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Why Companies Donâ€™t Hire Veterans (Figure 1) Source: Veteran employment interviews, Center for a new American Security.
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Several Construction Projects Under Way at 552nd ACW by Brandice J. O'Brien Tinker Public Affairs 3/22/2013 - TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. -- Big things are happening within the 552nd Air Control Wing complex. Over the next 18 months, several 552nd ACW Civil Engineering projects will be finished. In fiscal 2014, others will start. There are currently 16 projects, totaling more than $13 million, in the construction process. They include consolidating the 966th Airborne Air Control Squadron Flying Training Squadron from across base at the Romeo ramp to the Bldg. 201W, repairing the roof of the maintenance complex hangar and repairing two fire suppression systems; plus replacing the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system for AWACS aircrew legacy simulators. In fiscal 2014, a fuel hydrant replacement project costing $27 million is set to begin. "All of our construction projects are mission-driven to meet mission requirements," said Marybeth Radtke, 552nd ACW deputy civil engineer. "We're not replacing carpets. We're not buying furniture." The flying training squadron is said to spend approximately 68,000 man-hours each year on traveling between the Romeo ramp and the AWAC Ramp to the aircraft for sorties. The consolidation will cost an estimated $5 million. Replacing the roof of the maintenance hangar and the high expansion foam systems for Docks 1 and 3 are two other large projects. The roof will cost $3.75 million and $2.5 million will be spent on the high expansion foam systems.
NASA Extends Hubble Space Telescope Science Operations Contract WASHINGTON -- NASA is extending its contract with the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy for the agency's Hubble Space Telescope Science Operations activities at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Md., for 36 months. The option the agency chose to exercise has a total estimated value of $76 million and extends the period of performance through April 30, 2016. The contractor will continue to be responsible for providing the products and services required to execute the science program and process, archive, and distribute the science data from Hubble. The contractor also will maintain and calibrate the onboard instruments; maintain the science operations ground systems; administer grants; conduct public and educational outreach; and conduct astronomical research.
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President Obama Signs Rhode Island Disaster Declaration March 22, 2013 The President today declared a major disaster exists in the State of Rhode Island and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by the severe winter storm and snowstorm during the period of February 8-9, 2013. Federal funding is available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe winter storm and snowstorm in the counties of Bristol, Kent, Newport, Providence, and Washington. In addition, federal funding is available to the state and eligible local governments on a cost-sharing basis for snow assistance for a continuous 48-hour period during or proximate to the incident period in Kent, Providence, and Washington Counties. Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide. W. Craig Fugate, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named James N. Russo as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. FEMA said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.
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US Labor Department Announces New Online Resources to Help Businesses Recruit, Train and Retain a Skilled Work Force WASHINGTON —The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the launch of the Business Center, a suite of online resources for employers looking to recruit, train and retain a skilled work force through the department’s CareerOneStop Web site. The site includes tips about how to recruit qualified candidates through local American Job Centers and provides employment projections. Additionally, the site offers access to local training and educational institutions, a catalog of occupational certifications and a tool to help employers translate the military training and skills of returning service members into specific civilian occupations. The CareerOneStop Business Center is available online at http://www.careeronestop.org/business. “These resources will help educate employers about our nation’s work force development system and put the resources they need to find and hire qualified workers right at their fingertips,” said Jane Oates, assistant secretary of labor for employment and training. The new Business Center page builds on existing resources available through CareerOneStop, which also has information to help job seekers find education and training providers, conduct a job search and access local labor market information. Employment and Training Administration staff will have a webinar on March 27 at 2 p.m. EDT to highlight the Business Center’s tools. A webinar is a seminar conducted over the Internet. For more information and to participate in the webinar, visit https://www.workforce3one.org/view/5001307743087754858/info
As Google Penguin Gets Sterner, Brands Should Address Webspam Prior to Upcoming Update, Advises Punch Communications Wednesday, 27 March 2013 Google Penguin’s tolerance to webspam has decreased by 30 per cent over the past year and paired with the recent announcement of a significant Penguin update in 2013, brands need to commence a webspam clean-up if they are to continue ranking favourably, advises integrated PR, social media and SEO agency Punch Communications. An investigation* into the evolution of the Penguin algorithm's severity has revealed significant changes since its launch in April last year. Until June 2012, the algorithm would penalise a website comprised of “more than 80 per cent manipulative links”; the report showed that this percentage then dropped to 65, and in October 2012, if half of a website’s backlink profile was seen as spammy or suspicious by the search engine, the site would be demoted in the results pages. Speaking on a panel at the SMX West conference on 11 March, Google’s head of search spam, Matt Cutts, said the Penguin update planned for 2013 will be one of the more talked about of the year, indicating the effects could be far reaching. Therefore, taking Cutts’ comments and the report’s findings into consideration, now is the time for webmasters and search professionals to review their past and present SEO activity and quickly address any webspam tactics they have undertaken and the products of such endeavours. Activities such as taking part in link schemes, purposefully publishing duplicate content, cloaking and creating links by taking advantage of blog comment functionality are all seen as spam that Penguin has been designed to fight. *The report by Portent can be found at http://static.portent.com/images/2013/03/google-declining-spam-tolerance.pdf
Secretary Vilsack Launches USDA "StrikeForce" Initiative to Boost Rural Economic Growth and Opportunity COLUMBIA, South Carolina, March 26, 2013â€”Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will launch its "StrikeForce" initiative in 10 additional states, including South Carolina. The primary goal of the StrikeForce initiative is to increase partnership with rural communities and leverage community resources in targeted, persistent poverty areas. Vilsack noted that through the StrikeForce initiative, USDA will do more to partner with local and state governments and community organizations on projects that promote economic development and job creation. "During my travels across the country, I've heard mayors and other community leaders say they have a hard time competing for USDA loan and grant programs. They have a plan to develop a new business or create jobs in their regions, but they lack development capital and they view our application and review processes as a barrier," said Vilsack. "StrikeForce changes that. By increasing outreach and technical assistance to communities, we can serve as better partners and help better leverage resources." The "StrikeForce" initiative started as a pilot project in 2010 in selected regions in three states: Arkansas, Georgia and Mississippi. In 2011 it was expanded to include Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada. In 2013, Secretary Vilsack announced new efforts to bring the StrikeForce for Rural Growth and Opportunity to Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Virginia. USDA identifies census tracts with over 20 percent poverty (according to American Community Survey data) to identify sub-county pockets of poverty. As areas of persistent poverty are identified, USDA staff work with state, local and community officials to increase awareness of USDA programs, and help build program participation. Vilsack noted that often USDA conducts special outreach activities in an area, and that since 2010, USDA has partnered with over 400 local community based organizations to promote local or regional development projects.
Team Dyess Prepares For Tornadoes by 7th Bomb Wing Public Affairs 3/25/2013 - DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -March through June is the peak months for tornados in West Texas, but they can occur anytime of the year. Understanding how tornado watches and warnings are issued onbase and for the city of Abilene is more important now than any other time of the year. During a severe weather event, the 26th Operational Weather Squadron at Barksdale AFB La., coordinates with the Dyess AFB weather flight to issue a tornado watch when conditions are favorable for tornado development within five miles of the base. A tornado warning is issued when a certified observer, law enforcement representative or an air traffic controller has sighted a tornado, or when radar indicates one will threaten the base. Dyess weather flight provides at least 30 minutes of warning, if possible, before a tornado impacts the base. The National Weather Service issues tornado warnings for Abilene and the rest of Taylor County based on the same criteria as the Dyess weather flight, but they are not required to give 30 minutes of warning. "Thirty minutes of lead time on a tornado warning is critical so that flightline workers can have time to secure aircraft and equipment, air traffic must be diverted as needed, and individuals must seek shelter," said Master Sgt. Kimberly Hayes, NCO in charge of Dyess' weather flight. When a tornado warning is issued on base, the forecaster informs command post of where the tornado is or where it was indicated on radar, how fast it's moving and when it's expected to impact the base. Command post then sounds the warning sirens for three to five minutes.
U.S. Responds to Humanitarian Needs in the Sahel Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC March 25, 2013 I am pleased to announce that the United States is providing an additional $51 million in humanitarian assistance to the people of the Sahel region. The Sahel is one of the poorest regions of the world, and is experiencing a complex crisis of drought, flooding, failed harvests, and disrupted livelihoods, all of which are exacerbated by the conflict in Mali. Our support is addressing food insecurity across the entire Sahel region and the protection and assistance needs of refugees and internally displaced persons. In 2012, an estimated 18.7 million people in the Sahel were at risk of food insecurity, including one million children at risk of severe acute malnutrition. Since the beginning of the conflict in Mali in January 2012, nearly 450,000 Malians have been displaced internally or across borders as refugees. This new humanitarian assistance will assist food insecure and conflict-affected populations in Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger. We remain deeply concerned about the humanitarian crisis in the Sahel and urge others to contribute generously for humanitarian operations. This brings our total humanitarian contribution to the region to nearly $520 million since fiscal year 2012.
SpaceX Dragon Spacecraft Returns Critical NASA Science to Earth WASHINGTON -- A Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) Dragon spacecraft successfully completed the company's second cargo flight to the International Space Station on Tuesday, March 26, with a 12:36 p.m. EDT splashdown in the Pacific Ocean a few hundred miles west of Baja California, Mexico. "The scientific research delivered and being returned by Dragon enables advances in every aspect of NASA's diverse space station science portfolio, including human research, biology and physical sciences," said Julie Robinson, International Space Station Program scientist. "There are more than 200 active investigations underway aboard our orbiting laboratory in space. The scientific community has eagerly awaited the return of today's Dragon to see what new insights the returned samples and investigations it carries will unveil." Science being conducted aboard the space station includes research on physical and biological processes that cannot be done anywhere else, applied research to improve lives on Earth, and exploration research to help humans move safely beyond Earth orbit. A boat will take the Dragon capsule to a port near Los Angeles, where it will be prepared for a return journey to SpaceX's test facility in McGregor, Texas, for processing. Some cargo will be removed at the port in California and returned to NASA within 48 hours. This includes a freezer packed with research samples collected in the space station's unique microgravity environment. The remainder of the cargo will be returned to Texas with the capsule. Dragon is the only space station resupply spacecraft able to return a significant amount of cargo to Earth. The spacecraft lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on March 1, carrying about 1,268 pounds (575 kilograms) of supplies and investigations. It returned about 2,668 pounds (1,210 kilograms) of science samples, equipment and education activities.
EPA Provides Over $500,000 to New Jersey to Protect Shorelines in Camden and the Barnegat Bay Watershed Release Date: 03/22/2013 (New York, N.Y.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $523,000 to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection for the creation of shorelines in Camden, New Jersey and the Barnegat Bay watershed that are made of plants, sand and some rock rather than hard structures such as bulkheads. These types of shorelines create habitats for fish and wildlife, improve water quality and protect shorelines from storm surges and rising seas. “By supporting the creation of shorelines with plants, sand and other organic material, the EPA is helping communities protect valuable natural resources, residential and commercial properties and essential infrastructure from the types of storm surges and flooding experienced during Hurricane Sandy,” said EPA Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck. “The benefits of these natural barriers will be even more important in the future as New Jersey is likely to see more frequent and severe storms occur due to climate change.” The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection will use a $323,000 grant to work with the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary to design the restoration of shorelines in Camden’s future Cramer Hill Waterfront Park and Phoenix Park in south Camden. The Cramer Hill Waterfront Park, which will be located on the site of the former Harrison Avenue Landfill, will include a mile-long riverfront greenway and restoration of the shoreline along the Cooper and Delaware Rivers. This project will include local residents and will provide the opportunity for community monitoring.
Mississippi Receives $1 Million Grant Increment from US Labor Department to Continue Cleanup, Recovery from Hurricane Isaac Storm Damage WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today awarded a $1 million National Emergency Grant increment to the Mississippi Department of Employment Security to continue funding temporary jobs for cleanup and recovery efforts following Hurricane Isaac. "Mississippi has made a lot of progress in recovering from the destruction of Hurricane Isaac," said Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training Jane Oates. “However, there is still more work ahead to complete the task. This additional funding from the Labor Department makes possible the continuation of temporary jobs to rebuild communities." Fourteen of the Mississippi counties declared eligible for the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Public Assistance Program — Claiborne, Clarke, Forest, Greene, Hancock, Harrison, Hinds, Jackson, Jefferson, Jones, Lincoln, Marion, Pearl River and Wilkinson — have been targeted by the state for assistance under this grant increment. More information on designated disaster areas in Mississippi following Hurricane Isaac is available from FEMA at http://www.fema.gov/disaster/4081. On Sept. 6, 2012, the Labor Department approved a National Emergency Grant for up to $3 million and released $1 million. The department awarded an additional increment of $1 million on Jan. 31. The increment announced today represents the balance of the grant. National Emergency Grants are part of the secretary of labor's discretionary fund and are awarded based on a state's ability to meet specific guidelines. For more information, visit http://www.doleta.gov/NEG/.
New Complex to Support Stratcom’s 21stCentury Missions By Donna Miles American Forces Press Service OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb., April 1, 2013 – In the movie, “Field of Dreams,” a Midwestern farmer built a baseball diamond in the middle of his cornfield, convinced that if he did so, the old-time ball players would come. The exact opposite happened here at U.S. Strategic Command, where new missions and the technologies to support them came one after another before the shovel ever hit the dirt to make way for them. Today, Stratcom is bursting from the seams in a headquarters building built in the mid1950s to accommodate telephones and grease boards, but challenged to deliver 21stcentury capabilities that demand state-of-the-art technology systems, Kenneth Calicutt, director of the command’s Resources and Integration and Program Management Office, told American Forces Press Service. Peek under the ceiling tiles or beneath the floorboards at the Curtis E. LeMay Building, he observes, and you’ll find a riot of multicolored wires, all added over the decades to accommodate new technologies as they were introduced. Meanwhile, Stratcom’s historic mission, nuclear defense, expanded to include new responsibilities: space, cyber space, missile defense and intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance, among them. All required their own supporting systems and technologies that were incorporated into the headquarters building. “The infrastructure from the 1950s doesn’t support the global problems we’ve been tasked to support,” Calicutt said. “In today’s world, global planning and global overwatch is primarily communications-driven, but the command’s infrastructure was never set up to accommodate.” So just across the street, in the middle of what was once Offutt Air Force Base’s golf course, a new Stratcom command-and-control complex is slowly taking shape.
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Joint Statement: United States and United Arab Emirates Hold Third Economic Policy Dialogue in Abu Dhabi Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 27, 2013 Following is the text of a joint statement issued by the United States of America and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at the conclusion of the U.S.â€“UAE Economic Policy Dialogue (EPD), on March 27 in Abu Dhabi. The U.S. delegation was led by Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs Jose W. Fernandez and included representatives from the Department of State, the Department of Commerce, Department of Treasury, and the Department of Homeland Security with input from several other government agencies. The UAE delegation was led by his Excellency Khalid Al-Ghaith, Assistant Foreign Minister for Economic Affairs for the UAE, and consisted of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Finance and Economy, as well as the Federal Customs Authority, Tawazun, Tawteen, Masdar, Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation, TAQA, and Mubadala. Begin Text: Representatives from the United States of America and the United Arab Emirates met on March 27, 2013, for the third session of the U.S.â€“UAE Economic Policy Dialogue in Abu Dhabi. The dialogue is designed to supplement and deepen the official bilateral dialogue between the UAE and the United States. The meeting reflected the achievements that have been made since the first dialogue last year, such as the hosting of the third Annual Global Entrepreneurial Summit on December 2012 in Dubai and the new visa system provided by the United States for UAE business people visiting the United States.
