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GALA Represents Corporate Language Industry at US Senate Hearing on Language Training

By: GALA Team, Information

On Monday, 21 May, the Globalization and Localization Association represented the corporate language industry at a US Senate Subcommittee hearing organized by Senator Daniel K. Akaka (Democrat, Hawaii).  The hearing, “A National Security Crisis: Foreign Language Capabilities in the Federal Government”, focused on the importance of language training to US national security.  GALA took part in the hearing as a voice for the corporate language sector, providing an overview of the localization and language industry and advocating that foreign language training is critical to economic prosperity in today’s global marketplace. A recording of the hearing is available on the Oversight of Government Management subcommittee's website. We are pleased to have been represented at the hearing by designated local GALA member, Andrew Lawless (Dig-IT LLC), who has a strong familiarity with the corporate language sector as well as government language projects.  View GALA's official statement prepared by GALA board chairman, Hans Fenstermacher. The other witnesses from the hearing were: Panel I

  • The Honorable Eduardo Ochoa, Assistant Secretary for the Office of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of Education
  • The Honorable Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources, U.S. Department of State
  • Dr. Laura Junor, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Personnel Readiness, U.S. Department of Defense
  • Ms. Tracey North, Deputy Assistant Director, Intelligence Division, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Mr. Glenn Nordin, Principal Foreign Language and Area Advisor, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, U.S. Department of Defense (representing the Director of National Intelligence)

Panel II

  • Mr. Andrew Lawless, Member of the Globalization and Localization Association and Chief Executive Officer, Dig-IT Strategies for Content Globalization
  • Dr. Allan Goodman, Member of the Council on Foreign Relations’ Task Force on U.S. Education Reform and National Security, and President, Institute for International Education
  • Dr. Daniel Davidson, President of American Councils for International Education and Elected President of the Joint National Committee for Languages

Panel III

  • Ms. Shauna Kaplan, 5th Grade Student, Providence Elementary School, Fairfax County, Virginia
  • Ms. Paula Patrick, Coordinator of World Languages, Fairfax County Public Schools
  • Ms. Michelle Dressner, 2010 Participant, National Security Language Initiative for Youth Program
  • Mr. Jeffery Wood, 2010 Participant, National Security Language Initiative for Youth Program

The hearing was sponsored by the Oversight of Government Management, Subcommittee of Security & Governmental Affairs. GALA was pleased to have the opportunity to represent our industry before the US Congress for the first time. Laura Brandon Managing Director GALA    


The Globalization and Localization Association (GALA) is a non-profit tade association supporting the language industry. As a membership organization, we support our member companies and the language sector by creating communities, championing standards, sharing knowledge, and advancing technology.