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Macfadden Awarded SeaPort-e Contract by U.S. Navy

E-mailPrint August 15, 2016

seaporte-logoMacfadden & Associates, Inc. (Macfadden) announced today the award of the U.S. Navy’s, SeaPort Enhanced (SeaPort-e) contract. The contract is a multiple-award, IDIQ contract with a ceiling of nearly $4 billion per fiscal year.

SeaPort-e allows Macfadden to provide a broad range of engineering, financial management, and programmatic support services in seven (7) of the twenty-two (22) functional areas within seven (7) geographic zones to the Navy Systems Commands (NAVSEA, NAVAIR, SPAWAR, NAVFAC, and NAVSUP), Office of Naval Research, Military Sealift Command, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), and the U.S. Marine Corps. Under Seaport-e, Macfadden will compete for task orders under the small business track.

"We are very excited with our win of SeaPort-e," said Dean Lenuik, Macfadden’s Associate Director, Business Development. "SeaPort-e is a highly competitive contract and we believe that we will deliver a strong set of services that will benefit the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and related Navy organizations.”

"SeaPort-e represents a great opportunity for Macfadden to market its management support services to a broader range of federal government clients”, noted David Binns, Macfadden CEO. “We look forward to actively pursuing opportunities to manage complex government deliverables.”

Macfadden, headquartered in Silver Spring, MD, is an employee-owned professional services consulting firm that provides program management, financial management & systems support, knowledge management & communications, and information technology services to U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Food and Drug Administration and commercial sector clients.

 

CIDI CBS Sunday Morning

E-mailPrint April 28, 2016

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On Sunday, April 24th, CBS Sunday Morning featured a story on the impacts of unrequested, low-priority donations on disaster relief. Juanita Rilling, Director of the Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI) and a Macfadden employee, was interviewed during the broadcast. Here are the details: http://www.cidi.org/cbs

This was a timely broadcast, as CIDI is answering a steady stream of donor requests for information about how the public can help after the recent earthquakes in Ecuador and Japan.

Please watch the interview here and spread the word – #CashIsBest!

 

   

Macfadden Selected as an Employer of National Service

E-mailPrint March 8, 2016

employersGeneralFINAL_croppedMacfadden is proud to have been selected as an Employer of National Service, an initiative co-sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service, Peace Corps, AmeriCorps Alums, the National Peace Corp Association, and the Service Year Alliance. Through this initiative employers are connected with the talented alumni of AmeriCorps and the Peace Corps; a group of individuals with highly sought skills, a mission-oriented mindset, and innovative ideas that enhance the work environment.

President Obama launched Employers of National Service in 2014 to recognize the important skills gained by United States citizens who have participated in AmeriCorps and the Peace Corps. At Macfadden our most important asset is our people; as such we are glad to count ourselves as an employer that invests in individuals who are selfless in their pursuits and value local and international community engagement.

   

Macfadden's Director of Contracts and Pricing

E-mailPrint February 23, 2016

Sullivan_Headshot-PRPlease join us in welcoming Patrice Sullivan as the newest member of Macfadden’s Corporate Finance & Accounting Department.  Patrice is the current Director of Contracts & Pricing and is responsible for managing, and administering company awards through all aspects of the contract lifecycle, from cradle to grave.  Patrice brings 30 years of experience in federal contracting and management from both the Federal and Private sectors.

Patrice holds a B.S. in Business from Old Dominion University and a Master's Certificate in Government Contracting from George Washington University.

   

MACFADDEN WINS USAID/DCHA SUPPORT SERVICES CONTRACT

E-mailPrint October 20, 2015

usaid_png_transparentThe U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded a prime contract to Macfadden for Support Services for the Bureau of Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA).

Under the DCHA Support Services contract Macfadden will provide operational and administrative support in coordinating USAID’s international disaster response and humanitarian assistance, emergency and developmental food aid, conflict mitigation programs, transition activities and other DCHA Bureau initiatives. The successor to Macfadden’s current DCHA institutional support contract, this new Indefinite Quantity Contract (IQC) has a total contract ceiling of $300 million over 5 years.

