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Tuesday
Apr132010

Shea-Porter to Present War Medals to WWII Veteran Tuesday

Dover, N.H. - On Tuesday, April 13, 2010, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter will present World War II veteran Harry Trott of Silver Lake with the WWII Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with 3 bronze stars, Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon, Combat Action Ribbon, Discharge Button, Honorable Service Lapel Pin (Ruptured Duck). Mr. Trott enlisted in the Navy at the age of 16 and he left for basic training on his 17th birthday.

Logistics:

What:  Medal Presentation for World War II Veteran Harry Trott

When:  Tuesday, April 13, 2010, 11:00 a.m.

Where: Office of Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter

104 Washington Street, Dover, NH 03820

 



Thursday
Mar252010

Shea-Porter Continues to Stand Up for New Hampshire Veterans  

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter helped pass several important pieces of legislation this week that will help the VA fight homelessness, increase job training opportunities for returning veterans, help protect a veteran’s home, and guarantee that payments for disabled veterans keep pace with the cost of living.  Shea-Porter, a member of the House Armed Services Committee and a former military spouse, has made veterans issues a top priority since first arriving to Washington.

“Many of our veterans face unique challenges and hardships, and these bills will help ensure that former service members have access to the programs they need and deserve,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter. “There are more than 130,000 veterans living in New Hampshire, and I will continue to support legislation that helps our veterans community.”

A summary of the bills is below.

End Veteran Homelessness Act of 2010 – Strengthens successful comprehensive programs for homeless veterans through investments, requires housing counselors to generate more veterans housing opportunities at each VA medical center with housing services, strengthens permanent housing programs, and pays special attention to the needs of homeless women veterans and homeless veterans with children. 

National Guard Employment Protection Act of 2010 – Extends key reemployment rights to all of those called up for full-time National Guard duty, including those assigned to a homeland security mission.

Helping Heroes Keep Their Homes Act of 2010 – Extends expiring protections that safeguard veteran homeowners from foreclosure immediately following deployment.

Energy Jobs for Veterans Act – Increases job opportunities for veterans by reimbursing employers for the cost of providing on-the-job training for veterans in the energy sector through a new “Veterans Energy Related Employment Program” of competitive grants.

Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2010 – Increases the rates of compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and the rates of dependency and indemnity compensation for the survivors of certain disabled veterans, effective December 1, 2010. 

Friday
Feb052010

House Passes Cybersecurity Bill with Shea-Porter Amendments

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the House of Representatives passed the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act, which included amendments from Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter.  Shea-Porter, who spoke yesterday on the House floor, offered two amendments, one which will help retain skilled cybersecurity personnel and a second that will add veteran status for consideration for the Federal Cyber Scholarship for Service.

As our financial institutions and security agencies become increasingly dependent on information technology, it is critical that we have skilled professionals who can thwart emerging cyber threats,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter. “My amendment will help us retain the professionals we have invested our tax dollars in and will provide them with the tools they need to prevent future cyber attacks.”

The Congresswoman’s first amendment would extend the service obligation for recipients of cybersecurity scholarships on a sliding scale. These degree programs represent serious investments, as does obtaining a security clearance.  This is an investment by the taxpayers, and Shea-Porter’s amendment would allow the federal government to recover it through an extension of service.

Shea-Porter’s other amendment, which she co-authored with Congresswoman Deborah Halvorson from Illinois, would add veteran status as an additional item for consideration when selecting individuals for the Federal Cyber Scholarship for Service. 

Our veterans who have served our country so admirably should have access to every opportunity,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter.  “This common sense amendment makes sure that their service is taken into consideration when being selected for the Federal Cyber Scholarship for Service.”

The Cybersecurity Enhancement Act has received wide, bipartisan support and has been endorsed by numerous organizations, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Business Software Alliance, Software and Information Industry Association, National Cable and Telecommunications Association, U.S. Telecom, TechAmerica, and Computing Research Association.  

