Officers Development SOP

United States Public Health Service

Commissioned Officers Association

Greater New York Branch

(Greater NYCOA)

Officers Development Committee

Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)

Document Approvals:

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CDR Jerry Zee

Committee Chair


CDR Nazmul Hassan

Committee Chair-Elect

N. Hassan (e-signed)


CDR Jedeon Virata

Committee member

J. Virata (e-signed)




Committee member

I. Hassan (e-signed)


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Officers Development Committee

Standard Operating Procedures

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Creation of initial version.




Revised the language of v.01


The Greater NYCOA Officers Development Committee Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) provides operational and procedural guidance for the Greater NYCOA Officers Development Committee. This SOP provides guidance on matters not addressed by the Greater NYCOA Bylaws.


This SOP applies to all documents created that are related to all functions within the Greater NYCOA Officers Development Committee to establish policies, processes, records and acceptance criteria under the auspices of Greater NYCOA. This SOP does not apply to documents created by other organizations outside of the Greater NYCOA Officers Development Committee.


Document No.: The unique identifier assigned to each document.

Revision No.: The numeric designation identifying the version of a controlled document. New documents are assigned “Rev. 00.” Subsequent, approved revisions of the same document are assigned sequential numbers, “Rev. 01,” “Rev.02,” etc.

Approval Date: The date that the Chair accepts the document into the Document Control System by applying the final approval signature.

Effective Date: The first date that the new or revised document may and must be used; and the previous revision, if there is one, may not and must not be used.


Greater NYCOA Bylaws

Greater NYCOA Website

Table of Contents

I. Officers Development Committee Responsibilities and Organization

Section 1: Officers Development Committee Responsibility

Section 2: Leadership

Section 3: Officers Development Committee Involvement

Section 4: Letters of Appreciation

II. Officers Development Committee Procedures

Section 1: Meeting Time & Frequency

Section 2: Officers Development Committee Procedures

III. Mininum Standards for Officers Development Committee Procedures

Section 1: Officers Development Committee Participants

IV. Transitioning

Section 1: Transition Procedure

V. Absenteeism Policy

Section 1: Absenteeism Policy

Section 2: Member Participation

Section 3: Notifying Inactive Members

VI. Member Recognition

Section 1: Officers Development Committee Participants

VII. Changes to the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)



Section 1. The Officers Development Committee shall work with the Greater NYCOA Branch Executive Officers to ensure that branch members are provided with up-to-date trainings, educational materials, for their professional well-being and career development, in accordance with the mission of Greater NYCOA.

Section 2. The Communication Committee leadership consists of a Chair, and Chair-Elect.

The Chair is responsible for the following tasks:

1. Recruit branch member(s) for the operational year if need be.

2. Schedule and facilitate committee meetings as necessary.

3. Update the SOP on a yearly basis.

4. Provide end-of-the-year Letters of Appreciation, as appropriate.

5. Provide written and oral reports of committee activities during each branch leadership and general member meeting, and more frequently as needed.

6. Report to the Branch Executive Secretary based on the latest strategic planning SOP, as directed.

The term duration for the committee Chair shall be one year.

The Chair-Elect is responsible for the following tasks:

1. Recruit a Chair-Elect candidate to fill Chair-Elect position once the current Chair-Elect term has ended.

2. Fulfill duties of Chair in the Chair’s absence, or as needed.

The term duration for the Chair-Elect shall be one year, or until a successor has been appointed.

Section 3. Officers Development Committee Involvement

Committee Participant: Committee Participants will fulfill the following expected roles and responsibilities:

1. Be willing and able to give the necessary time to attend meetings and perform any assigned duties.

2. Actively participate in discussion and be willing to listen to and respect others viewpoints.

3. Think in terms of the welfare of the group rather than personal interests.

4. Accept and follow through on assignments.

5. Maintain minimum standards for Committee Participants. (Article IV)

Committee Observer: A committee Observer is an Officer who merely wishes to maintain awareness of Committee issues but is under no obligation or requirement to participate, maintain a minimum level of attendance, or other responsibility.

Section 4. Letters of Appreciation

The Officers Development Committee shall disseminate Letters of Appreciation to committee members for participation and volunteer support. The Letters of Appreciation should be issued using the template provided by the Greater NYCOA Branch Executive Officers.



