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Henley-Putnam Webinar Unveils the Rules of “Intelligence Oversight”

San Jose, CA (PRWEB) October 20, 2010

This fall, Henley-Putnam University’s FREE webinar series continues with Insider’s Guide to Intelligence Oversight and Counterintelligence.

On Thursday, October 28, at 1:00 PM EDT (10:00 AM PDT), Colonel Michael Angley, former U.S. Air Force Special Agent and Senior Military Advisor to Henley-Putnam University, will lead the webinar, which explores the rules and procedures under which counterintelligence (CI) personnel operate when it comes to U.S. Persons, and the reasons for their existence.

“There are various authorities under which CI personnel conduct their missions, including executive orders, federal laws, and implementing regulations and instructions,” said Col. Angley. “The term ‘Intelligence Oversight’ encompasses these procedures while protecting and preserving the civil rights of American citizens and others covered by the law. It is a delicate balancing act for the CI community.”

During the free webinar, Col. Angley will discuss: the real definition of a “U.S. Person”; what information about U.S. Persons the CI community can lawfully collect, retain and disseminate; rules for special collection methods (intrusive means, such as electronic monitoring, concealed monitoring, physical searches, etc.); and the “oversight” part of Intelligence Oversight (how the community is policed and inspected).

Insider’s Guide to Intelligence Oversight and Counterintelligence takes place Thursday, October 28, at 1:00 PM EDT (10:00 AM PDT). Those interested in participating in the webinar should register at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/753798186. The webinar is open to the public and completely free of charge.

The webinar series, launched in 2009, was designed to bring the hands-on experience of former members of the CIA, Secret Service, FBI, and intelligence and federal law enforcement community to those seeking careers in Strategic Security. Registration information for upcoming webinars is available on Henley-Putnam’s website at http://www.henley-putnam.edu/594-238.htm.

The series is one of many career resources offered by Henley-Putnam University. The university’s mentoring program assigns degree students with a high-level faculty or expert mentor to support them in making career decisions. In addition, through its online career portal, Henley-Putnam helps students research careers, explore university programs, prepare for a job search, locate employers and gain basic knowledge of the Strategic Security field.

For more information on Henley-Putnam University’s Strategic Security certificate and degree programs, please call admissions at 888.852.8746 or visit http://www.Henley-Putnam.edu.

ABOUT COLONEL MICHAEL ANGLEY

Mike Angley is the Senior Military Advisor to Henley-Putnam University. He is a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel and a retired career Air Force Office of Special Investigations (OSI) Special Agent. He has over 25 years experience conducting counterintelligence and counterterrorism operations around the world and in the United States. He is a seasoned criminal investigator as well, held five command assignments in his career, and when he retired in 2007 was one of OSI’s senior-most Special Agents in command of OSI Region 8, Air Force Space Command. Mike Angley is also the multi-award-winning author of the Child Finder Trilogy (http://www.mikeangley.com) a thriller series featuring an Air Force OSI Special Agent protagonist.

ABOUT HENLEY-PUTNAM UNIVERSITY

Founded in August 2001, Henley-Putnam University is a leading educational institution specializing in the field of Strategic Security. The University offers accredited online Bachelor and Master of Science Degrees in Intelligence Management, Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies, and the Management of Personal Protection; a Doctoral Degree in Strategic Security; and several certificate programs. Henley-Putnam prepares law enforcement, military, intelligence, and private industry professionals with the networks, skills, and insights to advance in their careers and protect the future. Henley-Putnam University, which is committed to building a student and alumni network that will serve its community, is an accredited member of DETC (http://www.detc.org) and offers 125 courses taught by hands-on faculty members from all branches of the military and law enforcement fields, including the FBI, CIA, DoD, DIA and Secret Service. For more information, visit the Henley-Putnam University website (http://www.Henley-Putnam.edu), e-mail AdmissionsAdvising(at)Henley-Putnam(dot)edu, or call 888.852.8746.