Macfadden has served as DCHA’s prime institutional support contractor for well over a decade, during which time it has supported USAID’s response to hundreds of international crises ranging from natural disasters such as earthquakes and hurricanes, to the provision of humanitarian assistance in conflict zones and in areas affected by pandemic diseases. As the institutional support contractor, Macfadden facilitates the implementation of DCHA’s wide-ranging technical programs for maintaining effective early warning systems, innovative assessment methodologies, flexible contingency funding, rapid programming mechanisms, significant prepositioned commodities, and effective deployment and coordination mechanisms.

“The quality of the support provided by the Macfadden team in such a demanding environment is clearly evidenced by USAID’s decision to award us the successor contract,” said David Binns, President & CEO. “We are very proud to support the DCHA Bureau’s ability to respond to internal disasters and to provide humanitarian assistance to at-risk populations around the world,” adding that “the talent, skills and dedication of the many Macfadden employee-owners who provide mission-critical support day in and day out deserve the credit for this enormously important contract win.”

Macfadden’s Vice President for International Programs, Shehnaz Atcha, who serves as the Program Manager for the DCHA support contract, added that, “It is a privilege to support the important work of the DCHA Bureau and we are pleased to continue our partnership.”

Greenleaf Integrated Strategies, Inc. and Mendez-England & Associates (ME&A) will serve as key subcontractors to Macfadden on the DCHA Support Services contract.

   

Benefits of an ESOP for Corporate Transition Strategies

E-mailPrint September 18, 2015

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Over the past 15 years Macfadden has been pursuing a corporate ownership transition strategy utilizing an Employee Stock Ownership Plan or ESOP to transfer ownership from the Company’s founder to its employees.  As he approached his retirement, Macfadden’s founder, Jim Macfadden, made the decision to sell his company to its employees to maintain Macfadden as an independent business.  From the establishment of the ESOP in 2002 through the end of 2014 when the final ESOP debt was repaid, 100% of the stock of the company has been transferred from the founding shareholder to the individual accounts of ESOP plan participants. During that time the company has experienced robust growth which has directly benefited the ESOP participants. The challenge for the future is to build on a corporate culture of mutual accountability and ownership incentives to continue building value for Macfadden’s employee-owners.  To learn more read the full article written by our President & CEO, David Binns, featured by Beyster Institute.

   

USAID's DCHA CIDI Unit

E-mailPrint July 30, 2015

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A key component of Macfadden's support for USAID's Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA), and in particular DCHA's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) is the Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI). Macfadden's CIDI team manages the daily operations of CIDI, which works to inform government agencies, the media, NGOs, diaspora groups and the U.S. public at large about the best ways to provide donations to support international disaster relief.

The CIDI team's outstanding accomplishments for 2015 include:

  • In collaboration with the Ad Council, CIDI launched a new "evergreen" Donate Responsibly PSA on April 30, customized to direct donor support to NGOs working on the Nepal earthquake. Between the launch and June 30, the PSA garnered over 353 million audience impressions. During the same time period, CIDI's website attracted over 1 million visitors, while its Facebook and Twitter accounts had over 10 million impressions combined.
  • CIDI staff made presentations on effective disaster donations before representatives of nearly 1,000 diaspora and ethnic groups at events including the "Africa Gives Back" International Gala; the D.C. Mayor's Office of African Affairs; the Young Diaspora Professionals Forum; the Ethiopian Community Development Conference and the United African Summit.
  • CIDI was interviewed or received widespread press coverage in newspapers and online periodicals including Devex; El Tiempo; Virginia Living; La Voz Latina and Ad Week.
  • CIDI's first academic paper, focused on its online Donations Calculator, was published in the Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management.
  • 6,183 health sector specialists registered on the Ebola Virus Disease self-selected health sector volunteer database that CIDI built and managed for USAID.
  • CIDI staff answered hundreds of calls to CIDI's 24-hour hotline and answered over 1,000 email inquiries about donations for people affected by crises in West Africa, Vanuatu, Micronesia, Syria, Nepal and Iraq.