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NCMA Interfaces with Local School District by Tom Worsdale NAVAIR Public Affairs 3/29/2013 - JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIXLAKEHURST, N.J. -- Jill Dobrowansky, Lakehurst Board of Education superintendent, visited the Naval Air Systems Command, Naval Civilian Manager's Association March 5, 2013, here. Dobrowansky met with NCMA officers to discuss the development of a science, technology, engineering and mathematics laboratory at the Lakehurst Elementary School, further champion STEM initiatives and learn more about the capabilities of 3D printers. NAVAIR currently utilizes 3D printers in support of its rapid prototyping capabilities. Christine Farrell, NAVAIR mechanical engineer, discussed this technology with Dobrowansky and described how it could be used in a STEM laboratory at the elementary school. 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, is a process of making a three-dimensional solid object of virtually any shape from a digital model. This is achieved using an additive process, where successive layers of material are laid down in different shapes. 3D printing is considered distinct from traditional machining techniques, which mostly rely on the removal of material by methods such as cutting or drilling. A materials printer performs 3D printing processes using digital technology. The technology is currently being used in many fields to include: jewelry, footwear, industrial design, architecture, engineering, construction, automotive, aerospace, dental and medical industries and education. Three-dimensional printing makes it as cheap to create single items as it is to produce thousands and thus undermines economies of scale. It may have as profound an impact on the world as the coming of the factory did ... Just as nobody could have predicted the impact of the steam engine in 1750 - or the printing press in 1450, or the transistor in 1950 - it is impossible to foresee the long-term impact of 3D printing. But the technology is coming and it is likely to disrupt every field it touches according to a 2011 article in "The Economist."
The “Rebuild America Partnership”: The President’s Plan to Encourage Private Investment in America’s Infrastructure The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release March 29, 2013 Investing in infrastructure not only makes our roads, bridges, and ports safer and gives our businesses and workers the tools to compete successfully in the global economy, it also creates thousands of good American jobs that cannot be outsourced. Since the President took office four years ago, America has begun the hard work of rebuilding our infrastructure: American workers have improved over 350,000 miles of U.S. roads and more than 6,000 miles of rail, and they have repaired or replaced over 20,000 bridges. But there’s more to do, and taxpayers shouldn’t have to shoulder the entire burden themselves. We know that America works best when it’s calling upon the resources and ingenuity of our vibrant private sector. That’s why the President’s plan calls for a Rebuild America Partnership to help attract the private capital that can go toward building the infrastructure our workers and businesses need most. By acting on the President’s plan, together we can build an infrastructure that’s secondto-none and prove that there is no better place to do business and create jobs than right here in the United States of America.
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USDA Invites Applications for Renewable Energy System and Energy Efficiency Improvement Projects WASHINGTON, March 29, 2013 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is seeking applications to provide assistance to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Funding is available from USDA's Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) remains focused on carrying out its mission, despite a time of significant budget uncertainty. Today's announcement is one part of the Department's efforts to strengthen the rural economy. "The Obama Administration continues its commitment to help our nation become more energy independent by partnering with agricultural producers and rural small businesses as they build renewable energy systems and reduce energy usage," said Vilsack. "These investments will not only help our farmers and rural small businesses reduce energy costs, but also provide a new potential revenue source and stabilize their operations' bottom lines." REAP, authorized by the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, (Farm Bill) is designed to help agricultural producers and rural small businesses reduce energy costs and consumption and help meet the Nation's critical energy needs. USDA is accepting the following applications:
Renewable energy system and energy efficiency improvement grant applications and combination grant and guaranteed loan applications until April 30, 2013;
Renewable energy system and energy efficiency improvement guaranteed loan only applications until July 15, 2013;
Renewable energy system feasibility study grant applications through April 30, 2013.
More information on how to apply for funding is available in the March 29, 2013 Federal Register, pages 19183-19190.
Cybersecurity for Small Business Advice for protecting your business, customers and data The Internet allows businesses of all sizes and from any location to reach new and larger markets and provides opportunities to work more efficiently by using computer-based tools. Whether a business is thinking of adopting cloud computing or just using email and maintaining a website, cybersecurity should be a part of the plan. Theft of digital information has become the most commonly reported fraud, surpassing physical theft. Every business that uses the Internet is responsible for creating a culture of security that will enhance business and consumer confidence. In October 2012, the FCC re-launched the Small Biz Cyber Planner 2.0, an online resource to help small businesses create customized cybersecurity plans. The FCC also released an updated one-page Cybersecurity Tip Sheet. The quick resource features new tips on creating a mobile device action plan and on payment and credit card security. Benefits of Broadband and How to Get Your Business Online Broadband and information technology is increasingly important to the success of our economy, to jobs and to the future of small business. Broadband connectivity and online business tools enables businesses to grow and jobs to be created anywhere. It allows entrepreneurs to market themselves and reach customers in the next neighborhood, the next city, the next state, and even overseas. Cloud-based services can increase efficiency improve a businesses bottom line. A recent study found that having a broadband connection makes a $200,000 a year difference in median annual revenues for businesses, by reaching new markets and increasing productivity.
Stratcom Advocates for Current, Future Capabilities By Donna Miles American Forces Press Service OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb., April 2, 2013 – Faced with shrinking budgets and an evergrowing appetite across the military for the capabilities U.S. Strategic Command provides, the Defense Department is relying on Stratcom itself to help determine what assets are needed and where to dedicate them. U.S. Strategic Command serves as DOD’s global synchronizer for capabilities that affect every combatant command: space, cyberspace, missile defense and intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance, among them. The problem, explained Kenneth Callicutt, the command’s director of capability and resource integration, is that there simply aren’t - and never will be -- enough of any of these to satisfy every combatant commander’s requests. “Every [combatant commander] wants more,” he said. “But there are only so many Aegis ships and only so many radars that can be deployed.” More than 1,000 miles from the Capital Beltway and relatively insulated from political pressures, Stratcom leaders weigh requirements against assets to determine the best way to allocate what’s available. “We take the viewpoint of how to do this globally, taking into account everyone’s requests,” Callicutt said. “What we try to build is a common understanding of where we can get the best bang for the dollars we are spending to solve the common set of problems, and to synchronize those efforts across the department.” It’s an effort he said involves continuous communication with combatant commands to assess what they need now and how they expect those requirements to change in the future.
Official Explains New Homeland Defense/Civil Support Strategy By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, April 1, 2013 – The Defense Department incorporated hard lessons learned when it codified its new homeland defense and civil support strategy, said Todd M. Rosenblum, DOD’s top homeland defense official. In an interview with American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel, Rosenblum, the acting assistant secretary of defense for homeland defense and Americas’ security affairs, said the new strategy is a recognition that the operating environment has changed. “We face new threats, we have new vulnerabilities, we have new dependencies, most importantly we have a new way to do business,” Rosenblum said during a Pentagon interview. “We have to capture that and make sure the department is prepared and directed toward being more effective and efficient as we can be.” The Defense Department is charged with defending the homeland from attack. U.S. Northern Command is further charged with working with state and local entities and other federal agencies to provide support in times of natural or man-made disasters. In the first instance, DOD has the lead. In the second, another federal agency -- such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency -- has the lead. The strategy, released in February, looks at the lessons learned from past experiences -from Hurricane Katrina through Hurricane Sandy. They also looked at changes including the growth of communications networks, dependence on private-sector capabilities and “the rising expectations from the president and from the secretary, and certainly from the American people, that we will be prepared to provide support to civil authorities within a 24- to 48-hour window,” Rosenblum said. This is an incredibly short period of time, he said, and it forces a change in the relationship between DOD and other agencies. The old paradigm was to have civil partners “pull assistance” from DOD, while now DOD will actually push assistance where it is needed.
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Demolition Begins At Former Headquarters Building 4/2/2013 - An excavator demolishes the old headquarters building March 26, 2013, at Joint Base Andrews, Md. Built in 1946, the building was home to many commands over the years before being replaced by the William A. Jones III building in 2011. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Perry Aston)
6 Tinker Buildings Being Ventilated by Mike W. Ray Tinker Public Affairs 4/2/2013 - TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. -- Ventilation improvements are being made to several buildings on base. Cross-flow ventilation louvers have been or will be installed in the walls of Defense Logistics Agency warehouses -- Bldgs. 412, 506, 510 and 1146, as well as Bldgs. 469 and 3001A -- and exhaust fans will be installed on the roofs of all but one of those buildings. Since Bldg. 1146 is unoccupied, only the louvers will be installed there, Project Superintendent Tom Duncan explained. The openings are intended to enable fresh air to enter the storage buildings, especially during Oklahoma's sweltering summers, Mr. Duncan said. The louvers and the fans will exchange the air in the buildings every 15 minutes, he said. Control dampers will be installed inside the warehouses to open the louvers when the interior temperature reaches 75 degrees. Thermostats will trigger the exhaust fans at 85 degrees, to expel hot air out of the buildings and suck fresh air in. Construction started in early December, Mr. Duncan said, and will be completed in stages over the next several months. A completion date in May is projected for Bldg. 506; the improvements to Bldgs. 412, 469 and 510 are to be finished in the early fall; and work on Bldgs. 1146 and 3001A is expected to be finished "around June," he said. Mr. Duncan said the work is being performed by a private company that's a joint venture, under contract with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
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IBM Smartcloud Selected As the Foundation for Avnet Cloud Solutions IBM SmartCloud Underpins Avnet’s New Custom Cloud Computing Services for Small and Midsize Businesses in India Bangalore - 02 Apr 2013: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that Avnet Technology Solutions, the global IT solutions distribution leader and an operating group of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), has selected IBM SmartCloud as the foundation for Avnet Cloud Solutions, a portfolio of cloud offerings for small and midsize businesses in India. With IBM SmartCloud, Avnet offers compute and storage capabilities in a utility model and structures customized solutions such as disaster recovery and managed services. Avnet has a strong presence in India, where it is expanding its portfolio of services to include customized cloud solutions for small and midsize businesses across various industries, including retail, logistics, manufacturing, banking and financial services, public sector and education, among others. Cloud computing holds tremendous potential for a significant number of small and midsize Indian enterprises with limited IT resources. IBM SmartCloud will enable Avnet partners to offer their customers access to enterprise-level IT at affordable price points without additional investment in infrastructure, security, back-up, upgrades and maintenance. This partnership will help those customers derive benefits by adopting a robust cloud architecture and service model, leapfrogging the traditional investment in enterprise IT. “As the need for a robust, yet affordable, IT infrastructure rises, cloud computing presents a significant value proposition to customers and service providers,” said Naresh Desai, general manager, Avnet Technology Solutions, India. “Powered by IBM SmartCloud, our portfolio of cloud solutions will help our clients address their business requirements and drive growth.” An enterprise-class public cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), IBM SmartCloud delivers secure and scalable hosted IT infrastructure with on-demand access to virtual server and storage resources. Leveraging the transformational capabilities of IBM SmartCloud, Avnet Cloud Solutions will enable companies to focus on their core operational activities without having to pay extra for ownership of IT systems or to invest large amounts of capital for IT projects.
State of Ohio Awards IBM Contract to Modernize, Consolidate State IT Infrastructure Agreement will pave the way for more efficient State services, reduced costs and better access to technology Columbus, Ohio - 21 Mar 2013: The State of Ohio has selected IBM (NYSE: IBM) for a $267million 10 year modernization of the State of Ohio Computing Center (SOCC) through the development of a private cloud computing environment and the use of other hardware, software and services from IBM. “We are working with IBM to significantly reduce the complexity of our infrastructure, improve data center operations and increase service delivery for state agencies and the constituents they serve," Stu Davis, State of Ohio’s Chief Information Officer said. This is a foundational component of Ohio’s IT Optimization efforts that will result in savings and culminate in the consolidation of the state’s IT assets into a primary state data center. This provides agencies with services they require and ensures we are spending taxpayers’ dollars once.” The SOCC includes four floors and more than 350,000 square feet of space. It houses infrastructure for several State agencies that support more than 1,600 applications executing on over 2,700 servers in a complex network environment via an annual $108 million budget for these resources. By working with IBM, the State will be able to focus on meeting application demands that underpin the services it provides to the citizens of Ohio. The program will also lay the groundwork for future opportunities including the State’s drive toward private, secure cloud computing.
Bryan Martin to Lead SRA’s Cyber Security & Privacy Practice Monday, April 1, 2013 9:00 am EDT FAIRFAX, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SRA International, Inc., a leading provider of IT solutions and professional services to government organizations, today announced that Bryan Martin has joined SRA as its new vice president, Cyber Security and Privacy. “It is a top priority for SRA to continue to make key investments in our cyber security capabilities,” said Executive Vice President and Chief Growth Officer Max Hall. “Bryan’s technical experience and formidable business acumen make him a valuable addition to the SRA leadership team. He is a proven technology leader with more than 20 years of experience in secure systems and network engineering, system integration and software development.” As SRA’s vice president of Cyber Security and Privacy, Martin will lead SRA’s cyber practice – guiding program execution, introducing and reinforcing best practices, ensuring the continued professional development of SRA’s cyber analysts and engineers, and leading the development of solutions that are responsive to the dynamic cyber security and privacy demands of SRA’s clients. Martin will work closely with Richard Clarke, SRA’s executive adviser for cyber security and counter terrorism, to set the strategic vision and identify innovative offerings and technologies for SRA’s Cyber Security and Privacy practice. Martin joins SRA from ManTech where he served as chief technology officer for Mission, Cyber & Intelligence Solutions group, where he helped develop the company’s cyber security strategy, led a multi-million dollar cyber security research and development program, and supported critical cyber security programs in the national security arena. Prior to that he served as vice president for a defense secure solutions division, where he managed multiple contracts for the development and implementation of secure accredited IT infrastructures for the U.S. Department of Defense and intelligence community. Prior to ManTech, Martin served as a program manager and senior network engineer for Integrated Data Systems. Martin received his bachelor’s degree in computer science from George Washington University, Washington D.C.
Newport News Shipbuilding Awarded $407 Million Extension to Construction Preparation Contract for Aircraft Carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) NEWPORT NEWS, Va., March 22, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) announced today that its Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division has received a $407 million contract extension to a previously awarded John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) construction preparation contract. The award extends the period of performance, adds additional efforts for engineering, planning and material procurement through Oct. 31, and authorizes additional manufacturing efforts. NNS is performing work on CVN 79 under a construction preparation contract that allows for engineering, planning, long-lead time material procurement and initial manufacturing to begin before the full construction contract is awarded. The full contract is scheduled to be awarded later this year. "This is a critical phase of construction on John F. Kennedy as key material procurement and production activities are taking place every day," said Mike Shawcross, NNS vice president, CVN 79 construction. "It is very important to get a good start on a ship of this magnitude and complexity, and this contract extension allows for those activities to continue and keep the ship on a path for success in meeting our customer's goals." John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) will continue the Ford-class legacy of highly capable U.S. Navy nuclear-powered aircraft carrier ship platforms. Ford-class enhancements incorporated into the design include flight deck changes, improved weapons handling systems and a redesigned island, all resulting in increased aircraft sortie generation rates. It will also include new nuclear power plants, increased electrical power generation capacity, allowance for future technologies and reduced workload for the sailors, translating to a smaller crew size and reduced operating costs for the Navy.
