PGC International Creates Government Affairs Committee
November 8, 2010

PGC International president Urmilla Sowell created a new Government Affairs Committee for the organization.

During the Protective Glazing Council (PGC) International's 2010 Annual Symposium held last week at National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) headquarters in Gaithersburg, Md., a discussion about interfacing with the Federal Government in light of the pending revision of the Interagency Security Committee (ISC) Security Design Criteria grew into a refocusing of efforts for the organization. During the discussion, led by PGC International staff, several members stated they would welcome an enhanced interface with government agencies and employees, prompting PGC International president Urmilla Sowell to create a new Government Affairs Committee for the organization.

"The purpose of the Government Affairs Committee is to enhance the direct link to essential government agencies that are involved with the use of protective glazing products and technologies in a variety of ways: product specification, development of standards and test methods, design criteria and more," said Sowell. "This committee will be instrumental in developing strategy in governmental relations with the protective glazing industry, developing a mechanism to report actions back to the membership, as well as advocating on behalf of the industry to government officials. As the prime resource for information on protective glazing technologies used by government agencies, PGC International will continue to act as the industry's liaison with the Department of Homeland Security, General Services Administration and other divisions of the Federal Government."

The committee plans to schedule its initial meeting for later this month to begin work on the tasks at hand.

Additional information is available on the PGC International website for anyone interested in participating on this committee. Current members should e-mail Sara Neiswanger, PGC International account executive, to request a position on the committee.

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