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News Article | May 9, 2017
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Washington (AFP) - Illegal immigration across the US-Mexico border fell for the fifth straight month in April as the Trump administration's crackdown takes root, the Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday. Apprehensions of undocumented immigrants, an indicator for the overall flow, fell to 11,129 in April, the lowest in decades, down two-thirds from the same month a year ago. In the first three full months since President Donald Trump's inauguration on January 20, just over 42,000 were detained, compared to nearly 133,000 a year ago. DHS spokesman David Lapan credited tougher surveillance and enforcement by the US Customs and Border Protection agency, but said they anticipate a possible uptick in coming months after the winter. The data showed a sharp fall in the number of unaccompanied children attempting to enter the country illegally, 998 in April compared to more than 7,000 in both November and December. Despite the fall in numbers Lapan said DHS is still seeking to add as many as 5,000 more immigration enforcement staff. "We still have shortages" in border staff numbers, he said.


News Article | May 11, 2017
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The United States is considering whether to expand its ban on most carry-on electronic devices — any gadget that's larger than a smartphone — to include U.S.-bound flights from Europe as well, and possibly even the UK, as reports suggest. The ban, which is presently in effect for U.S.-bound flights from 10 airports in the Middle East and North Africa, is a move to clamp down possible terrorist attacks, and to prevent ill-intent individuals from hiding weapons and bombs inside consumer electronics. As CBS News reports, Department of Homeland Security officials are currently looking at the pros and cons of expanding the ban. Government officials have been meeting with airlines frequently, and a decision can be expected as early as this week. Since it was announced in March, there have been plans to expand the ban, with the DHS actively discussing the policy. But discussions around banning laptops had been going on for over a year, according to former TSA officials. This policy is the result of an attack on a Somali airliner last year, in which a man hid a bomb inside a laptop. Back then, the sense was that a widespread laptop ban would enrage business travelers since they'll be unable to work onboard. For all the disruptions it brings, the laptop ban actually makes sense, if you can try to see it exclusively for its intent to better ascertain airplane security and safety. U.S. airlines at present already employ heavy procedures to make sure nothing gets past security or X-ray checks, but alas, technology sometimes fail. But why not apply the same philosophy and reasoning for domestic flights? Why only limit the laptop ban to certain airlines of certain countries? Surely terrorist attacks could originate from a diverse array of places, and not just the paltry list presently included in the policy. It can be argued that the laptop ban doesn't really ensure that terrorist attacks won't happen — it simply ensures that terrorist attacks on "certain flights" won't happen. Banning devices larger than a laptop onboard would result to them being checked into the cargo hold of a plane, something the Federal Aviation Administration issues caution about. Placing that many lithium-ion batteries inside the cargo hold could lead to a catastrophic explosion, the FAA said. For the uninitiated, lithium-ion batteries store a lot of energy in such a tiny package, and they can, though not often, be volatile. Placing them in an area of the plane where fires can go undetected and, more importantly, where they cannot be extinguished, creates another level of potential catastrophe altogether. In that regard, the laptop ban doesn't really ensure safety — it might even worsen it. But announcements haven't been made. When the DHS talks, expect due coverage, as always. Thoughts about the potential expansion of the laptop ban to flights from Europe? Feel free to sound off in the comments section below! © 2017 Tech Times, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.


