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“With the mid-term elections mere months away, the American people have a right to know the full details of this unprecedented effort by the president before it is too late. FGA will not rest until we get the American people the answers they deserve,” said Stewart Whitson Legal Director at FGA.

Today, the Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA) filed a lawsuit against the Department of Justice (DOJ) after several federal executive agencies failed to respond to FGA’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to obtain documents pertaining to President Biden’s Executive Order (EO) 14019, titled “Promoting Access to Voting.”

The EO requires the head of every federal executive agency to provide a strategic plan to the President’s Domestic Policy Advisor detailing how the agency will help increase voter registration and voter participation.

FGA originally requested these documents on July 30, 2021. Now, 240 days later, not a single document has been provided as required under the FOIA law. Today, FGA is suing DOJ in Case 2:22-cv-00252 in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida Fort Myers Division, asking a federal court to step in and compel the agency to comply with the law. FGA is not yet filing lawsuits against other federal agencies who have also failed to respond to FGA’s FOIA request(s) in the hope that a federal ruling against DOJ will encourage other agencies to provide the requested documents.

In January, at least 36 members of Congress formally requested some of the same documents FGA requested in a letter addressed to Biden administration officials. Nine congressional leaders co-signed another letter raising concerns about the lack of constitutional and statutory authority of EO 14019 and again requesting documents pertaining to the enforcement EO 14019.

“FOIA requests are meant to provide Americans with transparency and reassurance that governing agencies using taxpayer dollars are acting thoughtfully, lawfully, and in the best interest of the American people,” said Stewart Whitson, Legal Director at FGA. “DOJ’s decision to stonewall our lawful request under FOIA raises grave concerns that the Biden administration may be hiding the full details of these plans from the public and Congress. With the mid-term elections mere months away, the American people have a right to know the full details of this unprecedented effort by the president before it is too late. FGA will not rest until we get the American people the answers they deserve. If we cannot get those answers through FOIA requests, we will use the power of the courts instead.”

To date, the Biden administration has refused to provide these requested documents to Congress as well.

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The Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA) is a non-profit, multi-state think tank that promotes public policy solutions to create opportunities for every American to experience the American Dream. To learn more, visit TheFGA.org.

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“We are so grateful to Congressman Fitzpatrick for his support of this crucial legislation. . . to improve the health and quality of life of individuals and their families. . .”, Olivia Hsu Friedman, DACM, L.Ac., ASA Chair and Mina Larson, M.S., MBA, CAE, NCCAOM CEO.

H.R. 4803 would authorize the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to recognize qualified acupuncturists as healthcare providers. Medicare recognition would enable qualified acupuncturists to provide covered services to Medicare beneficiaries–over 60-million Americans.

“We are so grateful to Congressman Fitzpatrick for his support of this crucial legislation that would enable qualified acupuncturists to improve the health and quality of life of individuals and their families. We also commend Molly Giammarco, Government Relations Director, and Federal Lobbyist for making this connection possible and ensuring that HR 4803 is supported by both Republicans and Democrat Members of Congress,” stated Olivia Hsu Friedman, DACM, L.Ac., ASA Chair and Mina Larson, M.S., MBA, CAE, NCCAOM CEO.

Through the hard work of our advocacy team and Pennsylvania resident and Acupuncturist Brenda Schaufele, L.Ac., L.OM, Diplomate NCCAOM, we were able to obtain support from Congressman Fitzpatrick’s Office earlier today.

Acupuncture currently cannot provide services to Medicare beneficiaries without supervision, even though their training and scope of practice enable them to practice independently. This disrupts the acupuncture service-delivery model, as they cannot receive direct reimbursement for the services they provide to Medicare beneficiaries, who in turn, cannot readily access their services.

Research demonstrates that acupuncture is effective in providing high-quality, personalized care that helps individuals manage pain–without opioids and invasive procedures–and embrace preventive and wellness care options.

The ASA and the NCCAOM look forward to engaging more members of Congress and the profession in this effort.

Media Contact: Olga Cox – 202-381-1116

About the ASA

The Mission of the https://www.asacu.org/American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) is to promote the highest standards of professional practice for acupuncture and EAM in the United States, to benefit public health. Through strengthening the profession at the state level while promoting collaboration nationally and internationally, the ASA provides its members, the public, legislators, and regulators resources for ensuring the best expression of this ancient and modern medicine.

About the NCCAOM

The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)(R) is a non-profit 501(C)(6) organization established in 1982. The NCCAOM is the only national organization that validates entry-level competency in the practice of acupuncture and Oriental medicine through professional certification. The NCCAOM certification or a passing score on the NCCAOM certification examinations are documentation of competency for licensure as an acupuncturist by 45 states and the District of Columbia, which represents 98 percent of the states that regulate acupuncture. The National Commission for Certification Agencies accredits all NCCAOM-certification programs. To learn more about the NCCAOM, or about acupuncture and national-board certification, visit http://www.nccaom.org.To find an NCCAOM board-certified practitioner in your area, click on Find a Practitioner at http://www.nccaom.org.

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FEI’s Financial Leadership Summit Tackles Geopolitical and Pandemic…

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“We are excited to bring back one of our most valuable benefits through this year’s Financial Leadership Summit — the power of live networking,” said Andrej Suskavcevic, CAE, Pres. & CEO of FEI and FERF.

Financial Executives International (FEI), the association of choice for finance leaders, today announced the agenda for its upcoming 2022 Financial Leadership Summit. The event will be held at the Hilton Cleveland Downtown in Cleveland, Ohio on May 15 – 17. Conference attendees are eligible to receive up to 12 CPE credits to meet NASBA Standards requirements. For conference details or to register, visit http://www.financialexecutives.org/summit.