"Since January 2015, CIDI has achieved outstanding results in every major category of activity while almost half of its staff was detailed to the Ebola, Nepal and MECHR RMTs as Donations Officers. Website traffic alone for April/May of this year as compared to April/May 2014 showed a 16,841% increase. I am ineffably proud of CIDI's small but might crew!" says Juanita Rilling, USAID DCHA CIDI Director.

   

Meet Victoria Johnson - Macfadden's Geographic Information Specialist at USAID OAPA

E-mailPrint July 16, 2015

A member of the Macfadden USAID DCHA program team since 2012, Victoria serves as the Geographic Information Specialist under our Institutional Support Services contract.

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Victoria supports the Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs, known as OAPA. She is OAPA's sole provider of cartographic and geo-spatial support and covers a variety of essential tasks. She works closely with the OTI and OFDA geographers as well as the GIS Specialists in Kabul and Islamabad.  She also provides significant support to her department and team on a number of duties including mapping-out security incidents in Afghanistan and polio cases in Pakistan; analyzing satellite imagery; and contributing to an open data world map known as OpenStreetMap. In recognition for her outstanding Data Quality and Visualization in support of Afghanistan and Pakistan, Victoria recently received an official Certificate of Appreciation at an OAPA Award Ceremony.

When asked what she finds most rewarding about her position, she stated "In OAPA, my work is visible everywhere. It's on everyone's cubicle walls and in leadership's offices, in meetings, in briefings. My work has been on the Hill and in front of high ranking members of the military. It's extremely rewarding to know that I am a member of a team that values my contributions."

Victoria graduated from George Washington University in Washington DC. Before joining Macfadden, she has worked for GeoEye (an American commercial satellite imagery company), the government of New Zealand, and the US Census Bureau.  In her free time, she enjoys experimenting in the kitchen (unusual ice cream, mostly), hiking, and skiing.

   

Macfadden's International Business Development Business Development Manager

E-mailPrint July 7, 2015

mathis picPlease join us in welcoming Mathias Jackson as the newest member of Macfadden's Corporate Business Development Department. Mathias is taking on the International Business Development Manager position and will focus specifically on driving new business within the international market. Mathias brings 10 years of experience in international programming, five of which have focused on business development in diverse multicultural environments. Prior to joining Macfadden, Mathias served as a Business Development Manager at Chemonics International where he tracked and responded to development funding opportunities in 27 European, Eurasian, and East African countries. In this role, he coordinated a regional business unit of more than 50 international development professionals, managed sales forecasting for a forward market of more than $500 million, and oversaw executive and support level recruitment in agribusiness, democracy and governance, economic growth, education, energy trading, health, rule-of-law, and WASH.

Early in his international career, Mathias spent two years studying and playing baseball in Japan. Following graduate school and a multi-year stint with Webster University's Center for International Education, he moved to Azerbaijan and served for 27 months as a community development volunteer with the United States Peace Corps.

Mathias holds a B.A. and an M.A. in International Relations from Webster University in St. Louis, where he focused his research on East Asian Cultures and Politics.

   

Macfadden Partners with PotomacWave to Win USCG C4IT SC ALD Contract Recompete

E-mailPrint July 1, 2015

USCGSealcolorContinuing Macfadden's 20+-year history supporting the United States Coast Guard (USCG), Macfadden recently partnered with PotomacWave Consulting and was awarded a Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) to continue providing financial services to the USCG Command, Control, Communication, Computer, and Information Technology (C4IT) Service Center (SC), Assets Logistics Division (ALD).

As the incumbent contractor, Macfadden was ineligible to re-bid as the prime contractor when the Coast Guard determined to set the new contract aside for woman-owned small businesses. After careful consideration, Macfadden embarked on a partnership with PotomacWave; a qualified, women owned small-business with whom we have an on-going relationship to win the recompete.

