We are happy to announce that Bean, Kinney & Korman P.C. was recently named as one of the 2020 Best Places to Work in Virginia. The annual list of the Best Places to Work in Virginia was created by Virginia Business Magazine and Best Companies Group.
This statewide survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Virginia, benefiting the state’s economy, workforce and businesses. The 2020 Best Places to Work in Virginia list is made up of 100 companies.
To be considered for participation, applicants had to have a Virginia facility, have at least 15 employees and be in business for at least 1 year. Applicants can be for-profit, non-profit or government entities.
Applicants from across the state entered the two-part survey process to determine the Best Places to Work in Virginia. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated applicant’s workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. This part of the process was worth approximately 25% of the total evaluation. The second part consisted of an anonymous employee survey to measure the employee experience. This part of the process was worth approximately 75% of the total evaluation and required minimum employee participation levels. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process in Virginia and analyzed the data and used their expertise to determine the final ranking.
The final rankings will be announced at an awards luncheon on January 31, 2020, at the Boar’s Head Inn in Charlottesville.
“We have been in business for 60 years in Virginia, providing excellent service to our clients and the community, said Timothy Hughes, Managing Shareholder. “It is truly exciting to be acknowledged as a best place to work. Congratulations to all of the other applicants and awardees as well.”
For more information on the Best Places to Work in Virginia program, visit www.BestPlacesToWorkVA.com.
Northwest Federal Credit Union recently celebrated the grand opening of a new branch in Ballston, Virginia, its ninth public branch and first in Arlington County. The grand opening celebration was attended by representatives of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, community partners and local businesses. Jeff Bentley, President and CEO of Northwest Federal, expressed excitement about the new location and the opportunity to work closely with and be more accessible to members, businesses and charitable organizations in the community.
“Northwest Federal is not just a financial institution, but a community-oriented and philanthropically-minded organization. Our interest is in building lasting relationships with the businesses and members we serve. We’re hopeful that Arlington residents will come to see us as their local lifetime financial partner.”
Northwest Federal has over 8,000 members and business accounts in the Arlington area. The credit union works closely with local community organizations such as the Arlington Artists Alliance, sponsoring events such as the “ARTrageous Silent Art Auction,” EcoAction Arlington and the Animal Welfare League of Arlington, including sponsoring their annual “Walk for the Animals” event as part of Northwest Federal’s Community Partner Program.
About Northwest Federal Credit Union
Northwest Federal Credit Union is a full-service financial institution ranking among the largest credit unions in Virginia and in the top 60 credit unions in the nation. Established in 1947 and headquartered in Herndon, Va., Northwest Federal’s Why is to serve and inspire to transform lives. The Credit Union currently serves more than 260,000 members and has assets in excess of $3.4 billion. For more information, visit www.nwfcu.org or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.
The Marine Corps Marathon Organization (MCMO) recently concluded an investigation into the running history of a 55-year-old female participant at both the Marine Corps 17.75K and the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM). The research, including photographic evidence and timing data, indicates that the runner had cheated over multiple years by not running the entire course and then claiming the rewards of a finisher.
This investigation was launched when the runner applied for membership in the MCM Runners Club, an exclusive group of runners who have officially completed five MCMs. As a result, this runner has been permanently banned from participating in any event organized by the MCMO.
“Marines pride themselves on their Corps Values of honor, courage and commitment. The Marine Corps Marathon Organization shares these values,” said MCMO Director Rick Nealis, “and holds our participants to those same standards.”
The MCMO exercises multiple punishments for cheating during running events. Punishments range from short-term bans, such as one year from participating in events, to lifetime bans. Runners can expect the most severe punishment when their cheating results in an award win.
“In such an instance, the expectation is that the runner will demonstrate personal integrity and immediately surrender the award that was based on fraudulent results,” adds Nealis. Additional scenarios for more serious punishment includes cheating in events that serve as a qualifier for other races or a repeated pattern of habitual cheating.
The evidence in the most recent case indicated that the runner cheated during multiple events over four years. One such incident of cheating, in which the runner only crossed the start and finish timing mats and posted no on-course data, resulted in an age category win during the 2018 17.75K. Additionally, during the 44th MCM, the runner only crossed the finish line mat and photographic evidence was not consistent with a runner who completed the marathon.
The runner has acknowledged these findings and accepted the punishment. She has also been given an opportunity to appeal as is the practice with all bans issued by the MCMO.
