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Macfadden Supports USAID Relief Efforts In The Philippines

E-mailPrint November 21, 2013

JKerryUnselfieIn the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan-Yolanda, Macfadden staff members working diligently on behalf of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) have been busy supporting relief efforts in the Philippines.  The U.S. government is providing $20 million in immediate humanitarian assistance to bring needed relief to an estimated 9.7 million people impacted by the storm.  With Macfadden’s support, USAID’s Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI) has ramped up efforts to inform public audiences about effective donations and encourage potential donors to make cash donations to reputable relief and charitable organizations working in the disaster zone.

To read more about the U.S. response to Typhoon Haiyan-Yolanda, visit:

To learn more about how you can help, visit CIDI.


Macfadden Staff at USAID/OTI Work to Improve Field Papers MappingTool

E-mailPrint July 17, 2013

Funded through a Learning Improvement Project initiative sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Bureau for Policy Planning and Learning (PLL), Macfadden staff at USAIDs Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) worked collaboratively to upgrade the Field Papers mapping tool. Andrew Wiseman, USAID Geographic Information Specialist at USAID/OTI, provided valuable insight and expertise to enhance this robust tool that allows users to create multi-page atlases anywhere in the world. Users can download and print maps and add their own notes and sketches or use it to add data to OpenStreetMap, a free and open-source map of the world that anyone can edit. The upgrade significantly enhances the user experience and enables faster atlas creation and streamlined export options.

Field Papers has been used in USAID/OTI community mapping projects in Saint-Marc and Cap-Haitien, Haiti.

For more information about USAID OTI’s contribution to the Field Papers mapping tool upgrade read Stamen Design’s July 10, 2013 blog post.


Macfadden Partners with Information Technology Coalition, Inc. to Win the Business Operations Support Services Contract at the U.S. Coast Guard Finance Center

E-mailPrint April 26, 2013

Expanding its long-standing presence at the U.S. Coast Guard Finance Center (FINCEN) in Chesapeake, VA, Macfadden was part of the winning Information Technology Coalition, Inc. (ITC) team for the FINCEN Business Operations Support Services procurement.   Macfadden will support accounting functions at FINCEN, through a team of financial systems analysts.  Key areas of support will focus on CAS Accounts Payable (A/P) to include Tier 2 A/P, routine payment batch processing, month-end closures, and ad-hoc reports. Macfadden will also support the troubleshooting of system interface issues and data integrity and validity issues, as well as testing and web development activities.


Macfadden Partners with IBM to Support USAID Global Acquisition and Assistance System

E-mailPrint March 1, 2013

Macfadden announced today it has been awarded a subcontract by IBM to provide contracts and grants management support to the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Global Acquisition and Assistance System (GLAAS) Solution Center.  GLAAS provides full management of USAID’s large contracts, simplified purchases, delivery orders/task orders, interagency agreements, cooperative agreements and grants.  Supporting a broad range of complex issues, the GLAAS Solution Center provides assistance in performing intermediate to advanced acquisition and assistance processes and troubleshooting GLAAS errors. 

Macfadden will provide Tier 2, post-production application support to GLAAS end users both in Washington and at USAID Missions around the globe.  In this role, Macfadden will perform second-level help desk activities, analyze and resolve issues as appropriate, and assign tasks requiring further action to the Tier 3 help desk support team.


Macfadden Awarded Follow-on Contract to Continue Supporting U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters

E-mailPrint February 1, 2013

Macfadden announced today it was awarded a prime follow-on contract to provide financial management and technical writing support services to the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Office of the Assistant Commandant for Resources.   Macfadden will continue to assist in the management of user accesses and privileges for the USCG’s primary financial management systems, draft financial management documents, and monitor and report on prior year financial transactions that remain in an incomplete status.  In addition, Macfadden will provide technical writing support to assist with the maintenance and updating of financial and property management policy manuals.  As the incumbent contractor, Macfadden has successfully provided these services at USCG HQ since 2009.


Macfadden Disaster Donations Expert Offers Disaster Relief Guidance in Aftermath of Superstorm Sandy

E-mailPrint January 25, 2013

Juanita Rilling, a Macfadden employee currently serving as Director of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Center for International Disaster Information (USAID CIDI), spoke recently with editorial staff at Nonprofit Quarterly to share valuable insight about disaster donations best practices and offer guidance about how communities and citizens can provide “smarter” disaster relief.

In the aftermath of the devastation resulting from Superstorm Sandy, Rilling emphasized that unsolicited material donations are typically counterproductive to relief efforts and stressed that despite public sentiment that cash donations are impersonal; they are truly the most effective means of supporting people who are affected by disaster events.  Unsolicited material donations frequently hinder relief efforts by clogging supply and distribution chains and diverting relief workers time and attention. However, Rilling clarifies that legitimate gifts-in-kind can be helpful when a supplier delivers needed supplies to a relief organization through a pre-existing agreement. 

An excellent resource for disaster relief guidelines, USAID CIDI works to inform the public, religious and community groups, diaspora, embassies, non-profits, corporations, and governmental organizations about the best ways to provide international disaster relief. Macfadden has supported USAID CIDI through a prime contract with USAID since 2008. 

Read the article “How to Do Disaster Relief Right” found in the online edition of Nonprofit Quarterly published January 24, 2013.


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