David T. Boddie, Elections Official for Tulsa County Election Board in Oklahoma is designated as a Certified Elections/Registration Administrator (CERA) the nation’s highest professional achievement for election officials.
CERA designation is achieved only through a multi-year course of study taught by the Auburn University’s Master in Public Administration (MPA) faculty, Auburn, Alabama and conducted by the Election Center’s Professional Education Program. The intent of the program is to professionalize the management of voter registration and elections administration in promoting and preserving public trust in the democratic process. Similarly, CERV status is designation for election company vendors.
“This is the highest designation available to elections and voter registration officials,” said Tim Mattice, director of the Center. This graduating class of 60 election professionals from over 30 states and territories totals over 1,000 election officials and election vendors who have achieved the CERA/CERV status. This is an outstanding accomplishment.”
“Tulsa County is indeed fortunate to have David T. Boddie as one of the top designated professionals in America. Boddie is currently the only active elections official in Oklahoma to have attained CERA status. Obtaining and maintaining CERA status means that he has committed to a career long process of continuing education to improve the electoral process in Oklahoma and the nation,” Mattice stated.
The Professional Education Program is sponsored by the Election Center, a non-profit association of voter registrars and elections administrators throughout America and the U.S Territories. Its membership is comprised of township, city, county and state elections officials and other election related organizations. The Center’s primary purpose is to promote and support continuous improvement in the administration of elections and voter registration through research, professional education, conferences, networking and consulting. Professional Education Program participants receive continuing education credit from Auburn University as well as professional training credits from the Election Center.
Boddie worked as an election official in Detroit Michigan, Fairfax County Virginia and most recently Tulsa County. Previously he served as Deputy White House Liaison for the Republican National Committee. For the RNC Marshals Program Boddie managed GOTV campaigns in Connecticut, Georgia, Michigan, and Ohio. And worked on campaigns of 30 states. Boddie founded Federal Allies Institute at Fort Myer, Virginia in January 2008. Boddie worked for four chambers of commerce in three states including the Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce where he established a 2,800 company Small Business Council and Co-Chaired the 1986 Oklahoma White House Conference on Small Business. Boddie is also a graduate of OSU and George Washington University.
The Defending Digital Democracy Project (D3P) Battlestaff Bootcamp for Senior Election Officials.
David T. Boddie was selected for full-scholarship by Belfer Center to participate and represent Oklahoma among hundreds of county election secretaries and state election secretaries from 24 other states.
Developed by Belfer Center, D3P is committed to aiding election officials in protecting the core of American Democracy–the election process. After three years of training, outreach, and research, D3P remains humbled by the complexity and enormity of the challenges faced by election teams.
Battlestaff Bootcamp is a one day training event that teaches how to turn election staffs into a versatile, operational task force prepared to manage and mitigate the spectrum of crises faced, from the digital to the physical.
D3P offers a different perspective on operational management while still operating within resourcing constraints. Drawing upon the best practices from the military and private sector, the bootcamp combines instruction with hands-on training simulations. Applicable to both state and county level election leaders, Battlestaff Bootcamp emphasizes how critical integration and coordination are to defending the election process.
D3P was co-sponsored by Harvard University and Microsoft Corporation. Public segments were recorded for Home Box Office broadcast. The AP was Media Sponsor.
By Frank Clay Jr. President, 2020 Solutions & Chairman Emeritus, The Federal Allies Institute
“Government contractors must plan for their future…”
When you are in the government contracting business, there will always be Continuing Resolutions and Shutdowns that delay or eliminate government spending which could impact your contracted business or positioning with a Prime Contractor. It is simply a “business risk” that you live with each year when government budgets are negotiated and a new administration is put in charge. During these times, career contractors have the discretion that can be directed toward your business because decisions can be made under certain circumstances on the basis of what is good and expedient for the government. You want to be favored when these decisions are made many during the shutdowns and especially coming out of the shutdown. Showing that your business is willing and ready to meet the governments requirements at hand when that customer call is made is critical to a recovery strategy for your business.
