News Release 672

Marcy Oerly named November 2010 Employee of the Month by Missouri Department of Natural Resources

Volume 38-672 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010 

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, DEC. 1, 2010 --- Marcy Oerly, an Energy Specialist IV with the department’s Division of Energy, Jefferson City, has been selected as the November 2010 Employee of the Month by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. She is being recognized for her work on the Weatherization Assistance Program.

Missouri’s Weatherization Assistance Program began in 1978. The program has grown from administering approximately $6 million per year in funds through a network of 18 local agencies statewide to approximately $45 million per year, primarily with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus funding.  This funding has created a great opportunity for agencies to hire additional weatherization staff and contractors to weatherize many more low-income homes in Missouri.

“With this tremendous increase in funding also came a tremendous challenge and a much increased workload on Marcy who helps oversee the daily administration of the weatherization assistance program with the local agencies,” said Joe Gassner, the division’s environmental manager who nominated Oerly for recognition. “Marcy never flinched as she was asked to do things she had never done before; with a level of scrutiny never seen before.”

Prior to the additional Recovery Act funding, Missouri’s Weatherization Assistance Program typically weatherized approximately 2,000 homes per year. With this increase, the department expects to weatherize approximately 21,000 homes within the three-year ARRA period. Federal funding also resulted in new reporting requirements, wage rates, bidding processes, bid requests, additional payment requests and new weatherization staff. In order for the local agencies to be successful, good administrative communication was required so new employees understood the more detailed Recovery Act requirements.

Oerly was constantly on the phone with the agencies, making sure they received the information they needed. She worked tirelessly to ensure payments to the agencies were processed quickly, often working after hours.

She also orchestrated a new Missouri Weatherization Assistance Program online reporting system called MOWAP. This system is currently implemented at all agencies statewide. In addition to the reporting benefits, this online reporting system will reduce paperwork and enable payment-distributing agencies to receive their funds quicker. MOWAP also will save the state and local agencies precious time and money, especially important in the current economy.

“Marcy is one of the hardest working individuals I’ve ever met,” said Gassner. “She is very concerned about the success of the program and will do everything she can to get work done quickly and professionally. It is hard to imagine where Missouri’s Weatherization Assistance Program would be without her, but it sure wouldn’t be where it is today.”

Oerly began working for the department in May 1991 and resides in California.

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