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NCISS Hit The Hill May 2024

 

The mission of the National Council of Investigation and Security Services is legislative advocacy. 

Q:           How do we advocate on behalf of investigators and security professionals?

A:            By meeting in Washington, D.C. annually meeting with legislators sharing a common voice which has the greatest impact.

Q:           How do we communicate a common voice?

A             The registered attendees will meet with our paid lobbyist, LobbyIt, Monday May 6, 2024 at the Capitol Hill Hotel to discuss the current bills before Congress.  At the meeting attendees will receive packets of information that will be reviewed at the meeting and taken with the attendees on Tuesday, May 7, 2024 when each individual meets with their respective legislators.  Packets will be left with the legislators and/or staffers at the respective offices.

Q:           What if I have never attended and/or met with legislator(s) before, can I still attend?

A:            Yes, NCISS provides training to registered attendee/ NCISS Members in a virtual setting on March 14, 2024 @ 2:30 p.m. eastern led by our very own Francie Koehler (registration is required to attend the virtual training); and LobbyIt can also assist the attendees with setting up appointments (if needed) 30 days in advance of HTH on May 7, 2024.  You will also receive a complete packet of information you will take with you to the appointment and leave with legislators and/or staffers.

Q:           What if I’m still undecided about attending?

A:            Speak with one of our seasoned members who has attended H-T-H in the past for more information.  We guarantee they will have great tips to provide and even attend meetings with you (if available) as it is most important, we have a common voice on issues related to our profession.

Q:           What day are the appointments scheduled for Hit-The-Hill?

A:            Tuesday, May 7, 2024 – be sure and allow enough time to travel between offices of the respective legislators.  Also noted:  Lunch for registered attendees is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. off-site at Capitol Hill Club (please review rules and expectations prior to arriving at the venue).

Q:           Where would I meet with legislators?

A:            Each Senator and Representative has their own office in Washington, D.C.  There are several buildings so please identify your legislator for your District and locate their address to assist in planning the time needed between appointments.  Being prompt and on-time is vital as a respect of their time and schedule.

Q:           Are there other activities outside of meeting with legislators?

A:            Yes, first activity is for first 25 registered attendees on Sunday, May 5, 2024 at 6:30 p.m. with pickup/drop off at the Hotel Venue called Capitol Hill Hotel located at 200 C Street SE, Washington, D.C. 20003; 202-543-6000.  Dinner and reception and lunches are included in the registration fee. Please review the schedule of activities for the locations and details.

Q:           Is there primary location for all events?

A:            NCISS has made arrangements to receive a special rate of $339.00 + tax with the daily fee of $25.00 + tax is waived which includes Continental Breakfast, Wi-Fi in all guestrooms and meeting space and All-Day Beverage Service in The Library at the Capitol Hill Hotel.  This hotel is centrally located for all the events and activities associated with Hit-The-Hill.

 

Q:           Do I have to stay at the hotel to attend the events located at Capitol Hill Hotel, 200 C Street SE, Washington, D.C. 20003?

A:            No, the Capitol South Metro Station located at 355 First Street SE, Washington, D.C. 20003 is located west of Capitol Hill Hotel .2 miles/3-minute walk is an accessible way to be at the location if you choose not to stay at the event venue hotel, you do still need to register to attend the activities and events.

Q:           Where is the Capitol Hill Hotel in relation to:

A:            Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA): 4.3 miles/10 minutes by car; or blue line from South Metro Station (5-minute walk to station and 30 minutes by metro)

A:            Dulles International Airport (IAD): 28 miles/35 minutes by car; or silver line – (5 minutes to South Metro Station/5 minutes at airport and 1 hour by metro)

A:            Harvest Tide Steakhouse – dinner location for registered attendees on Monday, May 6, 2024 – 11-minute walk/.5 mile or 4 minutes by car/.5 mile

A:            Capitol Hill Club – lunch location for registered attendees on Tuesday, May 7, 2024 - .2 mile/3-minute walk

A:            LobbyIt – reception location for registered attendees on Tuesday, May 7, 2024 – .3 mile/7-minute walk or .3 mile/2 minutes by car

A:            U.S. Capitol Visitors Center - .4 mile/9-minute walk or .5 mile/3 minute by car

 

Q:           What is included in the registration fee?

A:            The first 25 registered attendees have networking opportunity to see the Washington, D.C. area in small commercial bus – some sights will be passed and stops will be made to see some of the most popular places – water will be included – encouraged to grab a snack prior to boarding bus at 6:30 p.m. for three-hour tour.  Great way to meet your fellow professionals and network (please indicate if you wish not to attend the bus tour to allow for others to attend).