News Article | May 11, 2017
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Consumer Reports has no relationship with any advertisers on this website. With the start of the summer travel season looming, the Department of Homeland Security is considering extending a ban on laptops and tablets in carry-on luggage to all U.S.-bound flights from Europe. That would mean that business travelers and vacationers would have to check their laptops at the airport, raising concerns for anyone whose computer contains sensitive information. “My laptop does not leave my sight during a trip, not for an instant,” says Joe Biron, the chief technology officer for IoT at a software company called PTC, who takes up to ten business trips to Europe each year. “To be frank, I am even uneasy with the prospect of placing my laptop in an overhead bin.” Biron says that a colleague at another company once lost the Social Security numbers and complete work and salary history of an entire Fortune 100 company when her laptop disappeared from her checked luggage. "My coworker was fired, restitution had to be paid to the client, and nearly 100,000 employees were notified that their data was breached.” The new rules would expand a ban on laptops put in place in March, which applies to nonstop flights to the United States from 10 airports in the Middle East and North Africa. The agency says that intelligence reports suggest terrorists may try to conceal a bomb in such a device. According to a DHS statement, “expanding the restriction on large electronic devices in airport cabins … is under consideration.” Checking laptops is considered safer because checked baggage goes through more intensive screening than carry-ons do. Still, safety experts have raised concerns about flying with potentially hundreds of laptops in the hold of a plane, given that the Li-ion battery packs in computers carry some risk of fire. Individuals, however, may be more interested in how they can prevent sensitive data, whether it's a human resources file or simply photos of their children, from getting accessed by a hacker if a laptop is lost or stolen. Security experts recommend that business travelers consult their company’s IT department well before they have to check their laptops. “Many large organizations have policies regarding traveling with corporate equipment, and those policies are likely going to need to be revisited,” says Jeremiah Grossman, chief of security strategy at SentinelOne, a security firm. “But you won’t have enough time to adapt to the policy the evening before your flight” if the ban does go into effect, Grossman says. “The road warriors among us are going to have to be a little proactive.” One tactic an international traveler can use is to buy a cheap second laptop, store the data they need in the cloud, and then access it once they get to the destination. They can then wipe the data before getting back on the plane for the return flight. If that sounds too expensive or inconvenient, you can instead encrypt your laptop's hard drive. Full-disk encryption renders all of your device’s software and data unreadable unless you enter a passphrase, which activates a key that unscrambles your files and gets your laptop up and running. Simply setting a screen lock on your laptop offers a much weaker level of protection, one that can be circumvented by hackers. They can bypass the password by restarting the device with a different operating system on a USB stick, or simply by removing the hard drive from the device. Once set, full-disk encryption works automatically, and any new data you save on your laptop will also be protected. And if someone physically removes the hard drive, it will be unreadable. “Full disk encryption is a sound practice, and not just for airline travel,” Grossman says. “It helps with any circumstance where the laptop is not physically well-protected, like in hotel rooms or in the trunk of a vehicle while you’re at dinner after work." Directions for encrypting both MacBook and Windows laptops are below. With either kind of computer, security pros warn users to use strong passwords. They say it’s best to take the human element out of choosing a passphrase as much as possible. “It's critical that the encryption password be randomly generated and not chosen by a human,” says Joseph Bonneau, a post-doctoral researcher in the Applied Cryptography Group at Stanford University. He recommends that you use a minimum of six random words from a list such as one of several developed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation. That organization has directions for a low-tech, random way to generate your passphrase. Essentially, though, the more words you use, the better. Be sure to plan ahead. Depending on how much data you have stored, encrypting a laptop could take a few hours. So this isn't something you can do while waiting on the TSA line at the airport. And finally, before checking your laptop with your luggage, you’ll want to power it down completely. Any time you work on your laptop, the hard drive is decrypted—otherwise, you wouldn't be able to do anything. Simply putting your device in “sleep mode” will leave the hard drive decrypted. Shut it down properly and the hard drive will be protected again. Since the release of OS X 10.3 in 2003, all Mac users have been able encrypt their laptop’s hard drive with FileVault. To activate it, go to System Preferences, which can be found under the Apple menu, and choose Security & Privacy. When you turn on FileVault, you may be prompted with a few choices on where to store your password—with Apple in your iCloud account, or locally only, on your laptop. Note, keeping it out of the cloud leaves you without a safety net: Lose your password and recovery keys and you lose all your data. If your laptop is running Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise, you should be able to encrypt your hard drive with BitLocker. Unfortunately, the Windows 10 Home operating system does not include BitLocker. Depending on what laptop you own, you may be able upgrade to a version of Windows that has it for $99. That seems like a good deal to us, but if you hate the idea of paying, you could try a free third-party application for encryption.  