U.S. Navy Awards Lockheed Martin $57 Million Contract to Upgrade Electronic Warfare Ship Defense System SYRACUSE, N.Y., April 1, 2013 – The U.S. Navy awarded Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] a $57 million contract to upgrade the fleet’s electronic warfare defenses against anti-ship missile threats. Under this low-rate production contract for Block 2 of the Navy’s Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP), Lockheed Martin will upgrade the AN/SLQ-32(V)2 system found on all U.S. aircraft carriers, cruisers, destroyers and other warships with key capabilities to determine if the electronic sensors of potential foes are stalking the ship. “The SEWIP Block 2 upgrade will ensure the AN/SLQ-32 system continues to outpace the threat and establishes a framework to easily install future upgrades,” said Joe Ottaviano, SEWIP program director for Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training. “The system is the first sensor to be fully compliant with the Navy’s Product Line Architecture strategy, which facilitates the rapid introduction of new technology into the fleet. By using commercial-off-the-shelf components, we provide additional cost savings and ease of maintenance for sailors." Block 2 is the latest in an evolutionary succession of improvement “blocks” the Navy is pursuing for its shipboard electronic warfare system, which will incrementally add new defensive technologies and functional capabilities. The Navy competitively awarded Lockheed Martin a contract in 2009 to develop SEWIP Block 2 and the company recently completed successful integration and test activities for two engineering development models. Work on the SEWIP program will be performed at the company’s Syracuse, N.Y. facility, which houses a new electronic warfare system test facility.
Raytheon Receives $155.6 Million Rolling Airframe Missile Contract Largest RAM Agreement for German Navy TUCSON, Ariz., April 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) was awarded a $155.6 million contract to manufacture Block 2 Rolling Airframe Missiles for delivery to the German navy. It represents the largest single RAM award by Germany. The contract was awarded in Raytheon's first quarter of 2013. RAM is a cooperative program between the U.S. and German governments with industry support from Raytheon and RAMSYS of Germany. The contract calls for production work to be shared between both companies. "This sale is the result of more than 35 years of unmatched testing achievements and capability improvements," said Dr. Taylor W. Lawrence, president of Raytheon Missile Systems. "It complements the $100 million RAM Block 2 production contracts with the U.S. Navy signed in 2012 and follows our company's 11 critical Block 2 development test flights. RAM is on solid footing to begin government testing in May." Robust International Fleet Self-defense System RAM is a supersonic, lightweight, quick reaction, fire-and-forget missile providing defense against anti-ship cruise missiles, helicopter and airborne threats, and hostile surface craft. The missile's autonomous dual-mode, passive radio frequency and infrared guidance design provides a high-firepower capability for engaging multiple threats simultaneously. RAM is aboard nearly 100 ships as an integral self-defense weapon for the navies of Egypt, Germany, Greece, Japan, Republic of Korea, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United States. The RAM Block 2 upgrade includes a four-axis independent control actuator system and an increase in rocket motor capability, increasing the missile's effective range and delivering a significant increase in maneuverability. The improved missile also incorporates an upgraded passive radio frequency seeker and a digital autopilot.
HII Awarded RCOH Contract for Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) NEWPORT NEWS, Va., March 29, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) was awarded a $2.6 billion cost-plus-incentive-fee contract today for the refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). The work will be performed at the company's Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division. The ship arrived at NNS Thursday using planning contract funding. Lincoln was originally scheduled to arrive at NNS on Feb. 14 but was among the projects delayed due to uncertainties surrounding the defense budget and funding of the work. The president signed legislation Tuesday enabling the Navy and NNS to move the Lincoln to the shipyard to begin the RCOH. "Our focus will continue to be on the task at hand: modernizing and improving upon Lincoln's capabilities for another 25 years of successful service," said Chris Miner, NNS vice president, in-service aircraft carrier programs. "We have worked closely with our Navy partners throughout the budget process and have made good progress getting starting on the planned work during the extended period at Naval Station Norfolk. Now that the ship is in dry dock the shipbuilder-Navy team is eager to finish what we've started here at Newport News Shipbuilding." The RCOH represents 35 percent of all maintenance and modernization in an aircraft carrier's 50-year service life. Lincoln's RCOH will include the refueling of the ship's reactors, as well as extensive modernization work to more than 2,300 compartments, 600 tanks and hundreds of systems. In addition, major upgrades will be made to the flight deck, catapults, combat systems and the island. Work is expected to begin immediately and continue through November 2016. After RCOH, Lincoln will be one of the most modern and technologically advanced Nimitz-class aircraft carriers in the fleet and will continue to be a vital part of our national defense.
USDA Announces New Conservation Collaboration with DuPont to Promote Sustainable Harvesting of Bio-based Feedstocks for Cellulosic Ethanol JOHNSTON, IOWA, March 29, 2013 â€“ Â Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a new federal-private collaboration with DuPont to safeguard natural resources on private lands used to supply bio-based feedstocks for cellulosic ethanol production. The joint agreement between USDA's Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and DuPont aims to set voluntary standards for the sustainable harvesting of agricultural residues for renewable fuel, and supports rural job creation, additional income for farmers, bio-based energy development, and the safeguarding of natural resources and land productivity. "USDA and DuPont share a common interest in the wise use and management of soil, water and energy resources," said Secretary Vilsack. "Both organizations also share an interest in helping individual farmers adapt to new market opportunities in ways that are consistent with the wise use of these natural resources." "Working with farmers is critical to maximizing the land's productivity and protecting natural resources," said Jim C. Borel, executive vice president of DuPont. "With this new collaboration, we have a partner in the Natural Resources Conservation Service to ensure that the collection of corn stover for the production of cellulosic renewable fuel makes sense for an individual grower's operation and the land they farm." Today's announcement involves the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between NRCS and DuPont. USDA, through NRCS, will provide conservation planning assistance for farmers who supply bio-based feedstocks to biorefineries as the industry begins to commercialize. Conservation plan, written for individual operations, will ensure sustainable harvest of corn crop residues while promoting natural resource conservation and land productivity. A conservation plan is a voluntary document, written in cooperation with farmers, which helps them protect natural resources while promoting a farm's economic sustainability.
Seaside Heights Elementary School to Benefit From Verizon, ‘Jersey Cares’ Volunteer Project More Than 160 Verizon Employees to Lend a Hand at Hurricane SandyDamaged Hugh J. Boyd Jr. Elementary School March 25, 2013 SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. – The impact of Hurricane Sandy still lingers for the 230 students in grades pre-K through 6 at Hugh J. Boyd Jr. Elementary School. The school building, located at 1200 Bay Boulevard, sustained severe flood damage from the storm, forcing students to attend classes at the regional high school. Students hope to return to the restored school for the start of the 2013-2014 school year. The school’s restoration will get a boost on Thursday (March 28) when more than 160 employees from the Verizon Leadership Development Program, along with senior leaders from Verizon, participate in a day of volunteer work at the school, organized by Jersey Cares. Seaside Heights Mayor William Akers also will be on hand. The volunteers will paint classrooms; remove weeds and plant flowers around the school; build new picnic tables to create an outdoor learning environment; paint planter murals and paint line games on the school’s blacktop to be used during recess; and build new benches to be installed along the Seaside Heights boardwalk. “Hurricane Sandy affected everyone in New Jersey in some way, and this project gives our employees a great chance to contribute their time and talents to getting Hugh J. Boyd Jr. Elementary School back into shape,” said Jayne Mayer, director of employee engagement at the Verizon Foundation. “Through our partnership with Jersey Cares, Verizon is able to give its employees opportunities to support our communities.
Raytheon Consolidates Businesses and Announces Key Executive Roles WALTHAM, Mass., March 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) announced today that it is consolidating its businesses to streamline operations, increase productivity and achieve stronger alignment with its customers' priorities. The Raytheon Company structure will consist of four businesses: Intelligence, Information and Services, resulting from the combination of the Intelligence and Information Systems and Raytheon Technical Services businesses; and the Integrated Defense Systems, Missile Systems, and Space and Airborne Systems businesses, each of which will be expanded by the realignment of the former Network Centric Systems business operations. This new structure will be effective April 1, 2013. "Our new structure will help us enhance productivity, agility and affordability in a challenging defense and aerospace market environment," said William H. Swanson, Raytheon's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "We will remain focused on success for our global customers while returning value to our shareholders." Additionally, Raytheon's Board of Directors has elected Dr. Thomas A. Kennedy to the new position of executive vice president, chief operating officer. Kennedy previously served as vice president, Raytheon Company, and president of Integrated Defense Systems. "As we continue to operate in an increasingly competitive budget environment, our ability to enhance our operations, expand our global reach, and coordinate our development opportunities is critical to our success," said Swanson. "Tom's outstanding leadership skills and his deep understanding of our technologies, customers and global markets make him well qualified to fill this new and important role." In his new role, Kennedy will lead the company's consolidation efforts and will manage day-to-day operating activities, while contributing to the company's long-range planning and customer engagement strategies. Reporting to Swanson, Kennedy will provide direct leadership to Raytheon's business presidents as well as to the leaders of several of the company's enterprise functions, including: Engineering, Technology and Mission Assurance; Contracts and Supply Chain; Business Development; and the Global Business Services group.
Growing Technology Commercialization: University of Kansas Moving Innovation from the Laboratory to the Marketplace The University of Kansas is moving innovations from the laboratory to the marketplace at breakneck speed. Julie Goonewardene, President of KU Technology Commercialization Center, announced five researchers were awarded $50,000 each to further their research, research includes 1) medical delivery methods; 2) protein-based drugs for Parkinson's Disease; 3) new drugs for multiple sclerosis; 4) slide and tissue block valet system; 5) and solar panel detectors and sensors. Lawrence, KS, March 26, 2013 -- (PR.com) -- The University of Kansas continues to move innovations from the laboratory to the marketplace. As part of this effort, five KU researchers have been awarded $50,000 each through the university’s new Proof of Concept Fund for projects that are near the commercialization stage. The Proof of Concept Fund for commercialization research supports KU projects that have the potential to produce new products, technologies and cures that improve lives in the near future. The POC Fund supports projects for one year to make the technologies more attractive for private investment, ideally within 12 months of being awarded funding. The fund supports all areas of technology, including electronics, software, communications and engineering. Supported projects must have industry involvement.
ITT Exelis to Provide Electronic Support Systems to Australian ANZAC and LHD Ships VAN NUYS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar. 28, 2013-- ITT Exelis (NYSE: XLS) has been awarded a contract valued at more than $102 million to provide the Electronic Support Measures (ESM) suite for Australia’s ANZAC frigates and the Canberra class LHD ships, enhancing the country’s national defense capabilities throughout the Pacific and Indian Ocean regions. With this contract, Exelis continues to extend its leading edge electronic warfare capabilities to international customers. The Exelis ES-3701 ESM system will significantly improve the Royal Australian Navy‘s capability to detect radars from other surface ships and aircraft. It provides situational awareness, targeting, self-protection and surveillance, and utilizes a Windows-based interface for robust, easy-to-use graphical displays. The selection of the ES-3701 also provides commonality with other large warships in Australia’s fleet, as the system is also being deployed on the Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD). “This award positions Exelis as the premier supplier of ESM systems in the Asia Pacific region and is a critical milestone in the region’s enhancement of its defenses,” said Rich Sorelle, Exelis corporate vice president and president of the Electronic Systems division. This is the second major contract in recent years to provide electronic warfare systems to the Royal Australian Navy; Exelis was previously awarded the contract for the ESM suite for the AWD program. The work for these key contracts will be performed by the Exelis Electronic Systems, radar, reconnaissance and undersea systems business area from its Morgan Hill, Calif. location. “Our ES-3701 system provides effective mission operations in all weather conditions and against all essential threats,” added Dave Prater, Exelis vice president and general manager of radar, reconnaissance and undersea systems. “It is ideally suited to achieve the operational mission requirements in a dynamic and challenging electronic warfare environment.”
NASA Selects Integrated Program Support Service Providers WASHINGTON -- NASA has selected seven small businesses to provide a variety of program support services for the agency's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. The blanket purchase agreements have no minimum or maximum value. There is a five-year ordering period. Tasks will be performance-based, fixed-price, or time and material orders. The agreements include a oneyear base period followed by four one-year options that may be exercised at NASA's discretion. Under the Marshall Integrated Program Support Services blanket purchase agreements, the following companies will lead teams to compete for task orders: Analytical Mechanics Associates Inc., Huntsville Earth Resources Technology Inc., Laurel, Md. Manufacturing Technical Solutions Inc., Huntsville Quantech Services Inc., Huntsville Sigmatech Inc., Huntsville Sumaria Systems Inc., Danvers, Mass. Victory Solutions Inc., Huntsville Tasks will include support for the Marshall's current and future programs and projects in areas of program planning and control, cost estimating and analysis, configuration management and data management, project coordination and subject-matter expert support. For information about NASA and agency programs on the Web, visit: http://www.nasa.gov
Booz Allen Hamilton to Provide Specialized Scientific Research to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s InnoVision Future Solutions Program March 21, 2013 McLean, VA – Booz Allen Hamilton today announced it received a $315 million single award contract to support the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s (NGA) InnoVision Directorate. Booz Allen will provide specialized scientific and technical research and development subject matter expertise to all facets of the InnoVision Future Solutions Program (IFSP) through Nov. 2017. IFSP provides support to perform path-breaking scientific research and transitions innovative concepts and capabilities required to solve the Intelligence Community and Department of Defense’s most complex problems. Additionally, IFSP explores emerging scientific capabilities and opportunities such as high-performance computing or Big Data, and surveillance, in high-threat environments. “With Booz Allen’s scientific and technical expertise in remote sensing, geospatial intelligence applications development, 3-D visualization and big data processing , we can help NGA achieve its objectives to advance geospatial science, and to deliver innovative tools and processes to address difficult geospatial intelligence challenges,” said Lee Wilbur, Booz Allen Senior Vice President. “This win is a true testament to our longstanding partnership with the NGA that dates back more than three decades.” For the past 30 years, Booz Allen has partnered with NGA to deliver support across many military and intelligence operations. As the prime on this award, Booz Allen will lead a complex team of partners on this work, including ten small businesses. This announcement comes on the heels of eight major task orders awarded to Booz Allen in October 2012 to provide management and technical services to the NGA through the Enterprise Support to Management and Resources for Technical Services (ESMARTS) contract.
Lockheed Martin Australia Announces New Appointments to Board of Directors CANBERRA, Australia, April 2, 2013 — Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] recently announced the appointment of three new members to its Lockheed Martin Australia board of directors. The appointments are part of the company’s international growth strategy and continued commitment to Australia and the wider Asia-Pacific region. The new board members include Gary North, vice president for customer requirements, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics; Dale P. Bennett, executive vice president, Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training (MST); and Sondra Barbour, executive vice president, Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions (IS&GS). North joins the board from Lockheed Martin Aeronautics where his primary responsibility is ensuring Lockheed Martin fulfills U.S. government and international F-35 program customer requirements. He is also responsible for ensuring that all needs and requirements are met for F-35 industrial partners around the world. Bennett joins the board from MST where he oversees the execution of programs for the U.S. Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Navy. In addition, Bennett also oversees Lockheed Martin’s military and commercial training systems offerings, including those being developed for the F-35 Lightning II. Barbour joins the board from IS&GS, where she leads a team that provides integrated information technology solutions, systems and services to support civil, defense, intelligence and other government customers in all 50 U.S. states and 20 countries around the world.