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State of Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Selects Corticon as Business Rules Engine Standard

Redwood City, CA (PRWEB) December 15, 2010

The State of Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) has selected Corticon Technologies to provide their enterprise standard business rules engine. Corticons software will be used by Idaho DHW to provide faster and more efficient social services, while also improving service quality. This is achieved by automating the rules, regulations, and best practices that govern benefits determination, needs assessment and service delivery.

Idaho DHW focuses on the health, safety, and self-sufficiency of Idahoan individuals and families. DHW provides services in the form of benefits programs such as health care, cash assistance, food stamps, nutritional assistance, foster care and child protection. Recently, an ailing economy has created an influx of citizens in need. Currently, DHW serves the 1.5 million citizens of Idaho, of which nearly one in four citizens require services. Record enrollment, combined with lower tax revenue, has created a crises situation, overloading social service personnel. Fortunately, Corticon can help.

Idaho intends to use Corticon to automate regulated, rules-driven processes such as benefits determination and needs assessment. The Corticon-powered solutions will help Idahos social workers more effectively manage the increased workload, while simultaneously improving quality of service via better adherence to federal regulations and best practices. Corticon will be used both to replace aging, inflexible, legacy technology, as well as to automate manual tasks. According to Mike Wickham, Bureau Chief, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, “Almost everything that we do is heavily driven by business rules, mandated by federal regulations that define our social service programs. Corticons rules engine will make our business rules more visible and accessible to the business, but also more responsive to the changes that come from either state or federal regulations.”

Idaho plans to first implement Corticon as a part of their WIC system replacement. WIC refers to the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, a Federal assistance program of the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). WIC provides nutrition assistance for low-income pregnant women, breastfeeding women, and infants and children under the age of five.

Idaho’s WIC program has expanded dramatically in recent years, from 62,000 citizens in 2006, to 82,254 citizens in 2010. This growth has overwhelmed their social workers. Their existing legacy WIC system, which minimally supported the process, was too inflexible to change. Thus, Idaho decided to replace their WIC system.

After evaluating a number of WIC systems at other states, Idaho decided to build their own, using Corticon as the rules engine. The new solution is expected to significantly improve their social workers productivity, by helping to automate the process of certification (i.e. eligibility), needs assessment, and food package selection. The new WIC system will provide faster service to citizens, while also improving service quality via better adherence to federal regulations and best practices.

Idaho DHW chose Corticon as their enterprise standard rules engine after a lengthy evaluation process. After evaluating several products, and working with a rules engine product as a part of an existing system, Idaho recognized Corticon as providing a true breakthrough in ease-of-use. Most products require learning multiple tools and languages to do what Corticon could do with a single, business-friendly tool, said Vickie Flatt, Project Manager at Idaho DHW. This ease-of-use results in several benefits. First, new systems can be developed and modified far more quickly. Second, with Corticon, all rules are transparent to business people, ensuring that the rules are easier to understand, validate and change. Third, with Corticon, it is far faster and easier to train new resources, including business people, to build and maintain rules.

“We proved that Corticon can significantly reduce the overhead to create and maintain business rules,” said Mr. Wickham. “We are embracing Corticon as an enterprise standard and see the opportunity to put the rules engine in many other areas of our business.”

“Corticon is pleased to partner with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare to provide more efficient and responsive benefits systems,” said Dr. Mark Allen, CEO of Corticon. “We look forward to helping Idaho to better serve the needs of their citizens.”

About Business Rules Engines

Business rules engines (BRE), also known as business rules management systems (BRMS) , are an advanced technology used to deliver more agile IT systems (see http://www.corticon.com/Products/). Business rules engines enable the business logic of software applications to be externalized from programming code and managed by subject matter experts. Business rules engines provide a number of key advantages such as accelerated application development and maintenance, increased business transparency and control, and improved audit-ability. In addition, they enable the automation of sophisticated operational decisions that are too complex and volatile to automate via traditional programming techniques.