A:            Box Lunch on Monday, May 6th, 2024 (registered attendees will have option to select from two to three sandwich choices + dessert + drink) distributed at 12:30 p.m. – if not attending the NCISS Mid-Term Meeting please check for future update for the room location at Capitol Hill Hotel of the meeting for food distribution (you will select your specific menu choices at a later date).

A:            Break snack/drinks on Monday, May 6, 2024 at 3:00 p.m. – if not attending NCISS Mid-Term Meeting please check for future update for the room location at Capitol Hill Hotel for break pickup.

A:            Dinner and drinks on Monday May 6, 2024 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (registered guests have three entrée options for plated dinner, starter and dessert + 2 drink tickets – you will select your specific menu choice at at later date) cash bar for anything additional.

A:            Plated lunch on Tuesday, May 7, 2024 @ 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (registered guests have choice of soup or salad, two to three entrée options; dessert and coffee, tea, soft drinks – you will select your specific menu choice at a later date).

A:            Reception at LobbyIt on Tuesday, May 7, 2024 @ 4:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. to include Hors d’oeuvres and drinks to include wine, beer or soft drinks

A:           Capitol Tour optional to be announced but estimated at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7, 2024 (select option if interested)

 

Q:           What is the dress code?

A:            Outside of Bus Tour and NCISS Mid-Term Meeting appropriate dress all other events should be business attire.

 

Q:           How much is the registration fee?

A:            From now till February 29, 2024 cost $125.00

A:            From March 1st through March 31st cost $160.00

A:            From April 1st to April 15th cost is $200.00

A:            After April 15th – please contact Karen Beers to see if registration is available – cost TBD

 

Q:           What is the fee for a guest of registered attendee?

A:            From now till February 29, 2024 cost $100.00

A:            From March 1st through March 31st cost $135.00

A:            From April 1st to April 15th cost is $175.00

A:            After April 15th – please contact Karen Beers to see if registration is available – cost TBD

               

Q:           When is the registration deadline?

A:            April 15, 2024

Q:           What is the Cancellation Policy?

A:            We understand some unforeseeable events happen but due to commits made in advance, registration canceled prior to March 1st will be at 100%; cancelled prior to April 1st at 50%; and there will be no refunds April 1st or after.

Q:           What if I have dietary requests/preferences?

A:            Please review the menu for each meal option (once it becomes available) – if you do not see a workable option for your dietary needs, please reach out to event coordinator (Lisa Turley) to see if other accommodations can be made (note: each meal should have a vegan/vegetarian option).

Q:           How do I book accommodations at the NCISS selected hotel venue?

A:            https://reservations.travelclick.com/112942?groupID=4085571 When using the link, guests must choose the check-in date, check-out date, and select "confirm dates of stay

A:            or call 202-448-2097 and request the rate for NCISS RFQ Mid-Term HTH. 

Q:           What should I know about the hotel prior to booking my reservation?

A:            The complimentary room block to make reservations is good through APRIL 5, 2024

After April 5, 2024 any unsold rooms will be released to the Hotel for general sale.  Reservations received after the cut-off date will be on a space and rate available basis only.  Capitol Hill Hotel will impose a one room night and tax for early departure fee for all guests who register for a specified length of stay and check out early.  The front desk will make every effort to confirm the guest’s departure date upon check-in to minimize any confusion.             

Q:           What is the discounted rate to stay at Capitol Hill Hotel?

A:            The complimentary room block starts on Sunday, May 5, 2024 and runs for three consecutive nights, ending on Wednesday, May 8, 2024.  The room type is Junior Suite – single for rate of $339.00 + tax and Superior Suite – double for $369.00 + tax.  All room rates are subject to 15.95% tax.  The hotel will honor the discounted rates three days before and after the set dates of 5/5/24 to 5/8/24 subject to rate and guestroom availability.  In addition to the discounted room rate the Amenity Fee of $25.00 + tax is waived under this arrangement.

Q:           How is the amenity fee waived?

A:            During the booking process, all guests are required to place a card on file to guarantee their reservation, this card will not be charged or authorized.  Once the reservation is confirmed, the guest will receive an email confirmation from CapitolHillHotel@reservations-client.com with the subject line "Capitol Hill Hotel Confirmation" which will have their total room/tax/fee breakdown.  On the day of arrival, guests are required to provide a card at the time of check in which will be authorized for room, tax and incidentals only.   Upon checking out the card will be final charged for room, tax and whatever incidentals the guest may have had.  To summarize, guests will not be charged for the amenity fee as it is waived internally. 

Q:           Who is responsible for the room, tax and incidental charges?

A:            Each individual who books a room will be required to provide their individual credit card for their room, tax and any incidental charges.

Q:           Is there parking at the hotel venue- Capitol Hill Hotel?

A:            Overnight valet parking is $50.00 per vehicle.  Parking is limited and first come, first serve.

