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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

Saturday
Jan162010

Shea-Porter Applauds Expansion of Conway Veterans Clinic 

WASHINGTON –  Today, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter applauded the decision by the Veterans Administration to significantly expand the services provided by the Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in Conway, New Hampshire. The Conway CBOC currently provides primary care services to more than 800 veterans. 

This is great news for New Hampshire veterans,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter. “For far too long, many North Country veterans have been forced to travel hours from home in order to receive medical care. This expansion will improve the quality of care our local veterans receive by increasing the number of access days and providing critical mental health services.”

The CBOC will be changed from a contract model to a VA staff model, which will be similar to the CBOC’s in Portsmouth, Tilton, and Somersworth. Veterans will have access to care five days a week (current access is two days). The VA will add home care services and will greatly expand mental health services.  Specifically, there will be a “tele-mental health room” where veterans can talk privately via video conference with therapists throughout the VA network

 

Ensuring that New Hampshire veterans have access to the same services veterans in other states receive has been a top priority for Congresswoman Shea-Porter.  In both the 110th and 111th Congresses, Shea-Porter introduced legislation that would require veterans in each of the 48 contiguous states have access to at least one full-service hospital of the Veterans Health Administration or receive comparable services provided by contract.

Thursday
Dec102009

NRCC - Shea-Porter Walks Out of Veterans Day Speech

After a summer of doing all that she could to avoid her constituents and the issue of government-run healthcare, Carol Shea-Porter’s following a similar strategy on President Obama’s Afghanistan troop surge.  She doesn’t want to talk about and she doesn’t want to hear about it. . . . strange for a candidate who made her name protesting the war.  In case you missed it from yesterday.

Fosters: Shea-Porter Walked Out of Veterans Day Speech

December 7, 2009 By Patrick

Now! Hampshire

http://www.nowhampshire.com/2009/12/07/fosters-shea-porter-walked-out-of-veterans-day-speech/

Democratic Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) walked out of a Veterans Day event during the controversial speech of an 81-year old leader of the Pease Greeters, an organization that honors veterans returning home from duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, because she disagreed with some of the speech’s political content, Foster’s Daily Democrat reports on Monday

Shea-Porter has had at least one other run in with the Pease Greeters. In 2007 a pair of women who are members of the group claimed the Congresswoman called to intimidate them after they had written letters in their local paper criticizing Shea-Porter’s position on the Iraq War…

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Shea-Porter Quiet on War

By Shira Schoenberg

The Concord Monitor

December 4, 2009

 

 

 

Does Carol Shea-Porter agree with President Obama's war strategy in Afghanistan?

Within hours of Obama's speech Tuesday night, the congresswoman's fellow Democrats, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Rep. Paul Hodes, weighed in with generally positive views of the president's policy. Republican Sen. Judd Gregg gave his opinion the day before.

Shea-Porter, however, gave little response. Asked yesterday for her views on the speech, Shea-Porter, through spokeswoman Jamie Radice, responded, "I have not heard anything to change my mind. However, as a member of the Armed Services Committee, I look forward to hearing from (Defense) Secretary (Robert) Gates and Admiral (Michael) Mullen tomorrow, and General (Stanley) McChrystal and Ambassador (Karl) Eikenberry next week."

State Republicans say it is hard to know what Shea-Porter believes.

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Friday
Nov132009

News from the NHGOP

Thank You to Our Veterans

A heartfelt thank you from the New Hampshire Republican Party to all the veterans who answered the call of duty and stood for something greater than oneself; fighting to protect the freedoms that we all enjoy.

Kicking Your Partners Down the Curb

State Senator Jeb Bradley and former Health and Human Services Commissioner John Stephen held a press conference this week to discuss the impact of the Democrats' disastrous government takeover of health care on the New Hampshire state budget. The legislation passed by the U.S. House on Saturday will downshift  $1.3 billion over ten years in additional costs that will force the state to enact sales or income tax.

The Democrats' budget-busting health care agenda is a prescription for new job-killing taxes and record deficits. With their votes for this disastrous legislation, Paul Hodes and Carol Shea-Porter have put the Granite State on a path to an unprecedented fiscal crisis.

It's time for Governor Lynch to stop trying to play both sides and take a firm and unambiguous stand against this fiscally irresponsible health care agenda. The Governor must send a clear message to Washington that this legislation will destroy New Hampshire's low-tax environment.

A Reception With Congressman John Boehner

Governor John H. Sununu and the NH Republican State Committee welcome the pleasure of your company at a reception with special guest John A. Boehner, House Republican Leader on Friday, November 13 at the Grappone Center located at  70 Constitution Avenue in Concord from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM.

Click here to purchase online. (No tickets will be sent; your name will be at the registration table.)

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