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MSA serves as a National Preparedness Month 2010 Coalition Member in conjunction with FEMA

Posted on September 1, 2010 in Corporate Responsibility

Washington, DC – September 1st heralds the start of the 7th Annual National Preparedness Month (NPM). Hosted by FEMA’s Ready Campaign, NPM 2010 is designed to encourage all Americans to take proactive measures in preparation for emergencies at home, at work and within their communities. As an NPM 2010 Coalition member, MSA is supporting the Ready Campaign objectives by promoting the readiness message across the National Capital Region. MSA will share preparedness information with our fellow members, clients, employees, and communities while spearheading activities to encourage hands-on planning for individual, neighborhood, and community preparedness.

Throughout the month MSA plans to make use of their own recently launched digital communication platforms to reach a broad audience and reinforce the necessity for all American’s to take preparedness more seriously. MSA also hopes to address the diverse cases which preparedness may prove challenging and necessitate unique solutions, such as families with services members, small children and those with communication disabilities.

The Campaign’s websites ( and and toll-free numbers (1-800-BE-READY, TTY 1-800-462-7585, and 1-888-SE-LISTO) provide Americans with free emergency preparedness information. To find out how to prepare your organization for an emergency, Contact Justin Pierce at 202.408.0042 or email us to learn more about how we can assist you.

MSA Helps Tackle Alzheimer’s Disease

Posted on November 1, 2012 in Corporate Responsibility

Washington, D.C. - Man-Machine Systems Assessment (MSA) continues to be an avid supporter of the Alzheimer’s Association’s Washington D.C chapter through their annual Blondes v. Brunettes flag football game.  

Blondes vs. Brunettes (BvB) is a volunteer-driven event that raises awareness and funds for the Alzheimer’s Association. Two teams of women – divided to reflect the age-old rivalry between blondes and brunettes – compete in a flag football game to help end Alzheimer’s.  

The participants also recruit coaches, announcers and other volunteers to build an atmosphere of fierce, friendly competition. Leading up to game day, the two teams participate in a series of events to socialize and increase awareness for Alzheimer’s disease. 

“We know that this game won’t cure anyone today, tomorrow, or even the day after that,” said Ryan Triplette, BvB organizer. “But as this game grows with participants and donors and in cities around the country, it will raise awareness and commitment to finding a cure. It is our hope and firm belief that, one day, we will all become Champions because we will find a cure for the disease.” 

Over the course of MSA’s 6-year participation in this event, President Lilly Harris has raised over $35,000 for the cause. For more information visit

MSA Sponsors the 2011 TAPS Honor Guard Gala

Posted on April 5, 2011 in Corporate Responsibility

WASHINGTON – Families of our fallen military don’t have to grieve alone, says TAPS, the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors. The organization’s efforts to help survivors left behind following a death in the military will be saluted at the annual TAPS Honor Guard Gala, being held Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium.

While our nation’s capital city hosts many fundraising events, none are as poignant as the TAPS Honor Guard Gala, where widows, children, parents and other survivors of our fallen military sit next to leading CEOs, military leaders and supporters to talk about how TAPS has helped their families.

MSA Preisdent serves as a regional finalist jusdge for National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE)

Posted on May 17, 2010 in Corporate Responsibility

Washington, D.C. - The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) Greater Washington selects MSA President to judge at the Regional Final Youth Business Plan Competition. Here the top five youth winners from the Semifinal Competition, ages 11-18 will present their business plans to a panel of successful entrepreneurs, senior business executives, and civic leaders from the region for seed capital investment prizes up to $1,500.

MSA President and Hispanic CREO Board of Governor Lilly Harris delivers message to hispanic youth on the importance of staying in school.

Posted on April 13, 2010 in Corporate Responsibility

"Stay in school, stay focused on your dreams, and never stop learning. I believe in you, and I believe that with hard work and determination you can accomplish anything that you set your mind to. Don't be afraid to dream a bigger dream for yourself"  Lillian I. Harris, President, Man-Machine Systems Assessment (MSA)


MSA is proud to present Fashion Takes Flight - A Night to Benefit Luke's Wings.

Posted on January 18, 2010 in Corporate Responsibility
MSA presented Luke's Wings with a check for $3,500 to fly families of wounded warriors to Walter Reed.  We are passionate about supporting wounded warriors and we are proud to be associated with this great cause.

