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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

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.


Dept. of Labor

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


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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


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Secretary Vilsack Launches USDA "StrikeForce" Initiative to Boost Rural Economic Growth and Opportunity COLUMBIA, South Carolina, March 26, 2013â&#x20AC;&#x201D;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.


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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.


NASA

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

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.


Labor

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/.


Offutt AFB

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&#x20AC;&#x201C;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&#x20AC;&#x201C;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."


White House

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.


FCC

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.


DoD

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)


Tinker AFB

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

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.


IBM

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.              


SRA Intl.

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.


HII

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.


Lockheed

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

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

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

USDA Announces New Conservation Collaboration with DuPont to Promote Sustainable Harvesting of Bio-based Feedstocks for Cellulosic Ethanol JOHNSTON, IOWA, March 29, 2013 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 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.


Verizon

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

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.


Technology

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.


Exelis

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

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

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

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                  travel.policy@gsa.gov      


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.”          


International Travel

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           


International Travel  

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       

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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     technology@illinois.edu  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    

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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           

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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  bryony.hunter@wbr.co.uk.  


Cyber Security Brainstorm July 24 –  Washington, D.C.           

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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 lfutterman@meritalk.com.   


AIAA Aerospace Sciences – Fluid Sciences Event June 24­27 –  San Diego, California               

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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 carmelab@aiaa.org.     


AFCEA Cyber Symposium and Expo June 25­27 –  Baltimore           

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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 mmills@sbtdc.org. 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 exhibitorservices@hargroveinc.com.     

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 turners@metro.net.  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 info@digitalgovernment.com. 

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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 support@ciscolive2013.com.  

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    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. 

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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 conference@nasar.org.  

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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.      

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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.                 

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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 (ncalabrese@1105media.com)     

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AFCEA Joint Base ElmendorfRichardson IT Exposition May 15 –  JBER, Alaska 

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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. 

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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.

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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  dennis@fbcinc.com. More information can be found at FBCinc.com. 

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June 10­13 –  Baltimore 

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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. 

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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              exhibition@awea.org.  

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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.                     

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13th Annual Fort drum technology exposition May 9 – Watertown, New York

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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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