Safety and Security Systems and Structures
Associations strengthen America in virtually every industry sector and corner of the nation through helping ensure the safety and security of the nation’s systems and structures. At every turn, associations implement programs and impact policies that strengthen America’s roadways, waterways, jobsites, healthcare, the Internet and everywhere in-between.
Examples of the Power of A in Action:
As the leading national organization focused exclusively on the fight against health care fraud and abuse, The National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association estimates that health care fraud is responsible for tens of billions of dollars lost each year. Facilitating the sharing of investigative information between health insurers and law enforcement is integral to NHCAA’s work and serves to safeguard and improve the quality of our nation’s health care system and protects the most vulnerable among us: the sick, the poor, the aged. NHCAA’s members comprise nearly 90 of the nation’s most prominent health insurers as well nearly 140 federal, state and local government law enforcement and regulatory agencies that have jurisdiction over health care fraud. Together, we help ensure that our investigative workforce is prepared to meet the very real threat that health care fraud presents.
The National Affordable Housing Management Association created its Communities of Quality® (COQ) National Recognition program as a benchmarking initiative to define safety and quality in multifamily properties that participate in federal affordable rental housing programs. The COQ program defines and encourages management practices that ensure safe and well-maintained communities, as well as promotes programs and services intended to advance the well-being of residents, the experience and training of personnel, and other key aspects of advanced property management. The COQ National Recognition program identifies and fosters communities that are safe and well-maintained, thus providing the highest-quality affordable housing to lower-income residents while adding value to their larger environs.
Protecting the grid and ensuring a reliable and secure supply of energy are top priorities for the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) and its member companies; in 2016, EEI’s members invested a projected $52.8 billion to enhance the grid and to further support their grid security efforts. Through the Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council (ESCC), the electric power industry partners with the federal government to enhance our nation’s ability to defend and protect against evolving cyber and physical security threats. The ESCC plans and exercises for attacks or other major disruptions to the grid, ensures that government and industry share critical information, and develops strong partnerships with other critical infrastructure sectors to plan for and respond to major incidents.
The National Association of Manufacturers developed “Building to Win,” an initiative to revitalize our nation’s failing infrastructure. The campaign is engaging the administration and lawmakers to address our most pressing infrastructure priorities and to ensure that investments not only strengthen manufacturing in the United States but also deliver world-class infrastructure for the American people. “Building to Win” identifies many of the most serious infrastructure challenges in America, offers solutions to our problems and provides a menu of possible funding options to consider to pay for the more than $1 trillion investment that is needed. As part of “Building to Win,” NAM partnered with the Associated General Contractors to form the Infrastructure Working Group in May 2017. This group unites trade associations from manufacturing, agriculture, finance, labor, retail, hospitality, construction, transportation, local government and more. Throughout 2018, the Infrastructure Working Group will advocate for passage of an infrastructure package and unite its diverse membership in key meetings with elected officials.
The Intelligence and National Security Alliance advances intelligence and national security priorities through public-private partnerships. INSA’s nine policy councils convene government, industry, and academic thought leaders to develop innovative, collaborative approaches to the U.S. Intelligence Community’s most pressing challenges, including security clearance reform, insider threats, cybersecurity, domestic intelligence, financial threats, emerging legal issues, the acquisition of services, and the timely adoption of innovative technologies. INSA helps shape public debate and policymaker options on these topics by publishing white papers, convening panel discussions, connecting technology innovators with government science & technology officials, and organizing an annual two-day Intelligence and National Security Summit.
National Ground Water Association
The National Ground Water Association released Groundwater and PFAS: State of Knowledge and Practice. This comprehensive guidance document explores these potentially hazardous, and widely discussed, compounds in roundwater and soil. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) compounds are widely used to make products more stain-resistant, waterproof, and/of nonstick, and are a class of manmade hemicals that are persistent in the environment and in the human body. The document summarizes the fate, ransport, remediation, and treatment of PFAS, as well as current technologies, methods, and field procedures used to haracterize sites and test remediation and treatment technologies.