NCISS Membership Benefits


It saves and PAYS to be a member of NCISS!

Legislative Watch and Important News
The most important function of NCISS is to monitor and direct federal legislation. But we also play an important role in acting as a conduit for state legislative information. Be sure and check the current and past issues Legislative Alerts. Through joint efforts and other national and state associations of relatedness industries, our advocates keep a finger on bills which affect or professions. Often, a law passed in a trend setting state will be adopted almost verbatim by other states wishing to follows it. If an unfavorable law is enacted in one state, NCISS alerts other state associations who can take action to keep the problem from spreading. A number of important position papers have already been authored on key issues such as privacy, police moonlighting, reciprocity and use of private contractors over hiring more government employees. NCISS officers are frequently called upon to testify at congressional hearings giving our industry's viewpoint. Hit The Hill - NCISS members from across the country join together in Washington to meet with their senators, representatives and staff so they can be informed about our concerns and viewpoints. Congress appreciates our input in assisting them with promulgating sound legislation.

PROACTIVE ALERTS & CALLS TO ACTION FOR INVESTIGATIONS & SECURITY

Legislative Alerts and Call to Action (www.nciss.org/legislation) – Beginning with the member listserv and using Constant Contact, the Legislative Committee and legislative advocate – Lobbyit – NCISS brings you the news of our profession as it happens.  To make sure each member and state association is fully informed, Lobbyit also issues a monthly legislative summary of events.

Lobbyit in Washington DC – Lobbyit is the NCISS legislative advocate in Washington DC; their office is a short walk from the US Capitol and congressional and other government administrative offices. Represented by Keith Nelson, NCISS has enjoyed a strong and successful relationship with Keith and Lobbyit. On a daily basis, Keith is available and regularly monitors legislative and regulatory activity in Washington DC, creates monthly news bulletins and alerts, and custom Call to Action programs as needed.

Your Advocate and The eAdvocate (www.nciss.org/your-advocate) – Three times per year NCISS distributes Your Advocate digital magazine with easy references for the activities that NCISS and state associations are watching.  Bi-monthly each member is emailed The eAdvocate with information about each region and association activities, special member accomplishments and up-to-date news of our profession.

Listserv (www.nciss.org/listserve-resources) – The NCISS Listserv gives each member a national resource for the exchange of referral work and information helpful to assignments. The Listserv also allows NCISS to communicate to members and keep them abreast of legal and legislative happenings affecting them. The NCISS listserv is one of the nation’s largest and most active.

NETWORKING & PEER ASSISTANCE

National Networking, Member Directory and Member Search (www.nciss.org/member-search and the State Association Directory www.nciss.org/state-associations) – One of the most important values, and foundation, is you - the membership.  NCISS screens all membership applications, providing you the benefit of seeking assistance directly with another member via the directory or listserv requests for assistance.  The quarterly digital membership directory includes individual and association members, with contact information and specialties. The listserv is also utilized by members for requests of assistance needed.

Business & Training Bulletins & Events – NCISS is comprised of members that are leaders and experts in their fields.  Special bulletins are written by members of NCISS who are experienced and experts in their field, these bulletins accommodate the sharing of ideas and standards. In addition, these members also serve as ambassadors of NCISS and our professions when they speak and give training nationally to our member association conferences and events.

Annual Meeting and Mid-Term Meeting – The annual meeting includes important seminars and meeting and is held in conjunction with Hit the Hill each the spring in Washington DC. Our Mid-Term meeting, which moves around the country to support state associations, is held in conjunction with a member state associations conference events each fall.  Both are important and foster learning and professionalism as well as networking with peers from around the country.

Annual Hit the Hill – The mission of NCISS is legislative advocacy at the federal level for members.  One of the most important, and effective, in doing so is the annual Hit the Hill.  Each spring NCISS leaders and members meet in Washington, DC to visit with our elected Senators and Representatives in Congress.  NCISS also holds special functions to meet and greet these elected officials, and special luncheon with a keynote speaker – usually inside the Capitol building.

 It saves and PAYS to be a member of NCISS!

Vendors and Sponsors (www.nciss.org/vendors-sponsors) – NCISS understands members also need tangible benefits for their membership dues. The committee continues to find benefits – any of which may return more than the cost of annual dues. NCISS does not charge a premium on any dues for any member benefits. Using just two of these can save over $500 annually!