Join the Rush to sign up as a Stability Operations Company

Dear Colleagues,

Thank you to all those who came out to our Holiday Reception Monday evening. It was a great success! As one attendee said, "that was the best B-to-B networking event in a social setting that I have ever been to!" If you missed it, there will be monthly opportunities in the coming year.

More and more companies are joining up as new members of ISOA. Don't miss out signing up now for 2017. You know the reasons for becoming a corporate member of ISOA, right?

As a reminder, here are the benefits that you enjoy as a member of ISOA:

- Face-to-face meetings with key government officials overseeing your industry.

- B-to-B interactions like Monday evening to forge those important business partnerships.

- Allowing ISOA to fight for you when going it alone against the government is not a good option.

- Teaming with ISOA to develop new industry standards such as:

  • private security company's policies and procedures;
  • human and labor trafficking;
  • higher ethical standards across the board.

Please go to the ISOA website, www.stability-operations.org, to learn more about us. And to join as a new member, please download and fill out the membership application (PDF).

Join now before the end of the month to reap the full benefit of your 2017 membership.

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah.

 

Howard R. Lind

President, International Stability Operations Association

1725 I (Eye) Street NW

Suite 300

Washington, DC 20006

703-336-3940

howielind@stability-operations.org

www.stability-operations.org

ISOA CORPORATE MEMBER IN THE SPOTLIGHT: MSS GLOBAL

 

As an internationally recognized certification body, MSS Global provides assurance of your operations and your supply chain against international standards, or customer-defined regulatory, contractual and ethical commitments or other specified requirements.

ASSURANCE ASSESSMENT SERVICES

MSS Global delivers a unique suite of approaches to assessing system compliance that extends beyond traditional 'tick box' auditing techniques to offer you real insight and value. Working with you to identify the 'benchmark' requirements, MSS Global can not only measure compliance but also how effectively that compliance is being implemented through the experiences and business behaviors of your people. In effect we enhance your self-assessment processes to give you true awareness of potential compliance risk.

We validate performance against any combination of:

  • International standards
  • Contractual requirements
  • Regulatory requirements
  • Ethical commitments such as human rights standards

Our cost effective assessment methodology is readily scalable to cover any number of people, departments and sites, regardless of where they are geographically located.

Using our suite of assessment methods, we can assist organizations:

  • Identify, measure, and continuously monitor key business risks, including from suppliers and subcontractors;
  • Target improvements to enhance business deliverables;
  • Identify conformance risk for international standards such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 etc, and many other Governance requirements, such as the ICoC;
  • Report and benchmark assessment findings:
    • against strategic, best-practice performance drivers;
    • across departments, sites or other groups of people to pinpoint risk areas;
  • View customized reporting relevant to organization- specific performance drivers;
  • Verify that post-assessment improvement has successfully addressed issues.

We provide on-site or web-based education courses tailored to any international standard, regulation and internal auditor requirements.

Further Information: Please visit our website at http://www.mssglobal.com or email us at info@mssglobal.com

UPCOMING EVENTS:

JS & ASSOCIATES TO HOLD 'FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CONTRACTORS HOLIDAY SOIREE 2016'

Jennifer Schaus & Associates is holding a networking event, called the Federal Government Contractors HOLIDAY SOIREE 2016 at The Kennedy Center on Tuesday, December 20th 2016. The event will be from 5:30pm to 7:30pm on the terrace level of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, located at 2700 F Street Northwest Washington, DC 20566.

Network, Mix and Mingle with 200+ Federal Government Contractors. The event typically sells out, so please register in advance. Tickets purchased prior to December 13th are discounted at $25 each. Sponsorships are available.

TICKETS:

Government Contractors with Valid CAGE CODE: $25. (After 12/13/16 Price Increases to $35.)

Non-Government Contractors: $60. (After 12/13 Price Increases to $75.)

At The Door (if available): $80.

For more information, or to register, please visit: FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CONTRACTORS HOLIDAY SOIREE 2016

CONTRACT AWARDS:

AEGIS K.K. NABS $37.7M CONTRACT TO PROVIDE LOCAL GUARD SERVICES AT U.S. MISSION IN NAIROBI, KENYA

The State Department issued a contract for local guard services for the U.S. Mission in Nairobi, Kenya. Aegis K.K., a security company based in Virginia, won the award, which is worth nearly $37.7 million, or 3.8 billion Kenyan shillings. The contract will last for one year and have multiple options for renewal. The contractor agrees to "prevent loss or injury to U.S. personnel, dependents, property; destruction of assets; to prevent unauthorized access; and deter potential terrorist attacks" as part of their work. All guards must pass security and background checks.

