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DCCAH ANNOUNCES UPCOMING GRANTS SEASON

DCCAH ANNOUNCES UPCOMING GRANTS SEASON

New grants structure to ensure funding reaches more organizations and individuals

Gates Delivers Speech to Naval Academy Grads

Gates Delivers Speech to Naval Academy Grads

Sent to us by American Forces Press Service:

ANNAPOLIS, Md., May 27, 2011 - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates delivered his last commencement speech as defense secretary today, calling on graduates at the U.S. Naval Academy to become the best leaders possible, setting the example and putting their people and organizations above their own interests.

Gates thanked the 1,006 graduates assembled on the field at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium here for choosing to serve their country and fellow citizens in uniform.

The secretary noted that the midshipmen entered the academy at the height of the Iraq war, when casualties were at an all-time high and "prospects of success uncertain at best." Meanwhile, the Taliban were making a comeback in Afghanistan, and Osama bin Laden, "history's most notorious terrorist," was still at large.

National Small Business Week Focus: FedScoop & Citizen Engagement

National Small Business Week Focus: FedScoop & Citizen Engagement

This week marks the 48th National Small Business Week with recognition from the White House for small businesses’ contributions to the well-being of the economy. There is estimated to be 27.2 million small businesses in America, creating 60-80 percent of the new jobs in the country, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. More than half of Americans either work for or own a small company, increasing innovation worldwide.

Modus Union Uniting Members of Congress, Philanthropic Community, & Fashion Industry for One Night

Modus Union Uniting Members of Congress,  Philanthropic Community, & Fashion Industry for One Night

Members of Congress, local athletes, philanthropists and the fashion industry are assembling for DC’s Modus Union Spring 2011 – a unique event supporting prevention and early detection of cancer in women.

Modus Union Spring 2011 features a full runway show by acclaimed fashion designer Marc Bouwer (www.MarcBouwer.com), a 3-D film presentation previewing Bouwer’s Fall 2011 line, and an art installation and silent auction featuring some of the most talented visual artists in DC. The proceeds from this one-of-a-kind gathering will benefit Cancer Schmancer (www.CancerSchmancer.org), an organization founded by actress Fran Drescher to prevent cancer in women through education and early detection.

WHAT:          Modus Union Spring 2011

WHEN:          Wednesday, May 4

Spend It Like It’s Your Own

Spend It Like It’s Your Own

You may have heard that tempers are flaring over the planned metro station at Dulles. According to news reports, the board at Dulles International Airport stands behind its decision to build an underground station because it would be more 1) convenient for travelers, and 2) attractive than an above ground station.

So, it behooves us to ask about the degree of perceived inconvenience. How would using an above ground metro station compare with:

Bridging the Generation Gap in Egypt and the American Workplace

The historical transfer of power in Egypt has seen the departure of an entrenched 82-year-old dictator and a movement toward a democratically elected government where young Egyptians will have a major voice in politics and policies of the future.  A major key to a successful transition that will allow Egypt to move forward as a stable, innovative nation lies in respect and understanding between generations.

The same is true with American businesses.

Innovation is the intersection of the past and present that leads to the future.  That’s why it is so important that business leaders publicly acknowledge the contribution of each generation, applaud the unique strengths brought to the table by workers of different ages, and encourage everyone to share their viewpoints as a way to make a strong team even stronger. 

Local Lobbyist Handcuffed for Illegal Campaign Contributions

A local Arlington lobbyist, Paul Magliocchetti, the president and founder of PMA Group Inc., was arrested yesterday by FBI agents for allegedly making illegal campaign contributions. He was also arrested on charges of making false statements to a federal agency. Magliocchetti and his firm concealed from the FEC that they were in fact the source of the funds for these illegal federal contributions.

Campaign contributions made by Magliocchetti exceeded $120,000, according to court documents. Yesterday, Magliocchetti made his initial appearance in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge T. Rawles Jones Jr. in Alexandria, VA. He pleaded guilty to making the illegal corporate campaign contributions and sentencing has been scheduled for November 16, 2010.