When faced with a shut-down, it is a tough time to manage daily limited cash-flow. As a result, contracted business owners must seek to do three important tasks:
Control and managed expenses
Seek long-term credit quickly and short-term credit as needed… do this while your credit is in good shape
Renegotiate terms with your business partners and suppliers while your past performance has been acceptable
It is very important to take a snap shot of your business before the “shut down” and after the “shut down.” This documentation is critical for “course correction” planning and to justify the future financing of business to reestablish itself in the future. Banks and suppliers will want to know what happen and how did you manage the downside to keep revenue and profits flowing. This documentation will serve to help evaluate future risks of this nature.
For sure, one of your business partners will be the Contract and Program Officers that you do business with. You have to stay in “constructive communication” with them as they work off of limited government resources with little or no authority to file PO’s or pay invoices. Your ability to offer information and alternative products, program and services while there is no income for your business is a strategic initiative that must be given careful consideration. You should have similar conversations with your Prime Contractor if you are a Sub-Contractor. Bottom line, remain visible and viable to your government customers and business partners.
Clearly, if you have staff, this is a time to pull everyone together and be frank about the situation and the recovery. Show your faith in the business to overcome the challenge. “Flexibility and adaptability” in all the team members is a must have characteristic that is required to survive tough times like a shutdown. Long hours are to be expected and lay-offs should be planned accordingly. From experience, this is a great time to consider using the untapped talents of your staff and to be creative in finding new solutions for the business going forward. It is also reality to let an employee or staff member find other employment or work part-time with the understanding they still have a job when the business is back to normal.
And it should be noted, there is a time to drop out of the business if the risks are too high to recover from. Taking a close look at your contracts/agreements and your financials is important considering shutting your business down. Consult your legal and accounting team for prudent advice. No doubt, this is a business calculation worth considering to cut your business and personal losses. As they say, when one door shuts, another door opens… you just need to know which one will is best for you. Having no do door to go through is not a solution. Be vigilant in this regard.
Last point, do your best to control your emotions. Tough times in business are tough times. You have to make the tough decisions and make the tough demands of your partners with a sense of confidence and passion. It is during these times that you find out who your partners truly are. Always respect the business decisions that everyone has to make due to directives, regulations, politics or legal considerations. Many times, business decisions are in conflict with one another for business and legal reasons. Do your best not to take things personal but remain hopeful it all will work out somehow.
I was compelled to share these thoughts from 11 successful years in government contracting business. During those years, I never saw a shut down like the one we are experiencing. I am sure everyone at this point is texting frequently, has their pencils out and computers on. In the end… business is about people working it out and making it happen. When you are informed, you are in better position to handle the challenges and still plan for the future. Remember, “the future will never be shut out… something will happen to turn things around.”
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Yesterday I attended the U. S. Chamber’s Global Energy Institute “Energy Strong” summit. Many members of the Trump Administration and Congress spoke about the move from energy independence to “energy dominance”.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke spoke enthusiastically about the move to ”energy dominance”. He said that his agency needs regulatory reform to facilitate energy production. Tomorrow the U.S. Department of the Interior will call for comments on regulatory reform–seeking ideas for repeal, replace or modifications of rules/policies. The advanced copy for the Federal Register suggests there is no specific deadline for filing comments. I would urge industry to file comments this summer so that the recommendations can align with DOI’s other agency actions.
Sec. Zinke spoke about the need to streamline permitting. Sec. Zinke, a former Navy Seal, cited the need for “joint command” requiring similar reforms as those made by DOD for military in 2002. He offered the example that, for one stream with two fish species, DOI’s current process might require three separate agency decisions. Sec. Zinke addressed the many flaws in DOI’s use of compensatory mitigation and that this process often functions as “extortion “.
My firm is following this issue on behalf of electric utilities in several states. They find DOI’s current process delays critical permits for electric transmission lines and hydro plants. Energy production, infrastructure, and mining companies may not be the only industries that are affected by DOI’s bottlenecks. There are documented cases of ground-nesting bees that have delayed construction and transportation projects. A car dealership in Missouri ran into problems with an expansion due to the DOI questions about the North American long-eared bat.