Under this 3.5-year contract, the Potomac Wave/Macfadden team will provide financial support to include budgeting, financial analysis, financial reports, financial business management support, project management support, inventory control support, metric development support, property management support, and audit support. Macfadden will continue to work at several ALD locations including U.S. Coast Guard Telecommunication Information Systems Command (TISCOM) in Alexandria, VA, USCG C4IT SC in Norfolk, VA, and C4IT SC in Oakland, CA.

"We're pleased to partner with a qualified small business like PotomacWave to continue our proud tradition of service to the Coast Guard," said David Binns, President & CEO of Macfadden.

   

New Task Order Award Expands Macfadden’s Global Footprint in Honduras and Guatemala

E-mailPrint June 1, 2015

Macfadden was recently awarded its first two Task Orders (TO) under a Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) for the Department of State (DoS), Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), which will provide support for U.S. Embassies in both Guatemala and Honduras.

newsA combined effort of Macfadden's Project Management Office (PMO) and Business Development Department, the teams worked together to successfully stand up both task orders to include nine new personnel in a very short period of time.  These highly-skilled personnel will provide specialized training in multiple areas of law enforcement to INL and local law officials.  Additionally, they will be offering expert technical advisory support to the local communities in an effort to strengthen the involvement in the fight against drug addiction.

"Standing up this new program under DoS/ INL was a great success for Macfadden.  Working with the folks at our US Embassies in Guatemala and Honduras has been an invaluable experience.  Mission critical support is something I take great pride in. I'm looking forward to expanding our capabilities in multiple areas in which our supportive efforts will have a direct impact on combating international crime and illegal drugs", said Sarah Huber, Program Management Analyst at Macfadden.

Under these two Task Orders, the Macfadden team will provide services in the following areas:

Asset Seizure Law Training Expert Guatemala Public Ministry
Technical Advisor For Treatment Centers
Financial System Advisor
Drug Prevention Advisor
Technical Advisor on Transparency Procedures
Technical Advisor on Transparency Procedures
Demand Reduction Advisor
Information System and Report Preparation Advisor
Program Management Support

   

Project Spotlight - FOOD Program

E-mailPrint May 5, 2015

food program pciThe Macfadden Grants Unit Team continues to provide critical support to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Office of Food for Peace (FFP) humanitarian assistance by helping to keep their lifesaving programs running without interruption.  FFPs Emergency Food Security Program (EFSP) supports a variety of initiatives to combat hunger, some of which include the delivery of commodities, while others support the distribution of food vouchers.   The Macfadden Grants Unit Team processes FFP grants to Public International Organizations, U.S. Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and non U.S. NGOs. They also provide guidance to the client and recipient on United States Government regulations, maintain the grant templates, provide post-award administration, and support EFSP program commodity tracking.

   

Meet Tracey Doonan - Macfadden's Financial Analyst II at USCG

E-mailPrint May 5, 2015

We are delighted to feature Tracey Doonan in this month's employee spotlight. Tracey joined the Macfadden team in 2011 to provide financial support on one of Macfadden's United States Coast Guard (USCG) contracts, and from the beginning has been a tremendous asset to the program. Today, Tracey oversees the weekly reconciliation of the over 200 accounts assigned to her including researching all unresolved transactions and errors; validating all transactions not yet on documents that have funds obligated but not yet expended (known as PES) for every fiscal year, and assisting the branch chief and assistant branch chief with any/all financial analysis in order to solve any problems that cause a financial discrepancy.

The problem solving aspect is her favorite part of her job. When faced with a financial discrepancy, Tracey likes to dig into the problem and determine the root cause. Her favorite quote is "Be a good steward of taxpayer money." She believes that, "When dealing with the financial side of the federal government, we need to be diligent in solving these issues. "

Additionally, Tracey currently serves as the President of the Alexandria Chapter of the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers Association (CPOA). The CPOA is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization that provides assistance on a variety of Military and Veterans issues. She helps them plan and hold several fundraisers throughout the year and their biggest one is "LobsterFest" held each year on the Coast Guard base at TISCOM. All of the events help raise money for their annual Children's Christmas Party, to help junior members in their time and supporting them in any way they can.

