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Pennsylvania Launches New Policies to Increase Diversity Among State Contractors

first_img June 15, 2020 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Pennsylvania Launches New Policies to Increase Diversity Among State Contractorscenter_img Economy,  Equality,  Press Release Continuing his commitment to small businesses (SBs) and small diverse businesses (SBDs), Governor Tom Wolf announced new procurement changes to improve opportunities for minority-, women-, LGBT-, veteran- and disabled-owned businesses ¬– to compete for state government contracts and succeed in the commonwealth’s economy.“This is another important step forward in the ambitious project my administration launched five years ago to open doors for small and diverse businesses in state contracting and to make the process more inclusive and diverse,” said Governor Wolf. “We have made progress, but there is more work to do. We cannot allow some people to be shut out of a chance to get a state contract. Our economy and our communities work best when everyone has a fair chance of success.”Today’s actions are the direct result of the governor’s Diversity, Inclusion and Small Business Opportunities in Commonwealth Procurement and in Pennsylvania’s Economy executive order signed in 2015. The order created the Bureau of Diversity, Inclusion and Small Business Opportunities (BDISBO) within the Department of General Services, the Governor’s Advisory Council on Diversity Inclusion and Small Business Opportunities and led to the 2018 Statewide Disparity Study which examined disparities in the commonwealth’s contracting system and made recommendations for improvement.“These policy and program changes will allow us to increase opportunities for small diverse businesses in state contracts,” said Department of General Services Secretary Curt Topper. “Historically, the state contracting process has been uneven, inconsistent and unfair in providing opportunities for SBs and SDBs to do business with the commonwealth.”There are three new changes taking effect.First, each competitive state procurement will use goal setting for SDB participation on each solicitation with the intent to achieve a 26.3 percent state contract spending with SDBs .The goals are determined using an analysis and calculation of the percentage of DGS verified SDBs available to do the specific work as determined by the Disparity Study and other factors. Goal setting replaces the previous scoring process used to evaluate proposals and starts today for construction solicitations over $300,000 and on August 17, 2020 for goods and services solicitations over $250,000.Second, the department has set a goal of 4.6 percent of state contract spend to veteran-owned businesses through the new Veteran Business Enterprise (VBE) program as recommended by the Commonwealth Disparity Study. To increase the availability of VBEs, the commonwealth will now consider a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Enterprises as both an SDB firm and a VBE firm. This consideration is granted providing the applicant holds approved third-party certification from the Veterans Affairs Vets First Verification Program and eliminates the need to go through an additional third-party SDB certification process. The department will consider contract-specific goals for VBE participation on each individual solicitation over the dollar thresholds identified for SDB goal setting, and the VBE contract specific goals will be calculated based upon availability of VBE firms.Third, the administration has tasked all state agencies under the governor’s jurisdiction to have at least 15 percent of their contract spending go to eligible, state-certified small businesses through the Small Business Reserve (SBR) Program. The program helps all DGS-certified small businesses to compete as prime contractors on state contracting opportunities. Each agency has an executive-level employee responsible for ensuring the goal is achieved.“We are committed to achieving the commonwealth’s goal to do 26 percent of our business with small diverse businesses has truly been a group effort,” said Deputy Secretary for Diversity, Inclusion and Small Business Opportunities Kerry Kirkland. “Through the hard work of the Bureau of Diversity Inclusion and Small Business Opportunities staff along with the Advisory council and our legislative supports, we are positioning our small and small diverse businesses for success and sustainability in our economy.”Kirkland praised the hard work of the BDISBO staff and involvement of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Diversity, Inclusion and Small Businesses Opportunities has led to the implementation of key policy and program changes such as: using the best value contracting method to increase SDB participation in contracting opportunities; creating the Agency liaison Program to ensure that SB/SDB contracting opportunities are part of all annual commonwealth agency purchasing plans; and creating the Mentor-Protégé Program that pairs prime contractors and/or suppliers with DGS-verified SDBs to provide developmental assistance and help them successfully solicit and perform on commonwealth contracting opportunities.Visit the Bureau of Diversity, Inclusion, and Small Business Opportunity for more detailed information on the new policies and programs as well as the Wolf Administration’s efforts to diversity state contracting and opportunities for small and diverse businesses.Ver esta página en español.last_img read more

Garins: Why the whole of Guimbal?

