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Washington, DC – February 20, 2020 – On February 20th, JMA Solutions’ President and CEO Jan Adams was reappointed to serve as a trustee on the D.C. Retirement Board (DCRB). Ms. Adams was appointed by Mayor Muriel Bowser and will serve her 2nd term through the year 2024.

“It is an honor to be reappointed as a trustee to the District of Columbia’s Retirement Board,” said President and CEO Jan Adams. “I look forward to continuing my advocacy in ensuring our teachers and public safety officials receive accurate and timely pay benefits throughout the years of their retirement. 

Ms. Adams was first appointed to the board in 2017 and is one of three trustees who were originally appointed by Mayor Bowser to serve on the 12-member board. As a trustee, Ms. Adams will play a critical role in the board’s auditing and investment processes of the Retirement fund. 

About DCRB 

The District of Columbia Retirement Board (DCRB) is an independent agency of the District of Columbia Government. DCRB has the exclusive authority and discretion to manage and control the District of Columbia Police Officers and Fire Fighters’ Retirement Fund and the District of Columbia Teachers’ Retirement Fund (the Funds). DCRB is also the benefits administrator for the District of Columbia Police Officers and Firefighters’ Retirement Plan and the District of Columbia Teachers’ Retirement Plan (the Plans). Read more about DCRB on their website here.

About JMA Solutions 

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., JMA Solutions is an award-winning consulting firm with more than 15 years of experience delivering outstanding customer service to our government clients. JMA Solutions is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned, Certified Woman-Owned company, and CMMI services level 3 appraised, ISO 9001:2015 certified and DoD NIST 800-171 verified. We offer access to a network of subject matter experts who consult with our government clients on critical short-and long-term projects. Our core capabilities include Air Traffic Management, Program and Project Management, Software Engineering, Acquisition Management, Information Technology Support and Professional and Technical Training. We are committed to our customer’s values and have a reputation for exceeding business needs with exceptional results. 

Founded on the mission of service, JMA Solutions makes it a priority to give back to the community where its employees live and work. To fulfill our mission, in total, JMA has partnered with over 100 local and non-local philanthropic organizations around the United States and has donated over 1.3 million dollars to support causes related to veteran-support, STEM, sports, youth enrichment, arts and culture, and more. JMA Solutions understands that now, our support is needed more than ever. Our team is committed to doing whatever we can to support emergency workers during this unprecedented time. Take a look at some of the ways our team at JMA is showing our support.

JMA Solutions Sends a Special Thank You to all Healthcare Workers and Essential Employees

 


JMA Solutions Supports the John Wall Family Foundation

On November 24th, JMA Solutions partnered with the John Wall Family Foundation to distribute 1,000 hot meals and 150 gift cards to those in need for the holidays. JMA Solutions’ staff volunteered and also served as the official water sponsor for this event. Click on the video to view some special moments from this year's Thanksgiving Assist Meal Distribution.

If you would like to support the John Wall Family Foundation, please visit their website at https://www.johnwall2.com/john-wall-family-foundation-1.


JMA Solutions Partners with Project Giveback

For the fourth consecutive year, JMA Solutions partnered with Project Giveback (PGB) to feed families in need for the holiday season. In addition, we worked with our Adopt-A-School partners, Jefferson Academy and Amidon-Bowen Elementary School, to provide resources to the students and their families. Due to COVID-19, instead of meeting at a central location, volunteers were dispersed at eight different locations throughout DC and Maryland to pack the Thanksgiving baskets. This year, PGB fed over 2,700 families within the DC area! Our team was more than proud to support PGB's efforts in serving the community and looks forward to continuing our partnership for more years to come.

If you would like to support Project Giveback and its charitable efforts, please visit their website at https://www.projectgiveback.org/donate/

 


JMA Solutions Supports Our Nation's Heroes at Luke's Wings Heroes Walk to Fly Charity Walk

JMA Solutions was proud to support Luke's Wings' Heroes Walk to Fly virtual charity walk held October 12th - 25th. During this year’s event, JMA joined supporters from all around the United States and walked 1.9 miles to commemorate the 19th anniversary of the September 11th attacks.

As a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned business and an advocate for veteran support, we were more than honored to support Luke’s Wings’ efforts in ensuring ill and wounded service members are connected with their families during the times that they are needed most. We are grateful for our partnership with such an amazing organization and look forward to next year’s event. Thank you for your service!

If you would like to support Luke's Wings' charitable efforts, please visit their website here https://lukeswings.org/ways-to-help/.


