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ATA supports withholding of biometric collection funding.
Air Transport Association Of America, Inc. (ATA)    Washington, DC 20004
September 29, 2008 ATA applauds House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee for taking action that, if adopted by Senate, would withhold funding for Department of Homeland Security US-VISIT Exit program. Funding would be used to develop system that uses biometrics, such as fingerprints, to verify when foreigners leave U.S. through airports. Funding would be withheld until department conducts tests to determine if DHS should conduct tests instead of airlines.
NASA addresses groundwater and soil remediation.
NASA    Moffett Field, CA 94035
September 26, 2008 Faced with challenge of removing contamination while maintaining integrity of underground utilities, piping, and infrastructure, NASA and its consultant Tetra Tech chose RegenOx(TM) non-corrosive, in-situ chemical oxidation technology to treat area of on-site petroleum hydrocarbon contamination. After treatment, area of TRPH-impacted soils was reduced to approximately 1/4 of its original size. Site-wide groundwater contaminant concentrations of TRPH were also reduced substantially.
NAM urges expeditious bipartisan action on financial crisis.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
September 26, 2008 In statement made regarding financial crisis, NAM Executive VP Jay Timmons said NAM calls on Congress to move quickly to help bring stability and restored confidence to U.S. financial system. NAM applauds administration for acting quickly, and Congress for moving to examine, discuss, and question components of Treasury proposal. NAM asks Congress to work together in bipartisan manner, and to act expeditiously and decisively on legislative response to financial system crisis.
NAM commends House for action on auto industry loan program.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
September 26, 2008 In response to House approval of auto loan program, NAM President John Engler stated that loans will help accelerate retooling and transformation of U.S. manufacturing plants so they can design and produce next generation of fuel efficient cars and trucks. New vehicle production, sales, and other related businesses account for 1 out of 10 jobs in U.S. NAM is committed to working with policy makers on Capitol Hill to send legislation to White House as soon as possible.
FAA finds Croatia does not meet ICAO safety standards.
Federal Aviation Administration    Washington, DC 20591
September 26, 2008 Given Category 2 safety rating, Croatia either lacks laws or regulations necessary to oversee air carriers in accordance with international standards, or its civil aviation authority is deficient in one or more areas, such as technical expertise, trained personnel, or inspection procedures. With IASA Category 2 rating, Croatian air carriers cannot establish service to U.S. Government of Croatia has informed FAA that they are working to correct all areas of concern.
NTSB makes safety recommendations to FAA.
National Transportation Safety Board    Washington, DC 20594
September 26, 2008 According to NTSB, FAA should require parachute jump operators to develop and implement FAA-approved aircraft maintenance and inspection programs that include requirements for compliance with engine manufacturers' recommended maintenance instructions. FAA should also develop and distribute guidance materials, in conjunction with U.S. Parachute Association, and require parachute jump operators to develop initial and recurrent pilot training programs.
AWWA marks 100th anniversary of chlorine disinfection.
American Water Works Association    Denver, CO 80235
September 26, 2008 In 1908, Jersey City, NJ was first city in country to begin routine disinfection of community drinking water. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that average lifespan in America has increased more than 30 years since 1900, and dramatic reduction in waterborne disease contributed to that positive trend. Today, water providers continue to add safe levels of chlorine to inactivate potentially harmful organisms to keep water safe.
NASA offers free web-based educational product.
NASA    Moffett Field, CA 94035
September 26, 2008 Suited for learners of all ages, NASA eClips consist of more than 55 short, 5-10 minute video segments available on-demand via Internet for 2008-2009 school year. From deep regions of space to hurricanes on Earth, goal of NASA eClips is to inspire students to learn more about science and math concepts. Program is separated into grade-appropriate topics and designed as resource for classroom teachers. Educator guides provide examples of how to use products as instructional tools.
AWWA accepting abstracts for Water Security Congress.
American Water Works Association    Denver, CO 80235
September 25, 2008 Due by Wednesday, Oct 1, abstracts are to cover all aspects of water security including, but not limited to Security and Emergency Response, Physical and Cyber Security, and Contamination Warning Systems. Participants are encouraged to submit abstracts even if topics do not fall within these categories, but are pertinent to water and wastewater sectors. Any special topics appropriate for full or half-day Wednesday workshop are also encouraged.
Survey shows new equipment finance business decreased in Aug 2008.
Equipment Leasing and Finance Association    Washington, DC 20006
September 25, 2008 According to ELFA's MLFI-25 Monthly Leasing and Finance Index, which reports economic activity for $650 billion equipment finance sector, overall new business volume for August decreased 14.5% when compared to same period in 2007. However, cumulative year-to-date new business volumes show increase of 2.5% compared to 2007. Receivables in the less-than-30-days category, a measure of non-delinquent accounts, were 96.9%, while charge-offs increased slightly to 0.88%.