Q:           What is Capitol Hill Hotel’s policy on cancellation?

A:            Individual reservations must be cancelled no later than 3:00 pm, 48 hours prior to arrival date to avoid a one (1) night cancellation charge. It is the responsibility of NCISS to inform all attendees of our cancellation policy. Upon check-in, each guest will verify his or her departure date. Should the guest choose to check out prior to this confirmed departure date, a charge of one night’s room and tax shall apply.

Q:           For further information about Hit-The-Hill (HTH) please email Lisa Turley, Conference Committee Chair, at lisa.liswv@gmail.com.  For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Tina Thomas at TThomas@subrosapi.com. 

Q:           How can I sponsor Hit-The-Hill?

A:            There are still some opportunities to support the event – please see the registration form for options. 

Q:           How much is a sponsorship commitment?

A:            Please see the option to donate to the event without being recognized as a sponsor ($50 / $75 / $100 or other)

Q:           How does my donation assist in the advocacy efforts?

A:            Absolutely.  NCISS pays monthly for a lobbyist in Washington, D.C.

Q:           How do I get assistance with scheduling appointment(s) with my legislators?

A:            Click the box on the registration form

Q:           If I need help with scheduling a legislative appointment on my behalf – what information am I required to provide?

A:            You must provide your home and business address with your registration.  No Post Office Box will be accepted and should be the same as address where you are registered to vote.  Home addresses are required only to identify your legislator. 

REGISTRATION FORM

                In the event of an emergency, it is important to have emergency contact regarding your attendance.  Please provide your emergency contact’s name and contact number on the registration.

To have appointment scheduled for you please >>>>check a box??

If they click the box and we add boxes for:

  1. Home Street Address
  2. Home City
  3. Home State
  4. Home zip code

 

 

NCISS Hit-The-Hill Attendance Agreement Statement

  1. All registered attendees, by act of participation in NCISS Hit-The-Hill, hereby understand and agree that I am a guest of National Council of Investigation and Security Services (NCISS) for this event, which is sponsored by NCISS.
  2. All registered attendees must be advised that by registering for this event you agree to being personally bound by the protocol set forth in attending the NCISS function as follows:
  1. Registrants will only distribute literature and materials provided and approved by NCISS at this event.No Registrant shall distribute any other handouts or materials, including publications and newsletters.When business cards are requested or handed out, they should be personal business cards and not other association business cards.This is not a venue for the advertisement or marketing of any other business or association other than NCISS.
  2. Registrants will follow the program for this event established by NCISS and remain with the designated group to which they are assigned if applicable) throughout the legislative day event;
  3. Registrants will only discuss NCISS approved issues and will refrain from opposing NCISS legislative positions in verbal, written or printed form.

By clicking the button below, you (the registrant) acknowledge that you have read and understand NCISS Hit-The-Hill Legislative Day Agreement as stated above and agree to abide by its protocol.

__ I have read and understand the NCISS Hit-The-Hill Legislative Day Agreement and agree to abide by its protocol.

 

 


 

Schedule

May 5, 2024

Washington, D.C. at night private bus tour @ 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Address: pickup/drop off @ Capitol Hill Hotel, 200 C Street SE, Washington, D.C. 20003

Expectations

  • Only Mineral Water, Ice, Glasses & Napkins provided

 

 

May 6, 2024

Address:  Capitol Hill Hotel, 200 C Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

NCISS Mid Term Board Meeting

Session 1 - 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Session 2 - 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Session 3 - 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Meeting with LobbyIt @ 3:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

Box Lunch Break on site 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Snack/Soft Drink break @ 3:00 p.m.

 

Dinner @ 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Harvest Tide Steakhouse Capitol Hill– 212 7th Street Southeast, Washington DC 20003

 

 

May 7, 2024

Lunch – 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. @ Capitol Hill Club –

Address: 300 First Street SE – Washington, D.C.

Dress Code

Business casual attire is acceptable.  Guests in jeans, sneakers, or other similarly casual attire will not be admitted.  Collared shirts are required for men.

Press

To protect the privacy of the Club and its members, no pictures, video and/or audio of any kind may be taken or recorded in the Clubhouse.  Capitol Hill Club is a PRESS FREE ZONE.

Expectations

For security purposes, we cannot check baggage or other packages.

All food and beverage must be purchased from the Club; and food and beverage that remains unconsumed may not be removed from the Club without prior approval.

Place cards indicating guest entrée selections will be provided at the tables.

Plated lunches include choice of daily soup or salad, main course selection and Dessert Selection.  Served with Coffee, Decaf Coffee, Hot Tea, Assorted Soft Drinks and Iced Tea.

 

Reception – 4:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. @ LobbyIt

Address:  430 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20003

Hors d’oeuvres and drinks to include wine, beer or soft drinks