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Employee Resources

Resources

Our goal here at the USDA is to help our new employees feel welcomed, informed, and part of a great team. We understand that the cultivation of our employees is vital in ensuring the success of our organization.

To help you get better acclimated within your Agency/Program, please take some time to review the following resources:

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APHIS Public Web Site

APHIS information for the general public and employees.

myAPHIS Internal Employee Site Employees Only

If you are USDA employee you can use this web site as your launch pad to internal APHIS information. This information includes APHIS Administrator information, news and videos, program & employee resources, applications & resources, and support information used by employees to do their daily jobs.


Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Public Web Site

AMS information for the general public and employees.

AMS for Employees

AMS resources for new and current employees.

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Applications & Systems Employees Only

This website identifies many different applications/systems used with in AMS and APHIS

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Travel Services Center Employees Only

The Travel Services Center (TSC) resides within the Financial Services Branch of the MRPBS, Financial Management Division. TSC is responsible for developing Agency policies and instructions to ensure compliance with the Federal Travel Regulations. TSC manages the Electronic Travel System (ETS2), electronic relocation system and administration of the travel credit card program for APHIS programs and headquarters branches as well as providing travel support to Agriculture Marketing Service and Foreign Agriculture Service.


Information Technology Support Employees Only

Both AMS and APHIS employees can find resources and IT support at this site. If you do not have access to a computer, you can call (APHIS Customers) 877-944-8457 and (AMS Customers) 844-267-2424 to reach a technician. A catalog of available services is available here.


Government Vehicles

Use of Government Vehicles and Individual Liability - Throughout your career with USDA you may be required to operate a government-owned vehicle (GOV) for official government business or you may be driving a vehicle leased by the Government, or one that is leased by you as an employee in travel status.


Human Resources Desk Guide (HRDG)

This guide will give supervisors, managers and employees information needed to fulfill their personnel responsibilities.

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APHIS Ergonomics Program

APHIS provides a comprehensive Safety and Health Program for APHIS employees with work places and conditions of employment in which the risk of exposures to potential hazards is minimized.


Civil Rights Enforcement and Compliance (APHIS) information for New Employees

The Office of Civil Rights, Diversity, and Inclusion (OCRDI) is responsible for providing leadership, direction, coordination, evaluation, and support to the Civil Rights efforts of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). The OCRDI conducts outreach to minority organizations and institutions, manages the APHIS formal and informal complaints program, supports and implements the efforts of the APHIS-wide Diversity and Inclusion Program, Special Emphasis Programs, and provides national policy and leadership on Tribal Consultation.


Employee Responsibility and Conduct Personnel Bulletin

The purpose of this directive is to set forth the Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) policies, procedures, and standards on employee responsibilities and conduct. Although it specifically addresses many ethics and conduct requirements.


Merit System Principles

A common conception of the Federal Government's merit system principles is that they are designed to ensure fair and open recruitment and competition and employment practices free of political influence or other nonmerit factors. Although that is certainly true, a closer reading of those principles suggests a much broader policy objective that relates directly to managing the ongoing performance of the Federal workforce.


New Employee Emergency Contact Sheet (APHIS only)

Provide this information to the APHIS EQS Program Manager at EQSSupport@usda.gov within your first work week.


Political Activity (Hatch Act)

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Hatch Act, a federal law passed in 1939, limits certain political activities of federal employees, as well as some state, D.C., and local government employees who work in connection with federally funded programs. ​The law’s purposes are to ensure that federal programs are administered in a nonpartisan fashion, to protect federal employees from political coercion in the workplace, and to ensure that federal employees are advanced based on merit and not based on political affiliation.​​​​

The Hatch Act Illustrated and Explained (Video)


Prohibited Personnel Practices

Prohibited personnel practices (PPPs) are employment-related activities that are banned in the federal workforce because they violate the merit system through some form of employment discrimination, retaliation, improper hiring practices, or failure to adhere to laws, rules, or regulations that directly concern the merit system principles.