JMA Solutions Sponsors Dessert Bar During Police Week

JMA Sponsors Dessert Bar During Police WeekTo show our appreciation to local law enforcement officers, JMA Solutions sponsored the “Dessert Bar” during Police Week for all of the shifts of the First District Metropolitan Police Department located in Southwest D.C. Our team recognizes and salutes all law enforcement officials for your heroism and service to ensure our communities are safe, especially during this public health emergency.

If you would like to donate to the Metropolitan Police Department, please visit their website here: https://mpdc.dc.gov/page/police-districts-and-police-service-areas

 

 

 

JMA Teacher Appreciation Week JMA Solutions Celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week

To celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week, our team surprised our Adopt-a-School partners, Amidon-Bowen Elementary School and Jefferson Middle School Academy with gift cards and spotlighted both schools during our #BeASolution campaign. Our team would like to recognize and thank all of the teachers and educators around the world for your commitment to going above and beyond to lead, mentor, and inspire our youth each and every day.           
                                      


District of Columbia Fire and EMS logoJMA Solutions Delivers Pizzas to the DC Fire Department (DCFD) Engine Co. 7 and the Washington, DC Fire & EMS Station 

On May 3rd, JMA Solutions delivered pizzas to our courageous neighbors at the Washington, DC Fire Department Engine Company 7, located just four minutes away from our headquarters! The firefighters were so grateful for our donation and have already planned a date to stop by the office to thank our team when the pandemic is over. 

If you would like to donate to the DCFD Engine Co. 7, or any station in the Washington, DC area, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Rockville Volunteer Fire Department logoJMA Solutions Supports the Rockville Volunteer Fire Department (RVFD) to Help Pay for their Meals

On May 3rd, JMA Solutions made a contribution to support the firefighters at the Rockville Volunteer Fire Department. Upon arrival, the firefighters expressed their sincerest gratitude for our donation and thanked us for thinking about them and their families during this time                     

 

If you would like to donate meals or supplies to the RVFD, please visit their website here: https://rvfd.org/working-together-on-covid-19/.


JMA Solutions Donates 150 Hot Meals to Healthcare Workers at the United Medical Center (UMC)

On April 27th, our team donated 150 hot meals to the healthcare workers at the United Medical Center. To show our gratitude, JMA Solutions’ management team followed up with a brief phone call to personally thank the medical staff for their tireless efforts in keeping our communities healthy and safe. Take a look at the full phone call below.

 

JMA Solutions speaks with personnel from UMC

 

If you would like to donate food or supplies to UMC, please send an email to Toya Carmichael, VP of Public Relations/ Corporate Secretary: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 


JMA Solutions Donates Gift Cards and Provides Meal Assistance to a Local Family

For over 5 years, JMA Solutions has donated gift cards, groceries, backpacks, and school supplies to a family located in Southwest, DC. This past week, JMA gifted the family with gift cards and groceries to ensure they are supported during the Covid-19 pandemic.


JMA Solutions Supports the Thelma D. Jones Breast Cancer Foundation

On April 15th, JMA Solutions served as a platinum sponsor for the Thelma D. Jones Breast Cancer Foundation’s 10th Anniversary Celebration. This event celebrated 10 years of service, excellence, outreach, and research to help end the fight against breast cancer.

 

Support the TDJBCF here https://www.tdjbreastcancerfund.org/

 

 

Keep up to date 

Like any user-facing service, Zoom suffers from security vulnerabilities, but it’s so far proven that it can fix them quickly. Take for example, the issues that could allow an attacker to take over an Apple Mac’s microphone or camera, and a Windows problem that could let a hacker steal logins. Zoom fixed these problems on April 1.

Therefore, one of the important steps you can take is to make sure you keep any installed version of the Zoom mobile or desktop app up to date.

This ensures those issues are fixed, and your risk of compromise is lower. 

Use passwords to protect your meeting–and never share your meeting ID

Zoom bombing, which sees uninvited guests crashing your meeting or chat, relies on meetings not being password protected. People often post the Zoom meeting number online, and without any protection, bombers can simply enter and do their worst.

Never share the link or meeting ID on public platforms and try not to use the personal meeting ID–instead allow Zoom to generate a random ID for each meeting. 

There is the option to require a password when scheduling new meetings and require a password for instant meetings.

At the same time, disable the option “Embed password in meeting link for one-click join” and enable “Require password for participants joining by phone.”

Another way to protect: Admin > Advanced section: Enable “Hide billing information from administrators; and consider changing the length of the Host Key to 10 numbers to make it harder to guess. 

