January-February 2013

The RISC Report is an e-newsletter that is distributed to League pool administrators and subscribed staff members. The RISC Report contains news of interest to state league intergovernmental risk pools, such as highlights from pool publications, activities at NLC-RISC, and articles on important and timely pooling topics. The current edition of the RISC Report newsletter:


Think You Don't Have to Worry About Cyber Security? Think Again!

By Krista Montie, Center for Internet Security

The challenges facing government continue to grow in volume and complexity as cyber security threats constantly evolve. More than 16 million records from government and military organizations were involved in a data breach in 2012 alone. A city government is included in the list of top 10 government breaches of 2012. And you’ve no doubt heard about the millions of passwords exposed due to attacks against LinkedIn and Twitter. The cyber security threats continue to explode at alarming speeds. Our ability to understand the risks, and know what role we play in defending against those has never been more important. 

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Clash of Public v. Private Interests as a Potential Source of Severe Public Officials Claims

By Claire Reiss, NLC-RISC Program Director

Recent activity around the relative roles of state and local governments in controlling the process of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) in natural gas extraction reminds us of the potential for severe claims when public officials make land use decisions. It also raises new questions about how much risk pools are taking on when they cover these claims.

As natural gas becomes more valuable and the environmentally controversial fracking process becomes more cost-effective, some local governments are seeking to ban or regulate the “fracking” process within their borders. State governments and private interests are striking back in the courts, seeking to limit localities’ ability to press these initiatives. One case from New York illustrates the resulting peril to local governments and to risk pools that provide them with land use liability coverage. 

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Pools In The Spotlight

This section of the RISC Report provides highlights from recent NLC-RISC member publications. With the publishing pool's permission, these reprints will showcase the pools' expertise and services allowing RISC member pools to learn from, and build upon, each other's efforts. If RISC is not currently on your distribution list for these newsletters, please consider providing us with either a hard copy or electronic version of your newsletter. 

RISC Resource:  Claire Reiss

Parks and Recreation: Top Five Types of Injuries and Prevention Tips

(Reprinted with permission of TML IRP. The following article was written by Ronnie Sexton, Loss Prevention Training Specialist and featured in the January-March 2013 Loss Prevention News)

As parks and recreation departments prepare for mowing, trimming, cleaning, painting, and many other springtime activities, safety programs should be reviewed. Reviewing accident and injury data from the 2011-2012 fund year provides a guide for prevention efforts. During 2011-2012, parks and recreation departments reported 985 workers’ compensation claims. Of these claims, there were five types of injuries accounting for 72% of the total claims. Concentrating on preventing the following top five injuries will address some major issues: strains, contusions, dermatitis, lacerations and punctures.

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Information & Resources

Marketing Communications Workshop ~ Registration Now Available!

RISC Resource: Erin Rian

In today's dynamic economic climate, pools are frequently viewed as a price-based commodity making brand loyalty an often-elusive goal. However, brand loyalty is of paramount importance in our customer/member-driven economy. This day and a half workshop geared towards pool staff will offer many tools you can use to rediscover your competitive advantage, reevaluate your marketing strategy execution and effectiveness, and reengage your current and prospective members in innovative ways.

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Spring Trustees Conference - Registration Now Available!

RISC Resource: Erin Rian

The NLC-RISC Trustees Conference provides trustees and pool administrators of state municipal league risk pools the opportunity to learn about industry trends, programs, services and pooling best practices. The conference offers many opportunities to share creative ideas and solutions, and to network with peers from across the country. 

Our spring conference will offer topics that will appeal to newer and more experienced trustees, as well as trustees from pools offering a variety of coverage options, including health, work comp, property and liability pools.  We look forward to seeing you in Denver!

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Southeastern Loss Control Conference ~ April 16-19, 2013 in Annapolis, Maryland

The 2013 SELC Spring Conference is scheduled for April 16-19, 2013, at The Governor Calvert House, 58 State Circle, Annapolis, MD 21401. We will have a two and one-half day agenda packed with information you can take back to your pool, and plenty of time to network with loss control colleagues from other pools. Any NLC-RISC member pool is welcome to attend - not just those located in the southeast!

For a full agenda and registration information contact:
Richard A. Furst, Senior Loss Control Manager

Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) Construction Sector Council are rolling out a construction fall prevention campaign. The campaign focuses on falls from ladders, scaffolds and roofs, which are a hazard for many municipal workers and potential losses for their risk pools. Training, information, flyers and videos are available at the campaign website.

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Focus on Pool Personnel

This section of the RISC Report is intended to serve as a way to announce retirements, new hires, promotions, as well as to highlight any awards, honors or accomplishments received by staff members. Please let us know of any special announcements you would like to make so we can publish those in the next RISC Report.

RISC Resource: Erin Rian

New Executive Director Appointed to South Dakota Public Assurance Alliance

Judith Payne was recently appointed as the Executive Director to the SD Public Assurance Alliance, the property and liability pool sponsored by the SD Municipal League.  Judy brings a wealth of risk management experience to the position, including developing, implementing, and administering the risk management program for the State of South Dakota.  Prior to joining SDPAA, she was most recently  serving as Special Assistant to the President of Dakota State University. 

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In This Issue:

Think You Don't Have To Worry About Cyber Security? Think Again!

Clash of Public v. Private Interests as a Potential Source of Severe Public Officials Claims

Parks and Recreation: Top Five Types of Injuries and Prevention Tips (from TML IRP)

Marketing Workshop ~ Registration Now Available

Spring Trustees Conference ~ Registration Now Available!

Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction

New Executive Director Appointed to SD Public Assurance Alliance

RISC eNews Blast:

Access the current edition of the RISC eNews Blast for the Week of February 11th. 

Upcoming Events:

Webinar ~ Common Pain Medications: What the Evidence Says (presented by Paradigm Outcomes): Thurs., Feb. 21 at 2;00 pm EST

Webinar ~ Securing the Human Training (presented by the SANS Institute) ~ March 19, 2013 at 2:00 pm EST. Details available soon!

Southern Municipal Underwriting Group (SMUG): April 8-9, 2013 in Louisville, KY

Southeast Loss Control Meeting: April 16-19, 2013 in Annapolis, MD

Midwest Loss Control Meeting: May 2-3, 20123 in St. Paul, MN

Marketing Communications Workshop: May 15-16, 2013 in Denver, CO.

Spring Trustees Conference: May 16-18, 2013 in Denver, CO.

Western Loss Control Meeting: July 17-19, 2013 in Bend, OR

Fall Staff Conference: October 21-23, 2013 in Portland, OR

Employment Opportunities in Pooling:

Below is a listing of job opportunities in governmental entity risk pools and/or risk management. To post a position contact Erin Rian.

Assistant Underwriting Manager, Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk Pool (TML IRP)

Finance Manager, Rhode Island Interlocal Risk Management


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