first_img“It’snot something nga makatilingala sa amon,”she said, noting that the persons who tested positive for the disease in herhometown were relatives. Datafrom the Iloilo Provincial Population Office showed Guimbal having a populationof 35,601 as of 2018. Colada,on the other, urged the people of Guimbal not to panic. TheGarin sisters’ father, Oscar, is the mayor of Guimbal. He could not be reachedfor comment as of this writing. Thefirst Guimbal resident – a 59-year-old male – to test positive for COVID-19 andbecame Region 6’s Patient No. 2 apparently infected his househelp, a51-year-old woman (now the region’s Patient No. 18). Garinwondered if the DOH guidelines on addressing the COVID-19 pandemic includemaking all residents of a town PUMs if local disease transmission has beenconfirmed. Sheappealed for help from DOH-6, the provincial government and other concernedgovernment agencies. The local government of Guimbal could not possiblyshoulder all the food requirements of its residents, she said. “Kon PUMs ang tanan nga taga-Guimbal, indina sila ka gwa. Paano sila makabakal bulong, pagkaon,” asked Garin. Garinplayed down the local transmission of COVID-19 in Guimbal. “Ano ang basis? Can they show to us properdocuments kon ano ang protocol,” saidColada over DyOK Aksyon Radyo Iloilo. “Gaannila kami sina, ukon halin man kay governor kay masunod kami.” Iloilo’s Vice Gov. Christine Garin. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN ILOILO– Impractical. This was how the Garins, the political kingpins in the 1stDistrict, described the Department of Health (DOH) Region 6’s decision toclassify as persons under monitoring (PUMs) all of Guimbal town’s residents. Hersister, Vice Mayor Jennifer Garin-Colada, expressed a similar sentiment. “Kon practicability ang hambalan, ang mga barangays sangGuimbal layu-anay ang distansya. Kon may PUMskita that’s understandable. But tani kon diin nga barangay lang ang(COVID-19) case, not the whole town,” said Garin yesterday. Whilethere is an ongoing quarantine, she said, essential goods and basic necessitiesremain accessible in establishments that are allowed to continue operating./PN Themore practicable thing to do, according to Vice Gov. Christine Garin who wasformerly a mayor of Guimbal, was to consider as PUMs only the residents of thebarangay where Guimbal’s two confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019(COVID-19) hailed. “Thoseundergoing home quarantine shall be prohibited to leave their rooms/homes wherethey are quarantined until they have been certified by the local healthofficial to have finished the 14-day requirement for quarantine procedures,”read part of the guidelines (II. Guidelines, C) issued on Feb. 17, 2020(Department Memorandum No. 2020-0090). Coladalamented that the 14-day (March 13 to March 26) home quarantine of people whohad close contact with Patient No. 2 had just ended but now they have toundergo another two-week quarantine because of DOH-6’s latest PUM declaration. UnderDOH’s interim guidelines on the management of PUMs, these people must besubject to home quarantine for 14 days. Guimbalhas over 4,000 households, she added. ViceGovernor Garin assured DOH-6 the municipality of Guimbal would abide by thelatter’s decision, including what the regional health office said was an“automatic” home quarantining of the municipality’s residents for 14 days.last_img read more

Is Customer Choice Right Choice For Indiana

first_imgCustomer choice” may sound like a good thing, but according to some experts, Hoosiers need to be aware of the risks of deregulation. Efforts are underway to develop a new energy plan, and one idea being tossed around is the “customer choice” option, where retail customers choose their own electric supplier. While executive director Kerwin Olson of the Citizens Action Coalition agrees new energy policies are needed, he said basic necessities like home heating must remain affordable.“As we move forward with this discussion about regulatory reform in the state of Indiana (it is important) that we are mindful of the dangers inherent in deregulation and customer choice programs with respect to costs, especially the impact that deregulation has on the most vulnerable among us: senior citizens, disabled, and folks on fixed incomes.”Olson said that with deregulation it’s crucial that proper safeguards are in place to protect consumers. Indiana was once among states with the lowest electric rates in the nation, but now ranks 23rd, up into the top half.Those in favor of deregulation claim competitive electricity markets keep prices down and provide consumers more options. But according to Tyson Slocum, director of the Public Citizens Energy Program, which advocates for affordable energy policies, it can actually result in higher prices because of hidden fees and deceptive marketing.“These retail providers often do not advertise well ‘balloon payments,’ they will market (to) you that you will save money in the first couple of months while failing to mention that rates will increase significantly after that period.”Slocum said that if Indiana decides to move forward with a customer choice option, there have to be clear prohibitions on unscrupulous practices and a consumer bill of rights needs to be written into the contract.“There has to be rights by the household if they have a complaint with this retail provider to exit that contractual agreement and return to the incumbent utility without facing a penalty,” he declared.The state’s current energy blueprint was developed in 2006 and costs have risen since then. The Indiana Office of Energy Development is crafting new energy policy recommendations and will submit them to Governor Mike Pence in June of 2014.last_img read more