Deploying Bitlocker takes several steps. To start, open Windows Explorer and right-click on C: Drive to see if BitLocker is loaded on your laptop. You can also search for BitLocker using the Start menu. To start the process, you’ll want to activate Turn On BitLocker. After a system check is completed, you can choose to enter your BitLocker password manually. A few things to keep in mind during setup: Should you forget your password, you’ll be able to decrypt your hard drive with a recovery key that you can save to a file (on a USB drive or separate, trusted computer) or print out. You can also choose to store the recovery key with Microsoft in the cloud.  Unless your laptop is brand new, you’ll want to choose “Encrypt entire drive.” Microsoft offers a detailed setup guide; start reading under the heading “Using BitLocker to Encrypt Volumes.” More from Consumer Reports: Top pick tires for 2016 Best used cars for $25,000 and less 7 best mattresses for couples


News Article | May 9, 2017
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SyncDog, Inc., the leading ISV for mobile application containerization, today announced sponsorship at the 12th Annual Dominion Classic Golf Tournament and Silent Auction Reception at Lansdowne Resort and Spa in Leesburg, Virginia. In collaboration with Dominion High School P.T.A., ATLAS (Association of Titan Leaders Assisting Students), the Annual Dominion Classic Golf Tournament and Silent Auction Reception donates proceeds to DHS in Sterling, Va., supporting academic, athletic, and other extracurricular programs. ATLAS is a 501(c)(3) Parent-Teacher Organization that raises funds to support the DHS mission for its students. “We’re proud to sponsor this important fundraising event to help our next generation of leaders get the tools needed to maximize their education,” said Jonas Gyllensvaan, SyncDog president and CEO. “Dominion High School is setting a new standard for education in Virginia with a focused mentorship structure that goes above and beyond other schools. There was no hesitation to get behind their cause.” The golf tournament is slated for Wednesday, May 10 at 11:30 a.m. eastern time, and will be followed by a Silent Auction Reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tickets to the tournament, reception, or both can be found at teeup4titans.com, and those participating in the Silent Auction can examine items online and prepare their bids prior to the event here. For more information about Lansdowne Resort and Spa, visit their website here. The leadership behind the Creation of ATLAS (“The Dream Team”) believed that it is more important for individual coaches, clubs, and teams to focus on their specific objectives, rather than separate and distinct fundraising and publicity. ATLAS provides a common, unified “face” and approach to present to the community and volunteer base. The purposes of ATLAS are: I.    To promote the fulfillment of the Dominion High School Mission, ensuring each student will: a.    Accept the challenge of leadership for today and tomorrow b.    Display courtesy, character, and integrity in all situations c.    Respect the rights of every member of our diverse community d.    Serve the community as a responsible citizen and positive role model e.    Work hard to achieve academic excellence II.    To encourage family and community involvement in our children’s education SyncDog is the leading ISV for building Containerized and Collaborative mobile IT frameworks (the C2 Workspace) that extend app functionality to devices while securing corporate and Government networks from mobile endpoint threat. SyncDog’s flagship solution, SentinelSecure™ delivers a rich and unimpeded mobile experience for employees working remotely, and supports a multitude of enterprise collaboration apps within a NIST-certified (FIPS 140-2 cert. #2687), C2 Workspace. The C2 Workspace is ideal for organizations that want to deliver a rich mobile app experience across BYOD, CYOD (choose your own device), or other remote device policy. The SentinelSecure™ C2 Workspace delivers a host of applications addressing a wide footprint of enterprise workflows including: For more information on SyncDog and our products please visit syncdog.com/solutions/.


News Article | May 10, 2017
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The Virginia Chamber of Commerce honored DIGITALSPEC, LLC. (DSPEC) at the 2017 FANTASTIC 50 awards banquet on April 27th at Westfields Marriott in Chantilly, VA. This twenty-second FANTASTIC 50 event showcased fifty of Virginia’s fastest growing companies and accepting the award on behalf of DSPEC was Dr. Charles Dadoo, CEO Vishal Dadoo, President, and Dr. M.L. Dadoo, CFO. The Virginia FANTASTIC 50 is the only program to highlight fifty of Virginia’s fastest growing companies on a statewide basis and is open to all types of businesses. “We know that companies will grow and expand where they have the skilled workforce to support their mission,” said Barry DuVal, president and CEO of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. “We are glad to toast the entrepreneurial spirit of these Virginia business leaders and the dedicated employees who have brought these companies continued success.” Nominations for the 2017 FANTASTIC 50 were sought last fall from local chambers of commerce, economic development organizations, and through the sponsors’ networks: companies may also nominate themselves. “To have the opportunity to accept this award among so many outstanding VA businesses is a true honor,” stated Dr. Charles Dadoo, CEO of DIGITALSPEC. “We will continue to provide innovative solutions for our clients and look forward to an exciting 2017.” This signature event hosted over 400 of Virginia’s finest business owners and professionals as the VA Chamber recognized winners for their entrepreneurial success and contribution to Virginia’s economic vitality. In