Recognizing Public Service

public serviceFor over 30 years Public Service Recognition Week has been honoring the men and women who serve our nation as federal, state, county and local government employees. The goal of this event is to raise the recognition both within the government and citizenship at large of the 20 million people who make our government run.

Recognition Week is organized annually by the Public Employees Roundtable (PER) and includes a number of events May 1-7. The week will kick off with a 5K run that includes other health and wellness events. Proceeds from the race will be donated to the Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund. The group has also organized outings to DC area sporting events. Federal employees outside of DC are invited to participate virtually by organizing their own events across the country. All of these events are designed to celebrate public servants and draw attention to the critical role they play in our government.

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Behind the Curtain: Sea-Air-Space

SASIn this peek behind the curtain we look at the work that goes into the planning and execution of the Sea-Air-Space event, the largest maritime exhibition in the United States. The exposition is produced by the Navy League, a non-profit organization designed to communicate the challenges and successes of the U.S. sea service to the American public and government at large. This event has become a key platform for the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard to interact with each other as well as the private sector.

This year’s event takes place May 16-18 at the Gaylord National Convention center just outside Washington, DC. We spoke with Kevin J. Traver, Staff Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Membership with the Navy League of the United States, about what goes into planning a show of this scale and what trends are shaping the content and delivery of information to our maritime forces.

Q: What impact have the shifts in training and travel budgets had on your event?

There has been a shift away from the hard restrictions to travel and training requests. With a few years of strong cut backs in these areas, I think government has seen, more than ever before, the value in gathering in large groups and having discussions. They see how this powers the innovation that is being called for across government.

We were “lucky” in that the majority of our audience is within an easy day trip to DC so we did not see a huge impact in attendance numbers. We do see that people are able to get approval easier and earlier than in recent years. Also, being an official non-profit of the Navy we are able to provide this event free of charge to government. This includes any exhibit space that government organizations want to use. We have also increased our bussing from various locations around the DC region. Attendees can hop on a bus in Quantico, Mechanicsburg, and the Pentagon (among others) making it easy for people to get to the event.

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A Check-Up on Healthcare Events

healthcareHealthcare is a critical topic in the federal market. From the Affordable Care Act to HIPAA compliance, to cyber threats, the federal healthcare community is facing an enormous amount of change and outside pressures.

While providers need (and want) to focus on delivering more personalized medicine leading to better patient outcomes, all of these “back-office” issues need to be addressed to help them do just that.

Like any topic, there are a wide range of events that meet the education and training of the healthcare community. HIMSS is widely recognized as the must-attend event for the healthcare IT community. But beyond this annual event, there are many other options for the government health community to learn about and discuss the latest trends in care and health IT management.

We’ve pulled together a number of valuable events happening through the end of this year that span the wide range of topics that impact the federal health community. Continue reading

How Ambassadors Extend a Brand

AmbassadorOur connected world has enabled everyday people to become trusted sources for news and information. Take for example, buying a car. “Historically,” you would do research through the mainstream media reading Consumer Reports and car magazines. You’d get the input of professionals in the car industry, likely someone you had never heard of before, but trusted them because cars were their job.

Today, you may still do some traditional research, but you may also put a post on Facebook or Twitter asking your friends and connections their thoughts on the models you are considering. What you get back is first hand knowledge from the people you know. The feedback is in more than the words they offer in their response. What you know about their personality and lifestyle will likely impact how you view their input. Those offering positive feedback have become ambassadors for the car brand.

Now, let’s move this to the event world. Events are not objects like cars – they are living, breathing entities that are powered by the people that plan and attend them. Because of this, the perspective of people is critical in making decisions about what events to attend. With this in mind, a formalized event ambassador program should be part of event marketing. Continue reading

Are You REAL ID Compliant?

Real IDWith travel restrictions and budgets opening up, more and more people are taking to the skies again to attend trainings and conferences. But, did you know that even after you’ve gotten the needed approvals to travel you may soon be grounded due to new identification requirements for domestic flights?

REAL ID was passed by Congress in 2005. It sets standards for the “issuance of sources of identification, such as driver’s licenses.” This means that federal agencies can refuse to accept forms of identification that do not meet the standards. For travelers this means that the TSA can refuse drivers licenses that do not meet the REAL ID standards and in turn keep people from boarding a flight.

TSA will not begin enforcing use of REAL ID compliant identification until January 2018 so for now all drivers licenses still allow you to board an airplane.

Today, 23 states are compliant with the REAL ID Act (to find out the status of your state, click here). 27 non-complaint states have been granted extensions to meet the law requirements which means people holding an ID from one of those states may continue to use their driver’s license even after the enforcement of the act begins in 2018. Another six states are non compliant and do not have an extension as of now. Residents of those states will need to use an alternate form of identification when the act goes into effect for air travel in 2018.

Passports, passport cards, Global Entry card, U.S. military ID, airline or airport-issued ID, and federally recognized tribal-issued photo ID are all REAL ID compliant identifications and can be used in the place of a drivers license.

But even presenting one of these IDs may be difficult for some. As this article points out, The State Department is now required to deny a passport or turn down the renewal of a passport to a seriously delinquent taxpayer (defined as “an unpaid, legally enforceable federal tax liability” greater than $50,000, including interest and penalties).

So with all of this in mind, here are the dates to be aware of for changes to ID requirements at airports:

January 22, 2018 — Airline passengers will need to show a REAL ID compliant form of identification to board a plane. Currently, 23 states issue drivers licenses that are REAL ID compliant, making them valid forms of ID. Citizens who live in a state that was granted an extension can continue to use a non-REAL ID driver’s license. Citizens of states that do not have compliant IDs and have not been granted an extension will need to show an alternative form of acceptable, REAL ID compliant identification for domestic air travel to board their flight.

October 1, 2020Every air traveler will need a REAL ID-compliant form of identification whether that is a state-issued drivers license or another, accepted ID form, for domestic air travel.

The REAL ID Act extends beyond air travel and also applies to IDs being accepted to enter many federal facilities – many of these facilities may host events and trainings.

As you are planning out your training needs for the coming years (using, of course), keep the status of your identification in mind and plan accordingly.