Support Groups Help Others Cope with Grief

first_imgVALPARAISO, Ind. — Sooner or later, each of us will experience that dagger in the heart called grief, but learning how to pick up the pieces and move on is the goal of several Indiana support groups.Amy Kowalisyn of Valparaiso lost a baby, Emma, in 2014, and founded an online charity with her husband. “Emma’s Footprints” helps others cope with grief.They then teamed up with another mom from Florida, to start an online support group.Kowalisyn says #OnComingAlive began as a way to let people blog about the loss of a loved one, but now includes thoughts about all kinds of personal pain.She says writing about what she was feeling helped her, and she knew it could help others, too.“I started to find more joy in the world,” says Kowalisyn. “And I think sharing that and letting people know that it can start to mend your heart and you can live life again is just so important for people to know.”She adds since Emma’s death, the couple has been partnering with the Merrillville-based Legacy Foundation to raise funds and provide care packages to parents whose premature babies require extended stays in neonatal intensive care units.Lori Ann Keiling is a certified yoga instructor, who teaches classes and workshops on how to deal with grief. She says people have been healing through yoga for centuries.“Grief gets kind of lodged in the lungs and the heart and so, a lot of times when we start to gently, gently open up that area and get the energy flowing through there, people start to see some really dramatic results,” says Keiling.The Indiana Youth Institute says just over four percent of the state’s kids are dealing with the loss of a loved one, and often lack the coping skills to properly process what has happened.The institute hosts workshops to teach parents, youth workers and educators how to help children and teens grieve.last_img read more

Mr. Brian Melzer Cox

first_imgMr. Brian Melzer Cox, age 31, of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, formerly of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on June 13, 1986, in St. Albans, Vermont, the loving son of, David William and Debra Jean “Debbie” (Brayman) Cox. Brian was a 2005 graduate of the Switzerland County High School where he enjoyed playing soccer and participated in cub scouts. Brian was inducted into the Indiana National Guard in 2005 and served in Iraq until 2011. Brian was united in marriage on July 15, 2016, in Switzerland County, Indiana, to Samantha Lynna Olmstead. This blended family was blessed with two daughters, Taylor Cox and Rebecca Michelle Matthews and a son, Kyle James Lee Matthews. Brian was employed as a jailor for the Carroll County Detention Center in Carrollton, Kentucky. He was a emergency medical technician for several years in the state of Indiana. Brian was a member of the Jeff-Craig Volunteer Fire Department, American Legion and the Ruter Chapel United Methodist Church. Brian enjoyed riding his motorcycle and will be deeply missed by his heartbroken family. Brian passed away at 7:26 p.m., Wednesday, May 2, 2018, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Brian is survived by his parents, David William and Debra Jean (Brayman) Cox of Vevay, IN; his daughter, Taylor Cox of Madison, IN; his step-children, Kyle James Lee and Rebecca Michelle Matthews of Bedford, IN; his sister, Kimberly Cox of Ft. Wayne, IN; his brother, Bradley Cox of Vevay, IN; his paternal-grandmother, Mary Ruth (Brown) Cox of Gray Court, SC; his maternal aunts and uncles, Brenda and Francis Nowak of Prescott, AZ, Michael and Christine Dooley of Myrtle Beach, SC, Kathleen and Pete Bonnier of Schaghticoke, NY, Patricia and Butch Belcher of Melrose, NY and James and Karen Dooley of Troy, NY; his paternal aunts and uncles, Barry and Deborah Cox of Troy, NY, Laura and Donnie Davenport of Gray Court, SC, Tina and Kenny Vanderhoff of Averill Park, NY, Larry and Marge Cummings of VT and Herb and Toni Cummings of CT and his numerous cousins.He was preceded in death by his biological father, Brian Daniel Cummings, died August 29, 2017; his maternal-grandparents, Leon J. and Dorothy E. (Plew) Brayman; his paternal-grandfather, Franklin Christian Cox; his biological grandparents, Melzer and Germaine Cummings and his biological uncle, Art Cummings.Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, May 13, 2018, at 1:00 pm, by Rev. Wayne Daugherty & Rev. Mike Jones at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043. Interment and full military rites will be conducted by the Honor Guard of the Vevay American Legion Post #185 & Vevay VFW Post #5396 in the Vevay Cemetery, Vevay, Indiana.Friends may call 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Saturday, May 12, 2018, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043. Memorial contributions may be made to the education fund for Taylor, Kyle and Rebecca % David William Cox. Cards are available at the funeral home.last_img read more