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FIRST HYATT PLACE HOTEL OPENS IN NYC Hyatt Place New York/Midtown-South highlights brand’s move into urban, downtown locations CHICAGO (March 14, 2013) – Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H), Chesapeake Lodging Trust (NYSE: CHSP) and Real Hospitality Group today announce the opening ofHyatt Place New York/MidtownSouth, marking the first Hyatt Place property to debut in New York City. The new Midtown Manhattan location represents a move into downtown urban locations for the upscale select service brand, which has grown by nearly 18 percent in the past three years. Earlier this month, a Hyatt Place hotel opened in downtown Austin, Texas, and other downtown locations are expected to open this year in Chicago’s River North neighborhood; Minneapolis, Minn.; Charlotte, N.C.; Omaha, Neb.; Nashville, Tenn; Panama City, Panama; and Santiago, Chile. In 2014, the company anticipates additional urban, downtown openings for the brand in New York City’s Times Square and Flushing; Washington D.C.’s NoMa neighborhood, and Lincoln, Neb.; among others. About Hyatt Place New York/Midtown-South Hyatt Place New York/MidtownSouth is ideally located on W 36th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues, in the heart of Manhattan. The hotel offers close proximity to many of the city’s most famous sights and attractions, including Times Square, the Empire State Building, Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall and the theaters of Broadway. In addition to its location in central Manhattan, the single busiest commercial district in the United States, the hotel also provides convenient access to Herald Square, Rockefeller Center and Penn Station. “We are thrilled to announce our second hotel in the highly desired midtown area of Manhattan. This acquisition furthers our strategic relationship with Hyatt Hotels through ownership of the first Hyatt Place property in Manhattan,” said James L. Francis, president and chief executive officer, Chesapeake Lodging Trust. “This brand is the perfect fit for New York and the blended lifestyle of work and play.” Hyatt Place New York/MidtownSouth offers: • 185 wellappointed guestrooms, all of which feature a 42inch HDTV, the plush Hyatt Grand Bed® and a sevenfoot sofa • Complimentary WiFi access throughout the hotel TM, featuring freshly prepared breakfast sandwiches, • Complimentary a.m. Kitchen Skillet a variety of fresh fruits, hot and cold cereal, yogurt, breads, premium coffee and an assortment of juices • 250 square feet of flexible, hightech meeting/function space • 24/7 Gallery Menu serving madetoorder entrees and appetizer
HYATT PURSUES EUROPEAN GROWTH WITH PLANS FOR A NEW PARK HYATT HOTEL IN MALLORCA The first Hyatt-branded hotel in Mallorca is expected to open in 2015 CHICAGO (March 8, 2013) – Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced today that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into a management agreement with Cap Vermell Hotel Proyectos y Promociones, S.L, a Spanish real estate development company, for a new Park Hyatt hotel in Mallorca. Park Hyatt Mallorca will be the first Hyattbranded hotel in Mallorca, an island in the Mediterranean Sea off the eastern coast of Spain. Scheduled to open in 2015, the 142room luxury resort hotel will be built in the style of a traditional Mallorquin hilltop village with references to local art and culture. While pursuing a traditional style, the hotel will employ state of the art technologies and facilities that are standard across Hyatt hotels. Hotel amenities will include two restaurants; a lounge bar serving coffee, sandwiches and light snacks; a poolside bar offering seasonal snacks; a separate beach club; more than 13,000 square feet (1,200 sq m) of meeting and event space; and a 13,000 square foot (1,290 sq m) spa and fitness center. “Mallorca is one of Europe’s most beautiful areas, and we believe that Park Hyatt Mallorca will deliver an unprecedented level of luxury and unrivalled hospitality experience to guests,” said Peter Norman, Senior Vice President, Real Estate and Development for EAME, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts. “Spain continues to be one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, and Park Hyatt Mallorca will enable Hyatt to further enhance its visibility in Europe and further pursue its strategy to increase its brand presence in the region and new markets.” The hotel will overlook the Canyamel valley with views of the sea and the ancient town of Artá. Adjacent to an international standard 18hole golf course, Park Hyatt Mallorca will also be within walking distance to the historic Coves d’Artá. The hotel is located at the centre of a 61 acre master development, which is owned and being developed by Grupo Cap Vermell, that will include residential properties and a number of highend luxury villas.
HYATT PLACE AUSTIN DOWNTOWN CELEBRATES OFFICIAL OPENING 296-room Hyatt Place hotel located in the heart of downtown Austin Austin, TX (March 5, 2013) – Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) and White Lodging Services today announce the opening of Hyatt Place Austin Downtown, just steps from the Austin Convention Center and the city’s famous Sixth Street. “With thousands of music, film and digital enthusiasts arriving to our great city from around the world, there couldn’t be a more exciting time to be a part of this new opening in downtown Austin,” said Brad Haas, general manager, Hyatt Place Austin Downtown. “We can’t wait to welcome guests to the new hotel and show them the authentic hospitality and purposeful service for which Hyatt Place is known.” In addition to its proximity to the convention center, Hyatt Place Austin Downtown is just minutes away from the University of Texas and major companies including AMD, Whole Foods and Silicon Labs. Additionally, the hotel is close to more 50 restaurants and only 15 minutes from the AustinBergstrom International Airport. Hyatt Place Austin Downtown offers: • 296 spacious guestrooms, all of which feature a 42inch HDTV, the plush Hyatt Grand Bed® and a sectional sofa sleeper • Complimentary WiFi access throughout the hotel TM, featuring freshly prepared breakfast sandwiches, • Complimentary a.m. Kitchen Skillet a variety of fresh fruits, hot and cold cereal, yogurt, breads, premium coffee and an assortment of juices • 1,800 square feet of flexible, hightech meeting and function space • 24/7 Guest Kitchen serving madetoorder snacks and entrees • Intimate Bakery Café featuring specialty coffees, premium beers and wines and cocktails “It’s a wonderful feeling to grow with a city,” said Bryan Hayes, chief operating officer, White Lodging. “Today marks the opening of White Lodging’s 22nd Austin hotel. We’re thrilled to be able to be part of the fabric of such a unique city.”
PARK HYATT BUSAN OPENS ITS DOORS; PAVES THE WAY FOR LUXURY IN SOUTH KOREA CHICAGO (February 26, 2013) – Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE:H) announced today the official opening of Park Hyatt Busan, the tenth Park Hyatt property in Asia Pacific and the second Park Hyatt hotel in Korea following Park Hyatt Seoul. As the second largest city in Korea, Busan is one of the most wellknown international hubs for Northeast Asia, with a thriving interchange of trade and tourism. Strategically placed in an area of global cultural exchange, Park Hyatt Busan creates a new high end segment for luxury hotels – offering a comfortable, premier, luxury service suitable for the growing number of Korean and international visitors traveling for leisure and business. Set in the heart of the bustling city, Park Hyatt Busan upholds the brand’s deep rooted reputation for sophisticated style, outstanding service and accommodations, and superior facilities. Affording breathtaking views across the ocean, the hotel is centrally located among Busan’s premium commercial area – adjacent to the world’s largest shopping mall, Shinsegae Centum City, as well as MICE facilities, including the Busan Exhibition and Convention Centre (BEXCO). Design and Guestrooms Nestling in the marine city adjacent to Haeundae Beach, Park Hyatt Busan is built in a modern style with 33 floors above ground and six floors below ground level. With 269 guestrooms, including 69 suites, the shape of the building is designed to symbolically express the dramatic beauty and power that Busan represents. Inspired by the lively and dynamic energy of Busan and its ocean view, Daniel Libeskind, a worldrenowned architect, designed this beautiful hotel in a curved shape, which embodies the ocean waves in Busan. In addition to its exterior representing the ocean wave at Haeundae Beach as well as the camellia, a symbolic flower of Busan, the interior of Park Hyatt Busan offers breathtaking views of the ocean and Gwangan Bridge though floortoceiling glass windows. About Park Hyatt Intimate and residential in style, Park Hyatt hotels promise gracious service on a personal scale. Located in many of the world’s premier destinations, each Park Hyatt hotel combines elegance with distinctive regional character. Park Hyatt hotels feature sophisticated interiors, meeting and special event spaces for small groups and social occasions, critically acclaimed art programs, and signature restaurants featuring awardwinning chefs. For more information, visit www.parkhyatt.com.
HYATT UNION SQUARE NEW YORK TO OPEN IN APRIL 2013 Hyatt Union Square New York will complement the neighborhood’s dynamic atmosphere and energetic spirit NEW YORK (February 5, 2013) – Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) and HHM announced today that Hyatt Union Square New York is now taking reservations for stays beginning April 2013. The newly built, 178room hotel will feature urban style guestrooms and new dining and bar concepts by local, highly rated restaurateurs. Guests will be able to enjoy unprecedented services and experiences in the heart of Union Square, one of Manhattan’s most beloved neighborhoods. Located at 13th Street and Fourth Avenue, Hyatt Union Square will blend modern design with classic style. The building’s historic façade and expansive 23foot high entryway ceiling will provide a grand entrance for guests’ arrival, while the lobby, designed by acclaimed interior designer Paul Vega, will feature custom made contemporary pieces that bring New York’s downtown vibe to life. “Union Square is a must see, cultural destination in downtown Manhattan, and visitors in town for both business and leisure want to stay in this neighborhood, but did not previously have the hotel options. Hyatt Union Square New York will answer this demand with an offering unlike anything nearby,” says Chris Holbrook, General Manager, Hyatt Union Square New York. “Every detail of Hyatt Union Square New York is focused on enticing today’s edgy, yet sophisticated, urban traveler, and guests are granted the benefit of staying in the perfect location for a true New York experience.” The sleek guestrooms will offer something for everyone, ranging from loftstyle studios with and without outdoor terraces to two distinct presidential suites. The Sanctuary, located on the second floor, will boast a 954 square foot landscaped terrace overlooking the corner of 13th Street and Fourth Avenue. Inside, the spacious onebedroom suite will evoke a sense of peace and tranquility, and will feature a shower made for two and separate living area. The Empyreal suite on the 11th floor will offer chic neighborhood views through floortoceiling windows in the living room and bedroom. Additional guestroom accommodation categories include: Urbane Studio, Urbane Sky Room, Urbane Terrace, Courtyard Studio, and Alcove Loft. Hyatt Union Square New York will offer new restaurants by One Five Hospitality Group, led by wellrespected restaurateurs JoAnn Makovitzky and Marco A. Moreira. The hotel’s signature restaurant, The Fourth, is an allday American Brasserie that will serve traditional brasserie fare with a modern American interpretation. Singl Lounge will serve as an exciting place for guests to gather during the day and evening, featuring an extensive single malt scotch selection and single vineyard wine by the glass selection. These renowned local restaurateurs are owners of the highly acclaimed Tocqueville and 15 East restaurants.
THE L.A. HOTEL DOWNTOWN TO BECOME HYATT REGENCY LOS ANGELES DOWNTOWN IN MAY LOS ANGELES (January 30, 2013) – The Shenzhen New World Group, a Chinabased ownership group, announces its independent hotel, The L.A. Hotel Downtown, will debut as a Hyatt Regencybranded hotel in May. To be reflagged as Hyatt Regency Los Angeles Downtown, the hotel is currently undergoing a $20 million renovation that will bring a modern, elegant and contemporary design, as well as service upgrades to each of the 419 guestrooms and 72 suites, public spaces and corridors, meeting and event areas, business and fitness centers, concierge lounge, restaurants, and lobby. “We are thrilled to become part of the family of Hyatt Regencybranded hotels and to be part of Hyatt’s global network of premier lodging destinations,” said Regina Stryker, general manager of the hotel. “This is a very exciting time for the hotel and our associates, and we look forward to proudly flying the Hyatt Regency flag marking a new era that we welcome with open arms.” “With the tremendous growth of the Los Angeles downtown area, becoming Hyatt Regency Los Angeles Downtown will add a wonderful new option for travelers seeking the incomparable quality and service that Hyatt is known for around the globe,” added Stryker. The hotel’s renovation pays tribute to its vibrant and central location, infusing a bold color palette of bright reds, crisp oranges, and rich beiges through its clean, minimalistic design. Each guestroom and suite will be redone in a welcoming palette of colors, and will feature new carpet, wall treatments, drapery, and allnew contemporary bedding and furnishings, as well as upgraded bathrooms and work areas. The hotel will receive exquisite new design upgrades as well as new floor plans for its more than 22,000 square feet of meeting and event space, which includes 17 versatile meeting rooms, two ballrooms, including 4,000 square feet of prefunction space. Just a short walk from L.A. Live, the Staples Center, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, and many major businesses, the hotel is located in the hub of the downtown district at 333 South Figueroa Street in Los Angeles, California. The L.A. Hotel Downtown is managed by Interstate Hotels & Resorts (www.interstatehotels.com), the leading U.S.based global hotel management company.
New Hampton Inn & Suites Opens in Tampa110-room property brings Hamptonality to Florida March 25, 2013 TAMPA, Fla. - Hampton Hotels, the global brand of over 1,900 midpriced Hampton Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites, and Hampton by Hilton hotels worldwide, today announced the official opening of its newest property, the 110roomHampton Inn & Suites Tampa Northwest/Oldsmar located at 4017 Tampa Road. "Hampton combines quality, innovation, comfort and plenty of valueadded extras, making it the brand of choice in the marketplace today," said Marlene Playter, general manager of the Hampton Inn & Suites Tampa Northwest/Oldsmar. "Quality accommodations and amenities combined with proactive, friendly service from our team members all backed by the 100% Hampton(r) Guarantee make us highly competitive in the Tampa area." The Hampton Inn & Suites Tampa Northwest/Oldsmar is owned and operated by Double Fource Properties. It is the ninth Hampton property in Tampa, ahead of 17 more Hampton hotels slated to be opened in Fla. and more than 250 Hampton properties in the pipeline in the U.S. The new hotel is expected to bring an estimated 25 jobs to the area. Situated between Tampa and Clearwater, the Hampton Inn & Suites Tampa Northwest/Oldsmar is located nearby many popular area attractions such as Clearwater Beach, the Tampa Downs racetrack, the Florida Aquarium and Lowry Park Zoo. The hotel features amenities such as a free, hot breakfast, modern fitness facility, spacious meeting space, outdoor pool and patio with BBQ pits and Hampton's signature Perfect Mix Lobby. All guestrooms are equipped with the Clean and Fresh Hampton bed®, free WiFi, lap desk and LCD flat screen TV. All suites additionally include a sleeper sofa, bar sink, underthecounter refrigerator and microwave oven. Hampton Hotels is distinguished by its unique culture of hospitality called "Hamptonality." This term describes each hotel's approach to friendly customer service, anticipating guests' needs and providing travelers with helpful suggestions about area attractions, historical facts and fun things do around town. Additionally, hotels are infused with local photography and art work, highlighting each property's connection and support to its own community. The hotel plans to host a grand opening celebration on Wednesday, April 17, from 5:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m. To find out more information about the Hampton Inn & Suites Tampa Northwest/Oldsmar or to make a reservation, please visit the hotel's website here or www.hampton.com, or call 18138187202.
New Hampton Inn Opens in Haverhill March 27, 2013 126room property brings Hamptonality to Massachusetts HAVERHILL, Mass. - Hampton Hotels, the global brand of over 1,900 midpriced Hampton Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites and Hampton by Hilton hotels, today announced the opening of its newest, recently converted property, the 126 roomHampton Inn Haverhill, located at 106 Bank Road. "At Hampton, we are thrilled to be a part of the Haverhill business community. Bringing a well brand, like Hampton Hotels, into this community will respected provide both family, leisure and business travelers alike a quality stay, at a great value," said Alexander Thompson, general manager of the Hampton Inn. "Opening a new hotel in the area will only make the community stronger. Our team is here to serve and we hope to build great relationships with the people of Haverhill and surrounding areas." The Hampton Inn Haverhill is owned by Haverhill Hospitality, LLC and operated by Baywood Hotels, Inc. It is the first Hampton property in Haverhill, Mass., ahead of three additional Hampton properties slated to open in Mass. and more than 250 Hampton hotels in the pipeline throughout the U.S. Additionally, the new hotel brings 25 jobs to the area. The Hampton Inn Haverhill was recently converted from a Comfort Suites hotel. Renovations to the property include updates to all guestrooms, hallways, common spaces as well as the addition of an indoor saltwater pool. The hotel now offers amenities, such as free hot breakfast, free WiFi, 24hour Suite Shop, modern fitness center, expanded business center and Hampton's signature Perfect Mix Lobby. Guestrooms are equipped with the Clean and Fresh Hampton bed®, a 42 inch flat screen TV, minirefrigerator, iron and coffee maker. The Hampton Inn Haverhill is located just minutes from popular area attractions, including Historic Downtown Haverhill, Winnekenni Castle, and John Greenleaf Whittier's Birthplace. It is minutes away from Ward Hill Business park as well as businesses in the Andover/Lawrence area. A grand opening celebration will be held at the Hampton Inn Haverhill on April 18, 2013. The Merrimack Valley Chamber and Haverhill Chamber of Commerce as well as local and state officials and area business leaders are expected to attend.
