Request for Permission for Deployment Consideration
Effective January 1, 20__ – December 31, 20__
The purpose of this document is to ensure that the Supervisor or
Team Leader to the Officer is fully informed regarding non-CDC deployments
and outlines the responsibilities of each when responding to Office
of Force Readiness and Deployment orders.
The mission of the Public Health Service (PHS) Commissioned Corps
is to provide highly-trained and mobile health professionals who
carry out programs to promote the health of the Nation. The Office
of Force Readiness and Deployment (OFRD), was established after the
Secretary directed that all PHS Commissioned Officers must be deployable
to respond to public health emergencies. Being deployed by OFRD offers
a Commissioned Officer a unique opportunity to serve his/her country
during natural disasters, terrorism events, or other emergency situations.
OFRD Deployments are normally expected to be 2 weeks or less in
duration. Officers are provided with actual or estimated deployment
start and end dates when the deployment is announced.
OFRD provides or arranges for travel, equipment, and logistics to
support the deployment. OFRD informs the Officer of the reporting
and chain of command during the deployment period.
NOTE: During large scale emergencies, OPDIV’s may be requested
to provide travel support to the Officer. CDC, Division of Emergency
Operations will provide and coordinate all travel to meet Mission
Assignment/Term of Reference Requirements.
This understanding covers deployment by OFRD only.
Specific requests and responsibilities:
Officer, having met all the requirements for basic readiness as
defined by the OFRD and having been assigned to a month-long deployment
roster twice each year, is hereby requesting permission from supervisor/team
leader to be considered for deployments assigned by OFRD, barring
other obligations to assigned duties. Supervisor/team leader supports
the broad public health missions associated with OFRD deployment,
and offers pre-approval for deployments as assigned by OFRD.
This permission for deployment consideration will be effective January
1, 20__ through December 31, 20__, and will be contingent upon these
1. At the time of assignment to a rotational roster and one month
in advance of the rotation, the officer will inform supervisor/team
leader of the month(s) the Officer is assigned to the OFRD deployment
2. Officer will notify supervisor/team leader according
to any established procedure when contacted by OFRD for possible
3. The officer will discuss all work
assignments in advance of possible deployment with supervisor/team
leader to develop
if his/her work can be continued in a smooth and efficient
manner in the event of a deployment.
4. Prior to or soon after returning
from a deployment, officer and supervisor/team
leader will jointly
review work assignments and negotiate
completion dates for work interrupted by the deployment.
5. Officer will report to supervisor/team
leader on the first working day
after deployment ends.
6. The Officer will attempt to make contact
with their OPDIV EOC and/or supervisor to provide them status of
assignment while deployed
to include contact information.
NOTE: During large
scale emergencies, OFRD and/or the Secretary’s
Operation Center may coordinate requests for Officer support through
the OPDIV Emergency Operation Center. Notifications will still be
made directly to the officer but will simultaneously be made through
the OPDIV Operations Center. In the case of CDC, the Director’s
Emergency Operations Center will be contacted either by OFRD or the
SOC to coordinate Officer requirements. Subsequent coordination will
be made from the DEOC to the Officer’s CIO leadership. If
an officer is not available, the CIO may be requested to identify
substitute to meet the requested requirements.
1. Supervisor/team leader will be cognizant
of the month(s) in which
the Officer may be deployed and will be aware of national and international
events that may result in the officer being deployed.
leader will determine if deployment is possible given obligations
to assigned duties.
3. Supervisor/team leader and officer will
develop strategies so that the organization’s work can
be continued in the least disruptive manner should the officer
leader will create a culture and climate within the workplace that
acknowledges and supports the officer's dual responsibilities
to the Corps and to his/her agency-held position.
This consent is
in effect during the dates indicated unless the following occur:
1. The officer is assigned to another Supervisor/Team Leader, at
which time a new understanding should be discussed and signed.
The officer does not maintain basic readiness standards.
officer does not earn at least an overall
rating of “D” on
his/her most recent COER.
I have read and discussed the above conditions for deployment consideration:
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