The Summit is centered around best practices for conducting the finance function. FEI will host top financial thought leaders who will drive conversations around critical issues and trends affecting those functions today. Session topics include from Future-Proofing Your Work Force to Mastering Disruption, Fueling Greater Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Accounting, and Threats and Trends in Cybersecurity. Within these conversation frameworks, attendees will learn how to better operate in their given roles while remaining focused on key initiatives such as diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), social governance, and fundamental financial responsibilities.

“The past few years has been difficult for organizations and professionals with the shift to a work-from-home culture. We are excited to bring back one of our most valuable benefits through this year’s Financial Leadership Summit — the power of live networking. We are honored to foster a rich environment where the financial leaders of today and tomorrow can connect directly,” said Andrej Suskavcevic, CAE, President and CEO of FEI and FERF.

Financial Leadership Summit Agenda

As a membership-driven organization, FEI hosts a roster of speakers and presentation topics that are important to members. Networking sessions will also occur each day of the conference, enabling attendees to interact one-on-one with peers and speakers.

Featured sessions include:

Keynote speaker Mark Schulman, drummer for legendry musicians including P!nk, Foreigner, and Beyonce, will take attendees on a musical, passionate and revelatory journey through his experience and provide insight on how to evolve understanding and implementation of peak performance and how to amass the tools to change relationships and improve business.
Future-Proofing Your Workforce
Lead the Change: Fueling Greater Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Accounting
Mastering Disruption: Achieving Higher Efficiency Through Change
The Value and the Path to Meaningful ESG Reporting
Threats and Trends in Cybersecurity

For a complete conference agenda, visit http://www.financialexecutives.org/summit.

Anniversary Celebration and Concert

Harnessing the power of connection, the conference’s numerous networking opportunities will include leadership workshops and luncheons as well as live entertainment events. Cleveland’s School of Rock will welcome attendees to the special opening ceremony celebrating FEI’s 90th Anniversary at the legendary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. This event will feature a private concert by the legendary Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes.

Special Thanks

FEI is grateful to all conference sponsors that make this event possible – Diamond Sponsor, Microsoft; Platinum Sponsors, Allianz; Board; Brown & Brown; Crowe; Deloitte; EY; HighRadius; KPMG; Ledgent; OneStream; Prevedere; Prophix; PSyn; Robert Half | Protiviti; Sage Intact; ScottMadden; Siegfried; UiPath; Workday; and Workiva; Gold Sponsor, Insperity; and Silver Sponsor, Becker

FEI extends a special thank you to all those who contributed to the 90th Anniversary Opening Reception concert at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: Main Stage Sponsor, Plante Moran; and Reception Sponsors BMO; EY; FEI Northeast Ohio; The Ohio Society of CPAs (OSCPA); Oswald Companies; and RSM.

About FEI

Financial Executives International (FEI) is the leading advocate for the views of corporate financial management. Its members hold policy-making positions as chief financial officers, chief accounting officers, treasurers, and controllers at companies from every major industry. FEI enhances member professional development through peer networking, career management services, conferences, research, and publications. Members participate in the activities of more than 65 Chapters in the U.S. FEI is located in Morristown, NJ. Visit http://www.financialexecutives.org for more information.

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Tatango, the leading SMS fundraising platform for nonprofits and political campaigns, announced today that its board has chosen Kevin Fitzgerald as the organization’s new Chief Executive Officer. Fitzgerald brings more than 25 years as a technology executive to the company. He succeeds Derek Johnson, the company’s co-founder, who is stepping into the new role of Chief Innovation Officer.

Fitzgerald, based in Raleigh, N.C., joined Tatango in 2020 as Chief Revenue Officer and was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 2021. In his short tenure, Tatango has more than tripled the number of organizations using its platform. These meaningful text message conversations with donors have resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars being fundraised.

“Our company has seen tremendous growth since Kevin joined us, and it has become increasingly evident that he’s the right leader to take Tatango to the next growth stage. Our mission is to help fundraise billions of dollars for the nation’s most important causes using text messaging. Kevin shares the company’s mission and I have no doubt that, working together, our company will continue to pioneer this new frontier of fundraising,” Johnson said.

Fitzgerald began his career at IBM where he held several leadership positions across finance, sales and global market planning for a multi-billion dollar business unit. After 12 years with IBM, Kevin focused on high-growth startups and has worked closely with numerous technology founders, boards and investors building growth-centric strategies and teams to consistently deliver strong financial results. Kevin earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Pace University in New York and an MBA degree from Duke University in Durham, N.C..

Fitzgerald said, “I am honored to have been appointed to serve as the Chief Executive Officer of Tatango. I am committed to extending our industry-leading position by focusing on markets that leverage our value proposition and deliver maximum ROI to our customers by helping them optimize donations. And, I am energized to continue building our world-class team, whether in our emerging innovation center of North Carolina or across the world, with people united in helping Tatango make a difference.”

The transition will take place April 13, 2022. Fitzgerald and Johnson will continue working in lockstep to support nonprofits and political campaigns with the technology, security and expertise needed to help these organizations fundraise billions via text messaging conversations.

About Tatango

Since 2007, nonprofits and political campaigns have used Tatango’s best-in-class software to create meaningful text message conversations with donors, resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars being fundraised. Made to serve the needs of high-volume senders, Tatango’s easy-to-use technology ensures that every client has the features and functionality to fully realize the power of text messaging within their organization. Tatango is a privately-held corporation originally based in Seattle, Wash., with remote talent globally, and investments from the Seattle Alliance of Angels

For more information, visit tatango.com

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