ATA and FAA announce Better Way award winners.
Air Transport Association Of America, Inc. (ATA)    Washington, DC 20004
September 25, 2008 Jointly sponsored by FAA and ATA, Non-Destructive Better Way award recognizes team of government and airline industry individuals who worked to advance inspection or testing of aircraft structure, components, or systems. Recipients include Jeffrey Kollgaard, John Linn, David Messner, and Jeffrey Thompson from Boeing; John Bohler, David Piotrowski, and Richard Watkins from Delta Air Lines; Russell Jones from FAA; Andre Lamarre from Olympus Inc; and Dorsey Perkins from Southwest Airlines.
PTDA to sponsor customer service webinar.
Power Transmission Distributors Association    Chicago, IL 60606-4703
September 25, 2008 On Dec 2, 2008, PTDA will sponsor webinar titled "Getting the Right Attitude - 7 Keys to Customer Service Culture." Nancy Friedman, founder and president of Telephone Doctor, a St. Louis-based international customer service and communication skills training company, will teach participants how to proactively foster positive mental attitude, a critical component of customer service culture.
Conference to address vision guided robotics.
Automated Imaging Association    Ann Arbor, MI 48106
September 25, 2008 Scheduled for Sept 30 to Oct 2, 2008, VGR Conference will feature high-level, experienced industry leaders sharing their successes using vision guided robotics technologies. Bob Anderson from Chrysler LLC will teach successful part loading/unloading from automotive racks, while Mark Noschang from Adept Technology will discuss VGR in packaging and flexible feeding. From Averna Vision and Robotics, Michael Muldoon will present VGR in aerospace industry.
Conference to address data quality and integration issues.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
September 25, 2008 Providing guidance on data quality, ISO 8000 standards help organizations develop quality data, integrate it into existing systems, and maintain continued accuracy. First standard in series, ISO 8000-110:2008, defines basic requirements that need to be met to ensure quality of master data or data that describes individuals, organizations, locations, goods, and services. Electronic Commerce Code Management Association will host conference on ISO 8000 standards on October 15-16, 2008.
ANSI Team to provide tips on reducing home energy use.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
September 25, 2008 Led by ANSI members, 2 Degree Pledge provides homeowners with tips that will lead to energy efficiency and lower energy bills, such as installing programmable thermostat, ensuring quality installation for heating and air conditioning equipment, upholding proper maintenance of equipment, and adjusting thermostats according to time of day. Consumers are encouraged to sign up for 2 Degree Pledge to show their commitment to lowering energy use, saving money, and protecting the environment.
ANSI announces 2009 membership dues and fees modifications.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
September 25, 2008 On Sept 11, ANSI Finance Committee approved 2009 full member dues increase of 4%, which is in line with program approved by ANSI Board of Directors that ensures financial stability of Institute while avoiding significant financial impact of members. In keeping with inflationary rates, domestic fee increase of 5% will be enacted in 2009. International assessment fee increase of 8% will cover current inflationary rates and offset decline of U.S. dollar relative to Swiss Franc.
International Energy Management Standard under development.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
September 25, 2008 Under development by Project Committee 242, ISO 50001 Standard, if widely accepted, could have influence on up to 60% of world's energy use. Standard will provide energy management guidelines for industrial plants, commercial facilities, and entire organizations. Document will be based on common elements found in all ISO's management system standards, ensuring compatibility with ISO 9001, Quality management systems, and ISO 14001, Environmental management systems.
IPC presents more than 70 awards at IPC Midwest.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
September 25, 2008 During IPC Midwest Conference and Exhibition held at Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center in Schaumburg, IL, IPC presented awards for Distinguished Committee Leadership, Special Recognition, and Distinguished Committee Service. Awards went to individuals, teams, and organizations that made significant contributions to IPC and the industry by lending their expertise and time to standards and program development.
ELFA supports extension of renewable energy tax credits.
Equipment Leasing and Finance Association    Washington, DC 20006
September 25, 2008 Senate passage of legislation H.R 6049 extending renewable solar, wind, and geothermal energy tax credits will enhance ability of equipment finance industry to spur development and investment in this high growth arena. ELFA President Kenneth E. Bentsen, Jr. said "By providing longer term extension, lessors, lenders, and investors will be more confident in committing capital without fear of expiration of tax credit structure and with more capital will come more renewable energy production."
NTMA and PMA combine federal government advocacy programs.
National Tooling & Machining Association (NTMA)    Fort Washington, MD 20744
September 25, 2008 While maintaining status as separate organizations, PMA and NTMA will implement coordinated, joint federal advocacy effort to promote U.S. government policies that will ensure strong manufacturing sector. Some key issues for 111th Congress include defeating Employee Free Choice legislation, advocating permanent R&D tax credit, affordable health care for small-middle market companies, federal support for education in skilled trades, and enforcement of trade laws.

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