Following are highlights of some of the bill’s key provisions.

 

Coordinating and Prioritizing Federal Cybersecurity R&D Activities

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    • Requires the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and other key federal agencies to develop, update and implement a strategic plan for federal cybersecurity research and development (R&D) activities.
    • Requires that the strategic plan be based on an assessment of cybersecurity risk, that it specify and prioritize near-term, mid-term and long-term research objectives, and that it describe how the near-term objectives complement R&D occurring in the private sector.
    • Requires the agencies to describe how they will promote innovation, foster technology transfer, and maintain a national infrastructure for the development of secure, reliable, and resilient networking and information technology systems.
    • Formally authorizes the NSF Scholarship for Service program, which is designed to ensure a highly-qualified cybersecurity workforce in the federal government.  The program provides grants to institutions of higher education for the award of scholarships to students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees in cybersecurity fields and requires subsequent service as a cybersecurity professional in the federal government as a condition of the scholarship.
    • Requires the President to issue a report assessing the current and future cybersecurity workforce needs of the federal government.
    • Reauthorizes key NSF workforce programs, including NSF graduate student fellowships and NSF graduate student traineeships in cybersecurity.
    • Requires NSF to establish a postdoctoral fellowship program in cybersecurity.
    • Establishes a university-industry task force to explore mechanisms and models for carrying out public-private research partnerships in the area of cybersecurity.
    • Requires NIST to develop and implement a cybersecurity awareness and education program for the dissemination of user-friendly cybersecurity best practices for the general public.
    • Requires NIST to develop and implement a plan to coordinate U.S. representation in the development of international cybersecurity technical standards.
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    Developing a Skilled Cybersecurity Workforce

     

     

     

     

     

    Promoting Public-Private Partnerships in Cybersecurity

     

     

    Promoting  a Cybersecurity Awareness and Education Program

     

     

    International Cybersecurity Technical Standards

     

Thursday
Feb042010

House Passes Cybersecurity Bill with Shea-Porter Amendments 

WASHINGTON, DC Today, the House of Representatives passed the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act, which included amendments from Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter.  Shea-Porter, who spoke on the House floor, offered two amendments, one which will help retain skilled cybersecurity personnel and a second that will add veteran status for consideration for the Federal Cyber Scholarship for Service. Both amendments passed by voice vote.  

As our financial institutions and security agencies become increasingly dependent on information technology, it is critical that we have skilled professionals who can thwart emerging cyber threats,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter. “My amendment will help us retain the professionals we have invested our tax dollars in and will provide them with the tools they need to prevent future cyber attacks.”

The Congresswomans first amendment would extend the service obligation for recipients of cybersecurity scholarships on a sliding scale. These degree programs represent serious investments, as does obtaining a security clearance.  This is an investment by the taxpayers, and Shea-Porters amendment would allow the federal government to recover it through an extension of service.

Shea-Porters other amendment would add veteran status as an additional item for consideration when selecting individuals for the Federal Cyber Scholarship for Service. 

Our veterans who have served our country so admirably should have access to every opportunity,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter.  “This common sense amendment makes sure that their service is taken into consideration when being selected for the Federal Cyber Scholarship for Service.”

The Cybersecurity Enhancement Act has received wide, bipartisan support and has been endorsed by numerous organizations, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Business Software Alliance, Software and Information Industry Association, National Cable and Telecommunications Association, U.S. Telecom, TechAmerica, and Computing Research Association.  

Following are highlights of some of the bills key provisions.

 

Coordinating and Prioritizing Federal Cybersecurity R&D Activities 

·       Requires the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and other key federal agencies to develop, update and implement a strategic plan for federal cybersecurity research and development (R&D) activities.

 

·       Requires that the strategic plan be based on an assessment of cybersecurity risk, that it specify and prioritize near-term, mid-term and long-term research objectives, and that it describe how the near-term objectives complement R&D occurring in the private sector.

