To: Investigative and Security Professionals
Re: ISPLA Instant Insight
S 3806, the SECURE Facilities Act of 2010 - Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-CT)
Just before Congress adjourned to return home for election campaigning on
Wednesday, Senate bill S 3806, aimed at increased standards for contract
guards, was passed quickly by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and
Governmental Affairs to reform the Federal Protective Service (FPS). This
action sets up the bill for a vote in a lame-duck session of Congress or for
inclusion in a homeland security appropriations bill. The full name of the
Senate bill is the Supporting Employee Competency and Updating Readiness
Enhancements for (SECURE) Facilities Act of 2010 (S. 3806). The House
Homeland Security Committee has not yet marked up its version of the bill.
ISPLA has conferred with Steve Amitay, lobbyist for the National Association
of Security Companies. NASCO is supporting S 3806 over the House bills. On
September 28, NASCO indicated such support in a letter to Senators Joseph I.
Lieberman (D-CT) and Susan M. Collins (D-ME), Chair and Ranking Member
respectively of the Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs.
ISPLA has been closely monitoring this legislation and is prepared to offer
its assistance in ensuring that the final bill will strengthen the FPS
Contract Guard Program at federal facilities.
S 3806 - Updated (Status 10/01/2010)
Lieberman, Joseph I. (I-CT)
> SECURE Facilities
Act of 2010
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably. -
HR 3149, the Equal Employment Act for All - Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN-9)
Hearings were recently held. Judy Gootkind submitted written testimony on
behalf of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners
(NAPBS) before the House Committee on Financial Services, Subcommittee on
Financial Institutions & Consumer Credit. This legislation would severely
limit the use of credit reports in private employment to just certain
positions in financial institutions.
HR 3149 - Updated (Status 09/25/2010)
Cohen, Steve (D-TN-9)
Equal Employment for All Act
Hearings Held by the Subcommittee on Financial Institutions
Consumer Credit Prior to Referral. - 09/23/2010
S 3789, the Social Security Number Protection Act of 2010 - Sen. Dianne
This bill was thought by some to become a vehicle for tacking on onerous
amendments which might restrict access to credit header information. Such
was not the case in the Senate which passed this bill without amendment on
September 28 by unanimous consent.
S 3789 - Updated (Status, Text 10/01/2010)
Feinstein, Dianne (D-CA)
Social Security Number Protection Act of 2010
Held at the desk. - 09/28/2010
Negative New York Times Sunday Magazine Advertisement
The portrayal of a private security officer seated before a monitor console
in a Chubb Group of Insurance Companies ad in the September 27 issue of a
major publication raised serious concerns to the private security industry.
The ad showed a security officer watching a football game while the security
monitors were broadcasting seven serious emergency situations simultaneously
ISPLA, along with others, brought to the attention of the advertiser and
publisher that such a portrayal demeans the work ethic of close to two
million individuals protecting the public in a wide range of activities, a
sector twice the size of public law enforcement. Furthermore, it was pointed
out that the private sector guards 85% of this nation's critical
infrastructure, and that the same number of private security officers
perished while on duty at the World Trade Center on 9/11 as did members of
the New York and New Jersey Port Authority Police Department.
This association represents the interests of not only the 65,000 security
officers employed by our member contract security companies, but also nine
professional associations comprised of security companies. The ad was an
insult not only to our members, but to the whole private security profession
which rallied immediately to stop such ads from being further disseminated
and seek an apology from Chubb, an insurance company that has profited
greatly by earning premiums from this industry for many years.
ISPLA Director of Government Affairs
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