Tracey is a Coast Guard veteran with over 15 years of experience in reconciliation/accounting and serving as the Chief of Procurement. She received her Associates Degree in general studies from the University of Phoenix. In her spare time, she likes to walk for an hour each day and has recently started knitting.

   

CIDI Director Speaks with Devex on How to Support those Affected by the Earthquake in Nepal

E-mailPrint April 29, 2015

Juanita Rilling, a Macfadden employee currently serving as the Director of the U.S. Agency for International Development's Center for International Disaster Information (USAID CIDI), recently spoke with Devex to provide invaluable insight on how to support those affected by the earthquake in Nepal. She said that "Cash is the easiest for donors" and "it's the most efficient for NGOs and it does the most good for survivors." The cash donations help support search and rescue, emergency medical services, family reunification initiatives, trauma counseling, and more. Read more about how you can help Nepal earthquake survivors here: http://bit.ly/1zoA6uN

   

Macfadden Completes Second Year of Support to USAID/ASHA

E-mailPrint April 6, 2015

Macfadden has now completed its second year of providing outstanding institutional support for the USAID Office of American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA). ASHA is a public diplomacy program that provides development assistance to schools, libraries, and medical centers outside the United States that serve as study and demonstration centers for American ideas and practices. The Macfadden support team provides ASHA with a wide range of services including program management, monitoring and evaluation, financial analysis, communications analysis, information technology assistance, and administrative assistance.

Macfadden provides a wide variety of services under its prime contract with ASHA. In addition to supporting ASHA in managing approximately 130 active grants and cooperative agreements in FY 2014, the Macfadden support team helped coordinate the technical evaluation of 130 applications and the award of 34 new agreements totaling $23 million. The monitoring and evaluation team developed a comprehensive reporting tool, establishing performance milestones and standard indicators to better capture ASHA's strategic objectives of public diplomacy, gender equality and women's empowerment, community inclusion, innovation, and organizational strengthening. The finance team audited and provided in-depth recommendations to multiple U.S. non-profits, strengthening their capacity to manage U.S. government assistance. The communications team successfully executed a three-day conference with attendance from partners worldwide as well as developed expert guidance to grant recipients on marking and branding regulations. The administrative team supported international travel and logistical arrangements for regional workshops as well as multiple TDYs worldwide.

Kaleb Johnson, Macfadden's Program Manager and Grants Specialist with ASHA, stated "With the tremendous support of the Macfadden team throughout the year, ASHA received the help it needed to promote its goals of improving the health and education outcomes of people in foreign countries and improving foreign relationships with the United States."

   

Meet Amy Noreuil - Macfadden's Senior ICT Specialist at USAID OTI

E-mailPrint April 6, 2015

Amy Noreuil joined the Macfadden team in 2010 as a GIS Specialist for USAID's Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) where she currently serves as Macfadden's Senior Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Specialist. We are proud to feature her in this month's employee spotlight.

Amy is responsible for providing technical assistance to support OTI programs in response to their requests on how to tackle problems or seize opportunities using ICT. She is in charge of building relationships with ICT partners in order to identify and share existing resources (e.g. tools and approaches) that can improve the quality of OTI programs.  She also coordinates the participation in ICT forums in order to strengthen the Office's working relationship and draw the attention of entities that can be useful to OTI programs. She works closely with OTI's Data Analysis Team, Monitoring & Evaluation and Media cadres.

Amy loves traveling to visit OTI country programs and observing how projects take shape first-hand.  "Working directly with local staff helps me understand the challenges and opportunities faced by our partners when it comes to using technology.  Effective projects are driven by the field in that the design process takes into consideration local context and relationships.  As access increases, technology is changing the way that political power is negotiated in ways we have yet to fully understand.  Investing in robust community engagement strategies and information security training is more important than ever," says Amy.

When Amy is not at work, you can find her at "Mind the Mat" yoga studio or hanging out in her backyard in Del Ray.  She also likes to read graphic novels and collects zines, which are small circulation DIY magazines that focus on social justice issues, self-reflection or adventure.