 

·       Requires the agencies to describe how they will promote innovation, foster technology transfer, and maintain a national infrastructure for the development of secure, reliable, and resilient networking and information technology systems.

 

Developing a Skilled Cybersecurity Workforce

 

·       Formally authorizes the NSF Scholarship for Service program, which is designed to ensure a highly-qualified cybersecurity workforce in the federal government.  The program provides grants to institutions of higher education for the award of scholarships to students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees in cybersecurity fields and requires subsequent service as a cybersecurity professional in the federal government as a condition of the scholarship.

 

·       Requires the President to issue a report assessing the current and future cybersecurity workforce needs of the federal government.

 

·       Reauthorizes key NSF workforce programs, including NSF graduate student fellowships and NSF graduate student traineeships in cybersecurity.

 

·       Requires NSF to establish a postdoctoral fellowship program in cybersecurity.

 

Promoting Public-Private Partnerships in Cybersecurity

 

·       Establishes a university-industry task force to explore mechanisms and models for carrying out public-private research partnerships in the area of cybersecurity.

 

Promoting  a Cybersecurity Awareness and Education Program

 

·       Requires NIST to develop and implement a cybersecurity awareness and education program for the dissemination of user-friendly cybersecurity best practices for the general public.

 

International Cybersecurity Technical Standards

 

·       Requires NIST to develop and implement a plan to coordinate U.S. representation in the development of international cybersecurity technical standards.



Thursday
Jan212010

National Empowerment Center - Provide Input to Federal Labor Dept. Officials, NCD Report on Housing & Webcast 

NEC NEWS
Provide Input to Federal Labor Dept. Officials, NCD Report on Housing

Dept. of Labor Listening Sessions
 
From January through March the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and its federal partners will hold a series of six Listening Sessions across the country. These sessions will provide an opportunity for members of the public to provide input to senior federal officials on their ideas for more effective ways to employ women, Veterans and minorities with disabilities, and what is currently working in their communities to increase employment among people with disabilities.
 
Schedule of Listening Sessions:
 
Dallas: January 21 (registration open) (DOL Region IV: Arkansas, CO, LA, MT, NM, ND, OK, SD, TX, UT, WY)
 
Philadelphia: January 27 (registration open) (DOL Region II: DC, MD, PA, VA, WV)
 
Chicago: February 11 (DOL Region V: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, IO, KS, MO, NE, WI)
 
San Francisco: February 16 (DOL Region VI: AK, AZ, CA, HA, ID, NV, OR, WA, Guam)
 
Atlanta: February 24 (DOL Region III: AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN)
 
Boston: March 3 (DOL Region I: CT, ME, MA, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VT, PR, VI)
 
You must be a resident of the appropriate region to speak and/or submit comments. For further information, go to: www.
 
More information is also available at: http://www.disabilitylisteningtour.com/. The first two events are accepting registrations and you can click on the event on the schedule page and it will take you to the registration page.
 
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NCD Report on Housing Opportunities for People with Disabilities
 
The National Council on Disability (NCD) has released a report entitled The State of Housing in America in the 21st Century: A Disability Perspective. The report provides recommendations to improve housing opportunities for people with disabilities. The research contained in this report presents a comprehensive overview of the state of housing in the twenty-first century, and answers important questions about the current housing needs and options for people with disabilities living in the United States.
 
For more information click here:  http://www.disability.gov/housing/news_%26_events
 
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SAMHSA Homelessness Resource Center
Free webcast
What About You? Tools to Promote Self-Care
January 26, 2010 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. EST
 
Working with people experiencing homelessness and other traumas can be intense. It affects one’s whole being. Learn how to build awareness, avoid pitfalls, find inspiration, and foster healthy and sustainable work environments for you and your team.

Who should attend this webcast? 
Direct service providers, outreach workers, case managers, peer support specialists, project directors, team leaders, consumers, and policy makers can all benefit from this webcast.
Register for Webcast: http://homeless.samhsa.gov/Resource/View.aspx?id=47485