Membership Payments will be reimbursed in full, in the event that your application is not accepted.
We allocate our resources to support our membership at each of the levels of participation. Our primary goal is to advance the adoption of authentic Buy American Act (BAA) Compliant LED technology to the U.S. federal government agencies. Since some agencies accept Trade Agreements Act (TAA) Compliance, we have membership categories accordingly, because we believe in maximum transparency. Some of our Manufacturing members do not manufacture all of their products to BAA standards, and many Associate members provide support services to the lighting industry. This ecosystem of membership provide synergy at levels that create mutual advantages, and our ALA team fosters those connections wherever possible.
BAA Compliance Oversight: Many LED manufacturers to date have “blurred” the line of BAA Compliance through various self-interested measures, and the federal government has not taken the initiative to police the infractions. As the demand increases for BAA Compliance, ALA will continue to dedicate the human capital resources to identify infractions and alert the companies to correctly identify their compliance. If and when know proven infractions persist, ALA will alert the Contracting Officers and Government Contractors of the publicly available information accordingly. As an example, some company websites incorrectly cite TAA Compliance as a “waiver” to meet BAA Compliance.
Software: Technology helps streamline the member company profiles, the searchable directory of members, and ALA’s asset of over 80,000 U.S. government Contracting Officers and Specialists across the military and civilian agencies.
Database aggregation and maintenance: The table on the right includes the breakdown of the different agencies and the current number of Contracting Officers and Specialist in ALA’s growing database.
Reporting: See an example – the 2017 report is here:
Public Relations: ALA believes that messaging is a key aspect of any positive change, and we dedicate time and resources to promote the advantages of authentic BAA Compliant lighting technology. Here is an example of a recent article
Advocacy: ALA is not registered to lobby elected officials, but we may use some of our resources to engage one or more registered lobbying firms if and when the federal government agencies do not adhere to the “Buy American and Hire American” Executive Order, signed by President Trump on April 18, 2017.
Veteran Support: 5% of proceeds from dues across all membership levels go to the Independence Fund (https://www.independencefund.org/)
“The Independence Fund’s mission is to empower our severely wounded Veterans and their Caregivers to take control of their lives. We provide the resources and tools that enable Veterans to regain their independence, and fight for their ability to sustain it.”
Member Feedback and Highest and Best Use of Resource:
Lighting has become increasingly complicated, and we encourage ALA members, to provide feedback on where and how they would like ALA to add value. We expect the guidance from our Leadership Council members, but the communications are welcomed from every level.
It’s time to change the lights. With change comes choice, and choosing authentic American Made light-emitting diode (LED) fixtures, sensors, and controls delivers cost-effective and reliable energy savings that also creates more American jobs and improves the places where we live and work. Start saving 50% or more on energy and creating 500,000 new jobs on the path to American Energy Independence.