Make sure your organization is well represented on DOI’s reform actions. My company is available to assist you in filing comments to DOI or monitor this issue for you. Perhaps you would like someone to find allies in other industries for a joint letter a to be filed with DOI. My firm is available for small hourly projects or under a capped retainer for efficient and affordable projects.
WASHINGTON, March 16, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Administrator Linda McMahon, the head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, announced today this year’s Small Business Person of the Year winners from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. All of the winners have been invited to attend ceremonies in Washington, D.C on April 30 – May 1 where they will be honored with their individual award along with recognition of the three runners-up and the naming of the 2017 National Small Business Person of the Year.
“It is my honor and distinct pleasure to announce the 54 winners from across the U.S. and its territories,” McMahon said. “These small business owners define entrepreneurial spirit and best represent the 28 million small businesses that are the backbone and economic engine for today’s economy. I look forward to welcoming the winners to Washington next month when they are officially honored for their achievements.”
Each year since 1963, the president has issued a proclamation calling for the celebration of National Small Business Week. National Small Business Week is set as the first week in May, and this year the dates are April 30 – May 6 with national events planned in Washington, D.C., New York City, Indianapolis, Dallas and Fresno, Calif.
2017 Small Business Person of the Year Winners
Jodie Ray Stanfield
Local Joe’s Trading Post
Rainbow City, AL 35906
Denali Visions 3000
Denali Park, AK 99755
Extended Family Disability Services, LLC/Bella Rose
Chandler, AZ 85286
Victoria A. Washington
Vision Information Technology Consultants LLC
Little Rock, AR 72204
Lars Christopher Herman
Herman Construction Group, Inc.
Escondido, CA 92029
Lorena P. Cantarovici
Denver, CO 80210
Euro-USA Trading Co., Inc.
North Stonington, CT 06359
Donna L. Vanderwende
Vanderwende Farm Creamery
Bridgeville, DE 19933
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Robert W. Dozier Jr.
President & CEO
RWD Consulting, LLC
Washington, DC 20036
South Dave Air Conditioning and
Homestead, FL 33033
Kevin B. Boykin
Midland, GA 31820
Derrick Muna Quinata
Monster Auto Corp.
Dba Guam Autospot
Hagatna, Guam 96932
President & CEO
Vice President & COO
Maui Brewing Company
Kihei, HI 96753
Eric L. Browning
CEO, Owner and Manager
Steven J. Browning
Blue Spring Partners, LLC
Dba Fin Fun
Idaho Falls, ID 83401
Sonat Birnecker Hart
Dba Koval Distillery, Inc.
Chicago, IL 60613
Joey Rivera, Ph.D.
President & CEO
Rivera Consulting Group
A Highway 311
Sellersburg, IN 47172
Benny Duane Puck
Puck Custom Enterprises, Inc.
Manning, IA 51455
Central Electropolishing Co., Inc.
Anthony, KS 67003
Bonnieville, KY 42713
Alejandro (Alex) Hernandez
Hernandez Consulting & Construction
New Orleans, LA 70119
Leigh S. Kellis
The Holy Donut
Portland, ME 04101
Columbia, MD 21046
President & CEO
Gemini Industries, Inc.
Burlington, MA 01803
Zeeland, MI 49464
Shirley Joann Wikner
Aviation Charter and Executive Aviation
Eden Prairie, MN 55347
Mary J. Russell
President and Founder
New Albany, MS 38652
Founder and President
Cohen Architectural Woodworking
Saint James, MO 65559
CEO and Chairman of the Board
Bretz RV and Marine
Missoula, MT 59808
Cody C. Brooks
White River Feed, LLC
Chadron, NE 69337
Dr. Eva D. Littman
Littman Medical Services, PC
dba Red Rock Fertility
Sunset Surgery Center, LLC
Las Vegas, NV 89148
Celdara Medical, LLC
Lebanon, NH 03766
Dr. Lisa Aumiller
Dr. Lisa Aumiller, LLC
Dba HousePaws Mobile Veterinary Service
Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054
President & CEO
Burgos Group LLC
Albuquerque, NM 87114
Queens, NY 11434
Queen City Metal Recycling & Salvage, LLC
2800 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28206
Carla Dean Schwartzenberger
Razor Consulting Solutions, Inc.
