Federal OMB Fails 9-1-1 Professionals

I write today with the unfortunate news that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has decided not to update the way 9-1-1 professionals are classified in the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC). We’ve consulted with a top law firm in DC and decided that pursuing a remedy in court is not a viable option. However, this decision is within OMB’s discretion, which means OMB, or even President Trump, has the power to correct it. APCO will continue fighting this. Today, I’m asking each of you to use social media to retweet the following that “@APCOintl” has tweeted:

Fed agency @OMBpress staff has failed the nation’s 9-1-1 professionals, deciding 9-1-1 call takers & dispatchers aren’t “protective” occupations. @realDonaldTrump @POTUS Please fix this! 9-1-1 professionals save lives. #911ProtectsMe apcointl.org/socinfo

This will be an uphill battle. Like you, I’m very disappointed, but we should not allow an incorrect classification in a federal data catalogue to distract us from the bigger picture for increasing respect and recognition for 9-1-1 professionals.

What OMB’s Decision Means

The SOC classifies occupations according to the work performed. For those of us who understand 9-1-1, it’s obvious that 9-1-1 professionals belong in the “Protective Service” group. In fact, the staff involved with revising the SOC went so far as to tell us that they had no doubt that the work performed by 9-1-1 professionals is protective. Based on conversations with OMB, we believe OMB staff gave weight to where the work is primarily being performed and decided not to make 9-1-1 professionals part of the “Protective Service” category because they mostly work inside comm centers. This is not a strict application of the SOC’s organization principles or its current makeup, but nonetheless, this is what OMB decided.
APCO will continue to fight on your behalf at every opportunity. Thank you for the work you do to protect the public and field responders every day. Please ask your colleagues, friends, and family to retweet the APCO tweet about this injustice. We need everyone to help us make the President aware.

Derek K. Poarch
Executive Director & CEO
APCO International

Georgia Board of Officers Elections

Nominations are open for the Georgia APCO Board of Officers. Elections will be held on Thursday, September 7, 2017 at the Fall training workshop.

In accordance with the Chapter’s Bylaws, the following positions are up for election this year:

Executive Council Representative,
Secretary,
and One (1) Board Officer-at-Large

If you are interested in running for one of the positions listed above, you must submit a letter of interest and a letter of support from your employer. Letters should be mailed to President Lynn Smith at:

Lynn Smith
Habersham County 911
175 EOC Drive
Mt. Airy, GA 30563

All submissions must be postmarked by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 8, 2017. Letters can also be sent via e-mail to: lsmith@habershamga.com.

According to the Chapter Bylaws, any voting eligible member of APCO, who is in good-standing, may run for a Board Officer-at-Large office. Section 6.6 of the Bylaws requires candidates for positions on the Executive Committee (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Executive Council Representative) meet the following additional qualifications:

(a) Be a voting-eligible member in good standing serving in a non-commercial capacity as set forth in the Membership Policy
(b) Be a citizen of the United States
(c) Have served at least two years in an elected office of the Chapter, and;
(d) Shall have attended a minimum of two of the last three annual meetings.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask any of your Board Officers. We will be happy to assist.