Fashion Takes Flight 2011- A Night to Benefit Luke's Wings presented by MSA

Posted on February 1, 2011 in Corporate Responsibility

MSA is a proud to sponsor Fashion Takes Flight for the second year in a row.  This is the premier fashions show in the DC area benefiting wounded warriors.  

Man-Machine Systems Assessment Announces Participation in September’s National Preparedness Month (NPM)

Posted on September 2, 2011 in Corporate Responsibility
Washington, DC – This September marks the tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks. As part of FEMA’s “This September: A Time to Remember. A Time to Prepare” the government consulting firm, Man-Machine Systems Assessment, (MSA) Inc. is demonstrating its commitment to increasing preparedness through outreach, an information campaign, and staffing a preparedness booth for local Washington, DC businesses during the month of September. You can find a listing of our events, here.


MSA’s president and CEO, Lilly Harris, is an avid spokesperson for personal, family, and business emergency preparedness. “While MSA is very accustomed to providing emergency management support to our Federal government clients,” Ms. Harris explains, “it’s important that families and businesses take a moment to reflect on the tragedy of 9/11 and pledge to be better prepared in the future.”


National Preparedness Month, now in its eighth year, is a nationwide, month-long effort hosted by the Ready Campaign and Citizen Corps that encourages households, businesses and communities to prepare and plan for emergencies. Throughout the  month of September, MSA will utilize Twitter and other social media to spread a message of preparedness. “Building a culture of preparedness is essential. MSA has been an early adopter of new technology, so it’s only natural that we would assist the Ready Campaign by engaging the social media community during National Preparedness Month,” said Ms. Harris.


As part of National Preparedness Month, citizens are encouraged to visit to learn more about planning for disaster. As the site explains, disaster preparedness can start with three simple steps: 

  1. Assemble an emergency supply kit
  2. Make a plan for what to do in an emergency 
  3. Be informed about emergencies that could happen in your community, and identify sources of information in your community that will be helpful before, during and after an emergency. 

“In the past two weeks, the eastern coast of the United States has experienced a 5.8 magnitude earthquake, Hurricane Irene, and significant flooding,” said Todd Jasper, an associate director with MSA’s Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division. “There’s no better time to begin preparing for emergencies. Proper planning can save lives and, in some cases, even mitigate damages.”


This is the second year MSA has participated in NPM. 


For more information about the Ready Campaign and National Preparedness Month, visit or call 11-800-BE-READY, 1-888-SE-LISTO, and TTY 1-800-462-7585. 


Man-Machine Systems Assessment

Man-Machine Systems Assessment, Inc. (MSA) is a Minority, Women-Owned, government Services firm providing professional, technical and analytical solutions to Federal, State, Local, and Commercial clients. With over 20 years of experience, they are committed to providing clients with the absolute best solutions to their biggest challenges. They offer subject matter experts, strong program management methodologies, and multiple locations throughout the United States to best serve clients needs. For more information please visit,

MSA Hosts Pet Preparedness for FEMA's National Preparedness Month

Posted on September 1, 2012 in Corporate Responsibility

SHIRLINGTON, VA (8/13/12) – The Village at Shirlingtoninvites all animal lovers to the village Saturday, August 25, 11am-4pm, for the Fifth Annual Wags n’ Whiskers, a community-oriented event for animal enthusiasts and their four-legged friends. The afternoon animal extravaganza will feature pet adoptions from local shelters, pet contests, demonstrations, exhibitions, pet portrait photos, live music, and children’s activities including face painting, balloon animals and more. The merchants at Village at Shirlington will also host in-store specials, promotions and free giveaways. Top Dog Sponsors include: Barkley Square Pets, Caring Hands Animal Hospital, Dog Paws n Cat Claws Pet Care, Dogma Bakery & Boutique , Fetch! Pet Care, Fur-Get Me Not, Helping Hands Affordable Veterinary Surgery and Dental Care, Man-Machine Systems Assessment, The Mid-Atlantic Chinese Shar-Pei Rescue Operation, Inc., My Life Simpler, Nova Mobile Vet and NOVADog Magazine.

Long known as a dog haven (The Washington Post has referred to it as a “walkable, dog friendly” community), The Village at Shirlington is also virtually hosting pet owners via the Wags n’ Whiskers Virtual Pet Park contest. Dog lovers can submit and vote for the best pet pictures on The Village at Shirlington Facebook page; the pet with the most votes wins a signature gift basket from Dogma Bakery & Boutique valued at $250. The second-place winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to Dogma and the third- place winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to Dogma. Entries and voting are open now through Thursday, August 23. To enter, visit and “like” The Village at Shirlington on Facebook.

