After months of effort from many parties across the State,
the ACCG – Interlocal Risk Management Agency (ACCG-IRMA) Firefighters’ Cancer
Benefit Program was successfully launched on January 1, 2018. One hundred nine (109) Georgia counties elected
to become charter members of the program. This is the large majority of the
county-operated fire departments, since some counties utilize non-profit
organizations for fire protection.
This was an excellent start for this new program, which was designed
to help Georgia counties satisfy the new requirements of House Bill 146
(2017). Essentially, Georgia law now
requires that firefighters who have served 12 consecutive months with their
respective legally organized fire departments are eligible for certain cancer
benefits, consisting of Lump Sum/Critical Illness coverage and Long-Term
Disability (Income Replacement). The cancer
diagnosis must occur on or after January 1, 2018.
The ACCG-IRMA Board of Trustees, with the support of
Chairman John Daniell, authorized the creation of a program in July of 2017 to
assist Georgia counties in obtaining the newly required coverages. Georgia county leaders, the Georgia State
Firefighters Association, the Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs and others
were involved in communicating their expertise and viewpoints. The Georgia Department of Insurance and
Georgia Firefighters Standards & Training Council were helpful as well,
providing knowledge and assistance in their respective areas. In addition, the
ACCG-IRMA Administrator, Willis Towers Watson, and The Hartford, the carrier
that provides the underlying coverages, were invaluable to the successful start
of the Firefighters’ Cancer Benefit Program.
Most importantly, this program would not have gotten off the ground
without the assistance of the Georgia county boards of commissioners, their
staff and the county fire departments.
They provided the required firefighter census data necessary to develop
proposals and executed the enrollment documents upon electing to join the
According to ACCG Insurance Programs Deputy Director Ashley
Abercrombie, "The large amount of participation by Georgia counties enabled us
to negotiate the required coverages at competitive rates with The
Hartford. Plus, rates are guaranteed for
the first three years of the program."
This state-wide effort allowed Georgia counties to work
together to create a program that will aid firefighters in the event they
contract cancer. Due to collaborative
efforts, these newly required coverages are being provided at an affordable
price through the ACCG-IRMA Firefighters’ Cancer Benefit Program.
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welcomes spring semester policy and research interns Ekeoma Nwakanma and
Jarrett Faber. The interns will assist the policy and research staff with special
projects, legislative research, and tracking legislation before the General
Ekeoma Nwakanma graduated from the University of Georgia with
a Master’s in Public Administration in December, 2017. Prior to completing her graduate degree,
Nwakanma received dual, bachelor’s degrees from the University of West Georgia
in Political Science and Economics, a concentration in Pre-Law and
International Business, and a minor in Theatre. She also participated in study
abroad programs in China and South Korea. In addition to her studies, Nwakanma
worked for former state senator, Vincent Fort, the NACCP Georgia chapter, and
UGA Campus transit. She has also participated in many associations such as the
International City/County Management Association (ICMA), Georgia Student for
Public Administration (GSPA), and the Graduate and Professional Scholars
Nwakanma has received numerous honors including the Institute
of African American Certificate of Recognition, Who’s Who Among University
Students, Outstanding Georgian Award, W. Glenn Moore Scholarship, Jud Whatley
Scholarship, and inductions to Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society
and Omicron Delta Epsilon International Honor Society in Economics. In her
spare time, she enjoys acting, singing, painting, studying Spanish, Korean, and
Igbo, and tutoring her cousins and younger siblings.
Jarrett Faber initially interned with
ACCG during the fall semester and was retained to work through the spring
semester. Faber graduated from Georgia
State University with a degree in Public Policy and Philosophy in December,
2017. He plans on attending law school in the fall and is currently awaiting
admission decisions and determining where he wants to attend. Although Faber has lived in Atlanta for the
past three years, he is a Paulding County native. In his free time he enjoys running, cooking,
the course of their internships with ACCG, Nwakanma and Faber will assist the
policy and research departments by tracking general legislation and the
introduction of local legislation, attending committee meetings, surveying
counties, conducting research relative to legislative issues, and reporting on
floor action for both chambers of the General Assembly. Research projects this
semester include compiling constitutional officer salary information, analyzing
how counties collect garbage fees, updating TAVT, homestead exemption, and
sales tax data, preparing election tracking information, and other special
projects as assigned.
