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NCISS The eAdvocate
November / December 2016
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President's Message

Dear Members and Colleagues:
 
We are coming to the close of 2016, a very productive year for your association - your voice in our nation's capital.
 
Your association has been very busy working for our Investigative and Security professions - for you.
 
This year we have seen nearly 100 new members - over 50 just since the last issue of Your Advocate. 2017 looks to be another very promising year for NCISS! I wish each of you a prosperous and fulfilling 2017!
 
Next week you should be receiving the latest Your Advocate in your mail box, as well as the annual directory for 2016 / 2017. Both are made possible by our Vendors & Sponsors. 
 
It is now time to bring our attention to our Hit the Hill event and Annual Meeting / Elections. This will be held March 27th to 29th at the Holiday Inn Roslyn at Key Bridge - registration details are in Your Advocate and will be posted to the website soon. Please make plans to attend - walking the halls of our Capitol and those of the offices of our Representatives and Senators is truly inspiring and important. Speakers for are being finalized and will be announced soon. There will also be social receptions, awards and networking.  Elections for your next Officers and Directors will be held after the Annual Meeting. If you cannot attend, please consider a donation or sponsoring one of the many opportunities - from coffee breaks to luncheons.

Click for HTH Registration Form
 
Finally, you have begun to receive dues renewal notices by email. If you joined before June 2015, your dues are from January to December. If you joined any time after June 2015, your dues are on your anniversary date. If you have any questions about your dues, please contact our Executive Director, Carol Ward (nciss@comcast.net or 800-445-8408), myself or your Regional Director. You can also check your profile accuracy and dues at www.nciss.org/login. NCISS is looking for candidates for Regional Director for 2 ( CT-MA-ME-NJ-NH-NY-RI-VT) and 6 (AK-CA-HI-ID-MT-OR-NV-WA). If you are interested, or know someone who is, please contact me or any Board member.
 
Wishing each of you a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah and Happy New Year! I am honored to serve you and our Investigative & Security professions!

Be sure and frequently visit the NCISS website - www.NCISS.org - for the latest news, alerts and benefits. You are not just a member. You are a supporter of NCISS and our profession. We are working together to protect you and our professions! 

Thank you for your NCISS membership and support!
Honored to serve you,

Dean A. Beers, CLI, CCDI 
President 
(970) 691-0813 cell - Associates in Forensic Investigations
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Categories of Membership and Dues
Help grow your Voice in Washington
renew your NCISS membership and refer a friend... 
 
Increase NCISS Membership and Make a Donation Today!
 
When renewing, please consider a donation to the NCISS Legislative Fund or NCISS PAC. 
 
The following are the current categories of membership: 
  • Regular Member: $175 -- includes the NCISS Legislative Fund and receives all rights and privileges of membership.
  • Affiliate Member: $175 -- Investigative & Security employees of government agencies, law firms, insurance firms or related business.
  • Associate Member: $75 -- Unlicensed employee of a Regular Member agency.
NCISS also has memberships for Associations and Services. 

Contact your Regional Director if you have any questions or need assistance.  Membership and dues information are also at
The National Voice of the Investigative & Security Professions
As a member of NCISS, you know the importance of the NCISS mission - please share this with your colleagues and encourage them to be part of the NCISS mission.  A $25 discount is available for new first-time members.  Please contact your Regional Director for details. 
Legislative News
Please look to the Your Advocate for complete updates
November
Lobbyit's November activity consisted almost entirely of talking to numerous congressional offices about what would happen as 2016 comes to a close, and what we might expect in early 2017.

As NCISS members know quite well, many of our primary policy concerns related to a series of Department of Labor rules (Overtime, Persuader, Micro-Union, Joint Employer, etc. - all the subject of earlier NCISS dispatches).

What is clear for next year, however, is that legislation is going to move.  In most cases, these measures will be wide ranging and complex, like an overhaul of the tax system.

As such, the coming Congress presents both promise and peril.  While NCISS might see problematic issues like data broker and gun regulation recede from the agenda, much legislation will be moving, which presents both opportunities to add NCISS priorities, but also the surety of the law of unintended consequences.  NCISS and Lobbyit will be busy scouring these legislative materials to ensure that provisions don't pop up which could inadvertently hurt our profession.

Please see the full Lobbyit Monthly Report for November at http://conta.cc/2gPkQPj

NCISS Legal Alert - Overtime Rule Blocked!
Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant of the Eastern District of Texas imposed a nationwide injunction against the Obama Administration's "overtime" rule (the subject of prior NCISS issue alerts). Judge Mazzant held that the Labor Department regulation exceeded the authority granted it by Congress, which he said gave Labor the right to define which workers are considered salaried but only based on the duties they performed, not by how much they made.

This full NCISS Legal Alert is available at   http://conta.cc/2ggBg2W
From the Legislative Committee
The NCISS Board met in Las Vegas for its Mid-Term meeting of Officers and Directors. It was a productive meeting, with a review of the reports of accomplishments from those in attendance, as well as discussions of additional benefits and upcoming plans for NCISS and members. The NCISS lobbyist from Washington DC also attended to share insight on laws that will expire with this session of Congress, what laws to expect to be introduced by the next session, and federal regulations that are still under consideration and expected to be introduced. It was quite clear that no matter the outcome of the elections, NCISS - and state associations - will have a busy two years advocating for the Investigative & Security professions.
 
There are continuing battles to the challenges that never go away for the Investigative profession. We will continue to see privacy, access to information, and the regulatory control over what we can and cannot do when investigating. A looming example is the proposed changes to the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).
 
There are a few pressing issues for the Security industry. To name some: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, National Labor Relations Board Reform Act, NLRB's "ambush" election rule and Drone regulation. NCISS & the National Association of Security Companies (NASCO) continues to work with Senator Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, to help sponsor/support the Security Officer Screening Improvement Act. Senator Grassley has great influence on this legislation.
 