Amy holds a BA in International Affairs and MA in Geography, both from The George Washington University.

   

Macfadden Successfully Completes Year Four of the US Treasury IDMS Debt Management Program

E-mailPrint February 27, 2015

Macfadden's Birmingham, AL-based IT team has successfully completed their fourth year on the current contract providing debt management services and solutions for the Debt Management Services Operations Center (DMSOC), a division of the U.S. Department of the Treasury.  The key focus for DMSOC is to capture, store, and deliver critical business process documents using Integrated Document Management System (IDMS) in order to facilitate efficient Inter-Agency debt collection.

The IDMS solution is supported by Macfadden on Treasury-FMS systems that are either currently operational or in production. Macfadden provides Tier 2 and Tier 3 support, and serves as a vital link between system owners, operators, and end users. Our onsite Senior System Engineers are responsible for monitoring, responding to, and resolving customer complaints received by telephone, by email, or through the FMS Service Desk.

The big spotlight for 2014 was the migration of IDMS to another data center.  Previously, IDMS environments were hosted locally in Birmingham, but in 2014, new production and development AIX environments were established and the applications, along with the 4 terabytes of data, were migrated. The goal is to have all applications out of the Birmingham location prior to the Birmingham building move in May 2015. The Macfadden team is working closely with Fiscal Service personnel in helping to meet their objective.

"We are proud of the long lasting relationship Macfadden has established with the U.S. Treasury dating back to 1999 as a result of hard work, dedication, and exceeding our customers' expectations.  We strive to do better than our best," says Maurice Minter, Macfadden's Senior Systems Engineer on the IDMS project.

Some of our team's key accomplishments for 2014 were:

  • Transitioned Treasury's Record and Document Management System from 1-Tier Architecture to a 3-Tier Architecture which provides benefits/improvements such as scalability, security, performance, and availability.
  • Relocated Treasury's Production Record and Document Management System from Birmingham to Kansas City which would have postponed a building move that occurs late spring if not completed before tax season.
  • Completed major upgrade of Treasury's Record and Document Management System to latest release.

"Year after year Macfadden has proven to be a reliable asset to the Fiscal Service helping them accomplish their strategic objectives." states Teddy Ferguson, Macfadden's Project Manager at the Department of Treasury. "We will continue to work with US Treasury to implement the remaining activities throughout the end of the program in December, 2015."

   

Meet Adam Greene - Macfadden's Team Lead at USCG Security Center

E-mailPrint February 27, 2015

For the past ten years, Adam Greene has been supporting Macfadden's Security Center contract with the U.S. Coast Guard's (USCG). Adam is Macfadden's Team Lead of a four person team at USCG's Central Adjudication Facility (CAF), which is adjacent to the Coast Guard Finance Center (FINCEN) located in Chesapeake, VA.  Their main role is to determine clearance and suitability eligibility for the Military, Civilian, Contractor and Auxiliary members in the USCG.

Adam is responsible for supporting the Personnel Security (PERSEC) database and web applications such as eQIP, intranet/web support, and the Electronic Fingerprint Transaction System (EFTS) which handles the printing and submission of digital fingerprints. He is also one of the instructors for the Coast Guard's Command Security Officer (CSO) course.

The part of the job that Adam enjoys most is the challenge of helping to move the Coast Guard from a paper-driven investigation request and adjudicative process to a digital format. "The move towards a fully paperless 'E-Government' business line is our ultimate goal.  The benefits are shorter timelines and increased accuracy as well as reducing costs and the threat of any Personally Identifiable Information (PII) spillage," says Adam. "I like what I do and most importantly the people that I work with."

In his free time, Adam likes to ride his bike, go skeet shooting, listen to music, and watch soccer.

   

Macfadden Concludes 23 Years of Support to the U.S. Department of State’s “Operation Provide Hope” Humanitarian Assistance Program

E-mailPrint January 30, 2015

When the Cold War ended in 1992, the Soviet Union began to break-up into fifteen new countries. This transition was especially difficult for the needy populations in the newly formed countries. The U. S. Department of State's (DOS) Office of the Coordinator of U.S. Assistance to Europe and Eurasia (EUR/ACE) developed humanitarian programs to deliver assistance to the most vulnerable population in Armenia , Azerbaijan , Belarus, Georgia , Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic , Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan. These programs were collectively known as Operation Provide Hope (OPH).