& Razor Tracking, Inc.
Watford City, ND 58854
Robert Chapman Kocian
The Auto Bolt Company
Cleveland, OH 44135
Stinnett & Associates
Tulsa, OK 74137
Brandon James Vaughn
All-Clean Property Maintenance LLC
Troutdale, OR 97060
Elvin Eugene Stoltzfus
Pik Rite, Inc.
Lewisburg, PA 17837
Victor Miguel Rivera Solanas
Maria Paula Rivera Solanas
San Juan, PR 00926
Gary M. Palardy
President and CEO
Blue Moon Industries
Providence, RI 02908
Cowpens, SC 29330
Building Blocks Childcare and Learning Center, LLC
Brandon, SD 57005
Chattanooga, TN 37405
President and Manager
StraCon Services Group, LLC
Fort Worth, TX 76109
Design To Print, Inc.
St. George, UT 84770
Michael Lawrence Rainville
Maple Landmark, Inc.
Middlebury, VT 05753
President & CEO
Contract Solutions, Inc.
Manassas, VA 20109
Kevin Joseph Schnell
Maya Alissa Matthews-Sterling
Caribbean Solar Company LLC
St. John, VI 00830
RHD Enterprises, Inc.
Lacey, WA 98503
Matthew Paul Knott
President & CEO
River Riders, Inc. and Clarion Inn Harpers Ferry
Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
President & CEO
Double K, Inc.,
Dba Hometown Trolley, Inc.
Crandon, WI 54520
Janie Celeste Wait
Intermountain Record Center, Inc.
3765 Airport Parkway
Casper, WY 82604
About the Small Business Administration The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 and since January 13, 2012 has served as a Cabinet-level agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, the SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam. www.sba.gov
Washington, D.C. (March 10, 2017) Today the U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy requested The Federal Allies Institute to begin compilation of a list of small business federal regulations to amend or eliminate.
The Federal Allies Institute requests of the public for small business owners and managers to submit comments by April 28, 2017.
The Federal Allies Institute Small Business Deregulation List will be compiled and submitted directly to a formal panel at U.S. Small Business Administration and Donald J. Trump Administration.
“On January 30, 2017 and February 24, 2017 President Donald J. Trump signed Executive Orders on Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs and on Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda, respectively, said David T. Boddie, Executive Director, Federal Allies Institute. “This is an effective opportunity for small business to fight back against economic and other impact of regulations and we must do it now.”
Federal Allies Institute is a national nonpartisan small business trade association formed to assist both small business and the federal government. Federal Allies Institute is an IRC 501(c) (6) tax-exempt association and organized as a non-stock corporation (non-profit) in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Federal Allies Institute, 4189 Calais Point Court, Fairfax, Virginia 22033-6203. (571) 217-0823.
President Donald J. Trump Delivers on Campaign Promises at First Joint Session of Congress
Washington, D.C. (February 27, 2017) On Tuesday, February 28, 2017 President Trump is to deliver his first address to a joint session of Congress to outline his budgetary and economic priorities.
Released today, the skinny budget, and not yet the full-blown budget, are the President’s policies, as reflected in topline discretionary spending. “To that end, it is a true America-first budget. It will show the President is keeping his promises and doing exactly what he said he was going to do when he ran for office. It prioritizes rebuilding the military, including restoring our nuclear capabilities; protecting the nation and securing the border; enforcing the laws currently on the books; taking care of Vets; and increasing school choice. And it does all of that without adding to the currently projected FY 2018 deficit,” said Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Mick Mulvaney at The White House Press Briefing.
“The top line defense discretionary number is $603 billion. That’s a $54-billion increase — it’s one of the largest increases in history. It’s also the number that allows the President to keep his promise to undo the military sequester. The topline nondefense number will be $462 billion. That’s a $54-billion savings. It’s the largest-proposed reduction since the early years of the Reagan administration.