New Hampton Inn Opens in Morgan Hill March 25, 2013 107room property brings Hamptonality to California MORGAN HILL, Calif. - Hampton Hotels, the global brand of over 1,900 midpriced Hampton Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites and Hampton by Hilton hotels worldwide, brings Hamptonality to Morgan Hill with the recent opening of the 107room Hampton Inn Morgan Hill located at 16115 Condit Road. "Hampton combines quality, innovation, comfort, style and profusion of valueadded extras, making it the preferred brand in the marketplace today," said Amelia H. Anastacio, General Manager of the Hampton Inn Morgan Hill. "Quality accommodations and amenities combined with proactive, friendly service from our team members all backed by the 100% Hampton(r) Guarantee make us highly competitive in the Morgan Hill area." The hotel is owned by Morgan Hill Hotel LP and managed by Excel Hotel Group. It is the first Hampton property in Morgan Hill, ahead of 11 more Hampton hotels slated to be opened in California and more than 250 Hampton properties in the pipeline in the U.S. Located just off Highway 101, south of the Silicon Valley, the Hampton Inn Morgan Hill hotel offers easy access to a variety of local downtown attractions, including restaurants, shops, Morgan Hill's Aquatic Center and Outdoor Sports Complex, and is just minutes away from Anderson Lake County Park. The property is also ideally situated close to San Jose, Gilroy, the Central Coast of California, and within easy driving distance of San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Monterey and Carmel. The Hampton Inn Morgan Hill hotel features a completely custom design with high end finishes throughout to ensure guests feel comfortable during their stay. This Morgan Hill hotel provides amenities such as free hot breakfast, business center, modern fitness center, an outdoor heated pool and nearly 900 sq. feet of meeting space. All guestrooms are equipped with the Clean and Fresh Hampton bedTM, free highspeed internet access, lap desk and a 40inch LED HDTV. Hampton Hotels employs a unique culture of hospitality called "Hamptonality." This term describes each hotel's approach to friendly customer service, anticipating guests' needs and providing travelers with helpful suggestions about area attractions, historical facts and fun things do around town. Additionally, hotels are infused with local photography and art work, highlighting each property's connection and support to its own community.
New Hampton Inn & Suites Opens in Mansfield March 15, 2013 83room property brings Hamptonality to Pennsylvania MANSFIELD, Pa. - Hampton Hotels, the global brand of over 1,900 midpriced Hampton Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites, and Hampton by Hilton hotels worldwide, today announced the official opening of its newest property, the 83room Hampton Inn & Suites Mansfield located at 98 Dorsett Heights. "Hampton combines quality, innovation, comfort and plenty of valueadded extras, making it the brand of choice in the marketplace today," said Jassen Shaw, general manager of the Hampton Inn & Suites Mansfield. "Quality accommodations and amenities combined with proactive, friendly service from our team members all backed by the 100% Hampton® Guarantee make us highly competitive in the area." The Hampton Inn & Suites Mansfield is owned by WPAX, LTD and operated by JDK Management Company. It is the first Hampton property in Mansfield, ahead of 15 more Hampton hotels slated to be opened in Pa. and more than 250 Hampton properties in the pipeline in the U.S. The new hotel is expected to bring an estimated 20 jobs to the area. Located in the heart of Mansfield, the Hampton Inn & Suites Mansfield offers easy access to the area's most popular attractions including Victorian town and its quaint shops, dining and farmers market. It is also nearby Pennsylvania's Grand Canyon and the TiogaHammond and Cowanesque Lakes, where camping, boating, swimming and other outdoor adventures are available. The hotel features amenities such as a free, hot breakfast, business center, modern fitness facility and Hampton's signature Perfect Mix Lobby. All guestrooms are equipped with the Clean and Fresh Hampton bed®, free highspeed internet access, lap desk and LCD flat screen TV. All suites additionally include a sleeper sofa, bar sink, underthecounter refrigerator and microwave oven. Hampton Hotels is distinguished by its unique culture of hospitality called "Hamptonality." This term describes each hotel's approach to friendly customer service, anticipating guests' needs and providing travelers with helpful suggestions about area attractions, historical facts and fun things do around town. Additionally, hotels are infused with local photography and art work, highlighting each property's connection and support to its own community. The property plans to host a grand opening celebration on April 25, 2013. To find out more information about the Hampton Inn & Suites Mansfield or to make a reservation, please visit the hotel's website here or www.hampton.com, or call 15706627500.
New Hampton Inn Opens in Uvalde75-room property brings Hamptonality to Texas March 13, 2013 UVALDE, Texas - Hampton Hotels, the global brand of over 1,900 midpriced Hampton Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites, and Hampton by Hilton hotels worldwide, today announced the official opening of its newest property, the 75room Hampton Inn Uvalde located at 2714 E. Main Street (Highway 90). "Hampton combines quality, innovation, comfort and plenty of valueadded extras, making it the brand of choice in the marketplace today," said Mario Garcia, General Manager of the Hampton Inn Uvalde. "Quality accommodations and amenities combined with proactive, friendly service from all backed by the 100% Hampton® Guarantee make us highly competitive our team members in the Uvalde, Texas area." It The Hampton Inn Uvalde is owned by UAL PLAZA, LLC and operated by Baywood Hotels, LLC. is the first Hampton property in Uvalde, ahead of 31 more Hampton hotels slated to be opened in Texas and more than 250 Hampton properties in the pipeline in the U.S. The new hotel is expected to bring an estimated 20 jobs to the area. Located less than two hours west of San Antonio in Uvalde County, the area is known for its picturesque limestone hills carved into green canyons by the crystal waters of the Sabinal, Leona, Frio and Nueces Rivers. The Hampton Inn Uvalde is also close to many local attractions including Uvalde Memorial Park golf course, Fort Inge Historical Site County Park, Garner State Park and Lost Maples State Natural Area. The hotel features amenities such as a free, hot breakfast, outdoor pool, 24hour business center, modern fitness center and Hampton's signature Perfect Mix Lobby. All guestrooms are equipped with the Clean and Fresh Hampton bed®, free highspeed internet access, lap desk, microwave, minifridge and LCD flat screen TV. called "Hamptonality." Hampton Hotels is distinguished by its unique culture of hospitality This term describes each hotel's approach to friendly customer service, anticipating guests' needs and providing travelers with helpful suggestions about area attractions, historical facts Additionally, hotels are infused with local photography and art and fun things do around town. work, highlighting each property's connection and support to its own community.
New Hampton Inn & Suites Opens in Hope70-room property brings Hamptonality to Arkansas March 08, 2013 HOPE, Ark. - Hampton Hotels, the global brand of over 1,900 midpriced Hampton Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites, and Hampton by Hilton hotels worldwide, today announced the official opening of its newest property, the 70room Hampton Inn & Suites Hope located at 2700 N. Hervey Street. "Hampton combines quality, innovation, comfort and plenty of valueadded extras, making it the brand of choice in the marketplace today," said LaVonne Jordan, general manager of the Hampton Inn & Suites Hope. "Quality accommodations and amenities combined with proactive, friendly service from our team members all backed by the 100% Hampton® Guarantee make us highly competitive in the area." The Hampton Inn & Suites Hope is owned and operated by P & C Hotels, LLC. It is the first Hampton property in Hope, ahead of three more Hampton hotels slated to be opened in Arkansas and more than 240 Hampton properties in the pipeline in the U.S. The new hotel is expected to bring an estimated 20 jobs to the area. Located just off Interstate 30, the Hampton Inn & Suites Hope is just minutes from the University of Arkansas College Campus Hope and local industries such as Tyson Foods, Temple Inland, Klipsch and Bridgestone Firestone. It is also close to many local historic attractions including President William J. Clinton Birthplace Home National Historic Site and Historic Washington State Park. The hotel features amenities such as a free, hot breakfast, business center, modern fitness center and Hampton's signature Perfect Mix Lobby. All guestrooms are equipped with the Clean and Fresh Hampton bed®, free highspeed internet access, lap desk and LCD flat screen TV. All suites additionally include a sleeper sofa, bar sink, underthecounter refrigerator and microwave oven. Hampton Hotels is distinguished by its unique culture of hospitality called "Hamptonality." This term describes each hotel's approach to friendly customer service, anticipating guests' needs and providing travelers with helpful suggestions about area attractions, historical facts and fun things do around town. Additionally, hotels are infused with local photography and art work, highlighting each property's connection and support to its own community.
New Hampton Inn Opens in Belton80-room property brings Hamptonality to Missouri February 21, 2013 BELTON, Mo. - Hampton Hotels, the global brand of nearly 1,900 midpriced Hampton Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites, and Hampton by Hilton hotels, today announced the official opening of its newest property, the 80room Hampton Inn Belton located at 16410 Cornerstone Drive. "Hampton combines quality, innovation, comfort and plenty of valueadded extras, making it the brand of choice in the marketplace today," said Cherie Chandler, general manager of the Hampton Inn Belton. "Quality accommodations and amenities combined with proactive, friendly service from our team members all backed by the 100% Hampton® Guarantee make us highly competitive in the area." The Hampton Inn Belton is owned and operated by Belton Hospitality, LLC. It is the first Hampton property in Belton and the 33rd property in Mo., ahead of two more Hampton hotels slated to be opened in the state and more than 240 Hampton properties in the pipeline in the U.S. The new hotel is expected to bring 20 jobs to the area. The new property is centrally located to Kansas City and Overland Park and within 25 minutes of popular area attractions such as the Sprint Arena, Kansas City Power and Light District, Kansas City Zoo, Chiefs and Royals Stadium. The Hampton Inn Belton features amenities such as a free, hot breakfast, modern fitness center, 24hour business center, indoor pool and Hampton's signature Perfect Mix Lobby. All guestrooms are equipped with the Clean and Fresh Hampton bed®, free highspeed internet access, lap desk and 40inch flat screen TV. Hampton Hotels is distinguished by its unique culture of hospitality called "Hamptonality." This term describes each hotel's approach to friendly customer service, anticipating guests' needs and providing travelers with helpful suggestions about area attractions, historical facts and fun things do around town. Additionally, hotels are infused with local photography and art work, highlighting each property's connection and support to its own community.
Hyatt Place Corpus Christi Celebrates Official Opening The 103-room hotel is located in the heart of Corpus Christ, Texas CHICAGO (January 30, 2013) – Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) and American Resort Management, LLC today announce the opening of Hyatt Place Corpus Christi, the newest hotel in Corpus Christi and the first Hyatt Place hotel in the area. Located in the heart of Corpus Christi, the hotel is minutes away from Padre Island National Seashore, Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, and Naval Air Station Corpus Christi. “We are very excited to introduce Hyatt Place to the South Texas market,” said Linda Clark, general manager, Hyatt Place Corpus Christi. “Hyatt Place Corpus Christi brings a unique blend of south Texas hospitality with an upscale service flare that is sure to please leisure and business travelers alike.” Hyatt Place Corpus Christi is close to all major attractions in Corpus Christi, Texas, including the Texas State Aquarium, The USS Lexington Museum, South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center, Hurricane Alley Waterpark, and Whataburger Field. Downtown Corpus Christi’s many restaurants, sights, entertainment venues, shopping and Bayfront are just a short drive away. Hyatt Place Corpus Christi offers: • 103 spacious guestrooms, all of which feature a 42” HDTV, plush Hyatt Grand Bed® and sectional sofa sleeper • Free WiFi access throughout the hotel TM, featuring freshly prepared breakfast sandwiches, • Complimentary a.m. Kitchen Skillet
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a variety of fresh fruits, hot and cold cereal, yogurt, breads, premium coffee and an assortment of juices More than 1,200 square feet of flexible, hightech meeting and function space 24/7 Guest Kitchen serving madetoorder snacks and entrees Intimate Bakery Café featuring Starbucks® specialty coffees, premium beers and wines and cocktails Complimentary 24hour Stay Fit® fitness center with Life Fitness® cardio equipment Indoor pool Free parking
“In today’s age, we are focused on going beyond just providing excellent guest service, but rather providing a positive guest experience,” said Richard Coleman, senior vice president, operations & business development, American Resort Management.
Fly America Act
Federal travelers are required by 49 U.S.C. 40118, commonly referred to as the "Fly America Act," to use United States air carrier service for all air travel and cargo transportation services funded by the United States Government. One exception to this requirement is transportation provided under a bilateral or multilateral air transport agreement, to which the United States Government and the government of a foreign country are parties, and which the Department of Transportation has determined meets the requirements of the Fly America Act. The United States Government has entered into several air transport agreements that allow federal funded transportation services for travel and cargo movements to use foreign air carriers under certain circumstances. There are currently four bilateral/multilateral “Open Skies Agreements” (U.S. Government Procured Transportation) in effect: • United States (US) Government and the European Union (EU) effective April 30, 2007 • USEU Amendment effective June 24, 2010 • USEU Amendment effective June 21, 2011 • United States (US) and Australia effective October 1, 2008 • United States (US) and Switzerland effective October 1, 2008 • United States (US) and Japan effective October 1, 2011 Information on the four Open Skies Air Transportation Agreements (U.S. Government Procured Transportation) and other specific country agreements may be accessed via the Department of State’s website. The rights given to airlines concerning U.S Government procured transportation under the Open Skies Agreement do not apply to transportation obtained or funded by the Secretary of Defense or the Secretary of a military department. Federal Travel Regulation (FTR) Bulletin 1102 and Bulletin 1204 provides additional information and guidance on Open Skies agreements. For more information on Fly America Act and Open Skies, please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org
How To Use Strategic KPIs To Align Travel Programs With Company Goals
Just about every travel manager uses measurement in planning for and making decisions about various program components and initiatives. Just because a travel manager is using data, however, doesn’t necessarily mean he or she is looking at the right information to help make the right business decisions. That’s where strategic key performance indicators come in. Strategic KPIs measure how well a travel program is meeting core strategic corporate goals such as cost containment, sustainability, process efficiency or revenue generation. There are six key steps to building an effective strategic key performance indicator program. Step 1: Take It Seriously As with any worthwhile corporate project, a strategic key performance indicator program cannot be built in an afternoon or copied and pasted from another company. It takes time and effort, a significant level of stakeholder participation and an appetite for sweating data at a more effective level. Companies lacking a welldefined travel policy and reliable data sources are likely to find this task beyond them. Those with a mature program, however, should find it relatively easy to create strategic KPIs. Step 2: Map Out Your Corporate Strategic Goals Create a list of your company’s core strategic goals. Use the officially stated goals (e.g., as per your annual report) but also include emerging topics that might turn into strategic companywide initiatives soon. For instance, sustainability or corporate social responsibility might not yet be a formalized goal, but could be a hot topic at board meetings. Step 3: Link Travel Program Goals To Strategic Goals Moving ahead with the simple list above, we could envision the following connections: • Cost containment: e.g., a reduction in travel operating expenses. Travel program goals: savings/cost avoidance, demand management, procurement • Sustainability: e.g., reduction in CO2 emissions. Travel program goals: sustainability, demand management • Duty of care: e.g., ensuring employee wellbeing. Travel program goals: ensuring traveler security, safety and wellbeing • Governance/compliance: e.g., SarbanesOxley compliance. Travel program goal: travel policy compliance
How To Use Strategic KPIs To Align Travel Programs With Company Goals Step 4: Define The Appropriate KPIs To Measure Your Progress Once you understand how your travel program goals relate to your corporate goals, you can create strategic KPIs to measure how well you are performing in achieving each of them. Make an inventory of relevant metrics you already use as part of managing the program on a daytoday basis and identify gaps. While the strategic KPIs will be used for purposes such as executive scorecard reviews, the tactical KPIs build up more of the granular insight a travel manager needs for daytoday control and quick performance dashboards. Step 5: Identify Master Data Sources Even the bestdefined and most carefully considered KPIs are useless if they cannot be supported by quality data. Most corporations use a variety of data sources to manage travel spending—all with a different scope, level of detail and reliability. While consolidated data is the “holy grail” for the purpose of tracking KPIs, it is initially just as important to identify which data point in the formula for each KPI should come from which data source. Be prepared to look in some unfamiliar areas for data sources. For example, one of Advito’s clients worked with its facilities management department to obtain data on videoconferencing for its demandmanagement KPIs. Step 6: Track And Act On The Data Use your data to establish a baseline; work with stakeholders to establish a target or target range against which progress will be measured. Recall that variance from a target range can be noteworthy: If your KPIs track within a consistent percentage range either across time or across different business units, then a sudden move outside that range can effectively raise a red flag. Crucial to making data actionable is the effort to make it quickly and easily understandable, both purely visually and in the context of overall company expectations or precedents for data representation. Meaningful Savings Measurements How can a travel manager measure savings meaningfully? For example: • Is it useful to compare average ticket price this year against average ticket price last year, when the difference between the two may be caused by external rather than internal factors? • Should savings be measured on the level of discount negotiated? Since it is easier to negotiate a large discount on an expensive fare class than a cheaper one, this measurement may not be helpful either.
