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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

  • Posted at 5:32 PM
    The Association of Collegiate Training Institutions (ACTI) announces that the following individuals have accepted advisory board positions. Mr. Carl A. Albert - Mr. Albert has had a distinguished career in the aerospace industry and as an investor. From 1990 to 2000, he was the majority owner, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fairchild Aerospace Corporation, Fairchild Aircraft and Dornier Luftfahrt, GmbH, aircraft manufacturers. Mr. Albert also served as the Board Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Wings West Airlines, a ... read more
  • Posted at 4:07 PM
    The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) today releases the following statement on the 21st Century Cures Initiative discussion draft shared by Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI). This statement can be attributed to Jim Greenwood, BIO President and CEO: ... read more
  • Posted at 3:05 PM
    Hudson Institute announced today that the Hon. Mike Rogers, former U.S. Representative for Michigan's 8(th) Congressional District and Chairman of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, has joined Hudson as a Distinguished Fellow. In this role, he will focus on cyberwarfare and security, counterterrorism, and national security policy. https://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20150127/171791 Prior to joining Hudson, Rogers served as Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and as a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee. As Chairman of the Intelligence Committee, ... read more
  • Posted at 2:26 PM
    Doug Peddicord, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Association of Clinical Research Organizations (ACRO), released the following statement on the potential policy proposals unveiled today by House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI). “ACRO commends Chairman Fred Upton ... read more
  • Posted at 2:17 PM
    The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Board of Governors today approved the charter for a new Advisory Panel on Communication and Dissemination Research (CDR). The Board also approved the commitment of up to $9 million to fund a pair of obesity-related demonstration studies testing the resources of PCORnet, the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network. The new advisory panel will have 12 to 21 individuals with the knowledge and experience to help identify and prioritize key health communication and dissemination research ... read more
  • Posted at 12:24 PM
    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) took a major first step toward restructuring itself to achieve greater operational efficiency and be more veteran-centric than ever. Paralyzed Veterans of America joined other veterans service organizations at a briefing yesterday to learn more about and weigh ... read more
  • Posted at 11:00 AM
    Tight budgets have prevented the Social Security Administration (SSA) from carrying out scheduled reviews of the health and capacity to work for people receiving disability benefits. Such reviews yield savings many times their cost. One estimate indicated that if SSA had spent $1.1-$1.3 billion per year on these reviews, it could have reduced federal spending by as much as $42.8 billion. The agency is currently 1.3 million reviews behind scheduled. SSA oversees two disability programs. Social ... read more
  • Posted at 10:00 AM
    Dietary supplement manufacturers should include a daily serving of at least 150 mcg of iodine in all multivitamin/mineral supplements intended for pregnant and lactating women in the U.S., the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) advises in guidelines for industry released today. CRN, the leading trade association for the dietary supplement and functional food industry, developed these guidelines in response to recommendations from authoritative medical organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Endocrine Society, and the American Thyroid Association, that ... read more
  • Posted at 9:00 AM
    Are you facing challenges in trying to figure out how to wrap your mind around integrating social media, video and digital tools into your internal communications strategy, while still using traditional forms of print communication and don't know where to begin? Join your peers February 2-4 during the Strategic Internal Communications: For Government, Associations, Universities & Non-Profits and hear from leading internal communications experts from Federal Aviation Administration, Smithsonian Institution, U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement, Susan G. Komen, DePaul University, ... read more
  • Posted at 7:52 AM
    In a detailed report on the Internet of Things, released today, the staff of the Federal Trade Commission recommend a series of concrete steps that businesses can take to enhance and protect consumers' privacy and security, as Americans start to reap the benefits from a growing world of Internet-connected devices. The Internet of Things is already impacting the daily lives of millions of Americans through the adoption of health and fitness monitors, home security devices, connected cars and household appliances, among ... read more
  • Posted at 7:43 AM
    The National Retail Federation reiterated its long-standing support for a federal data breach notification standard today as a congressional panel held a hearing on this issue, saying legislation should provide consumers with clear, concise and consistent notice whenever and wherever a data breach ... read more
  • Cybersecurity Prime Issue for AG Nominee --- WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2015
    Posted at 7:13 AM
    In her latest op-ed, in The Hill, security and cyber consultant Mattie Fein calls on the Senate to recognize cybersecurity for the threat that it is by ensuring Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch has a comprehensive plan for cybersecurity reform in her Senate confirmation hearings starting next week. "Protecting our metadata is both the new frontier and the new L'Enfant terrible of policy and law." Fein said. "Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch should be questioned closely on pioneering civil ... read more
  • Posted at 6:24 AM
    NASA's Dawn spacecraft has returned the sharpest images ever seen of the dwarf planet Ceres. The images were taken 147,000 miles (237,000 kilometers) from Ceres on Jan. 25, and represent a new milestone for a spacecraft that soon will become the first human-made probe to visit a dwarf planet. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO "We know so little about our vast solar system, but thanks to economical missions like Dawn, those mysteries are being solved," said Jim Green, Planetary Science Division Director at NASA Headquarters ... read more
  • Posted at 6:00 AM
    LS Technologies, LLC (LST), a proven provider of professional and technical services to federal clients including program management support, engineering services, telecommunication solutions, critical infrastructure services, information technology, and technical consulting, is pleased to announce Richard Jehlen as the new Vice President of Air Traffic Management Services, and Jim Hitt as the new Director of Business Development. Mr. Jehlen, who brings more than 35 years of experience in air traffic planning, procedures, requirements, and system development/deployment, joins LST following a ... read more

