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Excellent Opportunity for those BIG Members interested in Returning to School. Reach Your Potential at Grantham University.

 

National Organization of Blacks in Government (BIG) partners with Grantham University to offer one of its members a full scholarship to the university

Application Deadline: January 12, 2018 @ 11:59 PM EST

The National Organization of Blacks in Government (BIG) is partnering with Grantham University to award one BIG member a full scholarship toward either an undergraduate or graduate degree from the University. 



The scholarship is valued up to $39,741 and covers tuition costs, required textbooks, software and fees. Scholarship value depends on degree selected and credits transferred.


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One-day Mindful Eating Conference in Atlanta, GA January 15, 2018

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT RESOURCE

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 The American Council for Technology-Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) organization can assist federal employees with enhancing or promoting their federal status in the workplace. National First Vice President, Mr. Jesse Sharpe, has identified ACT-IAC as one of the organizations that provides government employees information, knowledge and expertise required for professional excellence.  Information on the organization and how you can join, at no cost, are provided below. 

The American Council for Technology-Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization established to improve government through the effective and innovative application of technology. ACT-IAC provides an objective, trusted, and ethical forum where government and industry executives can communicate, collaborate, and learn. ACT-IAC is the premier public-private partnership in the government technology community and has been called "an example of how government and industry can work together." The former U.S. Chief Technology Officer called ACT-IAC the "Switzerland of the government IT community."

The ACT-IAC organizational structure is much like a coin. On one side of the coin is the American Council of Technology (ACT), which is an individual membership organization. Membership is available for free to any full-time government employee.  On the other side of the coin is the Industry Advisory Council (IAC), which is the corporate membership dues paying organization. While each has its own identity, it is the relationship between the two that creates value.

This organization provides free and paid training through conferences, forums, and workshops and encourages member participation and interaction at the highest levels. Key highlights include:

  • Collaborative and educational opportunities for membership.
  • Forums that focus on a single issue, such as Cybersecurity, Acquisition, Artificial Intelligence (AI) Identity, and Access Management.
  • Learning activities that provide continuous learning points (CLP) and continuing education credits.
  • Communities of Interests where government and industry members collaborate on projects, reports, and hold events on topics, ranging from workforce, acquisition, financial management, to emerging technology.
  • Professional development program for entry-level, mid-level, and senior-level professionals.

                   How to Join the American Council for Technology

Government employees engage in the organization through the American Council for Technology (ACT). ACT was established in 1979 by government employees, with the encouragement of OMB and GSA, to provide a forum where Federal, state and local government employees could communicate and collaborate. ACT is governed by an Executive Committee of senior government executives. It is an individual membership organization, and membership is free to any full-time government employee. The ACT Executive Committee establishes the strategic direction for the organization and protects the integrity of the collaborative process.

Government membership in ACT is free and requires only that you sign up for a member account:

  • To join ACT today, set up an account by clicking on the Join Now icon below:

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  • If you have any questions, please contact the ACT-IAC Membership Department via email at membersupport@actiac.org or call at 703-208-4800.

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Blacks In Government Announces Outreach Initiative
With Department Of Defense
 

The Department of Defense (DoD) established an engagement outreach effort with Blacks In Government to contribute to increasing the full representation of minorities and women. DoD is energetically pursuing diversity through a magnitude of contemporary challenges and issues to achieve a high-performing, diverse workplace. This is a year-long effort with DoD supporting our Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics-Student Competition (STEM-SC); NOW Generation; Future Leaders in America's Government (FLAG); and Darlene Young Leadership Academy (DYLA) programs. 

Participation in, and support of workforce development and careerenhancement training are actions that contribute to increasing diversity in the workplace though outreach. Pursuing workforce diversity in DOD is paramount to securing the Nation's defense.

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THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!
 
On this Veterans Day, Blacks In Government salutes our Veterans and extend our gratitude for their service. They are our members, relatives, friends, neighbors and co-workers. These individuals committed to a cause larger than their own and accepted the challenge to defend our Nation.
Our Veterans put everything on the line to protect our freedom. We may never be able to repay them for their sacrifice, but we can show them just how much we appreciate all that they've done. Everyone can do something to let Veterans know how much we appreciate their service.
                            Visit http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/veterans-day/

It takes great courage for a soldier to risk life and limb for his/her country and as civilians we must honor these heroes. This is the basis of the Veterans Day celebration.
 
Honor these great men and women with words of appreciation.
 
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!
 
 
 
 
 
Click the link below to hear the Bebe Winans song:
 
 
                                      The History of Veterans Day
 
November 11, or what has come to be known as Veterans Day, was originally set as a U.S. legal holiday to honor Armistice Day - the end of World War I, which officially took place on November 11, 1918. President Woodrow Wilson honored the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations..."

In 1954, Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, struck out the word "Armistice" and inserted the word "Veterans." With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, November 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

Between 1968 and 1975, Veterans Day was moved around on the calendar, sometimes even appearing on the last Monday of October. Finally on September 20, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed a law which returned the annual observance of Veterans Day to its original date of November 11, beginning in 1978.

Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls. The restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.