Hotels with Government Rates
FedRooms® is the only governmentwide, government sponsored lodging program designed to give travelers more convenience and freedom. You can save time, money and follow government travel policy in one easy step. All FedRooms rates are at or below per diem. With FedRooms®, travelers are guaranteed competitive rates at or below per diem, 4 p.m. or later cancellation policy (24 hours international), and absolutely NO hidden fees. All FedRooms properties must extend rates at or below per diem to remain in the program. Based on a recent audit of booked FedRooms rates, 60% of rates were booked at per diem and 40% were booked below per diem. Travelers can rest assured they will always get the best rate. GSA Long Term Lodging Vendors: Staying awhile? Check out our feature GSA Long Term Lodging vendors offering 30+ night accommodations. Go Green: The U.S. federal government has made environmental sustainability a priority. FedRooms® is working with its hotel partners to promote properties that have sustainable practices in place. Look for the "green" icon when booking your hotel and check out https://www.fedrooms.com/go_green.html. Loyalty Programs: Find links to participating hotel loyalty programs for your favorite brand. Don’t forget. Travelers are eligible to accrue points when booking the FedRooms® Rate! Webinars: Do you still want to learn more about your official governmentwide lodging program? Join us for our FedRooms® 101 for Travelers webinar. In just 30 minutes, you will learn why you should ALWAYS book the FedRooms® Rate. Leisure: Government employees can book FedRooms Rates for leisure travel. In fact, about 64% of FedRooms properties extend FedRooms Rates for leisure (and they are all backed by the FedRooms Rate guarantee: 4 p.m. or later cancellation, no hidden fees, etc.). Simply login to the FedRooms booking tool at FedRooms.com and select leisure in the dropdown menu.
Cost-Savings Tools at Your Fingertips GSA also offers discounted travel services: • FedRooms® offers easy to book prenegotiated rates at or below per diem with participating FEMA and ADA compliant hotels. FedRooms offers government travelers their choice of more than 13,000 hotels (more than 140 hotel brands) in 3,300 cities worldwide; with no early checkout fees. [www.fedrooms.gov] • City Pair Program (CPP) provides discounted airfare between more than 6,500 cities, without cancellation or change fees. With a twotier fare structure in selected markets, the average savings is 68% below commercial full fares. Selecting the right CPP fare can save up to $108 each way. The OMB Memo M12 requires that travelers identify the Lowest Logical Airfare (LLA) through CPP or commercial fares to meet their agency’s mission. If a commercial fare is lower than a City Pair fare after evaluating taxes and fees, book it! [www.gsa.gov/portal/content/105401] Did You Know? — The federal government saves almost $385M annually by using the preferred CPP fare (-CA) that offers an even deeper discount. • E-Gov Travel Service (ETS) is an endtoend online travel reservation, voucher and reimbursement service helping agencies efficiently manage travel. Your agency can expect an average savings of $15 25 per trip by booking reservations online rather than calling a travel agent. ETS2, in which agencies will begin deployment in late 2012, builds on the success of the first generation ETS to help the government further consolidate online travel booking services and expense management platforms, driving additional costsavings and efficiencies while delivering a transparent service for improved accountability and reduced waste. [www.gsa.gov/egovtravel] Did You Know? — Using the ETS online booking engine has already saved the government more than $21M annually. If all federal agencies participated, savings would nearly double to $40M. • FedRooms Groups and Meeting Planning Tool helps federal agencies consolidate its market research for meetings and small conferences to help find the best facility for offsite events. Within 5 business days of submitting meeting requirements, a market research report that includes available hotels, guest room rates, meeting room charges, estimated food and beverage costs, and sustainability offerings is returned to the conference coordinator. Meetings using this tool save an average of 5% below per diem. [www.gsa.gov/fedrooms] Customer Testimonial — “What took weeks now takes hours.”
The State Department’s Office of American Citizens Services and Crisis Management (ACS) administers the Consular Information Program, which informs the public of conditions abroad that may affect their safety and security. The Consular Information Program consists of three main components that provide information to the American public about travel to specific countries: Country Specific Information, Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts. Country Specific Information: The U.S. Department of State issues fact sheets called Country Specific Information on every country in the world. The sheets contain information on entry requirements, crime and security conditions, areas of instability, road safety and other details relevant to travel. For each country, you will find information like the location of the U.S. embassy and any consular offices; whether you need a visa; crime and security information; health and medical conditions; drug penalties; and localized hot spots. This is a good place to start learning about where you are going. Travel Alerts: Travel alerts are issued as a means to disseminate information quickly about terrorist threats and other relatively shortterm or transnational conditions that could pose significant risks to American travelers. Natural disasters, terrorist attacks, coups, anniversaries of terrorist events, electionrelated demonstrations or violence, health alerts like an outbreak of H1N1, highprofile events such as international conferences or regional sports events, and an election season that is bound to have many strikes, demonstrations, disturbances are examples of conditions that might generate a Travel Alert. When these shortterm events are over, we cancel the Travel Alert. • • •
Egypt 03/29/2013 Kenya 02/28/2013 South Pacific Cyclone Season 01/07/2013
Travel Warnings: Travel warnings are issued when the State Department recommends deferral of travel by Americans to a country because of civil unrest, dangerous conditions, terrorist activity and, in some cases, because the U.S. has no diplomatic relations with the country and may have great difficulty in assisting Americans in distress. Examples of reasons for issuing a Travel Warning might include unstable government, civil war, or ongoing intense crime or violence, or frequent terrorist attacks. We want you to know the risks of traveling to these places and to strongly consider not going to them at all. Travel Warnings remain in place until the situation changes; some have been in effect for years. The countries listed below meet those criteria. • Republic
of South Sudan 03/29/2013
• Mali 03/22/2013 • Korea,
Democratic People's Republic of 03/14/2013 • Guinea 03/14/2013 • Sudan 03/13/2013 • Tunisia 03/13/2013 • Libya 03/11/2013 • Syria 03/01/2013 • Iraq 02/25/2013 • Algeria 02/19/2013 • Philippines 01/30/2013 • Afghanistan 01/29/2013 • El Salvador 01/23/2013 • Niger 01/16/2013 • Kenya 01/14/2013 Country Specific Information, Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts are updated regularly and are accessible through the State Department's travel information website at http://www.travel.state.gov. For specific questions regarding an emergency involving an American citizen overseas, contact the Office of Overseas Citizens Services at (202) 6475225.
Foreign Per Diem Rates
Foreign Per Diem rates are established monthly by the Office of Allowances as maximum U.S. dollar rates for reimbursement of U.S. Government civilians traveling on official business in foreign areas. Lodging and M&IE (Meals & Incidental Expenses) are reported separately followed by a combined daily rate. The breakdown of rates by meals and incidentals is found in Appendix B. For regulations pertaining to these rates, see the Federal Travel Regulation (FTR) established by the General Services Administration and implementing regulations estabished by Federal Agencies. (Foreign Affairs Agencies see Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM) (Vol. 14); Defense Agencies see Chapter 4 of the JFTR, Vol. 1 for members of the uniformed services; see the JTR, Vol. 2 for civilians.) The Bureau of Public Affairs of the Department of State offers a subscription service that permits individuals to receive notices when Foreign Travel Per Diem rates are updated. The Chapter 925 Per Diem Supplement to the Standardized Regulations (Government Civilians, Foreign Areas) lists all foreign areas alphabetically. Where a country or island is listed it is intended to include all territory within the boundaries of that country or island including any offshore islands in the same general vicinity. It will not include territories or possessions located elsewhere even though considered an integral part of the parent country or island. In such cases, no cost data pertinent to such territories and possessions were used in determining the established rates. When a political subdivision smaller than a country is named, such as states, provinces, departments, cities, towns, villages, etc., it will include the corporate limits of such political subdivision or the limits of territory within the normal boundary thereof if it is not incorporated. Any further clarification of the area covered by a specific listing is contained in associated footnotes which can be viewed by selecting Foreign Per Diems By Location. NOTE: Any location not listed for per diem under a country takes the "Other" rate we administer and publish for that country. An unlisted suburb of a listed location takes the "Other" rate, not that of the location of which it is a suburb. If you have questions regarding the per diem rates, please contact the Office of Allowances. Office of Allowances Bureau of Administration U.S. Department of State Washington, DC 205220104 Telephone: (202) 6631121 Email: AllowancesO@state.gov
Tips for Traveling Abroad
The U.S. Department of State offers some quick tips to make your travel easier and safer: • Sign up for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program at https://travelregistration.state.gov. The State Department strongly encourages American citizens planning travel abroad to sign up for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program makes it possible to contact a traveler if necessary, whether because of a family emergency in the United States or because of a crisis in the place the traveler is visiting. It is a free service provided by the State Department, and is easily accomplished online. ◦ Note that, in accordance with the Privacy Act, the Department of State may not release information about those registered without their express written authorization. ◦ If your family needs to reach you because of an emergency, they can pass a message to you through the Office of Overseas Citizens Services, which can be contacted from within the United States at 18884074747 (toll free), and from overseas at 2025014444. The Office of Overseas Citizens Services will contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the country in which you are traveling in order to pass the message to you. The State Department also advises leaving a detailed itinerary and copies of your passport biographicaldata page with a friend or relative in the United States. • To Sign Up for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program: ◦ You can either sign up online at https://travelregistration.state.gov. -or- ◦ If you would like to contact an embassy or consulate you can go to http://usembassy.state.gov/ for access to U.S. Embassy and Consulate web pages. • Sign passport, and fill in the emergency information: Make sure you have a signed, valid passport, and a visa, if required, and fill in the emergency information page of your passport. • Leave copies of itinerary and passport data page: Leave copies of your itinerary, passport data page and visas with family or friends, so you can be contacted in case of an emergency. • Check your overseas medical insurance coverage: Ask your medical insurance company if your policy applies overseas, and if it covers emergency expenses such as medical evacuation. If it does not, consider supplemental insurance.
Emergencies: Consular Assistance and Crises Abroad
Assistance from American Consuls U.S. consular officers are located in over 260 Foreign Service posts abroad. In addition, consular agents in approximately 46 foreign cities without U.S. embassies or consulates provide a more limited but still important series of emergency and other consular services. Providing assistance to Americans during a crisis abroad, such as political upheaval or a natural disaster, is one of the most critical tasks consular officer perform. During a crisis, consular officers look for missing Americans and help Americans return to the U.S., among many other duties to assist Americans. The State Department strongly encourages American citizens planning travel abroad to sign up for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program so that we may find you during a crisis. It is free, it’s confidential, and it’s easily accomplished online at https://travelregistration.state.gov . Consuls also advise and help Americans who are in serious legal, medical or financial trouble, including health emergencies, arrests, deaths, missing persons, and destitution. For information about emergency assistance to Americans in trouble abroad, see http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/emergencies/emergencies_1205.html#general#general. In addition, note the following information for assistance in emergencies: • Finding a hospital or doctor abroad: http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/emergencies/emergencies_1195.html • Victims of crime: http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/emergencies/emergencies_1748.html. • Financial emergencies or destitution: http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/emergencies/emergencies_1198.html • Obtaining funds from the U.S. (OCS trust): http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/brochures/brochures_1224.html • Missing persons: http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/emergencies/emergencies_1195.html • Arrests: http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/emergencies/emergencies_1199.html • Deaths: http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/emergencies/emergencies_1205.html#death • Passport replacement: http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/emergencies/emergencies_1197.html
Emergencies: Consular Assistance and Crises Abroad
Consular officers also perform non emergency services, including providing information on absentee voting, selective service registration, and acquisition and loss of U.S. citizenship. They can arrange for the transfer of Social Security and other U.S. government benefits to beneficiaries residing abroad, provide U.S. tax forms, and notarize documents. They can also provide information on how to obtain foreign public documents. Note, however, that because of the limited number of consular officers and the growing number of U.S. tourists and residents abroad, consuls cannot provide tourism or commercial services. For example, consuls cannot perform the work of travel agencies, lawyers, information bureaus, banks, or the police, nor can they obtain work, residence or driving permits, act as interpreters, search for missing luggage, or settle commercial disputes for U.S. citizens. For information about routine consular services performed by consuls abroad, seehttp://travel.state.gov/travel/travel_1744.html. How to Contact the Embassy or the State Department in an Emergency Consular duty personnel are available for emergency assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at U.S. embassies, consulates, and consular agencies overseas and in Washington, D.C. To contact the Office of Overseas Citizens Services in the U.S. call 18884074747 (during business hours) or 2026475225 (after hours). Contact information for U.S. embassies, consulates, and consular agencies overseas may be found at http://www.state.gov/countries . When the family of an American traveler needs to reach him or her because of an emergency at home or because family members are worried about the traveler’s welfare, they should call 1 8884074747. The State Department will relay the message to the consular officers in the country in which the traveler is thought to be, and the consular officers will try to locate the traveler, pass on urgent messages, and, consistent with the Privacy Act, report back to the inquiring family.
