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Presented by Cathy Lonaberger Office of the Administrator to the 2013 NACOP Training Workshop November 13-14, 2013 Improvise, Adapt, and Overcome

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Improvise, Adapt, and Overcome. Presented by Cathy Lonaberger Office of the Administrator to the 2013 NACOP Training Workshop November 13-14, 2013. Correspondence is the Window to the Agency !!. Let’s Review the Correspondence Preparation Notes. Correspondence Tools. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Page 1: Improvise, Adapt, and Overcome

Presented by Cathy Lonaberger

Office of the Administrator

to the

2013 NACOP Training Workshop

November 13-14, 2013

Improvise, Adapt, and Overcome

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Correspondence is the Window to the Agency !!

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Let’s Review the

Correspondence Preparation

Notes

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Correspondence ToolsAgricultural Research Service

Correspondence Manual 261.2www.afm.ars.usda.gov/ppweb/261-02mch-1-2.htm

Government Printing Office Style Manual.http://www.gpoaccess.gov/stylemanual/browse.html

Other correspondence reference books

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USDA ARS Letterhead

March 2013ARS logo eliminatedTemplate issued

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WHEN TO USE

MEMO FORMAT

VS.

LETTER FORMAT

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Informal Letters (Memo)

The informal letter (memo) will be used for most day-to-day communications in the transaction of business within USDA.

The informal letter may also be used when responding to informal communications from other Federal agencies.

Chapter 1 ARS Correspondence Manual

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Formal LetterUsed for other than routine work or

business transactions.Formal letter is always used for letters

addressed to the following:– President– Vice President– Members of Congress

Chapter 2 ARS Correspondence Manual

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E-mail

Designated personnel have authority to send ARS-All

Printed e-mail is the official recordUpdated ARS guidance - early 2014Proofread all e-mailsE-mail etiquetteScott Finke, OCIO, 301-504-1066

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Records Management

Follow records management policyP&P 251.8 v2.0, May 2012Teresa McDuffie Frye, 301-504-1017

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Informational & Decision Memos REE requests all memos to be signed by

Under Secretary to be in Decision or Informational format.

Informational and Decision Memos for the Secretary require the original and three letterhead copies (Cage) of the original, all other copy requirements remain the same.

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Helpful Notes Enclosures are part of the correspondence and

must be proofed. If a document has been returned for corrections,

always include the old yellow file copy and add another legend line with current information.

Always use plastic protectors for correspondence forwarded to another office for review/signature.

When new/revised correspondence instructions are received, they will be forwarded to you via

e-mail.

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Proofreading Tips

Start at the top of the document (including letterhead)

Proof from hard copy; do not proof from the screen

Ask co-worker to proof document

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Proofreading Tips

Read aloud the document while co-worker follows on hard copy

Use spell check

Use ruler method

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Last Minute ChecksAlways make use of Spell CheckProofread more than onceSupervisor initials yellow on legend

lineEnvelopes are provided

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Proper Clearance and

Correspondence Questions:1. Unit Secretary

2. Laboratory/Center Director Secretary

3. Area Director Secretary

4. Correspondence Management Unit at Headquarters (301-504-4513)

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Thank youand

enjoy the workshop