addition, the banquet was preceded by an engaging networking reception encouraging winning companies to connect and collaborate as well as recognition in the Virginia Business Magazine. DSPEC President, Vishal Dadoo, recognized the contributions of many noting, “As we continue to grow, our employees work hard to reach the highest level of customer satisfaction for our clients. We want to thank the VA Chamber of Commerce for recognizing DIGITALSPEC as one of the fastest growing companies in Virginia.” Founded in 2005, DSPEC is a leading provider of Government Acquisition solutions and Program management and Systems Integration consulting services, delivering true business value and return on investment to Federal clients in the metropolitan Washington, D.C area. The Virginia Chamber of Commerce is the largest business advocacy organization in the Commonwealth, with more than 26,000 members. The Chamber is the leading non-partisan business advocacy organization that works in the legislative, regulatory, civic and judicial arenas at the state and federal level to be a force for long-term economic growth in the Commonwealth. Learn more at http://www.vachamber.com DIGITALSPEC, LLC is a Small Business Administration (SBA) certified 8(a), ISO 9001, 20000, and 27001 program founded in 2005 and headquartered in Fairfax, VA. We are a leading provider of Government Acquisition solutions and Program Management and Systems Integration consulting services, delivering true business value and return on investment to Federal clients in the metropolitan Washington, D.C area. DSPEC portfolio of services includes PMO, CIO Advisory Support Services, Infrastructure Engineering Acquisition Management, Solution Development and Integration, and Assurance and ITIL Process Consulting. DSPEC provides solutions and services in markets such as: Investigation & Case Management, Financial, Education and Training. DSPEC’s Managing Principals leverage more than 100 years of combined business and IT experience, deep domain expertise, and rich technical knowledge to ensure client satisfaction. We work collaboratively with clients to create solutions that ‘fit’ the client environment and use industry best practices. DIGITALSPEC holds a performance rating of 95%+ with Dun and Bradstreet (D&B). It strives to hold 100% customer satisfaction. Our Federal clients include the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), , National Background Investigation Bureau (NBIB), Department of Justice (DOJ)/Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Department of Education/Federal Student Aid (FSA), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Commodity Future Trading Commission (CFTC), Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC), and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) along with our partners PricewaterhouseCoopers, (PwC), Accenture Federal Systems, International Business Machines Corporation (IBM), CSRA, Inc., and The Carlyle Group. Our headquarters are in Fairfax, Virginia, along with additional locations in Rosslyn, VA, Boyers, PA, Washington, DC, Fort Meade, MD, Crystal City, VA, Chicago, IL, and Vienna, VA. For more information, please contact us at 703-626-7445, 443-818-2736 or at info(at)digitalspec(dot)net.


WannaCry - first of its kind "RansomWorm" to traverse the Globe must be stopped according to SnoopWall SnoopWall, Inc., the global leader in breach prevention, today is announcing this consumer advisory not only as a warning about what may be the worst piece of ransomware traversing the globe and locking up computers in most major countries but how to stop it. According to SnoopWall, Inc.'s CEO and as disclosed on their website, today, the United Kingdom's National Health Service, www.NHS.uk was hit with a massive ransomware attack that demands $300 in bitcoins for each system it infects - in the NHS this could total $500,000 USD in ransomware demands so far, due to malware propagation across more than one thousand Windows computers. According to the FBI.gov, the WannaCry attack has since spread across the globe to more than 74 countries and hitting additional targets such as the Russian Interior Ministry and US-based FedEx. According to Gary S. Miliefsky, The Shadow Brokers leaked a bunch of NSA hacking tools onto the Internet. One of these tools is called EternalBlue, which, according to experts, is a perfect exploit for creating a Windows worm - software that attacks a Microsoft windows vulnerability and then installs on the next vulnerable windows system as it traverses the Internet.  WannaCry is the first piece of ransomware ever to propagate using this kind of worm technology. According to Gary S. Miliefsky, the CEO of SnoopWall, Inc., a cybersecurity expert,  "this is a watershed moment in cyber crime history, when automated exploitation of vulnerabilities in an operating system are using a worm to spread ransomware.  This is the first, not the last, ransomworm." As shown on a map from another independent security researcher, MalwareTech, a large number of U.S. organizations have been hit.  Source:  https://intel.malwaretech.com/botnet/wcrypt According to the researcher, so far, at least 1,600 have been infected with WannaCry in America, compared to 11,200 in Russia and 6,500 in China as it continues to spread. Miliefsky continued, "WannaCry opens the door for similar exploits on other operating systems such as SmartPhones and all Internet of Things (IoT) devices.  Because these devices are sold with vulnerabilities and backdoors, expect worm-like ransomware outbreaks to spread to them next." If you have not yet been exploited, move quickly to close the hole: WannaCry leverages a hole, Microsoft fixed 2 months ago. If you have not installed Windows Security Update MS17-010, please take the time to install the proper patch for your version of Windows and do it quickly: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/security/ms17-010.aspx Any computing device that connects to the internet should be frequently hardened.  The latest patches should be installed.  