Emergencies: Consular Assistance and Crises Abroad
What You Should Know If You Are a Victim of Crime Consular officers are committed to assisting American citizens who become victims of crime while abroad. Familiar with local government agencies and resources in the country where they work, consular officers can help American crime victims to: • replace a stolen passport; • contact family, friends, or employers; • obtain appropriate medical care; • address other emergency needs that arise as a result of the crime; • provide information about the local criminal justice process and about the case itself; • obtain information about local resources to assist victims, including foreign crime victim compensation programs; • obtain information about U.S. crime victim assistance and compensation programs, and • obtain a list of local attorneys who speak English. For more information about consular assistance for victims of crime abroad, see http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/emergencies/emergencies_1748.html. Passport Fraud Passport fraud is attempted by U.S. citizens and noncitizens for a variety of criminal purposes – money laundering, narcotics trafficking, illegal entry into the U.S., terrorism, etc. In processing lost/stolen passport cases, the Department of State must take special precautions that may delay the issuance of a new, full validity passport. If you suspect a U.S. passport is being used fraudulently, do not hesitate to contact the nearest American embassy or consulate or in the U.S., the nearest Passport Agency. Scams Financial scams originating from overseas are a real and growing problem. Individual American citizens have lost considerable sums of money on these scams, ranging from a few hundred dollars to hundreds of thousands of dollars. While confidence schemes have long existed, the advent of the internet has greatly increased their prevalence, and the Department of State receives daily inquiries from victims. Scams may involve internet dating, inheritance, work permits, overpayment, and moneylaundering.
Emergencies: Consular Assistance and Crises Abroad
Arrests Abroad When you are in a foreign country, you are subject to its laws, and American officials are limited as to how they can assist you. They cannot, for instance, represent you in legal proceedings or pay your legal fees or other expenses. They can, however, perform a variety of vital services, which include providing a list of attorneys, assisting in contacting your family in the U.S. if you wish it, helping you obtain money from family in the U.S., and monitoring your health and welfare and the conditions under which you are being held. If you are arrested, immediately ask to speak to a consular officer at the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Under international agreements, the U.S. Government has a right to provide consular assistance to you upon your request. Special Warning About Drug Offenses Abroad Every year, several hundred Americans are arrested abroad on drug charges. Persons caught with illegal drugs in a foreign country are subject to the drug laws of that country, not those of the U.S.; as always, ignorance of the law is no excuse. In many countries, the burden of proof is on the accused to show that he or she is innocent of the charges. Some Americans take advantage of an offer of an allexpensespaid vacation abroad in exchange for carrying a small package in the luggage. When, to their surprise, they are caught, the fact that they did not know that there were drugs in that package will not reduce the charges against them. Every aspect of a drug arrest abroad can be different from U.S. practice. For instance: • few countries provide a jury trial • many countries do not permit pretrial release on bail • pretrial detention, often in solitary confinement, can last several months • prisons may lack even minimal comforts, such as beds, toilets, and washbasins • diets are often inadequate and require supplements from relatives and friends • officials may not speak English • physical abuse, confiscation of property, degrading treatment and extortion are possible. • persons convicted may face sentences ranging from fines and jail time, to years of hard labor, and even the death penalty
Emergencies: Consular Assistance and Crises Abroad
Terrorism Terrorist acts occur unpredictably, making it impossible to protect yourself absolutely. The first and best protection is to avoid travel to areas where there has been a persistent record of terrorist attacks or kidnappings. Most terrorist attacks are the result of careful planning. Just as a car thief will first be attracted to an unlocked car with the key in the ignition, terrorists are looking for the most accessible targets. The chances that a tourist, traveling with an unpublished program or itinerary, would be the victim of terrorism are slight. In addition, many terrorist groups, seeking publicity for political causes within their own country or region, may not be looking for American targets. Nevertheless, the following pointers may help you avoid becoming a target of opportunity. These precautions may provide some degree of protection, and can serve as practical and psychological deterrents to wouldbe terrorists. • Schedule direct flights if possible, and avoid stops in highrisk airports or areas. • Be cautious about what you discuss with strangers or what others may overhear. • Try to minimize the time spent in the public area of an airport, which is a less protected area. Move quickly from the checkin counter to the secured areas. Upon arrival, leave the airport as soon as possible. • As much as possible, avoid luggage tags, dress and behavior that may draw attention to yourself. • Keep an eye out for abandoned packages or briefcases, or other suspicious items. Report them to airport authorities and leave the area promptly. • Avoid obvious terrorist targets, such as places where Westerners are known to congregate. • Watch for people following you or "loiterers" observing your comings and goings. • Report any suspicious activity to local police, and the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. • Keep a mental note of safe havens, such as police stations, hotels, and hospitals. Formulate a plan of action for what you will do if a bomb explodes or there is gunfire nearby. • Select your own taxicabs at random. Don't take a vehicle that is not clearly identified as a taxi. Compare the face of the driver with the one on his or her posted license. • If possible, travel with others. • Be sure of the identity of visitors before opening the door of your hotel room. Don't meet strangers at your hotel room, or at unknown or remote locations. • Refuse unexpected packages. • Check for loose wires or other suspicious activity around your car.
Emergencies: Consular Assistance and Crises Abroad
How to Access Funds in the U.S. U.S. consuls can assist Americans abroad who are temporarily destitute due to unforeseen circumstances. Americans who find themselves in these circumstances should contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate or the State Department’s Office of Overseas Citizens Services at 18884074747 (during business hours) or 2026475225 (after hours). Consular officers can help destitute Americans contact family, bank, or employer to arrange for transfer of funds. In some cases, these funds can be wired through the Department of State. For information on how a consular officer can help under these circumstances, see http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/emergencies/emergencies_1198.html. How to Get Your Passport Replaced If your U.S. passport is lost or stolen while you are overseas, report it immediately to the local police and to the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. A consul can issue a replacement passport, often within 24 hours. Links to contact information for U.S. Embassies and Consulates may be found athttp://usembassy.state.gov. If your U.S. passport is lost or stolen in the U.S., report it to the Department of State.
Events For Government Contractors
Airfield and Highway Pavements Conference
June 912 – Los Angeles
he Transportation and Development Institute (T&DI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is pleased to announce the 2013 Airfield and Highway Pavements Conference with the theme “Sustainable and Efficient Pavements.”
This conference will bring together researchers, designers, project/construction managers, and contractors from around the world to discuss the everchanging challenges to airfield and highway pavement sustainability, design, advanced modeling, performance, evaluation and monitoring, rehabilitation, lifecycle assessment, and emerging technologies. The conference will include an extensive technical program developed by a scientific committee with over 50 members. It includes four concurrent paper/presentation tracks, two technical tours and workshops. There will be many opportunities to earn up to 14.5 professional development hours (PDHs) for registered professionals in meeting continuing education requirements to maintain licensure. There will be a plenary session, including a presentation by a leader in the field of pavement engineering, and there will be exhibits of companies driving innovation and quality in pavement engineering, construction and maintenance. Presentations for the ASCE pavement conference should be sent to Ict email@example.com with “ASCE Pavement Conference” in the subject line. More information can be found at the event's website: http://content.asce.org/conferences/pavements2013/
National Fire Protection Agency Conference and Expo June 1013 Chicago
he year’s largest and most important event for the fire protection, life safety, and electrical industries is the NFPA Conference & Expo, is widely regarded as the most comprehensive event in the industry.
This year’s conference offers more than 150 educational sessions, divided into tracks to help you find the sessions that best meet your professional needs. Determining your attendance schedule in advance is the best way to maximize the value of the time you have to spend. The inaugural Accessibility Expo will colocate with NFPA Conference & Expo. Accessibility Expo will feature products specifically designed to help comply with the ADA and to improve quality of life and safety for people with disabilities. The Electric Vehicle Safety Showcase will address the potential hazards encountered in an electric vehicle (EV) collision, and safety considerations for the growing installed base of charging stations in residential, commercial, and public spaces. Stakeholders affected by issues surrounding the growth in EV usage and the build out of the batterycharging infrastructure include utilities, fleet managers, municipal authorities, first responders, and electrical contractors. For more information, or to register, visit nfpa.org/conference or call (800) 3443555.
Soldier Systems and Equipment Conference June 1114 – London
overnment spending on soldier systems and equipment is changing in line with national wind defense restructuring and the as a down of the war in Afghanistan. So, result, Soldier Technology, the world's only global soldier and marine modernization meeting, has developed an agenda and discussion format to address this challenge. The event attracts 450+ soldier modernization program managers, prime contractors and equipment manufacturers annually. The conference will feature speakers from various international military and government branches. This includes members of the U.S. military as well as multinational defense corporations. The conference and exhibition is held at the Olympia Conference Centre in the West Kensington area of London. There are deals available on accommodations, and those interested should see the event website: www.wbresearch.com/soldiertechnologyeurope/home.aspx. Those interested in sponsoring or exhibiting should contact Lachlan Macdonald at Lachlan.Macdonald@wbr.co.uk. Those interested in attending should contact Bryony Hunter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cyber Security Brainstorm July 24 – Washington, D.C.
yber security is not a new priority for those in the government's IT and management trenches, but it is a growing priority for the second term administration and the 113th Congress. A new Executive Order, a cyber framework underway at NIST, reintroduced CIPSA legislation and more cyber bills to follow all highlight that agencies and industry partners can expect cyber issues to be front and center over the next year. We will cover some of the key topics on today's cyber security horizon, including continuous monitoring, mobile device and BYOD management, cyber threats, and more. The halfday forum will bring together more than 100 savvy Federal cyber security experts to share best practices, collaborate on challenges, and discuss what is needed for the future of cyber security. Register today at https://meritalk.com/csxbrainstorm2013register.php Help MeriTalk recognize exemplary Federal cyber security initiatives by nominating a best practice program, or successful cyber security individual for the 2013 MeriTalk Cyber Security Confidence Awards, to be announced at this year's Cyber Security Brainstorm. Click here for access to the award nomination guidelines, and short, two page nomination forms. Make sure to have your nomination in by April 26, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. ET. For more information on event details, please contact (703) 8839000 ext. 163 or email@example.com.
AIAA Aerospace Sciences – Fluid Sciences Event June 2427 – San Diego, California
he Fluid Dynamics and Colocated Conferences and Exhibit provides a unique opportunity to participate in seven AIAA conferences in one. Joint sessions between many of these events are planned to encourage synergism and collaboration among communities. Submitting a paper to these events will allow you the chance to share your latest research and development findings with leading engineers, researchers, and scientists in the field. In addition, many of the conferences recognize outstanding members of the community through best paper awards. Attending the event will also provide ample opportunities for networking and discussion as you participate in the many planned activities including networking breaks, luncheons, receptions, and offsite events. The event will be held at the San Diego Sheraton Hotel. For more information, visit the event’s website, https://www.aiaa.org/Fluids2013/ or email AIAA Event Product Manager Carmela Brittingham at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AFCEA Cyber Symposium and Expo June 2527 – Baltimore
ational security is continuously being redefined as awareness of the cyberspace domain evolves. Cyber threats and challenges grow every day. Successfully defending our networks requires a team approach. With this in mind, the AFCEA Cyber Symposium will engage the key players, including the U. S. Government, the International Community, Industry and Academia, to discuss the development of robust cyberspace capabilities and partnerships. The AFCEA International Cyber Symposium 2013 focuses on the critical missions of U.S. Cyber Command and the interface with Army Cyber Command, Marine Corps Forces Cyber Command, 10th U.S. Fleet Cyber Command, 24th Air Force Cyber, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, DoDCIO, National Security Agency (NSA), Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Academia, Industry partners. The operational theme "Defining Full Spectrum Global Cyberspace Operations" will explore the operational security of DoD and Industry Networks, Cyber Operations with Joint and Coalition partners, and discuss the training and development of the cyber workforce. More than 200 exhibitors will showcase their products and programs, with emphasis on information technology. For more information, see the event’s website: http://www.afcea.org/events/cyber/13/intro.asp.
Marketplace 2013 'Reverse' Trade Show May 29 – Durham, North Carolina Join more than 500 others at Marketplace 2013: Procurement Opportunities for Small Businesses – the 14th statewide contracting conference designed to bring small business sellers together with buyers from federal and state government and large prime contractors. Marketplace, held at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Conference Center, is a biennial regional “reverse” trade show that allows small business owners the opportunity to meet contracting officers from over 50 federal, state, and local government agencies and large prime contractors. at first every 18 months, then every Marketplace has held the trade show since 1989 two years after the Asheville, NCbased tradeshow,Opportunities, came on the scene. On average, Marketplace has 500 attendees, many of which are small to mid-sized businesses. There are also seminars at Marketplace for both companies new to government contracting and those already selling to the government. Those interested in exhibiting at Marketplace 2013 should contact mark Mills, the NC PTAC Program director at (828) 3451115, or email@example.com. For more info, check the website: www.sbtdc.org/events/marketplace/index.htm.
The Interactive Supplier Management Conference June 1012 – St. Louis, Missouri Now in it’s 14th year, the ProcureCon series of events presents this unique event dedicated to the procurement function of supplier management. ProcureCon for Supplier Management takes the place of ProcureCon USA in the company's event lineup for 2013. It was created in response to a consistent demand from regular supporters to take a more granular look at the vendor relationship piece of the procurement skillset. Ensure procurement does not become an impediment to progress but a key driver of supply availability & continuity, business excellence and working capital for R&D investment and tightly managed growth. The WBR live conferencing model will allow attendees to build their network with peers and the exchange of business knowledge and best practices. If you would care to share your priority issues and key expectations for your procurement function for Q4 2012 thru 2013, ProcureCon will undertake to introduce you to peers onsite who are working towards similar outcomes and have successes to share in the same areas. Each conference day includes moderated practitioners-only breakfast meetings and invitation-only executive boardroom luncheons focused around key industry challenges. Request your participation during the event registration process.
WBEN 2013 National Conference and Business Fair June 2527, Minneapolis, Minnesota The 2013 WBENC National Conference & Business Fair will take place June 2527 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis and will feature WBENC's 14th annual Business Fair. This event represents an opportunity for you to connect with more than 3,000 small business owners, government agencies and Fortune 500 enterprises that want to do business with your business. If your WBENCCertified business has been certified as a WomenOwned Small Business (WOSB), the marketing opportunities for your business will be even more extensive. If you are not WBENCWOSBCertified, visit wbenc.org/wbencconf/ to learn more about how you can apply. You must be a WBENC National Corporate Member or WBENC Regional Partner Organization (RPO) Corporate Member to participate as a Corporate Exhibitor. For government agencies, you must be a federal, state or city government entity with a .gov URL to purchase the Metal Exhibitor booth package. For nonprofit organizations, you must have an .org URL with a 501 (c) (3) federally designated organization to purchase a Metal Exhibitor booth package. Also note that WBENC has the right to decline an exhibitor request.For more information call 3013064627 or 8887909792 toll free and ask for customer service, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 35 – Garden Grove, California CelebrAsian is the oldest and largest Asian American Business Opportunity Conference in the United States. For over 27 years, USPAACC has opened doors for the Asian American and minority business community by partnering with Corporate America as well as Federal, State and Local Governments in the areas of contracting, education, and professional development. The Annual CelebrAsian Business Opportunity Conference shines a spotlight on these ongoing endeavors. The three day Conference provides intensive educational programming and extensive networking opportunities. Asian American businesses, corporate executives, and government decision-makers connect with each other on a variety of issues including contracting needs, business innovation, proven success strategies, and timely global business topics. CelebrAsian also take time to celebrate the many successes of Asian American and minority businesses, outstanding individuals, and the next generation of exceptional leaders.