About the State of Idaho Department of Health and Welfare

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s programs and services are designed to help people live healthy and be productive, strengthening individuals, families and communities. From birth throughout life, we help people improve their lives. We deal with complex social, economic and health issues. We receive requests every day for assistance with food or medical insurance. We help others with child care, child support and substance abuse problems. Throughout the state, we are at the forefront of protecting public health. We help people help themselves. Our goal is to help people become self-reliant, working with them to identify issues and solutions to their problems so they won’t need future assistance from us. Idaho’s health and human services are a partnership. We team with other agencies and human service providers to meet the needs in each community. Working together, we can build a better Idaho.

About Corticon

Corticon is the leading independent provider of business rules engines, used to automate decision making processes with unprecedented agility and business control. Corticon is a privately held company headquartered in Redwood City, California, with European headquarters in The Netherlands, worldwide distribution through local Corticon offices, and an extensive partner network. Corticon’s products are in use today at many of the world’s largest banks, insurance companies, media companies, telecommunication providers and government organizations, collectively automating millions of decisions per day.

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San Francisco Family Lawyers at Heath-Newton Say to Follow the Three Rules of Prenuptial Agreements


San Francisco, CA (Vocus/PRWEB) March 04, 2011

When entering a partnership, making a concrete financial plan allows for a couple to protect loved ones and their assets, while strengthening their vows and commitment to each other. More than ever couples are opting for cohabitation over marriage and many need a solid financial plan to secure their mutual assets. The prenuptial agreement helps relieve present and future potential property disputes, while bringing the focus to the partnership and not the payment.

Premarital agreements are vital for couples who want to strengthen their relationships before marriage, said Heath-Newton, LLP managing partner Erik Newton. In this environment, family finances are more important than ever before, and a vast number of marriages end over financial issues. Proactive couples are keen to address these issues in advance by understanding their obligations to one another, and by discussing premarital agreements.

San Francisco Bay Area family law firm Heath-Newton, LLP recommends that all engaged couples sign a prenuptial agreement, but warns that a poorly done agreement can cause difficulties if it cannot be enforced. With the experience of over 400 family law cases, Heath-Newtons team of San Francisco divorce attorneys tells those interested in a useful prenuptial agreement to follow three basic rules.

First, both parties must be represented by an attorney, even if one of the parties is an attorney themselves. The case law has been quite clear on this score: when one party doesnt know what theyre getting into, the prenuptial agreement can be overturned.

Second, couples must give the process time. They must wait seven days between delivering the final draft of the agreement to each other and the signing of that draft. Also, its best to begin negotiations before the wedding invitations go out.

Third, full disclosure of each spouses financial picture is vital. When in doubt, one should over-disclose. Each person needs to know what she/he is getting into if the couple wants the agreement to be fair and enforceable.

Some couples sign prenuptial agreements that include terms they know arent enforceable. They do this because they wish to memorialize agreements in writing, whether or not California courts will uphold those agreements. Other couples care mostly about protecting assets in case of a future breakup, and so enforcement is a top priority.

I retained Mr. Erik Newton’s services after being surprised by a prenuptial agreement presented by my husband several weeks before our wedding date, said Heath-Newton, LLP client Deborah J. I spoke to several other lawyers before choosing Erik, who presented a wonderful, distinctive balance of personal concern, consideration for my spouse, and sharp expertise in the field. He helped me navigate through the scary legal jargon, and connect with my husband on the issues that mattered to usI’d highly recommend Erik for others seeking an attorney in prenuptial law.

Heath-Newton attorneys focus on all areas of family law and estate planning. What sets Heath-Newton, LLP apart from other law firms is that clients are shown how every choice affects their bottom line and every person in their family. Their straightforward process allows Heath-Newton attorneys to assess the issues, goals, and risks of a clients situation and then create a legal plan with which to move forward.

For more information about prenuptial agreements or any of Heath-Newton, LLPs services, please contact Heath-Newton, LLP by calling (415) 992-5038, visit their website at http://www.heathnewton-sf.com, or drop by their office located at 240 Stockton Street, Suite 400 in San Francisco, California.