The 2018 Marine Corps 17.75K results have been updated to indicate the correct standings of female finishers, including the rightful age-award winner who Nealis has invited to receive the award at the upcoming 17.75K Motivational Dinner aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico on March 27.
“Cheaters have no place in our sport and they should receive the stiffest penalties a Race Director can deliver. Integrity and personal accomplishment will be rewarded even if it takes us years to bestow the award to the true winner.”
Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) will host its annual Black History Month celebration of achievements and contributions to American history by African Americans with musical performances for passengers traveling through both airports each Thursday during the month of February. In addition, Dulles International Airport will celebrate Chinese New Year with a special lion dance performance on Jan. 23, 2020, at 10 a.m.
Performances at Dulles International will take place on the ticketing level, pre-security near the entrance to the East Security Checkpoint. Performances at Reagan National will take place in Terminal B/C in National Hall, across from Il Viaggio restaurant near the Terminal B information desk.
The performance schedule is as follows:
Thursday, Jan. 23: Chinese New Year Lion Dance at IAD
- 10:30-11:30 a.m. (20-minute performances with a 15-minute break)
Thursday, Feb. 6: Light jazz saxophonist Merlon Devine
- IAD: 10 a.m. to noon
- DCA: 2-4 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 13: Gospel Singer Ricardo White
- IAD: 10 a.m. to noon
- DCA: 2-4 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 20: Gospel Singer Ricardo White
- IAD: 10 a.m. to noon
- DCA: 2-4 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 27: Light jazz saxophonist Merlon Devine
- IAD: 10 a.m. to noon
- DCA: 2-4 p.m.
Doorways announced today that the agency’s President and CEO, Caroline Jones, MSW, will be leaving the organization in February. Since 1978, Doorways has operated at the many intersections of homelessness, poverty, and intimate partner violence, responding to community members in crisis. Jones has led the agency for nearly a decade, and served as a key leader of Doorways’ client services for the eight years prior.
“On behalf of the board of directors and everyone at Doorways, we sincerely thank Caroline for her 17 years of service to our mission, both as the agency’s leader and as a prominent voice among local and state advocacy groups and continuums of care,” said Carmen Oviedo, Doorways’ Board President. “Caroline has done a terrific job facilitating significant growth in Doorways’ public and private community partnerships and building a strong, stable organization poised to continue strong service to the people of Arlington County.”
“I have worked with Caroline (…) shoulder to shoulder to prevent and end family and youth homelessness, and to expand services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence. She is an extraordinary community leader who strives to strengthen and empower vulnerable families through the services at Doorways and through strong partnerships she has built throughout the community,” said Anita Friedman, Director of Arlington County’s Department of Human Services.
The organization is a statewide leader in providing services for people in crisis. While continuing and expanding the fundamental programming that the organization has for decades provided to families experiencing homelessness and domestic violence, under Jones’ leadership Doorways has grown to include Arlington’s comprehensive 24-Hour Domestic & Sexual Violence Hotline (703-237-0881); Hospital Accompaniment Response Program; Safe Apartments to increase emergency shelter capacity and options for survivors; and the Revive Domestic & Sexual Violence Counseling Program for survivors of all ages. Today, Doorways is Arlington County’s sole domestic and sexual violence service provider, and serves more than 3,000 people each year across its programs.
“I’m honored to have served as Doorways’ leader, and I could not be more proud of all we together achieved,” said Jones, who points to her work with clients as her greatest source of learning and continuous inspiration. Looking forward, “I am excited about what the future holds for Doorways,” Jones shared. “This organization’s response is more critical than ever. I will forever be a donor, advocate and ally to this amazing agency that has inspired and taught me more than words could ever capture.”
“Caroline has galvanized community support and investment in Doorways’ innovative and impactful programming,” said Christy Cole, Chair of Doorways’ Emeritus Board. “Thanks to her leadership and the robust foundation built during her tenure, Doorways is poised to grow even stronger in the years to come.”
“We look forward to the next chapter in Doorways’ service to the community and wish Caroline well in her next role serving Arlington as she joins our long-time community partner, APAH, as Director of Resident Services,” Oviedo said.
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia’s record low unemployment held steady and employment levels continued to rise in November.
Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continued at 2.6 percent in November, which is 0.2 percentage point below the rate from a year ago. According to household survey data in November, the labor force expanded for the seventeenth consecutive month by 13,326, or 0.3 percent to set a new record high of 4,441,018, as the number of unemployed decreased by 521. Household employment increased by 13,847 to set a new high of 4,324,922. Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continues to be below the national rate, which decreased 0.1 percentage point to 3.5 percent.
“I am encouraged to see our unemployment rate remain low,” said Governor Northam. “We need to invest in Virginia’s workforce to maintain this momentum. I look forward to working with legislators to pass a budget that makes historic investments in our community colleges, early childhood education system, and K-12 schools.”
Virginia has the lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate among the Southeast states. Virginia has the third best rate among the states east of the Mississippi along with New Hampshire. Virginia is ranked fourth in the nation for the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate along with Colorado, Hawaii, Iowa, and New Hampshire.
“From day one, the Governor made a strong commitment to make sure every Virginian has access to a good job, no matter where they live,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball. “Every region of Virginia is experiencing a lower unemployment rate than a year ago, and we’re proud that our talented workforce is participating in our strong economy at such high rates.”
Over-the-year employment growth in Virginia has been positive for 68 consecutive months. For November, Virginia’s over-the-year growth of 1.0 percent was slightly less than the national rate. Nationally, over-the-year growth was relatively steady in November at 1.1 percent.
“With our robust economy, more Virginians are working to help grow and support our businesses,” said Chief Workforce Development Advisor Megan Healy. “Virginia’s highly-skilled workforce is the economic driver in all communities across the Commonwealth.”
In November, the private sector recorded an over-the-year gain of 47,400 jobs, while employment in the public sector decreased by 7,300 jobs. Compared to a year ago, on a seasonally adjusted basis, eight of the eleven major industry divisions experienced employment gains, while the other three experienced employment losses.
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is gearing up for another record holiday travel period at both Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport.
As the holidays approach, the Airports Authority expects to see heavier traffic and passenger volumes traveling through its two National Capital Region airports from now through Dec. 30, 2019 and again on Jan. 5, 2020.
As a result of the forecast increase in traveler volume, significantly higher congestion is expected on airport roadways and inside the terminals — especially at Reagan National, where Project Journey construction has reduced roadway and sidewalk capacity at Terminal B/C by about one third.
To ensure a faster, more enjoyable and less stressful experience when coming to Reagan National or Dulles International this holiday season, keep these helpful tips in mind:
- Get there early
To accommodate potential traffic congestion on airport roadways or long lines in the terminal and avoid missing flights, plan in advance to arrive inside the terminal early – at least two hours before domestic flights and three hours before international departures.
- Park one hour for free
Both Reagan National and Dulles International will offer FREE parking in their parking garages for up to 60 minutes this holiday season. This option allows travelers to either surprise your loved ones by meeting them inside the terminal when they arrive or see them off without having to navigate busy vehicle traffic on the departures curb – all at no charge.
- Use Metrorail
Escape traffic congestion altogether when traveling through Reagan National by riding Metro to the airport. Pro tip: pick up or drop off a loved one at either the Crystal City or Braddock Road stations to avoid driving to the airport.
- Use the Dulles Cell Phone Lot
If you’re picking up loved ones at Dulles International but would rather not park, the Cell Phone Lot is available and free to use for quick pick-ups. Once loved ones have retrieved their belongings and are waiting outside, cruise through for an easy getaway without having to circle airport roadways while you wait.
- Watch for alternate drop-off areas
Look for signage and follow police direction at both Reagan National and Dulles International airports for faster, alternative drop-off locations.
- Don’t cut through
While it may be tempting to cut through Reagan National for non-airport business, drivers will further contribute to roadway delays rather than save travel time for themselves and others.
- One terminal, any door
At Dulles International, all curbside departure and arrival doors provide the same access to the terminal. Rather than stopping at a specific airline zone, use any open pick-up or drop-off space to avoid blocking travel lanes. Airports Authority police will be directing traffic to the fastest-moving curb.
- There’s an app for that
Mobile apps are great resources for managing travel and staying informed. Download free navigation, airline and travel apps in advance to help you plan your trip and familiarize yourself with the airport. Opt-in push notifications can also alert you to possible traffic congestion, flight delays, gate changes and zone-specific boarding times. The DC Airports app also provides parking information and terminal maps, as well as shopping and dining options near you and on the way to the gate.