LBA Partner Metro’s: Meet the Buyers June 13 – Los Angeles This event, sponsored by Metro and the Transportation Business Advisory Council, is Metro's biggest event of the year. Held in the Metro Headquarters Building at One Gateway Plaza, Meet the Buyers is an excellent opportunity for all small businesses to meet Metro’s SBD Chiefs, Project Managers, Buyers and Contract Administrators in Communications, Construction/Project Management, Audit Services, Administrative Services, Planning, Financial Services and Bus and Rail Operations for upcoming contract opportunities. Metro CEO Art Leahy and Metro Board of Directors have long supported outreach activities to encourage the involvement of businesses in all aspects of Metro. To attend, please RSVP to Sonya Turner via email at email@example.com. RSVP with the company name, address, phone number and name of the attendee or attendees. More information can be found at the event's website: www.lbausa.com/partners/lbapartner events/lbapartnermetrosmeetthebuyers/.
Enterprise Architecture Conference & Expo May 2 – Washington D.C. nterprise Architecture has become one of the pillars of the federal IT world to help make operations run smoothly, seamlessly and maneuver easily. No matter what technology is touted, or how service oriented and agile the applications are especially cloudbased or SAAS environments – technology systems must be designed and implemented to support the business or mission and enable processes. If integrated IT systems don't work or fail, the business or mission may be in jeopardy. The only insurance any enterprise or organization has is a fully articulated and robust EA program. Although every agency has an Enterprise Architecture now, it is not something that can be simply deployed and then forgotten. EA must be kept current and every agency must regularly evaluate how it is working in order to avoid damaging the enterprise or jeopardizing secure network systems. Digital Govermnent Institute's 12th annual EA Event, which is free for government professionals, will help teach attendees how to keep EA plans vibrant, useful and up to speed for today's challenges. John A. Zachman, the originator of the “Framework for Enterprise Architecture” (The Zachman Framework™) will be the keynote speaker. The conference and exposition will be held at the Ronald Reagan Building's Pavillion room in Washington D.C. More information can be found at www.digitalgovernment.com, or by contacting DGI at 7037526243 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cisco Live! 2013 Exposition June 2327 – Orlando, Florida t Cisco Live, attendees gain the knowledge, skills, and expertise on the technologies that will drive the ongoing convergence of people, processes, data, and things — creating the Internet of Everything that will enrich businesses and lives through greater potential and increased opportunity. The event will cater to technical eduaction, as Cisco Live’s worldclass lineup of technical education and training equips today’s networking and communications professionals for the challenges of tomorrow. Cisco Live will also focus on IT management programs, where IT leaders from managers to VPs benefit from an intensive focus on the business of IT and the emerging strategies for unifying business and technology architectures in the effort to drive value, growth, and productivity for their organizations. There is a developer network program where developers gain access to the content and resources that can help them create innovative solutions that leverage the power of the network to transform how people connect, communicate, and collaborate. And there is a service provider program, where service providers can choose from a full slate of technical and strategic educational sessions to enable them to deliver the next generation of capabilities and content that their clients are demanding. For more information about attending or exhibiting at the event, visit ciscolive.com – or email email@example.com.
June 25 – Tampa, Florida isk managers, know that managing risk in cities, counties, schools, municipalities, states and towns presents its own special set of challenges. PRIMA’s Annual Conference is the only conference dedicated to public sector risk management and the unique circumstances that go along with it. The 2013 conference will bring together thought leaders in the public risk management field who will share their experiences and solutions to some of risk management’s toughest problems. PRIMA’s 2013 Annual Conference is the educational forum for risk managers in the public sector. Attendees will have access to leadingedge educational sessions addressing all aspects and levels of public sector risk management and will participate in second-to-none peer-to-peer networking events hosting others in the profession. Attendees will be able to share ideas and successful programs they have implemented during any of the social events planned for the conference. For more info – visit the event site at conference.primacentral.org.
2013 National Search and Rescue Conference May 29June 1 – Myrtle Beach, South Carolina he emergency response community in the United Sates is immense: federal, state, and local fire and EMS, law enforcement and emergency management agencies number in the thousands and trained individual responders number in the hundreds of thousands. NASAR believes that a comprehensive emergency response conference is needed to serve this community. In accomplishing this goal, NASAR has developed this training forum which, it claims, cuts across the entire spectrum of contemporary emergency response activity, is innovative in its approach and will be attractive to a broad audience for its educational value. This conference presents an opportunity to showcase products and services to a captive audience of more than 300 Search and Rescue Professionals. Attendees hail from all over the country as well as internationally. Their profiles range from individual team members, team leaders, Emergency Management Agency representatives, State SAR Coordinators and Federal representatives from the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center, Civil Air Patrol and Coast Guard. More information can be obtained at the event's website: http://www.nasar.org/, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
American Water Works Association Annual Conference & Expo June 912 – Denver ore than 900 expert presenters will address the full spectrum of the issues – from research to planning to treatment to management. It's the onestop conference for the topics of your choice. The event, which includes a massive exposition, will also feature a public officials breakfast and Caucus on Tuesday, June 11. This segment is free to public officials, although preregistration is required. It includes a hearty breakfast before giving public officials the opportunity to discuss the water issues facing them. There will also be a variety of public official courses offered at the Colorado Convention Center. PDF forms to attend these courses can be downloaded at www.awwa.org/ace13publicofficials. For more information about attending or exhibiting at the conference, see the event's website: awwa.org/conferenceseducation/conferences/ace13annualconference.aspx.
Military Smartphones and Handheld Devices Symposium June 45 – Washington, D.C. s more and more tactical, business, and social media capabilities migrate to smartphones and handheld devices, OSD and the Services have been tasked with finding a way to permit these capabilities to flourish and expand while ensuring that security and warfighter protection are maintained and enhanced. Results from recent Army experiments with providing smartphones on the battlefield via the Connecting Soldiers to Digital Applications (CSDA) initiative have proven the “utility of using smartphones across a full spectrum of military operations and domains with great results,” providing the opportunity to change how soldiers communicate, learn, and perform their mission. This outstanding two day forum features senior military, government and industry experts who are defining the newest requirements and developing strategies for deploying next generation smartphones and handheld devices. More information, including information about how to attend or how to become a vendor at the event, speakers and an agenda, can be found at www.militaryhandheld.net.
Government Security Conference and Expo May 1315 – Washington, D.C. his year TREXPO is joining forces with GovSec– the Government Security Conference and Expo – to bring together leaders in law enforcement, military, security and federal agencies in a single location, where they can learn more about the tactical training, technology and services required to gain an advantage in ensuring public safety and security. Scheduled for May 1315 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., TREXPO will enable credentialed law enforcement professionals to enhance their Police Week experience by attending free exhibits, educational sessions and demonstrations, and receiving discounted registration for the conference and workshops. Active federal, state, tribal and local law enforcement personnel can choose to attend the TREXPO conference for one or two days, at rates of $99 or less. TREXPO also features a twoday free Expo– open to all qualified attendees – during which leading industry vendors will showcase their latest products and services for first responder communications, counterterrorism, digital evidence management, firearms storage and security, forensic tools, invehicle video systems, license plate recognition systems, mobile apps, mobile command centers, personal protection equipment, threat detection and identification systems, traffic control and enforcement, and uniforms. More information can be found at http://govsecinfo.com, or by contacting Compusystems, Inc. at (888) 4251980. For Exhibit and Sponsorship Opportunities, contact Nancy Calabrese (email@example.com)
AFCEA Joint Base ElmendorfRichardson IT Exposition May 15 – JBER, Alaska
he 5th Annual Information Technology Expo for Joint Base ElmendorfRichardson (JBER) will once again be hosted by the Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association (AFCEA) Alaska Chapter. To learn more about the AFCEA – Alaska Chapter please visit http://alaska.afceachapter.org/. AFCEA Alaska & Exhibitor Mixer: There will be a Mixer held on Tuesday, May 14th from 6 8 p.m. at the Snow Goose Restaurant http://www.alaskabeers.com/ in downtown Anchorage. Exhibits are encouraged to attend and sponsor. Ask your FBC representative how you can become a sponsor. The expo will also have strong support from three of the major communication and technology focal points on base. The 673rd Communications SquadronElmendorf, 611th Air Communications Squadron (ACOMS)Elmendorf and the 59th Signal Battalion – Richardson. In 2012 over 250 JBER personnel attended this expo from various commands, tenant units and guard personnel. More information can be found at FBCinc.com, or by contacting Vicki Berg at (800) 878-2940 x223.
Cyber Security Conference & Expo May 30 – Washington, D.C.
ata security threats continue to increase in number and sophistication. The growing use of collaborative technologies – from mobile devices and social media to virtualization and cloud computing – will continue to be one of the most significant factors impacting the security landscape. For these reasons, the federal government has increased efforts to minimize and prevent cyber security attacks, and will continue to place significant focus on securing the nation's cyber infrastructure. Digital Government Institute's 6th annual Cyber Security Conference – which is free for government professionals to attend – will explore today's cyber threats and offer an opportunity for those supporting government security initiatives to collaborate on how to detect, protect, and respond to these challenges. Digital Government Institute provides a Certificate of Completion for attendees to show proof of attendance when submitting CEUs to fulfill SSCP,
CISSP, ISSEP, ISSMP, ISSAP, CSSLP, CAP, etc. certification requirements.
Denver Federal Center Exhibition June 13 – Denver BC invites you to exhibit at the Denver Federal Center, home to over 6200 federal employees from 26 agencies, making this the largest concentration of Federal agencies outside of Washington, DC. Over 55 buildings on the Denver Federal Center campus house multiple agencies. Some of the major employers at the Denver Federal Center include the US Department of the Interior (DOI), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Bureau of Reclamation (BoR), and the US Geological Survey (USGS). Other tenant agencies include GSA, FEMA, USDA, EPA, NARA and the FHA. All agencies on campus will receive invitations to this expo. Over 300 Denver Federal Center empoyees visited the 2012 expo. Some of their titles included: Center Director, INFOSEC Lead, Senior IT Specialist, IT Specialist, Systems Admin, Engineer, GIS Specialist, Senior Project Manager, Chemist, Scientist and Lead Analyst. This is the only expo held at the Denver Federal Center. Don't miss this opportunity to show your products and services to the many agencies and employees at this unique event. More information can be found at FBCinc.com, or by contacting Vicki Berg at (800) 878-2940 x223.
AFCEA Technology & Industry Day at JBLM June 27 – Tacoma, Washington ederal Business Council, Inc. and the Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association Pacific Northwest Chapter will be partnering once again to cohost the 3nd Annual Technology & Industry Day at Joint Base LewisMcChord (JBLM). The purpose of this annual expo is to allow JBLM personnel the opportunity to evaluate the latest advancements in the IT field, as well as update their DoD sources for current and future projects and requirements. In turn, companies that participate in this expo will be able to network with decision makers, project managers, IT professionals, communications specialists, and contracting personnel at JBLM. There are more than 25,000 soldiers and civilian workers at JBLM. FBC and AFCEA will work together to invite all key, and appropriate, personnel to this event. There are two speaking opportunities this year. Those interested should send a short proposal paragraph to firstname.lastname@example.org. More information can be found at FBCinc.com.
June 1013 – Baltimore
he 2013 Cybersecurity Innovation Forum (CIF) is a fourday event, sponsored by the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) with NSA, NIST, and DHS as primary participating organizations. The CIF will cover the existing threat landscape, provide presentations on current and emerging practices, technologies and standards, and involve scenario-based exercises and formulation of a public-private roadmap. The 2013 CIF will provide actionoriented outputs to fuel voluntary consensusbased standards efforts, create opportunities for industry growth and drive research activities, and define use cases for subsequent exploration, which in turn will feed back into the subsequent CIF’s, continually evolving the state of the art. In 2013, CIF will bring the content, expertise and momentum from the Trusted Computing Conference and the IT Security Automation Conference, and previous discussions on Information Sharing into a single event. Combining these events enables a merging of the discussions and subsequent development of more robust and interoperable cybersecurity innovations as a result. In conjunction with the conference, there will be a vendor expo showcasing the latest products and services. For information about becoming an exhibitor please see http://www.fbcinc.com/event.aspx?eventid=Q6UJ9A00VZ58 or call 1 (800) 8782940. More information can be found at www.fbcinc.com/cif.
U.S. Department of Labor Exposition June 18 – Washington, D.C.
his is a unique opportunity to exhibit at this secure location. January's event was one of the best onsite expos of the year in terms of attendee numbers and CIO participation with over 600 personnel. For June, the CIO's office is very enthusiastic about sponsoring the expo; attendance from this office is consistently high. All DoL building personnel will be invited; however, there is an emphasis on the IT staff. Marketing service packages include preevent promotional activity by FBC, customizable email templates provided to invite current contacts and a post show attendee list. The Office of the Chief Information Officer has the following roles at DoL: implementation of the ClingerCohen Act; laws relating to the Paperwork Reduction Act, the Computer Security Act of 1987 as amended, and other laws, regulations, and guidance. More information can be found at FBCinc.com, or by contacting Vicki Berg at (800) 8782940 x223.
WINDPOWER Conference and Expo May 5 – Chicago oming off a record year in 2012, the industry looks forward to build on that momentum, and that’s where Solutions for Success comes in. In an everchanging wind energy industry, companies need real life solutions that are adaptable to the dynamic environment and teach them about new technology, introduce them to a variety of products and services, and help strengthen business relationships. With the extension of the Production Tax Credit (PTC), it's time to get down to business and WINDPOWER has never been more relevant to the wind energy industry than right now. Find out what new business opportunities have emerged with the recent policy backing and how this momentum can positively influence the future of your business. WINDPOWER 2013 will provide exhibitors the opportunity to showcase their products and services to more than 10,000 individuals from the entire wind energy industry coming from across the U.S. and around the world. Exhibitors include manufacturers, developers, contractors, consultants, suppliers/service companies, electricity generators/utilities, financiers, insurance companies, research institutes, and many more. For more information, see www.windpowerexpo.org or email email@example.com.
13th Annual Fort Drum Technology Exposition May 9 – Watertown, New York his is the 13th year for this event that makes the most of your time at an important but, remotely located site. The Expo has become a major IT activity for Fort Drum and is their one opportunity each year to interact with vendors who can help them with their IT needs and applications. The 2012 Show was the largest in the history of the expo with over 40 leading vendors participating. Make your plans to participate in the 13th Annual Technology Expo for this army installation that keeps growing and needs the technology and interaction that vendors provide. More information can be obtained at fdaexpo.com. The event is an FDAE exclusive event, which means it will be the only event of its kind at this facility this year.
13th Annual Fort drum technology exposition May 9 – Watertown, New York
his is the 13th year for this event that makes the most of your time at an important but, remotely located site. The expo has become a major It activity for Fort drum and is their one opportunity each year to interact with vendors who can help them with their IT needs and applications. The 2012 Show was the largest in the history of the expo with over 40 leading vendors participating. Make your plans to participate in the 13th Annual Technology Expo for this army installation that keeps growing and needs the technology and interaction that vendors provide. More information can be obtained at fdaexpo.com. The event is an FDAE exclusive event, which means it will be the only event of its kind at this facility this year.
electronic Security exposition June 17-21 – Nashville, Tennessee Sx is the only major, national trade show focused exclusively on the needs of electronic security integration and monitoring companies. ESx helps electronic security company owners, executive managers and their staff discover best practices, uncover key business and mentoring relationships and learn about the industry’s challenges and opportunities. ESx is a different kind of tradeshow, featuring exceptional education, stimulating networking events that connect you with industry leaders and a right-sized expo of 200+ exhibitors, all focused exclusively on the needs of integration and monitoring companies. Registration for the 2013 Electronic Security Expo (ESx), the only event designed exclusively for security integration and monitoring teams, is now open. ESx will return to Nashville as one of the first shows to enter the city’s brand new Music City Center — a 2.1 million square foot, $585 million facility adjacent to the Country Music Hall of Fame. With many inquiries about registration buzzing at the start of the new year. For more information, visit esxweb.com.
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