Coast Guardsmen with the Port Safety and Security unit with Coast Guard Sector Maryland-National Capital Region perform inspections of hazardous material shipments at the Port of Baltimore in Maryland on Sept. 18, 2018. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Lisa Ferdinando)

All in a Day’s Work: Coast Guard Wants Videos of Tasks Well Done

The Coast Guard workforce is invited to submit videos demonstrating how to perform Coast Guard job tasks as part of a three-month innovation challenge.

This challenge is a follow-up to a Force Readiness Command (FORCECOM) innovation challenge in which USCG asked Training Centers and FORCECOM staff to create videos that answered the “how to” questions they were receiving from the field.

FORCECOM established a performance support online video channel dedicated to hosting “How To” videos. FORCECOM is encouraging all Coast Guard active duty, reserve, civilian, and auxiliary personnel to create and submit videos to be hosted on this channel.

Creating and submitting your “How To” video:
A. Review Rubric: Review the self-evaluation rubric.
B. Choose Task: Choose a specific Coast Guard task and create the video (ideally under 5 minutes unless the task has many steps).
C. Upload Video: Ensure “#CGHowTo” is in the title and upload at YouTube. If you do not have a YouTube account or would prefer not to upload directly, you may upload your video to the Coast Guard’s Innovation system.
– Make sure you follow applicable policy associated with the topic of your video.
– Ensure your video does not contain:
(1) OPSEC
(2) Classified or Sensitive Information
(3) Personally Identifiable Information (PII)
D. Complete Self Evaluation: Complete the self-evaluation rubric. Videos submitted without a completed rubric will not be considered.
E. Enter Innovation Challenge: E-mail the completed self-evaluation rubric to CGHowTo@uscg.mil or complete electronically and click submit. Ensure the video hyperlink is included on the form.
5. Submissions will be accepted through July 4, 2019. Videos submitted for the first innovation challenge will be entered if their creator completes steps 4.D-E above.
6. Winners: 5 winners will be determined by the number of “likes” and their evaluation rubric score. In addition to flag level recognition, the 5 winners will also receive a Commandant’s Letter of Commendation.

The Government Technology & Services Coalition's Homeland Security Today (HSToday) is the premier news and information resource for the homeland security community, dedicated to elevating the discussions and insights that can support a safe and secure nation. A non-profit magazine and media platform, HSToday provides readers with the whole story, placing facts and comments in context to inform debate and drive realistic solutions to some of the nation’s most vexing security challenges.

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