- Construction at Reagan National
Project Journey at Reagan National is a multi-year effort to transform the passenger experience through the construction of two new security checkpoints and a new 14-gate concourse, replacing bus operations from Gate 35X. Details of the impact of construction on airport roads is broadcast locally on 1640 AM, and more information about the project is available at FlyReagan.com/ProjectJourney.
The Airports Authority wishes all those traveling through Reagan National and Dulles International a safe journey and happy holidays. For more travel tips and information, construction updates and a complete schedule of holiday events and performances, visit FlyReagan.com and FlyDulles.com.
Washington D.C.-area Simon centers are offering special holiday hours to accommodate busy holiday shoppers at Clarksburg Premium Outlets, Fashion Centre at Pentagon City and Leesburg Premium Outlets.
Fashion Centre at Pentagon City
1100 S Hayes St. / 703.415.2401
Saturday, Dec. 21: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 22: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 23: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve): 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 25 (Christmas): Closed
Thursday, Dec. 26: 9 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Shoppers can have their gifts beautifully wrapped this holiday season for a nominal fee with all proceeds benefiting Arms Outstretched, a local nonprofit organization supporting wounded warriors. The gift-wrapping service will be located on the second level near Nordstrom.
Today, Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) gave floor remarks during the House of Representatives debate on articles of impeachment against President Donald J. Trump. Beyer argued for voting in favor of both articles, which would impeach President Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
I will vote to impeach President Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
Voting for these articles of impeachment is the only moral course of action, the only way to honor our oath of office.
I have no doubt that the votes I cast today will stand the test of time. pic.twitter.com/1oW2wYH9ts
— Rep. Don Beyer (@RepDonBeyer) December 18, 2019
Beyer’s remarks as delivered:
“Today, I will vote to impeach President Donald Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
I don’t hate the President, but I love my country, and I have no other choice.
Voting for these articles of impeachment is the only moral course of action, the only way to honor our oath of office.
I have no doubt that the votes I cast today will stand the test of time.
This has nothing to do with the 2016 elections.
I am so disappointed that my Republican friends approve the President’s abuses of power and solicitation of foreign interference in our elections. This is the very definition of the willful suspension of disbelief.
They know in their hearts that what the President has done is deeply wrong.
They know that they would vote without hesitation to impeach a Democratic president who had done these things.
I remind all Americans that the President did not rebut the facts – the many, many facts – which led to these articles of impeachment today.
For the sake of our democracy, our Constitution, and our country, we must do the right thing and vote to impeach President Trump.”
Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) today introduced the Cleaner, Quieter Airplanes Act, legislation that would bolster NASA’s efforts to reduce emissions from the aviation industry while also reducing the impact of airplane noise in airport-adjacent communities.
“The Cleaner, Quieter Airplanes Act would address climate change and noise pollution from aircraft, two of the most persistent problems I hear about from Northern Virginians,” said Rep. Beyer. “As the climate crisis continues to inflict damage on American communities, Congress must look at every available option to reduce emissions, and that should include the aviation industry. In addition to being better for the planet, this legislation will also lead to quieter skies above and peace of mind to communities near airports. I appreciate the support for this bill on both sides of Capitol Hill, and will be making the case for it in the House as our Committee takes up NASA’s authorizing legislation.”
Companion legislation was previously introduced in the Senate by Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), with cosponsors including Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD).
Aviation currently accounts for approximately 3 percent of the nation’s total greenhouse gas emissions, and emissions from this sector are expected to triple by 2050 given the projected growth of passenger air travel and freight. In addition, as air traffic volumes increase, communities are increasingly impacted by noise pollution from airplanes.
This legislation sets a goal for cleaner, quieter airplanes by 2030 (regional transport planes) and 2040 (single-aisle planes), and it authorizes NASA to accelerate its work developing and demonstrating the technologies to make this goal a reality.
Specifically, this bill:
- Establishes an ambitious goal of commercial airplanes emitting 50 percent less greenhouse gas and 50 percent less noise compared to 2019 levels by 2030 for regional planes and 2040 for larger, single-aisle planes.
- Authorizes NASA to accelerate its work on electrified propulsion systems and the integration of multiple technologies and airframe concepts to achieve noise and emissions reductions.
- Challenges NASA to work with industry partners to carry out flight tests by 2025 and to bring new airplanes into service between 2030 and 2040.