Section 1. Meeting Time & Frequency

The Officers Development Committee shall hold quarterly meetings or more frequently at the discretion of the Committee Chair so that all activities are properly vetted and reported. The meetings can be held on any day of the month as long as there is agreement to the day and time between the Chair, Chair-Elect, and the majority of the members.

Section 2. The Chair and Chair-Elect are to develop ideas for projects, prioritize it and assign project-specific tasks to committee members as appropriate.



Section 1. Committee Participant: Committee Participant minimum standards include:

A. Attending at least half of the eligible meetings since joining the Committee

B. Active participation in at least one Project or Subcommittee annually

C. Active participation in meeting discussions and providing input to the Committee Chair solicitations



Section 1. Transition Procedure

Chair-Elect Preparation: Incoming Chair and outgoing Chair are to schedule at least one meeting to discuss the transitioning of the position. In collaboration with the outgoing Chair, the incoming Chair will utilize the SOP guidelines and practices to ensure a smooth transition for the new operational year.



Section 1. Absenteeism Policy: Participants need to inform the Chair and/or Chair-Elect if he/she will be unavailable to make a meeting. To maintain the active committee member status, Participants need to attend at least 75% of the eligible meetings since joining the committee.

Section 2. Member Participation: Participants who miss more than 25% of the committee meetings for the operational year (July – June) shall be considered “inactive” and not be eligible for inclusion on the roster and for the committee’s end-of-year Letter of Appreciation. The Chair-Elect shall keep attendance of all meetings and notify any members that has fallen below the 75% attendance mark. These guidelines are intended to encourage at least 75% attendance at meetings. However, it is recognized that there may be individual cases which warrant special consideration (e.g., weekly scheduling conflict), where an Officer is not able to make that percentage but substantially contributes to the Committee. Therefore, the committee Chair reserves the right to utilize appropriate discretion in determining whether or not an individual Officer should be recognized as a Participant.

Section 3. Notifying Inactive Members: Those Participants who fall below the 75% attendance mark will be sent an e-mail by the committee Chair informing him or her of such and that individual will be removed from the roster and may not be eligible for the end-of-year Letter of Appreciation. Those Officers who choose to disassociate from the committee, not respond, or continue to fail to attend meetings will not achieve the minimum recognition as outlined above.



Section 1. Committee Participants: Committee members who maintain the minimum standards for Committee Participants (Article VI) will be acknowledged through the following methods:

A. A written letter or certificate of appreciation signed by the Committee Chair and/or Branch President suitable for inclusion in the Officer's OPF. (See Appendix 1 for Letter Template)

Specific detail on the individual officer’s contributions should be maintained along with the impact of their contributions on the overall outcome when applicable. Each member is responsible for tracking these activities, and providing these records to their respective Committee Chair for inclusion in the recognition letter. A letter or certificate of appreciation shall be granted to every officer who demonstrates at least a 50% attendance record (in addition to the other criteria) since joining the Committee.

B. Approval to list membership role with Greater NYCOA Committee on official

Curriculum Vitae as “Committee Participant.”

C. Committee Participants shall be differentiated from Committee Observers in attendance rosters and in correspondence for the purposes of acknowledging their contributions. The Committee Participant roster will be communicated to the Greater NYCOA Branch Executive Officers at least twice a year.



Section 1. This SOP may be altered, amended or changed, by a majority vote of the committee members present when such matters are submitted to the membership for vote. In taking a vote, the committee Chair will establish the general procedures for voting. Proposals may be submitted by any individual member, who shall then submit it in writing to the Chair. The Chair and Chair-Elect shall review this SOP every year at the beginning as well as at the end of their elective terms for submitting corrections and amendments (if applicable).

Appendix 1. Recognition Letter Template

Greater New York Commissioned Officers Association

New York, New York


[Officer Name



Dear [Officer Rank and Last Name],

On behalf of the Greater New York Commissioned Officers Association (NYCOA) of the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS), I wish to recognize and commend you for your [exemplary leadership and] outstanding service for the [Committee Name].

Specifically, [insert specific examples and impacts].

We are proud and honored to have you as a dedicated and active member of NYCOA, and we look forward to many more years of working alongside you.

Very respectfully,


(Committee Chair)


Promoting and protecting the public health of the United States by advocating for the Commissioned Corps and its officers stationed within Central and Northern New Jersey and the New York metropolitan area.