Share the password securely 

When using Zoom, securely sharing the password can be a challenge. In any case don't put the password on the public internet, a cybersecurity industry professional advises–this renders the whole idea of having a password useless. 

Keep using basic security best practices including not sharing data such as ID or passwords, or pictures of your Zoom meetings publicly. 

Use waiting rooms

Another way to stop Zoom bombers from entering your chat or meeting is the use of waiting rooms. This allows the host to screen everyone entering the meeting to ensure no one uninvited can get in. 

Use the waiting room functionality as a host and double up with a meeting password for designated guests. In addition, to avoid an even more embarrassing Zoom bombing experience, set the screen sharing to ‘host only’ and disable file transfer.

Manage participants 

It’s also a good idea for hosts to manage the meeting participants. In order to do that, you should ensure you are the only host. You can also control the camera and mute options.

Hosts can ensure participants can't share their screen without approval.

In addition, if anyone invited has been troubling you, make sure you have set it up to disable ‘allow removed participants to rejoin’ the meeting. 

Take control of your privacy

As I have said before, services are free for a reason. If you are using the free version, there is certain data you might have to give up. 

Assume what happens in Zoom does not stay in Zoom. Control your own privacy as you do with all online tools.

Beware of phishing 

Another security risk for Zoom users is phishing, seeing attackers lead people to a malicious site to download malware or enter details. 

You should always be careful when clicking on any meeting invite links. “In a hurry it may be tempting to just click on a link in the latest email, but it is always worth the wait to check.

If users are ever suspicious, they should just copy the ID from the link provided and enter it in the official application to join.

As the COVID-19 situation continues to affect our current way of life, many services and organizations are beginning to look towards the future to see what technologies will aid in the prevention efforts to come. Looking at the potentially effects UAS could play, JMA iLAB published an article in a leading fire service publication, Fire Rescue 1 magazine, called "How drones could be used during the COVID-19 response."

To honor Women's History Month, WPGC 95.5 spotlights JMA Solutions' President and CEO Jan Adams, for her contributions to the Washington, DC business community. 

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JMA is committed to the health of our employees and guests and the JMA Leadership and Human Resource Teams are continuing to monitor the situation

If you are in the office reminder notices on how best to protect yourself have been placed in high visibility locations throughout the JMA office suites.  

In support of this, hand sanitizers have been provided at the front desk and in our conference rooms. Hand soap is available in the break rooms and restrooms and there are disinfectant wipes in each of the break rooms. Please use them freely. For those located outside of the JMA headquarters area, we will coordinate with your program managers to see what your needs are. In our headquarters space, Boston Properties, our landlord, has provided information on what they are doing to clean and disinfect the common areas.

Please remember that this is flu season and the same measures we as individuals should take to minimize our risk for flu, apply to the Coronavirus. They are;

  • Wash/sanitize your hands regularly
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your sneeze/cough with something other than your hands
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Avoid contact with sick people
  • Avoid touching other people

Organization and state websites such as those listed below have continuously updated information. Please visit for the most recent news and updates.

Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia and Oklahoma each have a formal hub. These include the latest updates and released state information. We understand that a number of employees will be affected by at least two states depending on where they reside. We ask that you follow your states orders.


Public Transport Information has been updated for employees who reside throughout the D.C./Maryland/Virginia area. 

PLEASE NOTE: Due to restrictions put in place in the interest of public safety, the DC Metro (Bus and Rail) have updated schedules that adhere to the curfew. Please see below.

https://www.wmata.com/about/news/Metro-closing-time-change-June-2-2020.cfm

PLEASE NOTE: DC Metro is requesting that all customers follow recently updated CDC guidance by wearing a cloth face covering while traveling on Metro. Specifically, the use of cloth face coverings is strongly encouraged aboard all buses, trains, and MetroAccess vehicles, as well as in rail stations, bus terminals and other transit facilities.

Each of these websites and national news agencies are providing information on the virus, hot spots, risk level and most importantly, prevention methods. At this point, with very few exceptions, every country has reported an infection of varying magnitude. If you are traveling, be it local or across state lines, please exercise the same caution you exhibit here at home.

We will provide you with updates that relate to our work environment or situation as soon as we receive them.

**Beware of criminals pretending to be WHO, or US Government officials. If you are contacted by anyone, be sure to verify their authenticity before responding or sharing any personal information. You can verify if communication is legitimate by contacting the government agency or multilateral organization directly.

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