About Heath-Newton, LLP

Heath-Newton, LLP is a San Francisco family law practice focused on families. Their attorneys pride themselves on working with clients from all backgrounds and lifestyles. Heath-Newton, LLP specializes in premarital agreements (prenups), same-sex marriages and domestic partnerships, divorce, child support, spousal support, adoption, and child custody in San Francisco and the Bay Area.

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Henley-Putnam University Webinar Unveils the Rules of “Intelligence Oversight”

San Jose, CA (PRWEB) June 15, 2011

Henley-Putnam Universitys free webinar series continues with the Insiders Guide to Intelligence Oversight and Counterintelligence.

On Thursday, June 23, 2011, at 1:00 PM EDT (10:00 AM PDT), Colonel Michael Angley, former U.S. Air Force Special Agent and Senior Military Advisor to Henley-Putnam University, will lead the webinar, which explores the rules and procedures under which counterintelligence (CI) personnel operate when it comes to U.S. persons.

There are various authorities under which CI personnel conduct their missions, such as executive orders and federal laws, said Col. Angley. The term Intelligence Oversight aims to protect and preserve the civil rights of American citizens and others covered by the law while empowering CI personnel to do their jobs effectively. Its a delicate balancing act for the CI community. During his April webinar on Counterintelligence, Col. Angley touched upon Intelligence Oversight, but he did not go into depth because of the complexity of the subject. The June webinar is a natural follow-on to the CI webinar because it provides the detail and attention this important topic deserves.

During the free webinar, Col. Angley will discuss:

Don Dymer, CEO of SingleSource Services, Warns: Not Everyone Plays by the Rules – Arm Yourself with ‘ArrestAlarm'”


Jacksonville Beach, Florida (PRWEB) March 12, 2012

SingleSource Services, one of the leading nationwide background screening providers, has partnered with Innovative Enterprises to fill a gap in an organizations toolkit for protecting their employees, customers and the public at large. Knowing if an employee or volunteer is arrested for an offense that affects their position has always been hit or miss, relying on the water cooler gossip, reading the paper or watching TV news.

ArrestAlarm allows, for the first time, organizations to monitor real time law enforcement activities across the nation. Information is available from more than 3,000 interfaces with law enforcement agencies across the country accessed real-time to provide instant arrest information. Historical arrest data is also available from tens of millions of historical incarcerations and booking records representing nearly three quarters of the jail population, all updated within minutes of booking through an integrated agency.

It is also a valuable tool to fill the void in the few states that dont provide a statewide criminal record database search capability.

Innovation in our industry brings our clients not only better pre-hire information, but now we can tell them real time if any of their employees have been arrested, says Dymer. In many cases that knowledge will enable the removal from the workplace, if only until the issue is resolved, of drivers for DUI, camp counselors and volunteers for lewd behavior, home care aids for theft, and so on he adds.

The program is powered by Innovative Enterprises, a specialist data provider to the background screening industry. I am impressed with the way that Innovative continues to develop programs that enhance our ability to better protect our clients interests, adds Dymer

Clifford J. Williams, Innovatives Vice President and Chief Operating Officer explains We are extremely proud to partner with SingleSource to empower the many employers who depend upon them to keep their workplaces, their employees and their customers safe from harm.

Mandated finger printing, criminal background checks, drug testing, and more are valuable tools pre-hire. But what then? Our clients need to know at the earliest opportunity that this trusted employee or volunteer may have erred in judgment and may now pose a threat. The ArrestAlarm tool provides that knowledge, Dymer explains.

When selecting and keeping employees and volunteers to work with children and the vulnerable, extra vigilance is needed. Only 5% of child sexual abusers have criminal records, according to Abel Screening, so organizations need to know at the earliest opportunity that there could be an issue. The earliest indicator of a new problem is likely an arrest.

SingleSource Services is located in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. The company provides background screening to over 2,500 business across a wide variety of industries and non-profit organizations. SingleSource was founded in 1995 and believes that backgrounds are like fingerprints and prides itself on its long term customer relationships and strong commitment to fulfill its corporate civic duties.







