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.
The combined entity, which now boasts of more than 2,300 lawyers in 61 offices across 29 countries, will be led by joint CEOs as part of a six-strong global management team.
Eversheds Sutherland (International) managing partner and CEO-elect Lee Ranson and Eversheds Sutherland (US) managing partner Mark Wasserman have been appointed as joint CEOs.
According to a media statement, no significant internal structural changes are expected within either firm, and respective practice group heads will work together to co-lead client initiatives.
The move comes months after merger plans were announced in December 2016. “During the past two years under its new name Eversheds Sutherland has become a top supporter of Federal Allies Institute providing great assistance to our national Federal Allies Summits and Washington Days Conference and we very much look forward to continuing this alliance, said David T. Boddie, Founder & Executive Director, Federal Allies Institute.
At the 40th Anniversary Symposium for SBA’s Office of Advocacy, June 22, 2016 in Washington, D.C., former Chief Counsels reminisce. Still, 40 years after the creation of the Office of Advocacy and other legislation was passed, the Office of Advocacy still needs more influence to enforce required small business review panels at many federal agencies that regularly ignore the well-being of small businesses across America. See SBA Advocacy Part One and Two.
A Very Important Ruling: Kingdomware Technologies v. US
By David T. Boddie
The Supreme Court ruling is very strong for Veterans 8 to 0. The Rule of Two preference for Veterans is fine with the Court and the unanimous vote is hard to argue with. And it’s not going to change anytime soon. The Rule of Two is a mandatory requirement for the Veterans Administration.
This small business won its case. It mattered that Kingdomware Technologies won its case. It’s a validation of the entire concept that Veteran-Owned Small Businesses deserve the preference that The U.S. Congress enacted into law. It wasn’t thrown out, nobody challenged it and said you guys don’t deserve it, nobody said it’s unconstitutional or anything like that. Its fine with the Supremes.
How many other small businesses would go to the trouble?
After four years in pursuit of the ruling, a lot of help and pro bono, the heroic efforts of Kingdomware Technologies paid off.
Who else is going to challenge to their right of a preference after this court ruling?
Leveraging the national security science & technology enterprise to meet IC needs.
In-STeP is a program managed by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence Director of Science and Technology.
Strong, if often quiet, partnerships between the U.S. private and public-sectors remain the cornerstone of ensuring an overwhelming intelligence advantage for our nation’s decision makers and warfighters. In-STeP is designed to empower the IC science and technology (S&T) enterprise and its partners to properly inform investment decisions by ensuring additional synergy in intelligence-related research efforts.
To better align public and private sector S&T efforts in support of intelligence needs.
Enable senior IC leadership to effectively manage risk by anticipating mission needs, informing stakeholders of S&T- related developments, shaping S&T investments and efforts, strengthening integration, and leveraging partners and resources outside of the National Intelligence Program to solve problems of interest.
Adoption and implementation of In-STeP will remain critical for aligning the IC S&T enterprise and partners’ pursuits with future intelligence and broader national security needs.
In-STeP One-on-One Meetings:
In-STeP One-on-One Meetings provide the opportunity to present your S&T projects to IC stakeholders. To be successful, technical presentations should be focused on how proprietary S&T efforts align to the IC S&T Needs contained in the FY2015-2019 IC S&T Investment Landscape, and provide detailed and practical presentation materials. After the meeting, materials may be provided to a closed, proprietary-cleared, government stakeholder group.
In-STeP One-on-One Meetings can be scheduled via S&TInvestment@dni.gov or S&TInvestment@dni.ic.gov (JWICS).
The In-STeP team is available to address questions about the meetings and schedule the presentation date. To ensure broad IC participation, contact the In-STeP team at least one month in advance of the desired presentation date.
In-STeP and the One-on-One meetings provide the rational, traceable, and defensible foundation for aligning the IC S&T enterprise and partners’ activities against IC Needs. Furthering this mission are the DS&T’s Intelligence Ventures in Exploratory Science and Technology (In-VEST) and Intelligence Formulation of Risk Management (In-FoRM) activities.
In-VEST: Provides the DNI with substantiated research investment guidance to resolve In-STeP-identified challenges.
