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Committments & Legal Protection

Commitments & Legal Protection

National Disaster Medical System

NDMS is made up of medical, fatality management, veterinary professionals and para-professionals who serve as excepted–service federal employees who are activated on an episodic intermittent basis under official orders.

As an intermittent federal employee, you commit to completing certain requirements and you are covered by several legal statutes when you are acting under official orders from NDMS.

Required Commitments

  • Maintaining Licensure and Certifications: NDMS personnel are required to maintain appropriate licensure and certifications within their discipline, if applicable. When personnel are activated as Federal employees, licensure and certification is recognized by all States.
  • Carry Your Credentials: When you are deployed, you are required to carry a copy of any applicable licenses and/or certifications.
  • Training and Other Events: If you choose to serve, you will need to be available to deploy, complete training, attend meetings and drills, and respond to requests for information. 
  • Remain Medically and Physically Fit: Deploying during a disaster often requires a lot of physically demanding work. You need to remain medically and physically fit so that you can face a wide range of challenges that are common in disasters.
  • Compensation and Travel: NDMS personnel are compensated, traveled and billeted based on Civil Service classifications and standards associated with a public health emergency or special event. You cannot arrange for your own travel.

Legal Protection

NDMS intermittent federal employees a protected by several statutes during their service, including the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA), and Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA).