Monday, November 19, 2012

Spotlight: SEARCH ( Public Safety

SEARCH is dedicated to improving the quality of justice and public safety through the use, management and exchange of information; application of new technologies; and responsible law and policy, while safeguarding security and privacy.

Company Background

SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics, is a nonprofit membership organization created by and for the states.

Since 1969, SEARCH's primary objective has been to identify and help solve the information management and information sharing challenges of state, local, and tribal justice and public safety agencies confronted with the need to exchange information with other local agencies, state agencies, agencies in other states, or with the federal government.

SEARCH is governed by a Membership Group comprised of one gubernatorial appointee from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories, as well as eight at-large appointees selected by SEARCH's Chair. Members are primarily state-level justice officials responsible for operational decisions and policymaking concerning the management of criminal justice information, particularly criminal history information.

A staff of professionals works from SEARCH headquarters in Sacramento, California, and other locations nationwide to implement solutions identified by the Membership Group. Through its staff and with the direction of the Membership, SEARCH provides justice agencies with diverse products, services and resources through general focus areas of Information Sharing, High-Tech Crime and Criminal History Law and Policy.

Funding for SEARCH activities is provided by annual fees from Member states for the operation of the consortium and Board of Directors; grants from various U.S. Justice and Homeland Security agencies; state grants; and federal, state and local contracts.

For more information, please email Twyla Putt, Corporate Communications Manager.


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Passing of President Jesse L. Olds, 100 Black Men of Myrtle Beach, Inc.

Dear 100 Black Men of America Executive Committee, Board of Directors, Members, Mentees and Constituents: 

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Mr. Jesse L. Olds, President of the 100 Black Men of Myrtle Beach, Inc. Before President Olds untimely death, he and his Chapter were doing what they have been doing for years; Giving scholarships to students at their Annual Scholarship Gala on Saturday, November 17, 2012. He was very committed to the 100 Black Men of Myrtle Beach and furthering the mission of the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. President Olds was a respected community leader, man of dignity and a man of service. He will will be greatly missed.

Please join us in remembering and celebrating the life of President Jesse L. Olds.

Funeral Service Information:
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 @ 11 a.m.
Friendship Missionary Baptist Church
1111 Granger Road
Conway, SC 29527

Please send Donations to:
100 Black Men of Myrtle Beach, Inc.
P.O. Box 50098
Myrtle Beach, SC 29579
 Mr. Jesse L. Olds
 Jesse L. Olds Photo
Your World Headquarters,
100 Black Men of America, Inc.

Career Growth: DHS\CBP. Competency-Based Assessments for Sup\Managerial Promotion.

11/19/2012 04:39 PM EST

CBP Officer and Agriculture Specialist Competency-Based Assessments for Supervisory/Managerial Promotion, November 26-December 14, 2012 has been updated. 

SBA: Hispanic Small Business Summit. New York City.

Hispanic Small Business Summit

New York City | Dec. 7, 2012

Build Your Business

Practical Hands-On Advice by Industry Leaders On:

  • Panel 1: Government Contracting and Counseling Services
  • Panel 2: Small Business Lending
  • Panel 3: Venture Capital to the Hispanic Community

One-on-one Counseling with Experienced Business Executives:

  • Business Plan Development
  • Access to Business Loans and Mentoring

Keynote Speaker:

Anthony "Tony" Jimenez - President, CEO, Founder of MicroTech
  • Tony will share his story on how he grew his technology solutions company into a multi-million dollar business in just a few years, and his recommendations and insight for entrepreneurs and small business owners.
Registration Information:
Event Info: The summit will take place on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 at the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Customs House at One Bowling Green, New York, NY from 9am to 4pm. 
Subway: 4, 5, J, Z, and 1 trains
Rates: Early Bird Rate: $19 (register before 11/23), Regular Rate: $37; At-the-Door: $57
For more information, contact
Follow the event on Twitter: #HispanicBizSummit
*The summit will be presented in English. Lunch will be provided.
This event is hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration Region II office (SBA Atlantic) and the SCORE NYC Chapter.

SBA: Houston, Texas

Houston District Seeks Small Business Award Nominations

National Small Business Week 2013

The U.S. Small Business Administration Houston District Office is now accepting nominations for SBA’s 2013 National Small Business Week awards.  Each year during Small Business Week, small businesses are recognized for their contributions to the prosperity of our Nation’s economy.  Nominations are due January 3, 2013.
The Small Business Week Nomination Guidelines can be found on the Houston District webpage at  District nomination packages must be submitted to the SBA Houston District Office, Attn: Russell Hughes, 8701 S. Gessner, Suite 1200, Houston, TX 77074.
Nominations will be accepted in the following categories:
  • Small Business Person of the Year
  • Small Business Exporter of the Year
  • SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Jeffrey Butland Family-Owned Business of the Year
  • Financial Services Champion of the Year
  • Home-Based Champion of the Year
  • Minority Small Business Champion of the Year
  • Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year
  • Women In Business Champion of the Year
Nominees for these awards should fit the following criteria:
Small Business Person of the Year: The Houston District Small Business Person of the Year will be selected based on staying power as evidenced by a minimum three years in business, growth in number of employees, increase in sales, innovativeness of product or service, response to adversity and contributions to community-oriented projects.   The winner will will advance for further competition at the regional level and the regional winner will advance to compete for the National Small Business Person of the Year award. 
Small Business Exporter of the Year:  An individual who owns and operates a small business engaged in exporting.
SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year:  To be considered a young entrepreneur, the individual must serve as a majority owner and operate or bear principal responsibility for operating a small business with a three year track record, and who will not have reached the age of 30 by June 1, 2013.
Jeffrey Butland Family-Owned Business of the Year:  This award honors a family-owned and operated business which has been passed on from one generation to the next.  The owner must also serve as a majority owner and operator or bear principal responsibility with at least a 15-year track record.
The following Champion award nominees may or not be small business owners:
Financial Services Champion of the Year:  An individual who assists small businesses through advocacy efforts to increase the usefulness and availability of accounting or financial services. 
Home-Based Business Champion of the Year:  An individual who has experienced the rewards and difficulties of owning a home-based business and has volunteered to improve the climate for these businesses may be nominated.
Minority Small Business Champion of the Year:  An individual who has fulfilled a commitment to the advancement of small business opportunities for minority business owners. 
Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year:  An individual who has fulfilled a commitment to the advancement of small business opportunities for veterans of the U.S. armed forces may be nominated. Nominees may or may not be veterans.
Women in Business Champion of the Year:  An individual who has fulfilled a commitment to the advancement of women’s business ownership may be nominated.
For more information contact Russell Hughes at 713-773-6527 or

SBA Introduces New Online Portal for 2012 National Small Business Week Awards Nominations

SBA Introduces New Online Portal for 2012 National Small Business Week Awards Nominations
 WASHINGTON – A new online portal has been launched by the U.S. Small Business Administration to accept nominations for its 2013 National Small Business Week Awards, including the annual Small Business Person of the Year award.
The dedicated web portal, accessible at, will make it easier to submit and track submissions of nominees for Small Business Week 2013, and is now actively accepting nominations of noteworthy small businesses.
“The National Small Business Week Awards program is a great way for us to recognize the best of the best in small business ownership,” said SBA South Florida District Director Francisco “Pancho” Marrero.  “I encourage all South Florida small business owners to consider submitting a nomination for these national awards as well as our own South Florida District Small Business Awards.”
Since 1963, National Small Business Week has recognized the outstanding achievements of America’s small businesses for their contributions to their local communities, and to our nation’s economy.  In 2013, the 50th year celebration will honor the nation’s 27 million small businesses.
SBA Awards given in celebration of National Small Business Week include the following awards:
·         National Small Business Person of the Year (chosen from among state award winners from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam)
·         Phoenix Awards (recognizing outstanding accomplishments during disaster recovery)
·         Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year
·         Small Business Subcontractor of the Year
·         The Dwight D. Eisenhower Award for Excellence (recognizes large prime contractors who have used small businesses as suppliers and contractors)
·         SBA 8(a) Graduate of the Year (for recent graduates of the SBA’s 8(a) contracting program)
·         Small Business Development Center (SBDC)Excellence and Innovation Award (nominations of SBA-funded SBDC Service Centers)
·         Women’s Business Center (WBCs) of Excellence Award (nominations of SBA-funded WBCs)
·         Veterans Business Outreach Center Excellence in Service Award (nominations of SBA-funded Veterans Business Outreach Centers)
In addition to the portal, nominations can also be sent directly to SBA District Offices, which can be located online at  All nominations must be submitted or postmarked to the SBA by January 3, 2013.
Winners of the Small Business Person of the Year awards and winners in the other award categories will be invited to Washington, D.C., to compete for national titles and to attend National Small Business Week events in 2013. 

ICE Agent Settles Harassment Lawsuit With Gov't

By: Alicia A. Caldwell, Associated Press
11/16/2012 ( 9:25am)

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior agent for Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the government have agreed to settle a discrimination lawsuit, according a court record filed Thursday.

In a two-sentence notice, a lawyer for ICE Agent James T. Hayes Jr. said the "parties have come to an agreement in principal" to settle the case for $175,000.

Hayes' attorney in Maryland, Morris Fischer, wrote that along with the money, "a formal settlement agreement will be executed within the next several days" that will include other conditions, including Hayes keeping his job. It was not immediately clear who will pay Hayes, who is currently in charge of the agency's New York office.

Fischer was in a deposition Thursday and could not immediately be reached for comment.

The Homeland Security Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Hayes filed the lawsuit in May and described a "frat house" environment at ICE that humiliated male employees under former ICE chief of staff Suzanne Barr.

After Hayes' case was filed, additional employees came forward with other allegations of sexually inappropriate behavior toward employees. In one complaint, Barr was accused of calling a male subordinate "sexy" and asking a personal question about his anatomy at an office party. A different complaint alleged that she offered to perform an oral sex act on a male subordinate during a work trip to Bogota, Colombia.

Barr went on leave in August after a newspaper story was published about the case and resigned in September. In her resignation letter to ICE Director John Morton, Barr said she has been the subject of "unfounded allegations designed to destroy my reputation" and was resigning "with great regret."

Copyright 2012 Associated Press.

Webinar: How the WARN Program Facilitates Rapid Response and Recovery of Water Systems

Water Sector Mutual Aid

How the WARN Program Facilitates Rapid Response and Recovery of Water Systems

November 28, 2012 -- 12:00 Noon Eastern is pleased to host a one hour presentation and interactive discussion Wednesday, November 28, 2012, beginning at 12:00 Noon Eastern time (please convert to your local time). Our topic will be WARN, an intrastate network of water and wastewater utilities that share resources with one another during emergencies. Most recently, WARN was activated for Hurricane Sandy. Our guests will include John Whitler, Environmental Protection Specialist with the EPA's Water Security Division and Kevin Morley, Security and Preparedness Program Manager for the American Water Works Association (AWWA).

Please make plans to join us, and see the Background Page for links to related resources and participant Instructions. On the day of the program, use the Webinar Login link not more than 30 minutes before the scheduled time. The password is attend. As always, please feel free to extend this invitation to your colleagues, especially those responsible for water and waste water facilities.

Until then, best wishes to you and your family for a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

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