Motorcycle accident in West Harrison ends in fatality

first_imgWest Harrison, IN—Sunday afternoon, the Dearborn County Sheriff’s Office was called, along with the Harrison Fire and EMS, to US 52 outside of Hirlinger Chevrolet in West Harrison for a crash involving a truck and motorcycle.The investigation found that Adam Williams, 37, of West Harrison, was operating a 1999 Harley Davidson motorcycle on East US 52. Witnesses allege that Williams was speeding and passing cars. When Williams approached Hirlinger Chevrolet, he struck the rear of a 2016 Ford F150 driven by Kevin Martin, who was turning left into the dealership. Williams was transported to Pac Center in Harrison where he was pronounced deceased.last_img read more

Johnson enjoying new role

first_img The England international missed six weeks of the season with a knee injury but returned a fortnight ago in a new role in front of a back-three. In this new system Johnson is able to utilise his propensity to get forward to even greater effect. Press Association On the other flank Aly Cissokho has replaced Jose Enrique, who has a knee problem, in the last couple of matches and he too is relishing the chance to get forward. “It’s a role I like because I can get up the field a lot, while remaining safe in terms of the three men behind me,” he said. “It gives me a lot of freedom, which allows me to give everything to the team. It’s important to get up and down the left side.” In his only two Premier League starts the Frenchman, on loan from Valencia, has seen strikers Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge score five goals between them. “I think they are total forwards who have a good rapport and they are technically very good,” he told LFC TV. “They are one of the best attacking partnerships in Europe. It is clear they are world-class strikers who are going to score a lot of goals for us and keep us near the top of the league.” “It’s ideal for me. I think the wing-back role suits me and it’s just good to be back playing again,” he said. “It all depends on the game itself, really, but I’ve got more freedom to go forward. “Obviously it’s difficult to be box-to-box for 90 minutes, almost impossible, so you have to play the game as it comes, go forward at the right times and defend at the right times. “Hopefully I can get some goals. Every player enjoys scoring goals and the more you get the better it is for the team.” Liverpool head into their top-of-the-table clash at Arsenal on Saturday evening full of confidence after their 4-1 demolition of West Brom last weekend. There has been a more positive feeling around Anfield this season and Johnson believes team spirit is playing a significant part. “We’ve always had a good mood in the dressing room,” Johnson told liverpoolfc.com. “There’s a good bunch of lads, everyone’s willing to work hard and I think that’s showing in the games. Everyone’s willing to fight for each other.” Liverpool defender Glen Johnson is enjoying the new-found freedom given to him playing wing-back but admits he is just pleased to be playing again.last_img read more

Jamaican cops seize large stash of cocaine from hull of Spanish…

first_imgJamaican police make large cocaine seizure at Gordon Cay Jamaican cops seize large stash of cocaine seized from hull of Spanish shipThe Narcotics Police, the Marine Division along with the Jamaica Customs Contraband Enforcement Team (CET) made a multi-million dollar cocaine seizure at Gordon Cay, Port Bustamante, Kingston on Sunday, May 14.Reports are that about 2:18 a.m., security personnel observed a suspicious object attached to the hull of one of the ships, which arrived in the island on Friday, May 12 from Valencia, Spain. The Police and the CET were summoned.The object was discovered to be a metal canister. Checks revealed that the canister contained fifty-eight rectangular parcels of cocaine.The illicit drug weighed 75.35 kilograms and has an estimated street value of J$71.63 million (US $551,000).No arrest has been made in connection with the seizure.Jamaican woman tried to smuggle cocaine in beef patty boxlast_img read more

Portia Boakye nominated for CAF Women’s Player of the Year

first_imgBlack Queens forward Portia Boakye has been shortlisted for the CAF Women’s Player of the year.The Fabulous Ladies striker rose to prominence when she scored the winning goal that secured gold for the Black Queens at the All African Games in Congo-Brazzaville.Boakye has been an ever present in the Black Queens since 2014 playing all games in the African Women’s Championship.The Ghana international will face stiff opposition from Cameroonians Gabrielle Onguene and Gaelle Enganamouit as well as Nigerian Ngozi Ebere and Ivorian N’rehy Tia Ines.The Black Queens themselves are in contention for the 2015 CAF Women National Team of the Year.In the race are South Africa’s Bayana Bayana and Cameroon whom the Queens’ met four times this calendar year. Zimbabwe are the fourth female national team shortlisted by the CAF Technical Group.The winner will be decided by votes from the CAF Media Committee and announced by the Glo-CAF Awards Gala scheduled for Thursday, January 7, 2016 in Abuja, Nigeria.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more