Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business 557-7777
Kathleen Conway  Science Advisory Board                 382-2552
Diane Bazzle      Office of the Administrator              382-4057
Ed Maddox       Office of  the Inspector General (Coordinator) 475-8960
 Quote of the Month
 "What sexier subject is there than a technology (genetic
engineering) that combines Faust and Frankenstein"
 - David Padwa
                                                          Opening: writer, GS-9—12, OPA Division of Publications;
                                                          EPA Journal. Challenging job. John Heritage, 382-4359.

OIG Goes to Jail
  As part of the federal law enforcement effort, OIG is
interested in the punitive results of its investigative work,
so senior staffers took a tour of the Fort Worth Federal
Correction Institution in December. This minimum-
security prison houses mostly white-collar criminals and
nonviolent drug-abusers. OIG visited inmates quarters,
dining halls, classrooms (attendance is mandatory) and the
factory, where inmates produce high-quality products for
sale to federal agencies through Unicor Industries.
  Particularly impressive was the prison's state of hygiene
and the industriousness and elan of  the inmates, who,
though their remuneration is a mere $0.22 to $1.11 an
hour, really hustle. Several of the inmates OIG spoke to
agreed that they probably worked harder in prison than
outside because of a sense of teamwork and the need to
keep busy to make the time go faster.
  Warden Turnbo said that while Fort Worth is a
minimum-security facility without walls or fences, inmate
counts are conducted five times a day. Though many
inmates are wealthy, the only possessions allowed are
their own clothes and toiletries. The facility houses almost
as many women as men but, typical  of Anglo-Saxon
prisons, physical contact is forbidden. The press refers to
the facility as a "country-club", but inmates' time is highly
regimented and accommodations are spartan. The warden
claims that no member of the press has ever accepted his
offer to vacation at this so-called country-club, n

Human Resources Innovations

  The Office of External Affairs Human Resources Forum,
comprising volunteer delegates representing all grade
levels, continues to be active. The goals of the Forum have
been formulated explicitly in response to staff requests for
accelerated progress in promotions, training and career
  A recent OEA Forum, meeting in full session, ratified a
series of "bottom-up" committee proposals as to how  it
should be constituted, what procedures it should follow,
and how it should communicate results to Assistant
Administrator Joy Wilson, to the Agencywide Forum and
to OEA staff at large. Then, in a subsequent retreat with
input from support staff, the Forum  put together detailed
recommendations for Wilson on how to get around the
normal delays. All parties are determined to make this
innovative  approach pay off  in real opportunity for those
whose careers have inadvertently been side-tracked, a

Rotating for Success

   Two years ago the Office of Administration
implemented its Rotational Assignment Program to move
OA employees periodically among OA divisions and  other
organizations, broadening their perspective and exploring
the unique abilities of a diverse staff. This program takes
OA specialists and turns them into generalists and
fully-fledged professionals. There are no limitations on the
number of participants, grade levels or occupations. To
date, almost 40 employees have participated, from grade-6
secretaries to grade-15 branch chiefs. Several individuals
have enjoyed multiple rotations, and many more have
found new permanent positions.
  Most participants have been enthusiastic in describing
the benefits. The most common "lessons learned" were:
•  an appreciation for the pressures and workloads of
various organizations
•  new skills and approaches
•  seeing how each division supports the OA function.
 Participants have recommended that assignments be at
least 12 months long in order to maximize benefits. This
recommendation will be implemented,  depending, of
course, on cross-training needs of future participants. OA's
primary goal is to develop a broad-based cadre of
individuals capable of dealing with complex issues, a
"feeder group" for leadership positions  in OA and
throughout the Agency, n


  Administrator Lee  Thomas has forwarded a report to the
Congress on activities of the Senior Environment
Employment (SEE) Corps at EPA.
  The SEE Corps  continues to provide full and part-time
employment to hundreds of older Americans in jobs
relating to the prevention, abatement and control of
environmental pollution, including surveying toxic
industrial chemicals, educating the public  on areawide
water planning, managing Agency environmental libraries,
presenting educational programs on the use of pesticides
for farm workers and performing surveys of environmental
oncogens. EPA is expanding opportunities  for
participation of the "geriatry" at all levels.  The Office of
Research and Development, Office of Exploratory
Research, has developed a SEE handbook to guide
operation of the Corps within EPA, and a pamphlet for
distribution to the public.
  The Office of Toxic Substances found that older
workers, with their common sense, reliability and vast
experience in dealing with people, do an excellent job
relating to top managers in schools, on  school boards and
in state offices of public instruction regarding the possible
hazards of asbestos materials in public  buildings and
monitoring for compliance. A nucleus of senior citizens
we can call upon from time to time has been recruited and
trained to do surveys and generate pesticide-usage data.
These data help EPA establish statistically valid
information so states can monitor the kinds, amounts and
location of pesticides being applied.
  EPA has also looked to SEE workers  to develop training
materials on certification of foreign cars, assuring that they
meet U.S. safety and emission standards. Through SEE the
Agency has supported poison-alert programs at the local
level and monitoring of landfills for gas seepage. Further,
seniors are now being employed to develop community
awareness programs  on hazardous waste designations and
landfill  management.
  Older workers are  stationed at Headquarters  and all ten
EPA regional offices, twenty laboratories, various field
sites and several state offices. With new legislation and
regulations continually being written, the need for senior
citizens is never-ending; therefore EPA is totally
committed to the SEE Corps. It provides splendid
opportunities for society's elders to add to their income
while safeguarding our common environs.  D