The Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Improvement Act of 2012 would makes necessary changes of technical and administrative nature to PSOBA to create consistency of terms used in the law. It would expedite the processing and resolution of claims for benefits. The money saved through this process improvement would be used to offset the cost of an expansion of coverage under the PSOBA to provide benefit eligibility to nonprofit emergency medical service providers as well as air medics. These providers are NOT covered under the current law. This legislation would primarily make improvements in the Public Safety Officers’ Benefit Act (“PSOBA”) of 1976.The PSOBA provides for the payment of benefits to certain survivors of public safety officers who are killed or permanently and totally disabled in the line of duty. The original legislation was an expression of concerns that States and municipalities did not provide adequate death benefits to public safety officers and their families. Low benefits impeded recruitment efforts and lowered morale. By providing benefits at the federal level, Congress sought to correct some of these issues. Modifications and amendments to the PSOBA have been enacted over the years and as a result, some language in the bill has created confusion and uncertainty regarding various benefit provisions. There are also provisions in the PSOBA that have the effect of excluding, without proper consideration, certain classes of safety officers from the program. Your support is needed now! Please call or write your Congressman and US Senators to show your support of H.R. 4018 / S.1696. Let them know this is important to you and to the community you serve. Assure future benefits to the families of fallen first responders. House Bill H.R. 4018 Introduced by Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (Pa.), and Senate Bill S.1696 Introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy (Vt.)
ClearOne today announced a new distribution agreement with Almo Professional A/V, the nation’s largest professional audio visual distributor. Under the terms of the new distribution agreement, the companies will work together to sell ClearOne’s complete line of audio conferencing, visual collaboration and AV networking products to professional audio/visual integrators, dealers and consultants throughout the U.S.“ClearOne’s innovative leadership in the AV market provides a full portfolio of solutions from audio to video and streaming content,” said Sam Taylor, executive vice president and COO, Almo Professional A/V. “Our partners have a wide variety of needs; as their clients count on them for the best solutions and unquestionable reliability and support. With the ClearOne offering, our partners will be able to support virtually any type of installation with confidence.”ClearOne drives innovation in the industry with audio and video collaboration products ideally suited for IT and AV practitioners looking for differentiated professional solutions that can be deployed across enterprises of any size, to meet virtually any conferencing and collaboration requirement.Products include DSP mixers, microphones, speakerphones, conference phones, video collaboration platforms, BYOD collaboration solutions, professional cameras, network media streaming equipment, sound reinforcement solutions and audio distribution products. Some of the latest products recently released include COLLABORATE Live professional video collaboration systems with state-of-the-art audio and video technology, and the patented Beamforming Mic Array Ceiling Tile (BMA CT) for completely seamless integration in a wide range of conferencing environments.ClearOne is here and Almo ProAV is here.