Since 1993, Macfadden has supported EUR/ACE efforts to develop, direct and administer economic, democracy, rule of law, and security and law enforcement assistance programs. Over the life of the contract Macfadden also provided program monitoring and evaluation (M&E), IT support, and country assistance in addition to the OPH humanitarian assistance program. Our staff worked closely with U.S. government agencies, domestic and international organizations and foreign governments in delivering these programs.

"The EUR/ACE contract has been a hallmark of Macfadden's humanitarian assistance expertise from the early years of the Company, and contributed greatly to the development of our current capabilities in disaster response and humanitarian assistance," said David Binns, President & CEO of Macfadden.

The Operation Provide Hope program officially ended in September, 2014. The program made a tremendous difference in the lives of millions of people in these countries.  Macfadden is proud to have been an important part of the program and to have helped OPH in their efforts to offer high quality medical care to millions, improve the quality of life for many vulnerable people residing in state orphanages, senior citizen homes and medical facilities, and provide shelter, clothing and other relief to victims of natural disaster. Macfadden looks forward to continuing to work with the DOS and other U.S. Government agencies to support programs like OPH.

   

Meet Nicole Shank - Macfadden's Humanitarian Program Specialist at the Department of State

E-mailPrint January 30, 2015

In this month's Employee Spotlight, we are pleased to highlight Nicole Shank. One of the longest-tenured employee-owners in the Company, Nicole joined Macfadden in 1993 on a Technical Support Services contract with the U.S. Department of State's Office of the Coordinator of U.S. Assistance to Europe & Eurasia (EUR/ACE).

Nicole served as a Humanitarian Program Specialist under the EUR/ACE Humanitarian program known as Operation Provide Hope (OPH). She was involved in working with NGO partners to provide urgently needed humanitarian assistance to vulnerable populations in the former Soviet Union countries. This effort also assisted in "Small Reconstruction Projects," which provided funds for structural repair of recipient institutions. Many of the beneficiaries were institutionalized people (orphans, elderly, and disabled persons).  Nicole also oversaw the logistics portion of the program, working with air and sea transport companies.

She coordinated efforts that went into their annual Hospital Project. This project provided equipment upgrades to target country hospitals.

According to Nicole, "the most rewarding part of the job was going out to the field to see the program in action, meeting the beneficiaries and learning from them what the real needs of the people were."

The project was initiated in 1992 and Nicole worked with the project from the fall of 1993 until its closure in September 2014.  Her support consisted of grant administration, logistics planning and procurement, budget tracking, monitoring and evaluation of programs in the field, and reporting both internally (within the EUR/ACE office) and, as required, to the broader United States Government (USG).

"I am proud to have been a part of this humanitarian effort, which I believe not only provided much needed aid, but also brought the people of the United States and the people of the former Soviet Union countries together as partners and friends.," says Nicole.

   

Macfadden CEO speaks at the U.S. SBA Workshop

E-mailPrint January 30, 2015

Our President & CEO David Binns was a guest speaker at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Workshop "ESOP-An Alternative Liquidity Solution for Small Business Owners" on January 27, 2015 at the SBA Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

He joined a panel of ESOP experts to describe the pros and cons of ESOPs for 8(a) firms and other small businesses. He spoke about Macfadden's experience with ESOP and applications for small business.

"Macfadden is one of thousands of companies nationwide, including a significant number of federal government contractors, that are owned in part or in their entirety by an ESOP," said Binns. "We've benefited from many of the special attributes ESOPs and I'm pleased to have an opportunity to share that experience with other small businesses."

The ESOP Association represents over 1,500 ESOP companies and 750,000 employee owners who believe that employee ownership will improve American competitiveness, increase productivity through greater employee participation and strengthen our free enterprise economy.

   

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