Important Message From Bruce Hulme, ISPLA Director of Government Affairs
- "What distinguishes ISPLA from other associations is reflected in the last
three words of our name: '.for Legislative Action.' That's all we do, and
we do it well." - Bruce Hulme, ISPLA Director of Government Affairs
In fact, ISPLA is not really a traditional association at all. Why? ISPLA's
primary functions include reviewing proposed federal and state laws and
regulations in order to identify critical issues; developing policy
statements; preparing "white papers;" implementing action plans; serving as
a resource to the profession, government and the media; providing testimony
before hearings, boards and study groups; identifying third-party
stakeholders with mutual interests and acting as their liaison to
government; serving as an advocate for or against specific bills affecting
investigative and security professionals; engaging state and federal
lawmakers to influence legislation beneficial to the investigative and
security professions; and creating and administering a federal political
ISPLA members have direct access to a daily live state- and federal-
tracking system in real time, an un-moderated web blog (a forum for open,
uncensored debate and discussion within the investigative and security
professions), timely bulletins on proposed state and federal legislation and
regulations, and opportunities for professional development on policy
advocacy and training relevant to legislative and regulatory processes. On a
daily basis, ISPLA state association members have access to new bills; some
have taken advantage of ISPLA's advocacy program, Educate to Legislate.
As you can see, legislation is all we do. Political times are too volatile
to have important time and funding focused on other "typical" association
Other national associations such as NCISS, ASIS, NASCO, NAPBS, NAPPS, USAPI,
ACFE, WAD, CII and INTELLENET offer a wide range of member services
including conventions and trade shows, newsletters, email listservs,
membership directories, referral services, and the presentation of awards.
ISPLA's mission, which is singularly focused full-time on lobbying and PAC
activities, does not involve these other programs. ISPLA does not view these
professional associations as "competing organizations," but rather as
potential allies and stakeholders working together for a common cause for
the benefit of all investigative and security professionals.
People have asked us, "What is the difference between ISPLA and NCISS?" We
are not naive to the fact that there is discussion about this among the
professions. This is a good question and one that should be answered.
Legislation is but one aspect of the mission of NCISS and is run by a five-
member legislative committee with the assistance of a part-time paid
lobbyist. NCISS does not allow for policy discussion among its members
relative to legislation and provides no opportunity for its members to
search current state and federal bills. Such information is controlled
solely by its lobbyist and legislative chairman.
NCISS is under the mistaken impression that it is the only voice in
Washington that represents private investigators and contract security
companies. This is a myth. ISPLA together with ASIS, NASCO, NAPBS and NAPPS
are doing the same work, each with its own retained lobbyist, and each
having different points of view and possessing special areas of expertise.
Industry opposition is led by dozens of privacy advocacy groups and labor
unions. NCISS, with competing interests within its organization, does not
have the resources to provide effective opposition alone.
To make your voice really count in Washington, consider joining
Investigative & Security Professionals for Legislative Action. Annual dues
from the date of joining are just $99. All of our funds raised are used
exclusively for lobbying and addressing regulatory and legislative matters
affecting the investigative and security profession. Presently, we are all
volunteers and pay our own travel expenses.
However, we do need funds to maintain our legislative tracking system and
handle mandatory regulatory and legal filings. We appreciate the many ISPLA
professional association members that have given us annual donations ranging
from $100 to $5,000. And, we certainly would like the support of every
In the two short years of our existence, the average contribution from ISPLA
member investigative firm contributors towards our government affairs and
PAC services has been $500. From contract security firm contributors, it has
been $1,000. We will also gratefully accept individual contributions in any
To join or contribute to the work of ISPLA on line, please visit
<http://www.ispla.org/> www.ISPLA.org. Donations may also be mailed to the
address below. Thank you.
ISPLA Director of Government Affairs
Investigative & Security Professionals for Legislative Action
235 N. Pine Street
Lansing, Michigan 48933
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