Monday, January 26, 2015

  • Posted at 1:05 PM
    DuPont Fabros Technology, Inc. (NYSE: DFT) today announced the tax reporting information for the year 2014 distributions on its common and preferred shares. This release is based on the preliminary results of work on the company's tax filings and is subject to correction or adjustment when the filings are completed. However, no material change in the information reported below is expected. Shareholders are urged to consult with their personal tax advisors as to their specific tax treatment ... read more
  • Posted at 9:55 AM
    Kevin Fitzpatrick has been named Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer of the American College of Cardiology, a move that signals the college's commitment to seeking new and innovative ways to support members and improve heart health. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20150126/171300 "This new position will help the ACC continue its role as a leader in cardiology and among medical societies by exploring new ways to improve cardiovascular care and new ways to address the challenges in medicine," said ACC Chief Executive Officer Shal Jacobovitz. ... read more
  • 4 Simple Steps to Stop a Cyber Thief --- WASHINGTON, Jan. 26, 2015
    Posted at 9:09 AM
    In recognition of Data Privacy Day on Jan. 28, the American Bankers Association is urging bank customers to take an active role in protecting their privacy. Banks use a combination of safeguards to protect customer data, which allows them to detect unusual spending patterns and protect accounts. Customers also play an important role in safeguarding personal financial information. "Banks' first priority is protecting their customers' information," said Frank Keating, ABA president and CEO. "While banks provide strong data protections, customers are ... read more
  • Posted at 8:53 AM
    Cogent Communications Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CCOI) will host a conference call with financial analysts at 8:30 a.m. (EST) on February 25, 2015 to discuss Cogent's operating results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2014. Cogent will issue a press release announcing the operating results at 7:00 a.m. (EST) on February 25, 2015. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20020204/DCM032LOGO To participate, investors and other interested parties may access the earnings call as follows: Dial-in Numbers: 1-800-668-4132 for U.S. callers ... read more
  • Posted at 7:04 AM
    This morning state and local government IT media company StateScoop and HP (NYSE: HPQ) released the first-ever "StateScoop 2015 Mobility Study." The joint study found that empowering employees with mobile technology remains a top priority for state IT leaders, but this study also suggests that many state agencies lack the funding and formal strategic plans to fully execute on that priority. StateScoop polled 470 IT executives from state government agencies. Interesting statistics from the poll include: -- ... read more
  • Posted at 6:00 AM
    Unlike Bilbo’s magic ring, which entangles human hearts, engineers have created a new micro-ring that entangles individual particles of light, an important first step in a whole host of new technologies. Entanglement – the instantaneous connection between two particles no ... read more