Read More: The Hill

DYNCORP INTERNATIONAL AWARDED DAVIS-MONTHAN CONTRACT FIELD TEAM TASK ORDER

DynCorp International (DI) has been awarded the Davis-Monthan Contract Field Team (CFT) task order on the U.S. Air Force CFT program at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base (AFB) in Tucson, Arizona. "On this task order, DI will maintain the 357th Aircraft Maintenance Unit's A-10 fighters while the previous active duty Airmen maintainers transition over to the F-35, the Air Force's future of airpower," said Mark Mirelez, DI's Aviation Engineering, Logistics and Sustainment (AELS) lead. The contract began November 1, 2016, ends March 2018, and has a total contract value of $23 million.

Read More: Press Release

USAID AWARDS CONTRACT FOR TRANSITION INITIATIVES IN SYRIA

The U.S. Agency for International Development(USAID) signed a $79,000, six-month contract with an unknown individual to continue working in the USAID's Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) in Syria. The person's name is redacted in contract documents. In Syria, OTI's mission is to embolden "moderate voices representing the Syrian people," the "authority and influence of moderate Syrian institutions" and "[enable] moderate civilian entities to establish a presence in areas newly liberated from extremist groups." USAID awarded the contract without competition because the services are "highly specialized" and a contract award to another resource "would result in substantial additional costs to the government or would result in unacceptable delays."

Read More: The Hill

INDUSTRY TRENDS

G4S TO SELL ISRAELI BUSINESS TO PRIVATE EQUITY GROUP

Security company G4S has agreed to the sale of its Israeli business to a local private equity firm for 88m. FIMI Opportunity Funds has agreed to buy the arm, with senior management staying with the business after the sale. G4S will continue to have a presence in Israel through its stake in a police training center, Policity, in conjunction with FIMI, and Israeli infrastructure and real estate group Shikun & Binui. The deal is expected to complete within three months. The sale is part of a wider strategy to offload less profitable parts of the business including the Israeli division, its UK utilities business, and US youth services. In total these deals are expected to raise between 250m and 350m. G4S Israel generated pre-tax profits of 8m in 2015 and had gross assets of 56m, according to the firm's annual results.

Read More: Telegraph

SOUTH KOREAN GOVERNMENT PASSES BILL ALLOWING ARMED GUARDS TO PROTECT VESSELS SAILING INTERNATIONAL WATERS

South Korea's National Assembly on Thursday passed a bill on allowing local vessels that sail in international waters to have armed security guards on board to protect crew members and cargo from pirates. During a parliamentary session, the bill won the approval of 217 lawmakers from the 300-seat National Assembly. The new law will allow vessels that have been targetted by pirates to better protect themselves. Captains will exercise control over the use of all weapons on board and security personnel, with the bill only allowing usage in case of "urgent situations where there is no other way to avoid imminent threats posed by pirates."

Read More: Yonhap News Agency

DEFENSE & NATIONAL SECURITY

RETIRED GEN. JOHN KELLY TAPPED FOR HOMELAND SECURITY SECRETARY

Donald Trump has picked former Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly to run the Department of Homeland Security, the third retired military officer nominated for a role in the president-elect's Cabinet. News of Kelly's selection comes shortly after Trump's formal introduction of retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis as the next Secretary of Defense. Last month, Trump tapped former Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn to be his National Security Adviser. As head of Southern Command, Kelly oversaw not only the prison in Guantanamo but also military missions related to security along America's southern border, drug and weapons trafficking from South America and Central America, and gang activity in the region.

Read More: Military Times

ISIS RELEASES VIDEO TELLING FOLLOWERS TO ATTACK AMERICANS IN BAHRAIN

The Islamic State group is calling on its followers to launch attacks in Bahrain, including those targeting American military personnel stationed on the tiny island ahead of a visit by the U.S. defense secretary. The appeal for violence came in a video that also urges militants to attack the Sunni-ruled island's Shiite majority amid a wider government crackdown on dissent there. The slickly produced video surfaced as Islamic State, also known as ISIS, propaganda has waned as the extremists continue to lose territory in Iraq and Syria under the onslaught of a U.S.-led coalition campaign against them. Bahrain is part of that coalition.

Read More: Military Times

LAWMAKERS CALL FOR HEARING AFTER PENTAGON STUDY ON WASTEFUL SPENDING

Lawmakers last week called for a hearing on a Pentagon study that found as much as $150 billion in wasteful back-office spending. According to an article featured in 'The Washington Post,' the Pentagon has buried an internal study that exposed $125 billion in administrative waste in its business operations amid fears Congress would use the findings as an excuse to slash the defense budget. The Post's report was especially damning for civilians and contractors working for the Pentagon. It found that the Pentagon is paying more than one million of these employees and contractors, while there are only 1.3 million active duty members of the military.

Read More: The Washington Post

 

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