- Requires NASA to provide guidance on new technologies to help the FAA’s work to ensure the safe and effective deployment of these technologies.
Besides the benefits of less pollution and lower noise impacts on our communities, the initiative established in this legislation will help drive industry growth and innovation, maintain our competitiveness with other countries that are moving aggressively on electrified propulsion technologies, and ensure that United States airlines can fly with U.S.-generated technology to other countries that adopt stricter standards for noise and emissions.
By setting an ambitious goal and challenging NASA to work in collaboration with industry partners, this bill will help drive innovation, economic competitiveness, and a transformational shift to a cleaner, quieter, more sustainable aviation industry.
Text of the bill is available here. Original cosponsors include Paul Tonko (D-NY), Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Ro Khanna (D-CA), Bennie Thompson (D-MS), Jared Huffman (D-CA), Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Mike Quigley (D-IL), Joe Neguse (D-CO), Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Alan Lowenthal (D-CA), Brad Sherman (D-CA), Tom Suozzi (D-NY), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR).
Beyer serves on the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology’s Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee, is co-chair of the Congressional Safe Climate Caucus and the New Democrat Coalition’s Climate Change Task Force, and is a Member of the Quiet Skies Caucus, which works to reduce noise pollution from aircraft.
On Wednesday morning, contracted workers at Reagan National and Dulles International Airports will be available for interviews when the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority (MWAA) votes on a new policy that would increase workers’ hourly wages from $12.75 to $15 by 2023. Over 8,000 contracted baggage handlers, wheelchair attendants, lobby agents, skycaps, cabin cleaners, airport concessions and airline catering workers are part of the National Fight for $15.
Before the first-of-a-kind MWAA policy, which passed in 2017, contracted airport workers earned as little as Virginia’s minimum wage of $7.25.
“We’ve been struggling for a long time to achieve this wage increase, it’s not a gift, we fought for it and we have unity among the workers as a union to thank,” said Tadesse Boru, a ramp ambassador at Dulles who’s the sole provider supporting six kids and his wife who’s too sick to work. “The new wages are much better and they will help me pay to see the doctor, afford a better living situation and support my children.”
“Two years ago, I was evicted from my home because I wasn’t making enough,” said Tenae Stover, an LSG Sky Chefs airline catering worker at DCA. “I’m still living with my family because I can’t afford rent. My job is hard. We’re on our feet eight hours a day and deserve to make $15 an hour. I think one job should be enough for all workers in the airline industry to be able to survive.”
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and a group of 16 Virginia Delegates sent a letter to MWAA urging board members to ensure workers reach $15 sooner rather than later.
Mayor Bowser’s letter reads: “Our airport workers are vital to trade and tourism for our region and guaranteeing safe and enjoyable travel for the more than 22 million people who visit the nation’s capital every year. It is critical that we provide at least $15 an hour wage for all of our airport workers to ensure our hardworking residents are better able to support their families and continue to strengthen our thriving local economy. Fairly compensating our airline workers is not only the right thing to do; it will benefit our region and all who use MWAA’s world-class airports”
Virginia Delegates’ letter reads: “We believe that this wage level is critical to improving public safety and to maintaining the robust economic benefits that airports provide to our state. MWAA’s current policy has already had a significant impact on decreasing employee turnover. However, turnover levels remain unacceptably high. As the cost of living in Virginia and the D.C. metro area continues to rise, a wage increase policy that does not recognize the fact that these airport workers are barely surviving at the margins means that they will be left even further behind.”
Senators and presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have supported the airport workers’ fight. Among the workers’ high-profile supporters who have showed up at the airports are actor and anti-poverty activist, Danny Glover, Senators Sherrod Brown and Richard Blumenthal, DNC Chairman and former U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez, Congressmen Gerry Connolly, Don Beyer, Anthony Brown, Rashida Tlaib, Bonnie Watson Coleman, Grace Meng, Steven Horsford, Stephen Lynch, D.C. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton and dozens of Virginia Delegates including Alfonso Lopez, Elizabeth Guzman and Jennifer Boysko.
With more than 173,000 members in 11 states, including over 20,000 in the D.C. Metropolitan Area, 32BJ SEIU is the largest property service workers union in the country. UNITE HERE represents 45,000 employees in the airport concessions and airline catering industries at over 75 airports in the U.S. and Canada, including over 1,000 workers at Reagan National Airport and Dulles International Airport.