CoFO has posted the minutes from its meetings in March and April 2012. The group is planning its annual conference to be held in early November, although a date has not been set. Organizers are soliciting ideas for topics and speakers (including a keynote) and working on a venue. As usual, the minutes offer a wide range of insights on the activities of Ombuds at federal agencies.
At the March meeting...
- The group elected new officers: Chair, Wendy Kamenshine; Co-Chair, Scott Deyo; Co-Secretaries, Virginia Behr and Noreen Kinnavy; and Co-Coordinators, Neal Cohen and Craig Cabrera;
- Attendees discussed visitors who don’t want to deal with their assigned Ombuds;
- Yvonne Hinkson gave an overview of her work as the Ombudsman for the Federal Bureau of Prisons;
- Attendees discussed what constitutes a 'case' for statistical tracking of inquiries; and
- Attendees discussed the benefits/challenges of teleworking as an Ombuds.
At the April meeting...
- Scott Deyo gave an overview of his work as the Ombuds for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency;
- Attendees discussed how to respond to an imminent risk of serious harm;
- Barbara Malebranche uppdated the work of the Standing Up an Ombuds Office Committee; and
- Attendees discussed what happens to a one-person office when the Ombuds goes on vacation.
Related posts: CoFO Continues Work on Thorny Issues Facing Government Ombuds; COFO Collaborating With Federal Agencies Creating New Ombuds Programs; Coalition of Federal Ombudsmen Sets Tenth Annual Conference; Coalition of Federal Ombuds Meeting Minutes Highlights New Office; Report from February 2012 Meeting of Coalition of Federal Ombuds.