Security Awareness and Reporting of Foreign Contacts (APHIS)

Presidential Decision Directive/NSC-12 requires that government employees report all contacts with individuals of any nationality, either within or outside the scope of the employee's official activities.


Reprisal Actions Against Employees and Others

The purpose of this directive is to set forth the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) policies, procedures, and standards on employee responsibilities and conduct. Although it specifically addresses many ethics and conduct requirements, it is not intended to cover all possible situations.


Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)

USERRA protects the job rights of individuals who voluntarily or involuntarily leave employment positions to undertake military service or certain types of service in the National Disaster Medical System. USERRA also prohibits employers from discriminating against past and present members of the uniformed services, and applicants to the uniformed services.


USDA Civil Rights

Provides policy, compliance, training and data and record management services on civil rights matters for the Department.


USDA’s Non-discrimination Statement

Civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.


Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Employees Only

The EAP is a professional counseling and referral service to help MRP employees with personal and professional problems.

APHIS employees Employees Only

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Collaborative Resolution (CR) Program Employees Only

The CR Program is an early intervention Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) program that exists to help employees and managers develop skills to work through and manage differences, and to prevent, resolve, or manage workplace conflicts.


Government Ethics Employees Only

Ethical rules that govern Federal employees. These Standards provide guidance to employees on how to maintain a high level of trust and integrity in administering their official duties as a Government employee. The Office of Ethics is available to assist with any ethics questions you may have. Please email us at Ethics-MRP@usda.gov.


Managing Performance in MRP Employees Only

Information to facilitate communication in the performance management process, with the goal of fostering frequent, constructive communication that builds trust, and improves clarity and accountability.


If your new position is covered under a bargaining agreement or union representation, see the following information:

APHIS Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) unions cover employees below grade GS-13, except supervisors, laboratory employees, geneticists, biologists, microbiologists, employees involved in confidential matters, and certain others determined on a case by case basis.

The National Association of Agriculture Employees (NAAE) Employees Only represent PPQ permanently employed professional PPQ officers, SITC Officers and all permanently employed nonprofessional employees of PPQ other than clerical, secretarial, and administrative employees.

The National Association of Plant Protection and Quarantine Office Support Employees Employees Only (NAPPQOSE) represent PPQ clerical, secretarial, and administrative in the field, excluding headquarters, the regions.

The well-being of the employees and efficient and economical operation of the USDA, APHIS, VS, Tick Eradication Program require that orderly and constructive relationships be maintained between the Employer and the Union. The participation of employees in the formulation and implementation of Employer policies and procedures affecting them, contributes to the effective conduct of public business.


AMS Meat Graders Employees Only

This Agreement sets forth the respective roles and responsibilities of the parties and states the policies, procedures, and methods that provide the working relationships between the parties.


Veterinary Services

All employees in the Center for Veterinary Biologics (CVB) and National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) programs (except for employees of the Animal Health and Veterinary Biologics Program and management officials, supervisors, professional employees, and employees engaged in personnel work in other than a purely clerical capacity) are covered by AFGE 2315. Employees Only


Veterinary Services (VS) Tick Riders Employees Only

The well-being of the employees and efficient and economical operation of the USDA, APHIS, VS, Tick Eradication Program require that orderly and constructive relationships be maintained between the Employer and the Union. The participation of employees in the formulation and implementation of Employer policies and procedures affecting them, contributes to the effective conduct of public business.

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Ready.Gov

A site designed to educate and empower the American people to prepare for, respond to and mitigate emergencies, including natural and man-made disasters. Its goal is to promote preparedness through public involvement


USDA ‘Be Prepared'

Welcome to the USDA Disaster Resource Center. Here you will you find information about specific disasters and emergencies, how to prepare, recover, and help build long-term resilience, as well as information about USDA assistance during disaster events.


USDA Operating Status in the National Capital Region.


Telework and Inclement Weather Guidance Employees Ony

Watch for emails from the HR Work life Wellness Branch about opportunities to attend webinars on this topic.

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Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Public Web Site

AMS information for the general public and employees.

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