About The Village at Shirlington

The Village at Shirlington has long been the community center and heart of the Shirlington area. Originally built In 1944 as the Shirlington Shopping Center, the Village at Shirlington stretches along a main, pedestrian-friendly street, Campbell Avenue and features a diverse array restaurants and shops as well as apartments and condominiums, a branch library, a Harris Teeter grocery store, and the Signature Theatre. Called a “walkable neighborhood where people could live, work and find entertainment without getting into their cars” by The Washington Post, The Village at Shirlington is the region’s best option to live, work and play.

For more information on Wags n’ Whiskers at the Village at Shirlington, please contact Danielle Bolger,, 301.229.6770.

MSA Sponsors WHS BBQ Cook-Off to Benefit the Coast Guard Enlisted Memorial Fund

Posted on September 23, 2012 in Corporate Responsibility

Washington, DC - MSA sponsored this years Women in Homeland Security (WHS) third annual BBQ Cook-off on September 29, 2012.  This event brought together Homeland Security industry leaders, family and friends to support the Coast Guard Enlisted Memorial Fund.  In addition to sponsoring this event, MSA's CEO, Lilly Harris spent the afternoon promoting emergency preparedness as part of MSA's community outreach during Nation Preparedness Month.   The event was a great testament of how like minded individuals can raise money for a great cause.  You can find pictures to the event, here.  To find out more about Women in Homeland Security visit their website at


About Women in Homeland Security - WHS is a non-profit, non-partisan organization founded in March 2009. The Mission of Women in Homeland Security is to provide a professional organization for women working in the field of homeland security who are committed both to their jobs and to combating the threat of terrorism.  “Homeland security” is a relatively new field and the organization strives to provide women with a forum to learn about the many facets of the discipline and to build the connections necessary for their own professional development.  Through monthly meetings, book club, WHS University and the group’s charity work, Women in Homeland Security fosters a collaborative environment for homeland security professionals to improve our nation’s security and intelligence on critical homeland security topics confronting the nation. 

MSA supports AFCEA's Cycle for STEM as a Small Business Sponsor

Posted on June 9, 2014 in Corporate Responsibility
Arlington, VA - MSA is excited to support this years AFCEA's Cycle for STEM as a Small Business sponsor. Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education is at the core of national security and economic prosperity worldwide. Student performance in STEM fields must improve for the international economy to soar in the future. Cycle for STEM enables participants—cyclists and support staff alike—to have fun while making a difference in the lives of STEM students and teachers.

Individuals who make up the Cycle for STEM community are dedicated to helping the next generation andto each other. Passionate cyclists revel in the challenge of pedaling 335 miles from Pittsburgh, PA, to Washington, D.C. Others prefer the four- or one-day ride. Still others admire the cyclists and put their talents into making sure it’s a smooth ride by providing support all along the route. Their roles may be different, but their goal is the same: Strengthen STEM education in schools and communities
About MSA 
Man-Machine Systems Assessment (MSA) is an economically disadvantaged women-owned small business (EDWOSB) with over 24 years of experience. MSA provides complex, integrated professional services to federal and commercial clients as well as consultation support in three core areas: defense system test & evaluation, emergency management and program management office (PMO) support. MSA projects share many common objectives: alignment with customers needs, developing cost effective and value-added solutions. All this while providing excellence in customer service.  

MSA hosts an event for K9S for Warriors

Posted on May 13, 2014 in Corporate Responsibility
Washington, D.C. - MSA will be hosting a happy hour beniftining K9S for Warriors on Wednesday, May 14th at the Renaissance Dupont Circle Hotel.  Guests will enjoy cocktails, small bites and music provided by Donald Syriani.  
K9S for Warriors, MSAincorp, Man-Machine Systems Assessment, Lilly Harris