Coastal College of Georgia student, Erin
Broomell, completes internship with Glynn County’s GIS Department
Glynn County Staff and Erin Broomell. Photo provided by Glynn County
Studies major, Erin Broomell, had the opportunity to complete an internship
with Glynn County’s GIS Department, an opportunity that provided some necessary
experience for her future career involving GIS and technical writing.
her internship, Broomell was trained on the intricacies of GIS, GPS, mapping
technologies, and other ESRI software and online applications, which culminated
in a project involving the mapping of Glynn County’s historical cemeteries.
Broomell also assisted in the development of emergency management applications
to help train county employees. Finally, Broomell had the opportunity to work
on other miscellaneous projects including drone piloting and the collection of
GIS data on beach erosion.
her main project, Broomell was tasked with the completion of a StoryMap for
Glynn County’s historic cemeteries. As Broomell puts it, the purpose of the
application is to enable "anyone with an internet connection to tour the
[historic] cemeteries and search for those laid to rest ... by name, birth date,
or death date". The utility of this project is great, as the application can be
used to help those completing genealogical research. Additionally, the project
can be used to preserve historical information from destruction at the hands of
vandalism, erosion, or natural disasters.
the way, Broomell faced challenges in gaining access to certain endangered cemeteries
for which permission was required. Several of these cemeteries were in
disrepair and would have benefitted the most from the preservation efforts
being performed as part of the project. However, she did not let these
challenges stand in her way and the quality of the end project did not suffer
as a result. Broomwell also noted that she wished she had more time to spend on
the project in that more time would have allowed her to gain more experience in
asked about the skills she gained through her internship, Broomwell noted the experience
she gained using ESRI applications including ArcMap, ArcCatalog, and ArcGIS
Online and in learning how to use geo-location data collection equipment. She
also gained skills through additional research experience, drone piloting, and
map making. All of these experiences will benefit her as she pursues a career
in technical writing and broaden her career options to include positions in
view Broomell’s final project, you can visit the following link: http://glynn.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=04e427c91cba4661b0b7f88a29cacf5c.
For more information on the GCIP, please visit the
ACCG Civic Affairs Foundation website at http://www.civicaffairs.org.
Submissions are now being accepted for the 2018 Georgia
Technology Innovation Showcase. For the seventh consecutive year, the Georgia
Technology Authority is sponsoring the showcase to recognize government
agencies at all levels for their innovative use of technology and to serve as a
forum for sharing ideas, experiences, and lessons learned.
The deadline for submissions is March 9, 2018.
GTA is looking for projects in the following 10 categories
that were completed by December 31, 2017:
- Cross-boundary Collaboration and Partnerships
- Digital Government – Government to Business
- Digital Government – Government to Citizen
- Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
- Emerging and Innovative Technologies
- Enterprise IT Management Initiatives
- Improving State or Local Government Operations
- Information Communications Technology Innovations
- Open Government and Data, Information, and Knowledge
Agencies may submit as many projects in as many categories
as they would like. Before deciding on a category for a project, anyone
submitting a project may want to read the category descriptions at www.gta.georgia.gov/category-descriptions.
The online submission form at https://gta.georgia.gov/webform/2018-technology-innovation-showcase-submission-form asks for details about the project, including the level of innovation in
addressing a specific business problem and the significance of the project to
improving operating efficiency, saving money, and enhancing service delivery.
Projects selected for the 2018 showcase by the evaluation
panel will be honored at the Georgia Digital Government Summit in Atlanta. In
addition, showcase honorees will be included in the state of Georgia’s Annual
State IT Report, and they will be considered for submission to the National
Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) for its 2018 State IT
Recognition Awards, the Technology Association of Georgia for its Excalibur
Awards, and others.
Questions? Contact GTA at email@example.com.