Another NFIP Extension
President Donald Trump has signed into law a measure that extends
the National Flood Insurance Program, until December 21. The extension
was contained in a larger appropriations bill approved by the House of
Representatives and Senate. The two-week extension is the latest in a
series of short-term extensions of the program.
"We urge Congress to pass as long an extension as possible into 2019,"
said Jon Gentile
, vice president of government
relations of PIA. The Senate also passed S. 3628, a separate bill
offered by Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA), which would extend the NFIP for
six months to May 31, 2019. That bill now goes to the House.
PIA Praises Passage of Farm Bill
Including Crop Insurance
for reaching a bipartisan agreement
and passing the Farm Bill, which preserves vital crop insurance provisions.
The Senate passed the bill on December 11 by a vote of 87-13. The House
followed suit on December 12, approving the bill by a vote of 369-47.
The fate of the Farm Bill, which includes jurisdiction over the federal
crop insurance program, had been up in the air since the House and Senate
entered into a conference committee in July.
"We are pleased that Congress was able to agree on a compromise
bipartisan Farm Bill that includes strong support for the federal crop
insurance program," said Jon Gentile, PIA's Vice President of Government
Relations. "The 2018 Farm Bill recognizes the need for a strong federal
crop insurance program and the vital role that independent agents play
in its delivery."
Marriott Data Hack One of Largest In
Marriott International, one of the largest hotel chains in the world,
revealed that its Starwood reservations database had been hacked and
that up to 500 million guests could be affected. The data breach
involved information mined from the reservations database for
Starwood properties, which include Sheraton, Westin and St. Regis
hotels, among others. An unauthorized party had accessed the database
since 2014, company officials said. The breach included names, email
addresses, passport numbers and payment information.
Marriott's breach is one of the biggest in history, second only to
Yahoo's breaches in 2013 and 2014, which affected 3 billion user
The PIA Partnership has developed a cyber education resource to help
independent agents understand cyber risks, so they can better protect
their agencies and their clients' businesses. It is available free to
all PIA members at:
A series of webinars are available, each focusing on a different area
of cyber risk for agents and brokers.
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