Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Daycare, before\after school care, and School Emergency Plans

 to share: Ask your child's school for a copy of their emergency plan for you to keep at home or work.

If your child is in a daycare, or before\after school program request a copy of their emergency plan also.

Daycare programs are not regulated to have a relocation, or emergency plan in the event of a natural, or man-made disaster.

Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research

Program Description

Students are offered the unique opportunity to join one of NIAID’s research laboratories for an internship with a minimum of 8 consecutive weeks.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

U.S. citizens or legal residents who are currently high school juniors and seniors (minimum of 16 years of age), undergraduates, or graduate students including medical students.


Summer interns are eligible for a stipend during their internship.

Areas of Research

Search the NIAID Web site to learn more about the exciting research being conducted in NIAID’s Montana and Maryland labs.

Student Testimonials

Read what our past interns are saying about their experiences here at NIAID.

Guidance for Application Preparation

Guidance for preparing your application.

Helpful Hints for Creating a Strong Application

Strategies to craft a standout application.

Online Application

Students may apply online to the Summer Internship Program by completing the application and providing the supporting documentation required.


Find answers to frequently encountered scenarios.

Training in NIAID Labs

See other training opportunities.

Contact Us

Contact the Office of Training and Diversity via email if you are not able to find the answers to your questions on these pages.
Wendy J. Fibison, Ph.D.Associate Director
Office of Training and Diversity
Phone: 301-496-2638

Bill would give veteran-owned companies a boost

Military Times

By Rick Maze - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Feb 21, 2012 16:29:12 EST
An Ohio congressman has introduced legislation that would move veteran-owned businesses closer to the front of the line when seeking contracts from the Veterans Affairs Department.
Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee’s oversight and investigations panel, is pushing a bill that would make veteran-owned small businesses more competitive for contracts to supply goods and services on the federal supply schedule for purchase by VA. It would not apply to other federal agencies.
If enacted, HR 4048 would open a wide range of contracts to veteran-owned and disabled veteran-owned businesses that are now exempt from veterans’ preference rules. General Schedule vendors provide a variety of goods and services, from food, cleaning equipment and supplies to furniture, medical and dental equipment and supplies, shipping and packing supplies, security systems and a variety of professional services.
The bill was referred to the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee for consideration, joining a pile of other employment-related legislation that the committee could package together into an election-year initiative aimed at reducing the unemployment rate among veterans.
Johnson’s bill would help veterans, but would still not make them No. 1 on the list of preferred contractors. Under the government’s complicated contracting procedures, if VA needs something, the top priority is to search its current inventory, then search the inventory of other federal agencies, before buying anything.
If VA does buy goods, priority goes to Federal Prison Industries, then to the blind, then to wholesale suppliers as the third, fourth and fifth choices. Purchasing from the federal supply schedule ranks sixth and seventh in priority, first for a mandatory schedule and then for a supplemental purchasing schedule.
Under current procedures, veteran-owned businesses rank eighth in priority for contracts. They would rise to sixth under Johnson’s bill.
Veterans’ preference in contracts was the subject of a November hearing of Johnson’s subcommittee, with the veterans who owned small businesses complaining that purchasing rules were limiting their opportunities.
One disabled veteran, Bob Hesser, a retired Navy master chief and owner of Vetrepreneur, a Virginia-based company, recommended the change in law as a way to improve chances for a veteran-owned business to receive a contract. He said the current policy seems to be “vets last.”
Steve Gonzalez, assistant director of the American Legion’s national economic commission, shared Hesser’s concerns about the contracting practices. Veteran-owned businesses “have been relegated to last in VA’s procurement hierarchy,” he said. “The irony and greatest insult is that this agency, which was created to help veterans, appears to be actively and knowingly shutting them out when it’s time to award government contracts.”

Webinar for Schools. Emergency Management for Schools

Webinar for Schools

The US Department of Education’s Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance Center is offering a webinar entitled 

“The Role of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the Incident Command System (ICS) in School Preparedness” 

Tuesday, February 28th at 3pm Eastern.

For more detailed information on the webinar, please visit:  http://rems.ed.gov/index.php?page=training_webinars  .