Contact manufacturers of your 'smart' equipment and demand security by design and frequent security patches to avoid this kind of risk. While WannaCry spreads by exploiting vulnerabilities, most ransomware has spread through SpearPhishing attacks.  SnoopWall has provided a simple training video to avoid these kinds of attaches.  Training link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TiBlXZWotxY Simply put, don’t’ click links and don’t download attachments.  Make sure you can trust the source before you do so.  Do daily backups and test them when you can.  If you know how to use encryption, it's best to encrypt important information before it gets hacked or stolen. About Gary Miliefsky Gary is the CEO of SnoopWall, Inc. and a co-inventor of the company's innovative breach prevention technologies. He is a cyber-security expert and a frequently invited guest on national and international media, commenting on mobile privacy, cyber security, cyber crime and cyber terrorism, also covered in both Forbes and Fortune Magazines. He has been extremely active in the INFOSEC arena, he is an active member of Phi Beta Cyber Society (http://cybersecurityventures.com/phi-beta-cyber/), an organization dedicated to helping high school students become cyber security professionals and ethical hackers. He founded and remains the Executive Producer of Cyber Defense Magazine. Miliefsky is a Founding Member of the US Department of Homeland Security (http://www.DHS.gov), the National Information Security Group (http://www.NAISG.org) and the OVAL advisory board of MITRE responsible for the CVE Program (http://CVE.mitre.org). He also assisted the National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC), which operates within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, in their development of The National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace, as well as the Center for the Study of Counter-Terrorism and Cyber Crime at Norwich University. Previously, Gary has been founder and/or inventor for technologies and corporations sold and licensed to Hexis Cyber, Intel/McAfee, IBM, Computer Associates and BlackBox Corporation. Gary is a member of ISC2.org and is a CISSP®. Learn more about him at http://www.snoopwall.com/media and http://www.garymiliefsky.com/ About SnoopWall SnoopWall is the world's first breach prevention security company delivering a suite of network, mobile and app security products as well as cloud-based services protecting all computing devices from prying eyes and new threats through patented counterveillance cloaking technology. SnoopWall secures mission critical and highly valuable confidential information behind firewalls with our award-winning patented NetSHIELD appliances and with WinSHIELD on windows and MobileSHIELD on Google Android and Apple iOS mobile devices with next generation technology that detects and blocks all remote control, eavesdropping and spying, based on the patented AppSHIELD SDK. SnoopWall's software products and hardware appliances are all proudly made in the U.S.A.  Visit us at http://www.snoopwall.com and follow us on Twitter: @SnoopWallSecure.


News Article | May 11, 2017
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WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - May 11, 2017) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD), Federal Protective Service (FPS), released on May 11 a solicitation notice in which it announced plans to acquire armed protective security officer (PSO) services at the following locations in Washington D.C.: The armed PSOs will protect federal personnel and property at federally owned and leased buildings, and Homeland Security expects the PSOs to serve an estimated 2,530,000 hours for a 66-month period at the above locations. The contractor who receives the contract must provide all labor, material, management, supervision, training, licenses, and permits to provide the services. The period of performance is for a one-year base period, with four one-year option periods and an optional 6-month extension. Homeland Security expects to award an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract with firm fixed-price provisions. The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code is 561612 with size standard is $20.5 million. A Top Secret Clearance is required prior to the date and time established for PSOs to begin standing posts. Interested and capable contractors may e-mail questions to Contract Specialist Nancy Meghri at nancy.meghri@hq.dhs.gov. Responses are due by no later than 2 p.m. EST on June 12, 2017. The contractor who receives this contract must be registered with the System for Award Management (SAM) database and have as part of the Registration all current Representations and Certifications. US Federal Contractor Registration, the world's largest third-party government registration firm, completes the required Registrations on behalf of its clients. It also makes available information about opportunities like this, as well as training on how to locate, research, and respond to opportunities. We also make available for our clients and for contracting officers our proprietary Advanced Federal Procurement Data Search (AFPDS). Our Advanced Federal Procurement Data Search (AFPDS) gives you in one place instant bid notifications, bid proposal prospecting, and information about government procurement officers. We make this search tool available to clients, as part of our commitment to helping each and every USFCR client succeed and thrive as a government contractor. For contracting officers, the AFPDS gives them in one place access to a database of available contractors and also a place to post information about opportunities. Contracting officers get free access to AFPDS. We also provide interested contracting officers a list of contractors who may be able to provide a service and/or product that they need. For more information, to get started with a SAM registration or to learn more about how US Federal Contractor Registration can help your business succeed, call 877-252-2700, ext. 1.


NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Safety Net Connect (SNC), a leading provider of innovative healthcare technology for organizations assisting underserved populations, is pleased to announce that its electronic consultation “eConsult” system used by Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (LADHS) is engaged in a two-year-long University of California, Davis (UC Davis) study to measure the benefits of an integrative approach to tobacco cessation, in partnership with California Smokers’ Helpline (Helpline), a free, evidence-based smoking cessation program funded by the California Department of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control, and First 5 California. This collaborative project, funded through a Community Practice-Based Research Planning Award from the Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP) of California, was launched with the aim of creating and fostering long-term sustainable partnerships to conduct cost-effective, high quality tobacco cessation programs that are replicable across clinics throughout California. Several months into the project, SNC’s eConsult technology has already demonstrated a positive change in the delivery of tobacco cessation services for underserved populations, while increasing access to evidence-based tobacco treatment. “The partnership with Safety Net Connect, the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (LADHS), and the Helpline is a great opportunity to break down barriers to treatment, help smokers gain access to proven cessation methods, and positively impact the health and wellness of the low income patients served by LADHS,” says Gary Tedeschi, PhD, Clinical Director, California Smokers’ Helpline. How the Helpline and eConsult Work Together. As the nation’s second largest public health system serving 670,000 patients each year, LADHS has utilized SNC’s eConsult technology since 2014 to power its web-based care coordination platform that connects 5,000 primary care providers with community-based specialists, averaging 17,000 eConsult requests per month. Leveraging this industry-tested system, the UC Davis study expands the scope of eConsult for LADHS providers by offering direct referrals for its large population of tobacco-using patients – most of whom are low socioeconomic; linguistically, racially, ethnically, diverse; and geographically dispersed – to free, multilingual telephone-based tobacco cessation counseling services at the Helpline. In addition to improving access to care, the integration of LADHS/SNC eConsult and the Helpline facilitates an unprecedented connection between disparate electronic health records systems across LADHS and community clinic providers. “Working with Safety Net Connect has dramatically increased access to Helpline services among the hundreds of thousands of patients served by the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services,” says Antonio Mayoral, Director of Operations and Information Technology for the California Smokers’ Helpline. “We hope to have the opportunity to work with other providers throughout California who utilize Safety Net Connect’s eConsult solution.” “This is an exciting opportunity to expand access to services for everyone in the Los Angeles community who wants to pursue healthy lifestyle choices,” says Chris Cruttenden, President of SNC. “We are proud to partner with the Smokers’ Helpline and to expand our relationship with LADHS to include this important collaborative initiative.” The California Smokers’ Helpline (Helpline) is a free, evidence-based, telephone counseling program for quitting smoking, proven in clinical trials to double a smoker’s chance of quitting. Multilingual services include telephone counseling, self-help materials, chat, and text messaging. The Helpline is operated by the Moores UCSD Cancer Center under the direction of Shu-Hong Zhu, PhD, Professor of Family and Preventive Medicine and is funded by the California Department of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control, and First 5 California. For more information, please visit www.nobutts.org. The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (LADHS) is the second largest municipal health system in the nation. The LADHS mission is to ensure access to high-quality, patient-centered, cost-effective health care to Los Angeles County residents through direct services at DHS facilities and through collaboration with community and university partners. For more information, please visit www.dhs.lacounty.gov. Since 2009, Safety Net Connect (SNC) has partnered with public and private organizations to provide a multitude of successful and nationally recognized web-based healthcare solutions for underserved and safety net populations. SNC’s innovative solutions have reached over 5 million patients from clients such as Los Angeles Department of Health Services (LADHS), MedPoint, LA Care, Orange County Healthcare Agency, CalOptima, San Diego Healthcare Agency, and Cook County MHN (an Illinois Medicaid Project). For more information, please visit www.safetynetconnect.com.


