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Q&A: The SWAT team vs. the SWOT team

It wasn't a SWAT team

A very odd statement was made recently by Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and repeated by President Barack Obama about the oil rig disaster. It was on CBSNews.com. They said "SWAT teams" were being sent to the gulf to investigate oil rigs and determine the cause of the disaster. Do they mean SWAT, as in law enforcement Special Weapons and Tactics, or are they referring to some other kind of team whose name is also the acronym SWAT? Or maybe they are referring to a team named SWOT?

No, it isn't a police SWAT team. It is a SWOT team, which stands for "Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats," according to a White House spokeswoman.

The SWOT analysis technique was developed at the Stanford Research Institute by a team led by Albert S. Humphrey, a management consultant. It's used by organizations of all kinds — from Fortune 500 companies to nonprofits to governments.

The planning method is used to identify an objective and the factors that stand in the way or will help achieve the objective.

Robert Gibbs, White House press secretary, said the teams were being sent "to the gulf to inspect all platforms and rigs, and the EPA is conducting air monitoring activities to gather information on the impact of the controlled burn on air quality."

"The National Response Team, an organization of 16 federal departments and agencies responsible for coordinating emergency preparedness and response to oil and hazardous substance pollution incidents was quickly activated and a coordinated group of federal partners — including the United States Coast Guard, Departments of Homeland Security, Commerce, Interior and the Environmental Protection Agency — immediately began directing and overseeing BP's response," Gibbs said.

Too soon for Paul Harvey stamp

Does the U.S. Postal Service plan to issue a commemorative stamp of Paul Harvey, the late radio broadcaster?

To be considered for a stamp, an individual must be deceased at least five years. Harvey died on Feb. 28, 2009. The Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee will not accept or consider proposals until at least three years after the individual's death. The only exceptions are stamps honoring U.S. presidents, which can happen on the first birth anniversary following the death.

Dental maximums remain

The new health care law eliminates policy maximum payouts. How about for dental?

It appears that this portion of the law does not apply to standalone dental insurance, said William S. Custer, director of the Center for Health Services Research at Georgia State University.

Q&A: The SWAT team vs. the SWOT team 05/10/10 [Last modified: Monday, May 10, 2010 10:59pm]
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