ASAE to Honor Congressman Moran With 2012 Sentinel AwardRecognition to Take Place During Power of A Week March 12-16

WASHINGTON — ASAE will present Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA) with its 2012 Sentinel Award on March 14 in Washington, DC, for his leadership role last year in urging the Administration to modify a proposed rule restricting government employees from attending trade association meetings, conferences and trade shows.

WASHINGTON — ASAE will present Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA) with its 2012 Sentinel Award on March 14 in Washington, DC, for his leadership role last year in urging the Administration to modify a proposed rule restricting government employees from attending trade association meetings, conferences and trade shows.

The presentation of the Sentinel Award will take place during a reception at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill as part of ASAE’s annual Legislative Fly In, with ASAE’s Board of Directors and participants from American Associations Day in attendance.

Moran supported ASAE’s efforts to have the proposed rule from the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) changed to treat all associations equitably and allow federal employees to attend seminars, briefings and other educational events sponsored by trade associations. Last December, Moran penned a “Dear Colleague” letter to OGE on the issue, citing his concern that the proposed rule would restrict the necessary flow of information between the government and the private sector. The letter was co-signed by eight other Democratic legislators - Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Shelley Berkley (D-NV), Sam Farr (D-CA), Heath Shuler (D-NC), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), John Lewis (D-GA) and Tim Bishop (D-NY). OGE and the White House have not indicated whether they will change the rule, but they are now weighing comments before making any final decision.

“ASAE and the association community are fortunate to have leaders on Capitol Hill like Congressman Moran who understand the important interchange that takes place between government employees and the private industries represented by America’s associations,” said ASAE President and CEO John H. Graham IV, CAE. “While this issue hasn’t been resolved yet, the support of Congressman Moran and other legislators lends weight to our argument and gives us hope that the Administration will modify this rule to avoid further isolating government employees from the industries they regulate.”

American Associations Day and the Sentinel Award presentation are part of ASAE’s Power of A Week from March 12-16, a week-long effort to call attention to the association community’s contributions to America’s economy and to our collective quality of life. For a full schedule of Power of A Week events, please visit http://www.thepowerofa.org/2012/02/the-power-of-a-week/.

MEDIA CONTACT: Sabrina Kidwai, [email protected], 202-326-9505.

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