About K9S for Warriors
Since 9/11 and the resulting conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan there are over 500 thousand disabled military warriors.  One in five suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.  One in six will attempt or commit suicide.  Symptoms of PTSD are mental changes, including, but not limited to; hostility, aggression, depression, suicide, paranoia, acrophobia, nightmares, panic attacks, poor coping skills, memory loss, and lack of trust.  PTSD affects not only the warriors but their families and the workplace.  Studies have proven there are actual physical changes in the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex of the brain adding to the horrific war experiences that warriors have endured.
Service canines are a medically proven recovery aid for our warriors suffering from PTSD.  Service canines are considered medical equipment and are recognized by the U. S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, and the American disability act of 1990.
At K9s For Warriors, our philosophy is to involve the veteran in the training of their new service canine partner, allowing them the opportunity to be part of the solution to their recovery.  Our academy is staffed by skilled certified canine handlers and trainers.  Each academy is three weeks in length where the warrior learns the skills needed to train their own canines.  We provide a service canine, training, certification, equipment, seminars, vet care, most meals,  and housing, free of charge. Each warrior is responsible for their own transportation to and from our facility which is located in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.  Classes are limited to three to five warriors in each session.
K9s For Warriors is supported by The Wounded Warrior Project, Birdies for the Brave, Warrior Gateway, and many other military organizations.  We highly recommend each applicant contact one of our many alumni to hear for themselves the positive recovery changes after attending our Academy.  We feel the best way to gain the knowledge of our methods, and training techniques is to talk to fellow Veterans for their recommendations.  K9s For Warriors will provide such information upon request.
K9s For Warriors will be accepting over fifty warriors for our Academy in a calendar year.  Our goal is to help our warriors return to civilian life with dignity and independence.  They fought for our tomorrows, we will fight for theirs.

About MSA
Man-Machine Systems Assessment (MSA) is an economically disadvantaged women-owned small business (EDWOSB) with over 24 years of experience. MSA provides complex, integrated professional services to federal and commercial clients as well as consultation support in three core areas: defense system test & evaluation, emergency management and program management office (PMO) support. MSA projects share many common objectives: alignment with customers needs, developing cost effective and value-added solutions. All this while providing excellence in customer service. 

MSA’s CEO joins the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia Business Women’s Giving Circle

Posted on June 14, 2014 in Corporate Responsibility

Arlington, VA - MSA’s CEO, Lilly Harris joins, as a founding member, the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia Business Women’s Giving Circle. The vision for the group is to bring together accomplished business women who want to be in the same room with other like-minded women, connect with each other personally and professionally, and give back to programs promoting opportunities for women in Northern Virginia.
Vision: Women empowering women to innovate, lead, and succeed.
Mission: Empowering girls and women of all ages and preparing them for success by supporting organizations that create connections, opportunities, and confidence.
Objective: To establish opportunities for members to personally and professionally connect with passionate, caring women;  to develop a foundation of knowledge for the needs of girls and women in our community; and to identify a focus area for annual grant making.
This year’s giving cycle will support programs serving girls or women focusing on one of the following areas: STEM, entrepreneurship and/or leadership.
About MSA
Man-Machine Systems Assessment (MSA) is an economically disadvantaged women-owned small business (EDWOSB) with over 24 years of experience. MSA provides complex, integrated professional services to federal and commercial clients as well as consultation support in three core areas: defense system test & evaluation, emergency management and program management office (PMO) support. MSA projects share many common objectives: alignment with customers needs, developing cost effective and value-added solutions. All this while providing excellence in customer service. 

MSA proudly supports AFCEA's Cycle for STEM

Posted on July 25, 2014 in Corporate Responsibility
Fairfax, Virginia—Man-Machine Systems Assessment (MSA) recently supported the AFCEA Educational Foundation by sponsoring the AFCEA International’s Cycle for STEM event. To raise funds and awareness of the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, 15 association members, staff and family pedaled 335 miles from Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C. on the Great Allegheny Passage and C&O Canal Towpath on July 13-19, 2014. More than two dozen cyclists joined them along the way.
The foundation will award the funds the event raises to STEM students and teachers through scholarships and grants.
“We look for charitable causes that will make a lasting impact. We believe that supporting STEM education is not only critical for our future as a company, but for the future of our country. We need more engineers and scientists!”  Lilly Harris, President and CEO of MSA. 
“STEM education is crucial to future innovation,” says Dr. Vince Patton, executive director, AFCEA Educational Foundation. “While interest and involvement in STEM fields continues to fall in the United States, the cost of higher education continues to rise. Cycle for STEM is just one way to address both of these issues.”
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About MSA
Man-Machine Systems Assessment (MSA) is an economically disadvantaged women-owned small business (EDWOSB) with over 24 years of experience serving Department of Defense and Homeland Security communities. MSA provides complex, integrated professional services in three core areas: defense system test & evaluationemergency management and program management office (PMO) support.
The AFCEA Educational Foundation<> is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing educational incentives, opportunities and assistance for people engaged in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. AFCEA International<>, established in 1946, is a non-profit membership association serving the military, government, industry, and academia. For more information and to join, visit<>.
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