NCISS extends its appreciation to Keith Nelson of Lobbyit for his constant monitoring of bills impacting Investigations & Security, and his timely response to member questions and impending challenges. Access to our elected representatives in Washington D.C. has never been more essential.

Truly, Lobbyit has armed NCISS - and you as members - with a tool box full of services and paths of collaboration that dramatically enhances the ability for NCISS to provide effective advocacy for our members.
 
Thank you Lobbyit and Keith Nelson for your advocacy on our behalf.
 
To every member - Thank You for your support and membership!
New Members!
1
Michael
Brennan
Terry Corporation
1
Hunter
Gilmore
Hpi Services
1
Michele
Harris
Harris Investigations LLC
1
David
Ratkovich
ETS Intelligence, LLC
3
Brian
DeAntonio
Crosstrax
3
Deborah
Worley
NC Premier Investigations
3
Michael
Polley
Steele Investigations
3
Marc
Hurwitz
Crossroads Investigations
3
Fernando
Alvarez
Drakonx
3
Tina
Hunt
Cyber Investigation Services
3
Tamara
Rabenold
Vaudra
3
Paula
Hayes
Paula M Hayes, Private Investigations
3
Jennifer
McCracken
Diamond Eye Legal
3
Gary
Corbett
Safeguard Group Investigations
3
Eddie
Harant
Specialized & Professional Investigations
3
Melanie
Keene
McMillen Keene Investigative Services
3
Giovanni
Masucci
National Digital Forensics
3
Mark
Greenfield

3
Kimberly
Hamilton
Female Agents
3
David
Kaiser
Spearhead Private Investigations
4
George
Bray
George Bray Analysis & Investigation
4
Mark
Debussey

4
Catherine
Perez
Cat's Investigation
4
Michael
Depew
The Computer Specialist (TCS)
4
David
Beck
W. David Beck
4
Jeff
Hammock
Comprehensive Investigative Group
4
Penny
Moses
The Moses Group
4
Justin
Reburn

4
Douglas
Sharp
Sharp One Investigations
4
Sheila
Stephens
Safer Security
4
David
Whitson
Mosaic Investigative Services
4
Gary
Tramel
Leverage Private Investigations
5
Richard
Gregory
Sovereign Protection & Investigation
5
Steven
Winieke
Artemis Global Investigations
5
Sandra
Longo
Artemis Global Investigations
5
Beth
Courrau
Pinpoint Investigations
5
Brice
Moomaw
BGM Investigations
5
Roman
Herrera
Civil & Criminal Services
5
Sam
Petitto
Discreet Detection Services
5
Craig
Bouzarth
Artemis Global Investigations
6
William
Foster
The Gryphon Investigative Agency
Association News and Conferences
ASSOCIATION CONFERENCES
National Association of Legal Investigators
NALI Midwinter Conference - January 26-28, 2017
Bahia Resort - San Diego CA
http://nalionline.org/events/nali-2017-midwinter-conference-2

National Council of Investigation & Security Services 
Hit the Hill and Annual Meeting - March 27-29, 2017
Holiday Inn Roslyn at Key Bridge, Arlington VA

Click for HTH Registration Form
 
Please share any themes and events you hold for the upcoming Your Advocate and send to editor@nciss.org
Vendors and Sponsors of NCISS
Benefits for you, fitting your needs
NCISS has launched a new Vendors and Sponsors Program to bring you expanded benefits as a member of NCISS. The latest member benefits can be found at http://conta.cc/1r2koC8  

We welcome the following Vendors & Sponsors:

DIAMOND SPONSOR:



Contact editor@nciss.org for details to join the new Vendors and Sponsors Program as a Diamond, Gold, Silver or Bronze level supporter of NCISS and members.

All NCISS members receive a discount from Office Depot / Office Max.  Savings on copies and printing are significant (up to 80%) and a portion is donated to NCISS. ($180 of color and black & white printing became $30!)
 
NCISS Apparel Store - Now Open!
NCISS now has a stand-alone store with one of our Vendors & Sponsors, EmbroidMe of Davenport IA

The store is now open at http://nciss.logoshop.com!

NCISS will benefit with a percentage of sales for the NCISS Legislative Fund.

 
The store will allow you to purchase seasonal apparel with one of two NCISS logos, as well as your own investigative agency or security firm logo, and your state association (as well as other professional associations). All logos can include custom text embroidery. Text with NCISS logos are limited to the member name, their agency, and NCISS position. State (or other acceptable) association logos and accompanying test must be approved by the state or other association. Details will be available on the store website.
 
Customized apparel is a way to promote your agency and our professions. Be sure and support NCISS and our Vendors & Sponsors.
Your Membership, Your Voice ...
Refer a colleague to save $25 on their First Year Dues ! 

The National Council of Investigation and Security Services, Inc., is a cooperative effort of those companies and associations responsible for providing private security and investigation services to the legal profession, business community, government and the public.  

 

It is the role of NCISS to meet and solve these problems while seeking to uncover and recommend action on any hidden potential problems which may have an effect on our profession.

NCISS Board
Executive Council
President
Dean Beers

1st Vice President
Terry Myer, Sr.

2nd Vice President
Brad Duffy

3rd Vice President
Dean Gluth

Secretary
Francie Koehler

Treasurer
Bill Fletcher

Chair
James Huckabee

Executive Director
Carol Ward

Directors
Region 1 
Candace Ivey

Region 2
Open

Region 3
Larry Flannery

Region 4
Mark Gillespie

Region 5
Andrea Orozco

Region 6
Open

Members at Large
Jerry Pitman
Audra Coleman
Jim Casteel
Chuck McLaughlin    
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