Withdrawal of the DOL Rules Endangers Farmworker Children


Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) April 27, 2012

AFOP Reacts to Administration Pulling Protections for Children Employed in Agriculture

Last night the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a press release announcing the Obama Administration would be withdrawing the proposed updates to the Hazardous Orders to protect children under the age of 16 who are hired on farms. The rules would have restricted farmworker children, aged 12 through 15, from performing work that data has shown to be especially dangerous.

“We are profoundly disappointed the Administration will not be pursuing the proposed protections for children employed in agriculture,” said David Strauss, Executive Director of the Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs (AFOP). “These were common sense protections that would have saved many children’s lives.”

The exemption in the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 protects the tradition of children working on their parents farm. In a factsheet released by the DOL, Myth vs. Fact, it was stated that these agricultural protections would only apply to those children involved in an employer/employee relationship. Despite this fact, in the press release issued by the DOL, it stated the withdrawal was made in response to thousands of comments expressing concerns about the effect of the proposed rules on small family-owned farms.

The proposed rules that were issued in September, were strongly opposed by the agribusiness community. The Republic Report noted in an article last week that National Milk Producers Federation, just one segment of the farm lobby, spent $ 130,502 lobbying Congress against the child safety rules in the first three months of this year.

Farm work for many children is not a vocation, said Norma Flores Lopez, Director of the Children in the Fields Campaign at AFOP. For the children of farmworkers, whose lives will continue to be put in jeopardy to harvest Americas food, this is not an educational experience to prepare them to own their own farm one day. They are left exposed and unprotected through this move to withdraw the safety rules for children employed in agriculture.

The Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs is the national federation of nonprofit and public agencies that provide training and employment services to migrant and seasonal farmworkers. For additional comment or interview, please contact Ayrianne Parks at (202) 828-6006 x140 or Parks(at)AFOP(dot)org.







Is Presidents Council Evading Executive Order Telling Children It Is Okay to Copy and Not Follow Rules?


Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) June 06, 2012

By issuing the Money As You Grow Tool, the Presidents Advisory Council on Financial Capability (PACFC) appears to be sending a clear message to everyone around the globe, including children and developers, that it is okay to waste tax dollars and to bend and break rules, said Sam X Renick, a nationally recognized expert in the field of financial education for youth, creator of childrens character Sammy Rabbit, and founder of the Its a Habit Company (http://www.facebook.com/itsahabit). It also appears to say you can copy the work of others without giving them credit, as long as you change or rearrange a word here or there. This appears wrong, because it is wrong.

Here are the four most significant reasons Sammy Rabbit and the It’s a Habit Team strongly believe Americans and consumer protection agencies/advocates should be very concerned about the Money As You Grow Tool:

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Busby & Contreras Helps Explain New Law Affecting Bankruptcy Rules

Houston, TX (PRWEB) October 4, 2007

The Houston-based bankruptcy and family law firm Busby & Contreras helps explain a new law affecting bankruptcy rules, while assuring clients that it does not impact their rights to bankruptcy protection.

The partners explain that the Bankruptcy law requires all debtors to fulfill two education requirements: a credit-counseling course prior to filing and a financial management course before obtaining a discharge. While one of the Chapter 13 Trustees in Houston offers the required 2ND course to Chapter 13 debtors, another trustee does not offer them. Chapter 7 debtors are required to take the courses on their own.

“All bankruptcy education courses are available in person, over the phone, or over the Internet. They are approved for the district in which the debtor is filing and we can provide all of the information on course costs and availability,” said Partner Ricardo Contreras.

What is Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

Chapter 7 Bankruptcy is often referred to as a “liquidation bankruptcy.” In Chapter 7, all of the debtor’s assets, other than those specifically exempt from liquidation, are turned over to a bankruptcy trustee for sale.