News Article | May 10, 2017
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As if air travel wasn't miserable enough. The Department of Homeland Security is poised to widen its ban of electronics devices larger than a phone in all cabins of flights leaving Europe, the Daily Beast reported Wednesday. The ban is expected to be announced Thursday, the news site says. In March, the DHS announced travelers coming to the US from eight countries in the Middle East and Africa would have to pack their laptops, tablets, DVD players, electronic game players and cameras in checked luggage. The move was prompted by an unspecified terrorism threat. The widened ban has been expected. On Monday, unnamed sources told CBS News the DHS is weighing the advantages of the broader ban against the disruptions it would cause. US officials then said a decision would come "in the next few weeks." European officials, however, told the Daily Beast the DHS will announce the news tomorrow.


News Article | May 10, 2017
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In addition, Labor & Industry's Office of Vocational Rehabilitation presented two #CollaborationWorksPA Awards. Antwanette Ross was recognized as a student participant with OVR, while Braddock Borough was recognized as an employer championing OVR's initiatives. "One of Labor & Industry's main missions is to help job seekers find employment, but the other side of that coin is to help employers find a well-trained, reliable workforce," said Labor & Industry Secretary Kathy Manderino. "Working within the state's workforce development system is a great way to get started on that goal, and I commend the employers honored here today for their participation. With regards to the employers honored for their work with the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, we cannot speak highly enough of your dedication to hiring individuals with disabilities." Manderino was represented at the awards ceremony by Eileen Cipriani, deputy secretary for workforce development. "The Department of Human Services is proud of the successes of Morgan Corporation, Ideal Concepts, Inc., and Hope Enterprises. Increasing employment opportunities for the people we serve is a top priority at DHS. The work of each of these organizations exemplifies does just that. In hiring outstanding employees, they have helped individuals become self-sufficient which helps the entire commonwealth," said Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas. "The department congratulates these companies on their accomplishments and hopes that their successes will encourage others to follow in their footsteps." Dallas was represented at the awards ceremony by Kim Lay, acting deputy secretary for the Office of Income Maintenance. "The Central Westmoreland Career and Technology Center offers real-world training in a variety of disciplines that help students obtain satisfying and valuable job placement after high school," said Education Secretary Rivera said. "The working industry partnership for youth in the automotive industry, between the Central Westmoreland Career and Technology Center and Smail Auto Group, helps prepare students for entry-level career positions or advanced studies in automotive technology and is a great example of how industry partnerships can help meet the workforce demands of the region. These mutually beneficial partnerships should be applauded." Rivera was represented at the awards ceremony by Dr. Lee Burket, director of the Bureau of Career and Technical Education. "As a state with one of the lowest birth rates and one of the highest populations of persons age 60 and older in the country, cities like Bethlehem and employers like the city's Recycling Bureau, are wisely looking to older workers to be part of the solution to address a shrinking working-age population," said Secretary of Aging Teresa Osborne.  "Bethlehem's Recycling Bureau investment in, and commitment to including, the city's older adults in order to sustain a vibrant workforce supports their efforts to build a thriving community while strengthening their economy. By tapping into their local Senior Community Service Employment Program, Bethlehem is leading by example and demonstrating to other employers that older workers are a genuine asset in the workplace." Osborne was represented at the awards ceremony by Terry Barley, deputy secretary of aging. The Pennsylvania Workforce Development Association, the voice of the Pennsylvania workforce investment system and a clearinghouse for workforce development information statewide, sponsors this annual conference, which attracts more than 800 private and public job training experts from across Pennsylvania. Following is a list of award recipients: Department of Labor & Industry Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Governor's Award for Employers Hiring Workers with Disabilities Department of Aging Hall of Fame of Champions of Older Workers 2016 Outstanding Employer To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/nine-pennsylvania-businesses-recognized-for-efforts-to-keep-pennsylvanians-working-300455637.html

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