Manditory Consolidation

November 20, 2017  Illinois and Utah Rural Water Associations Stand Up for Small and Rural Communities and Against Allowing State Regulators to Force Consolidation Over Community Objections: On Wednesday, Illinois Rural Water’s Executive Director Frank Dunmire and Utah Rural Water’s National Director and NRWA Regulatory Committee Chair Paul Fulgham made presentations to the House Energy and Committee Committee staff and the staff of the Committee’s Chairman, Representative John Shimkus (IL).  The two rural water representatives urged the Chairman to drop the “mandatory consolidation” provision in the Committee’s Safe Drinking Water Act amendment, HR 3387.  The rural water team explained that states currently have powers of condemnation, emergency actions, and receivership that provide for the necessary due process for the citizens of any community in question.  The Committee’s new federal authority for state regulatory agencies circumvents current due process to the detriment of local citizens and governments.  

Cyber Attacks on Critical Infrastructure

DHS, FBI Warn Companies of Ongoing Cyber Attacks on Critical Infrastructure: The Department of Homeland Security and FBI issued a rare public alert warning owners of U.S. critical infrastructure to battle an ongoing campaign of state-hacker corps cyber attacks against their information and control networks.  Energy and industrial firms were notified Friday and again Saturday that sophisticated hackers are attempting to penetrate industrial control systems used by the electrical and nuclear power industry, as well as water, aviation, and manufacturing sectors. For the original article cut and paste to browserà http://www.zdnet.com/article/hackers-are-attacking-power-companies-stealing-critical-data-heres-how-they-are-doing-it/ For the CERT report itselfà  https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/alerts/TA17-293A  

Benefit of Joining NvWARN

NvWARN member utilities are invited to participate in a 4-hour virtual Table-Top Exercise. EARTHEx is FREE. All you need is an internet connection. The goal is to review internal policies and agency response actions in extreme,”Black Sky” hazard scenarios: Subcontinent-scale power outages with cascading infrastructure failures. The exercise will focus on four primary areas: Executive and senior operational decision-making “Initiating and coordinating initial sector response and restoration actions “Multi-sector emergency communication and coordination “Developing sector recommendations for Improved restoration support and resilience. Contact John Hines for info or http://www.eiscouncil.com/EarthEx to register your utility.    

Scam Alert!!

USDA has made us aware of the following: Possible Scam: System for Award Management (SAM) Email Notifications from Third Party Companies We are alerting you that third party companies are offering to help you update information contained within the System for Award Management (www.SAM.gov) website, for a fee.  Your SAM registration contains sensitive business information, including your banking information and other sensitive information, so your login and password should not be shared with anyone outside your company.  As a reminder, the use of the System for Award Management website is free to use and update, and the Water and Environmental Staff does not see a reason to pay anyone to provide that service. Secondly, we have just become aware of a couple of scam emails that offer to “help companies start the renewal process online” or suggest that “Your Federal Profile is Almost Complete. Immediate Action Required!”  In both cases, your free access to SAM.gov will resolve any questions you may have regarding your registration in SAM.gov.  As you know SAM.gov requires an annual recertification and sends out email reminders prior to the expiration, and again, updates should be handled by company employees.  Furthermore, if your registration is not complete, you may login to SAM.gov to make that determination for yourself. Thirdly it is now being reported that possible scammers are now calling and offering to register you in Sam for 3 years at a cost of $3,500. You are strongly advised to hang up the phone immediately. As stated above SAM registration is free and must be renewed every year. There is no 3 year option. Please remember that SAM.gov is not affiliated with the USDA and is a government-wide website not maintained by our Agency.  If you have any questions regarding access or how to use SAM, please contact their help desk at 866-606-8220, option #1.   L.D. “Kent” Evans | Water Programs Director Rural Development U.S. Department of Agriculture 1400 Independence Ave. Stop 1570 |Washington, DC  20250 Phone: 202-720-2567 | i-Phone: 202-570-1539   This electronic message contains information generated by the USDA solely for the intended recipients. Any unauthorized interception of this message or the use or disclosure of the information it contains may violate the law and subject the violator to civil or criminal penalties. If you believe you have received this message in error, please notify the sender and delete the email immediately.

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