“The reductions in nondefense spending follow the same model — it’s the President keeping his promises and doing exactly what he said he was going to do. It reduces money that we give to other nations, it reduces duplicative programs, and it eliminates programs that simply don’t work.
“The bottom line is this: The President is going to protect the country and do so in exactly the same way that every American family has had to do over the last couple years, and that’s prioritize spending,” said Mulvaney.
A skinny budget makes no reference to mandatory spending, entitlement reforms, tax policies, revenue projections, or the infrastructure plan. The full-blown budget is due in May.
“We anticipate the full-blown budget to follow most recommendations of The Heritage Foundation Blue Print for Reform: A Comprehensive Policy Agenda for a New Administration in 2017 to reduce and streamline the federal government by 20%, said David T. Boddie, Executive Director, Federal Allies Institute.
“We are pleased with these goals because Federal Allies Institute’s first policy decision was to advocate the association’s full-support behind Simpson Bowles and I believe we have been the sole federal contractor-comprised association in full-support of not selling to the federal government what it does not need and cannot afford,” said Boddie.
“We have always been America First and we look forward to hearing the President’s remarks and working with the administration for a streamlined federal government,” said Boddie.
About Federal Allies Institute
Federal Allies Institute is a national nonpartisan trade association dedicated to federal acquisition best practices. Federal Allies Institute is an IRC 501(c) (6) tax-exempt association and organized as a non-stock corporation (non-profit) in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
EPA and Construction Industry’s Jan. 19th, Construction General Permit Rule Needs Correction:
Last summer I wrote about EPA’s proposed rule on Construction General Permit (CGP) and the ridiculous requirements about testing for PCBs from caulk in all demolition debris. The EPA had, perhaps with good intention, over-reached, because PCB in demolition debris is really quite rare. The CGP is a rule designed to address stormwater protection. EPA has legitimate authority and duty to address stormwater.
I commend EPA staff for correcting that misstep in the final regulation by fixing the PCB in demolition debris language. Their correction did no harm to the rule. They have focused the attention where it should be focused. However, there is still a serious flaw with the rule. The flaw has nothing to do with EPA’s environmental standard—which I don’t question. We need to regulate industries responsibly to protect streams.
The problem with the EPA’s Jan. 19, 2017 rule (literally the last day of the Obama Administration) is that it now applies joint and several liability to those in the industry for those engaged in virtually all earth moving activities. This EPA final rule is a big change from the 2008 and 2012 permit language that limits each operator’s liability to that portion of the site over which he/she had control. I think EPA went way too far in placing joint and several liability into the construction industry that often has many dozens of contractors and businesses in development projects. With joint and several liability, who would want to be the “last in” in the construction industry to build a home or building in a project that is adjacent to other construction projects. A construction company, doing no harm and following the new stormwater protection regulations perfectly, could possibly be liable for another company’s errors (intentional or unintentional) for up to $52,500 per day. It could also ruin a home builder’s reputation if he/she had to pay fines for someone else’s bad judgment. Joint and several liability will surely send a chill through the construction industry—at the very time we need more jobs. Most home builders are small businesses. Imagine the problems for many small businesses trying to get financing if joint and several liability applied to the company.
Just think of the comparable impacts if this was a remodeling regulation in your own community on homeowners. Would you want to be financially responsible for remodeling your own home if you were also held responsible for a neighbor’s home remodel if that neighbor didn’t follow all appropriate code? You don’t have the right to enter that neighbor’s home before you decide to remodel your house. You’d have no clue what they did or didn’t do in their home remodel. I think the comparison fits for development projects with many adjacent separate companies engaged in earth moving and building.
The Trump Administration presumably has an opportunity to further refine the stormwater regulation or CGP rule. I hope they will do so very soon. The new CGP permit took effect last week—on Feb. 16, 2017. It is my hope that they will apply the Priebus Memo, take a look at the CGP, and fix the joint and several liability portion of the CGP rule. Unfortunately, for now, the rule is not listed on the Priebus Memo for the delay.
There is a commonsense solution that limits liability to bad actors and encourages construction projects to continue. We need both—more jobs and continued stormwater protection by EPA. Reasonable steps by EPA can ensure both.