Yes. You would need to successfully pass an MBI (Moderate Risk Background Investigation) and obtain a FEMA badge prior to completing inspections. FEMA and the OPM (Office of Personnel Management) will process your background check.
The security requirements on this contract have changed and fingerprint cards expire. If FEMA finds that you have a current investigation on file, they will let us know. Otherwise, you would need to complete the process again. However, your old information will populate in the Eqip system and you will just need to update it.
When we submit your information to FEMA, they will let us know if they are able to utilize a current background check.
Yes. A credit check is part of the background check.
Yes, usually fingerprints are required when completing the Eqip background investigation. If you think they already have some recent prints on file (prints do expire), you can confirm with your Case Manager on whether they need more prints.
Your FEMA Case Manager will send you the instructions via email. Be sure to look for a “.gov” email address.
Once you have been set up in the Eqip system, your FEMA Case Manager will email you with instructions on how to complete the background check process. Their name and contact information will be included in the email so it is important that you retain that information.
Typically, you will not hear back from them unless there is a problem or more information is required. Once FEMA notifies WSP USA Inspection Services that you have been approved, we will contact you.
Disaster activity, or lack thereof, will always be the number one factor to determine this. As with all inspectors, there is never any guarantee of deployment.
There are a number of factors that determine selection for deployment. Location, size and scope of the disaster, and experience level of inspectors are just some of the criteria we use.
Many times the scope of the disaster requires us to deploy a large number of inspectors. During these events, we deploy large groups with a lesser experience level. Disasters of this type will allow you to gain experience.
If you received a call from us to confirm your availability, chances are you may be deployed. Remember, having your availability marked as yes tells us you are available for immediate deployment should the need arise.
Good performance in the field is the top priority, as we frequently are looking for inspectors who produce top quality inspections in a timely manner. Those who perform at a higher level will enhance their opportunities for further deployments.
Our training is constant throughout the year in the form of online courses and traveling workshops. We are frequently in contact with inspectors regarding participation for both. Much of this training is required, and inspectors cannot be deployed unless the training has been completed.
Inspectors are required to be at the disaster site and working within 24 hours of the deployment call.
The Task Order Coordinator is the person in charge while you are in the field. There may also be additional supervisors to assist. You will be notified as to the person you will report to.
This will depend on the size and scope of the disaster, and the amount of work we actually receive from the client.
Yes, inspectors have an opportunity to enroll in Direct Deposit and are strongly encouraged to do so.
WSP USA Inspection Services has a project specific accounting department that is available to assist and support inspectors when needed.
If you have knowledge of employee corruption, fraud, waste, abuse or allegation of mismanagement involving FEMA disaster relief operations, please report it to the DHS OIG Hotline. You can file a report online by accessing the DHS OIG Online Allegation Form. Automated filing of the DHS OIG Online Allegation form will ensure that your allegation is expeditiously received by the OIG.
If you wish to receive an electronic “Complaint Number Notification” alert message via email, you must provide a point of contact email address. Failure to provide a point of contact email address precludes the OIG from notifying you of the assignment of a Complaint Number to your allegation.
Your allegation will be reviewed and processed in the order it was received. Assignment of a Complaint Number, and notification of such assignment, is not an indication your complaint will be investigated by the DHS OIG or any other applicable investigative body.
If you cannot use the DHS OIG Online Allegation Form, please file your allegation by:
DHS Office of Inspector General/MAIL STOP 0305
245 Murray Lane SW
Washington, DC 20528-0305