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BRAC and Military Affairs Taskforce formed

Last week, the Ohio House of Representatives announced members for its newly created Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) and Military Affairs Taskforce.

The task force is one of several that Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger has called for to further examine key policy issues and provide recommendations for future legislative action.

The role of the BRAC and Military Affairs Taskforce will be to analyze Ohio's current federal Department of Defense and NASA assets, resources and missions in anticipation of potential BRAC actions by Congress. The task force also will consider other major mission realignment opportunities that the state’s federal and defense assets could capture.

The Greater Cleveland Partnership has a long history of supporting federal and defense assets in the region when the organization worked closely with congressional leaders to reverse a BRAC decision to close DFAS Cleveland and most recently with NASA Glenn to advocate for critical budget and future mission opportunities.

The GCP worked closely with the chair of the BRAC and Military Affairs Taskforce to nominate Representative Dave Greenspan (R-Westlake). Representative Greenspan previously served on Cuyahoga County Council and has a deep knowledge of the impact of NASA Glenn Research Center and DFAS Cleveland on Northeast Ohio.

The GCP will work with Rep. Greenspan and the task force to highlight the federal and defense assets in Northeast Ohio and advocate on their behalf. Read more.

Federal overtime rule invalidated

The U.S. Justice Department has said it will not appeal a court decision that the federal government overreached its authority when it increased the salary threshold that would require employees to be paid overtime.

As a result, the rule has been invalidated, and the annual salary threshold of $23,660 remains the same. Read more.

FTC hears small business concerns on cyber security

Small businesses are a prime target for cyber criminals.

For example, phishing campaigns, targeted them approximately 43 percent of the time, according to a recent Internet Security Threat Report provided by Symantec, a company that specializes in cyber security.

That’s a significant increase when considering that, in 2011, about 18 percent of attacks focused on small businesses.

The Greater Cleveland Partnership recently hosted a roundtable discussion for small businesses on cyber security and fraud with representatives from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Read more.