In-FoRM: Leverages In-STeP-derived solutions to inform acquisition decisions and further integrate and align the IC.
IC S&T INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
IC S&T Investment Landscape
Collects the S&T Needs of the National Intelligence Managers, the combatant commands, and other IC stakeholders.
Provides an auditable, rational structure linking S&T investments to customer Needs.
Creates a common basis for leveraging government, industry, and academic efforts.
IC S&T Investment Landscape- Partner Responses
Provides a high-level matching of public- and private-sector partners’ existing programs to the IC-wide Needs captured in the Landscape.
Provides IC developers with unprecedented insight into the commercial solution marketplace.
Offers a resource for industry and government S&T planning as well as procurement and acquisition insight.
IC S&T Strategic Plan
The charter document guiding the IC’s S&T activities.
Advances the IC’s ability to manage risk across the National Intelligence Program.
Incorporates insights from the Landscape Needs-driven, industry-led, S&T roadmap activites.
Senior Cyber Strategist, Technical Counterintelligence Center
Leaders of companies frequently find themselves at a loss for how to lead in the cyber arena. Typically, from the C-Suite point of view, “cyber” appears to be a technology problem rather than a people problem–and the technology moves way too quickly for us ordinary mortals to keep up. Too often the “people aspect” of cyber security is overlooked and, yet, it is one of the most critical areas, where leaders can do their company and their employees the most good. In fact, cyber security is like exercise: No pain, no gain.
For example, the traveling executive is likely to be the senior leader who travels the world carrying electronic devices that hold crucial company intellectual property and proprietary data. He or she is also too busy to deal with painful security requirements that interfere with work and their computer has just the sort of data that are of critical value to the business… and to competitors or even foreign governments. It doesn’t take a genius to know that a number of countries are gaining access to US intellectual proprietary and patented information by cyber means. As of mid-2014, Bloomberg estimates that more than $445 billion worth of intellectual capital was lost this way. (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2014-06-09/cybercrime-remains-growth-industry-with-445-billion-lost )
So how can companies protect their traveling executives and lead their business in cyber security? By demonstrating that cyber security is business resiliency. That data protection is important enough to put above the pain of “not doing things the way you’ve always done them.” By proving that you are willing to accept pain to secure their data when traveling. All the data show that changing our behavior is the key to stopping breaches, hacks, and data loss.
Take the time to install every security update and patch. Almost all intrusions depend on software vulnerabilities for which patches have been issued but not installed. Computers that connect inside and outside the corporate network are particularly at risk because users rarely are willing to let the update process detract from work demands. So if traveling senior executives demonstrate how protecting their computer is critical to the business and demand that their computers maintain the highest levels of security, this alone would be a major step forward in corporate cyber leadership.
Use a designated computer for foreign travel. This reduces the amount of intellectual property within the computer and, in turn, reduces the chances that the computer can introduce malware when returned to the corporate network. It also prevents the disclosure of corporate log-in credentials overseas.
Keep computer, phones, and other devices in your sight at all times. Sure, it can be painful. But not as painful as the loss of intellectual property, competitive advantage, and lost business.
When corporate leadership demonstrates that cyber security is important and that useful countermeasures are worth the pain, it sets the priorities for the rest of the organization. By taking the lead in secure technology use while traveling abroad, senior leadership can set the tone for the entire corporation and enjoy increased cyber security practices. In the process of learning to use technology securely, everybody benefits. It’s a win for leadership and for cyber security. Not only does it demonstrate that mitigating risks while traveling is important, but also that protecting company data on the corporate network is important. The same countermeasures that secure a travel computer will secure a corporate network. Doing one but not the other is nothing more than a waste of time. Cyber security is very much an all-or-nothing kind of problem; it’s “data ecology.” The entire network as well as all the employees need to actively participate. And it starts at the top.
Hans Holmer works in the Technical Counterintelligence Center of Intelligent Decisions. He can be reached at email@example.com or 703.599.4735.
Hans is a retired CIA officer with about 20 years in cyber, 26 years in intelligence and over 40 years in computers and similar technologies.