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John Chwat

Director of Government Relations

Electronic Security Association Inc

HQ Phone:  (972) 807-6800


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Electronic Security Association Inc

6333 N. State Highway 161 Suite 350

Irving, Texas,75038

United States

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Established in 1948, the Electronic Security Association (ESA) is the largest trade association representing the electronic life safety and security industry. Member companies install, integrate and monitor intrusion and fire detection, video surveillance and ... more

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According to John Chwat, director of government relations for ESA, the legislation simply secures permission from Congress and the Department of Justice to give ESA members in states that do not have licensing or federal background check requirements for security installers access to the FBI database.
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As John Chwat mentioned in his blog, the goal of this committee will be to identify the top priorities or legislative initiatives in play and then work with our Chartered Chapters and members to support or defend, as necessary, the most important legislation.
"We are glad to see Congress include these funding provisions in the Consolidated Appropriations Act,� said ESA Government Relations Director John Chwat, "and we will urge Congress to continue to secure these funding levels for the 2015 fiscal year. More information is available by contacting ESA Government Relations Director John Chwat at (703) 684-6594, or via e-mail at ESA Director of Government Relations John Chwat said that Sen. Chwat praised the participation of ESA members and chartered chapters in getting the measure through the Senate.

ESA will be pushing hard on each, John Chwat, ESA's director of government relations, told Security Systems News.
All are topics of pending bills, and there's a chance they could make their way into big budget bills at the end of the session, he said. Regardless, ESA will continue to pursue those issues until Congress adjourns in mid-December, all the while hoping to make a dent so that if they're not passed the topics will be picked up again with the 114th Congress. "It's very difficult at the end of the session to get anything passed, especially with this political climate," Chwat said. If the measures don't get passed, they will need to be reintroduced in January. "For the next Congress, there seems to be some support for apprenticeship tax credits. I view this as a very critical issue for the 114th Congress because our industry needs qualified young people for future employment who know the technologies and are trained on them properly," Chwat said. Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Maria Cantwell of Washington, Cory Booker of New Jersey and Tim Scott of South Carolina seem to be on board with a bipartisan bill that recognizes the importance of giving tax credits to security employers that offer apprenticeship programs, he said. He added that ESA has a nationally approved Department of Labor apprenticeship program. "We're looking for any changes in policy that relate to the FCC and the impact on the industry as it transitions into the broadband security universe," Chwat said. "We are focused on the 114th Congress to correct this, to allocate money to the states on top of state funding," Chwat said. He provided Indiana as an example of a state with $9 million in funding for school security, $5 million of which would be used for technology. Tags: ESA, Congressional session, John Chwat

While that money has gone toward the production of reports, research, assessments and position papers, among other things, it has not gone toward the actual installation of electronic security systems, says John Chwat, director of government relations at the Electronic Security Association.
Through the past two fiscal cycles, $90 million and $75 million have been allocated, respectively, to the Department of Education and the Department of Justice to enhance school security. "Not one dime of that money has been spent on security technology, for surveillance or other security equipment," Chwat said. He added: "We believe enough is enough. It's patently ridiculous; $300 million without any money for systems." The news was a "complete shock" to ESA leadership when he and others met with the Department of Education during the association's annual Day on Capitol Hill event. The fiscal cycle for 2015 begins in October. Between now and that time, ESA will begin an educational campaign, in collaboration with the Security Industry Association and other security company representatives, to increase congressional awareness of the problem. "We have to first call attention to the issue," Chwat said. "Because I believe most congressmen, if you were to confront them about this, would be shocked that with over $300 million allocated to school security, none of the money was for equipment." With its industry partners, the ESA plans to first alert the Senate Appropriations Committee and advance the message that, while assessments and guidance have a place in the grand scheme of bolstering school security, there needs to be "some hardening and acquiring of equipment." Another priority is to engage groups such as the National Parent Teacher Association and law enforcement groups whose main priority is to protect elementary and secondary schools. The plan, Chwat says, is to "acquaint them with the need to pursue a funding requirement in the appropriations process" before the 2016 fiscal process begins in January. The ESA's education campaign will also focus on ensuring that the formula grants given to states will set aside resources intended specifically for schools to purchase security equipment. In Indiana, through the Indiana Secured School Fund, which is administered by the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, $9 million of grant money was given to the state, with $5 million earmarked for school technology. Chwat says that can be a model for other states to follow. "That's a good thing, and that's what we want to do for all 50 states," he said. "That's what we'll be focused on for the next six months." Tags: School security, ESA, John Chwat,

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