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NSCA Helps You Navigate 2011’s Policy Changes

Feb 3, 2011 10:53 AM

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With a new federal and state-level political landscape, many would think this upcoming legislative season would be much less of a threat, providing more opportunity to pass initiatives helpful to small businesses.

In 2011, legislators will be even busier as states try to overcome budget downfalls; many will combat healthcare legislation and decide how to combat federal mandates. Federally, small-business issues such as tax breaks and increased litigation in prevailing wage and OSHA violations will take precedence. The National Labor Relations Board will be busy reopening cases and revisiting decisions that can be overturned—many of which are included in the Card Check legislation that NSCA has worked so hard against.

2011 will bring about several key priorities relevant to system integrators and their firms. While protecting integrators from being wrongfully licensed remains a priority, educating integrators on other issues such as energy-efficiency standards limiting voltage levels associated with digital televisions, among other technologies, will make integrators think twice before installing the system.

Of most importance will be prevailing wage/Davis-Bacon requirements on job sites and protecting the profession and industry from outrageous and unfair costs associated with publicly funded contracts.

While these issues and more burden electronic systems integrators, NSCA provides the resources, information, and opportunities to communicate with your legislators. Watch for announcements on upcoming webinars and resources that members can use to advocate for their rights. For the latest information, visit

NSCA Mourns Loss of Industry Leader

NSCA fondly remembers Randy Vaughan for his commitment to an industry broadly ranging in technologies, applications, and markets—bringing his expertise, leadership, and passion to the commercial and residential electronic systems industry.

Vaughan was a charter member of NSCA, helping the association and its members become well-trained, educated systems integrators. He served on the NSCA Board of Directors from 1997-2008, including a two-year term as president beginning in 2005. Additionally, he served as an instructor for NSCA University for more than 12 years, and was named its Educator of the Year in 2007. He also served as chairman of the NSCA Education Committee for a number of years. His greatest accomplishments for NSCA include the creation of NSCA University and the Business and Leadership Conference, and his role as a expert and content developer for the industry.

"Randy was not just a business colleague, he was a great friend," says Chuck Wilson, NSCA executive director. "He was a passionate person for those with whom he was involved, both personally and professionally. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mary and his family. He has always had the best balance of work and family and a keen sense of how to balance the important things in life. He truly loved his life and the people in it. This is an immense loss to the both the commercial and residential electronic systems industries. Randy served as a valuable and knowledgeable leader who left his footprint on so many of today's leaders and those who will lead future generations."

Vaughan was president of AE Systems near Norfolk, Va., for 38 years. He served as a consultant to AE Systems for the last three years, maintaining his involvement and training the next generation of systems integrators. He was also involved with other organizations in the industry and was serving as the chairman of the board for CEDIA.

NSCA is setting up a scholarship through the NSCA Education Foundation in honor of Vaughan. Those interested in contributing to the Education Foundation should contact Chuck Wilson at

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