Sale proceeds, if any, are distributed among the creditors. In most cases, Chapter 7 debtors have little non-exempt personal property, because of Texas exemption laws. Chapter 7 Bankruptcy is used to eliminate, or discharge primarily unsecured debts such as credit cards or medical bills. Chapter 7 does not eliminate secured debts, such as vehicles (unless the secured item is surrendered). Chapter 7 will not save houses from foreclosure or a car from repossession if payments are delinquent.

What is a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy?

Chapter 13 bankruptcy results in a plan to repay all or part of a debt. Many times a debtor is allowed to pay credit cards and medical bills at pennies on the dollar. Chapter 13 is used most often to save a house from a foreclosure sale or vehicle from repossession. Chapter 13 is also useful to eliminate some IRS debt and to establish an affordable plan to pay IRS debt that cannot be eliminated. Chapter 13 Bankruptcy is available to debtors with regular income.

What is the Means Test and does the Means Test Apply to Me?

The means test is an objective test to determine ones ability to fund a Chapter 13 plan or eligibility for a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. If a debtor is above the median income for their state, and their debt is primarily consumer debt then they must submit to a means test. Effective October 15, 2007, the median income for households of one to four is noted below.

Generic Drug Lawsuit News: Bernstein Liebhard LLP Commends FDA Plan to Alter Generic Drug Labeling Rules


New York, New York (PRWEB) July 07, 2013

The nationwide law firm of Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports that a recent decision from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) could pave the way in the future for individuals allegedly injured by generic versions of popular medications, including Fosamax, to pursue product liability lawsuits against their manufacturers. According to a July 3rd notice posted on the website of the federal Office of Management and Budget, the FDA is planning to allow generic manufacturers to make changes to their drugs labels when they become aware of new information about potential risks associated with their products. At the present time, generic medications are required to carry the same label warnings as their name-brand counterparts, and generic drug makers are barred from altering labels on their own.*

This is wonderful news for future victims of generic drug side effects, as the new rule could finally eliminate the current pre-emption on failure-to-warn claims against generic-drug manufacturers, says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing the victims of defective drugs and medical devices.

Generic Drug Preemption

Even though generic drugs pose the same risks as their brand name counterparts, consumers have been barred from bringing state law failure to warn claims against generic drug manufacturers since 2011. That year, the U.S. Supreme Court determined that such lawsuits were barred because generic drug makers had no control over their products labels. (Pliva v. Mensing, 131 S. Ct. 2567 (2011)) Just last week, the High Court reaffirmed that ruling by a 5-4 margin. (Mutual Pharmaceutical Co. v. Bartlett, 12-142.)

According to the American Association for Justice, numerous generic drug failure-to-warn lawsuits have been dismissed in the wake of the Supreme Courts Mensing decision. In November 2011, for example, the Judge overseeing Fosamax lawsuits in the U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, granted a motion filed by generic manufacturers to dismiss claims against them that were based on failure to warn. (In re: Fosamax (Aledronate Sodium) Products Liability Litigation (No. II) MDL 2243).**

According to Wednesdays notice, the FDA could publish its new generic drug labeling ruling as early as September, after which the agency would accept public comments on the issue.

Victims of defective drugs may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages. Bernstein Liebhard LLP offers free legal consultations to individuals injured as a result of drug side effects, including those allegedly caused by Fosamax, Actos and Pradaxa. Learn more by visiting Bernstein Liebhard LLPs website, http://www.consumerinjurylawyers.com/. For additional information, contact a lawyer at Bernstein Liebhard LLP by calling 800-511-5092.

*reginfo.gov/public/servlet/ForwardServlet?SearchTarget=Agenda&textfield=0910-AG94

**justice.org/cps/rde/xbcr/justice/Fact_Sheet_Post-Mensing.pdf

About Bernstein Liebhard LLP

Bernstein Liebhard LLP is a New York-based law firm exclusively representing injured persons in complex individual and class action lawsuits nationwide since 1993, including those who have been harmed by dangerous drugs, defective medical devices and consumer products. The firm has been named by The National Law Journal to the Plaintiffs Hot List, recognizing the top plaintiffs firms in the country, for the past 10 consecutive years.

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