Keeping language professionals connected for over 30 years!

There’s always a lot going on in the nation’s capital. For those who want to keep their finger on the pulse of the language industry and the international scene, being part of NCATA is a must. The political center of the country is also its hub of international relations and a major center of international commerce.

The National Capital Area Translators Association (NCATA) is a dedicated group of professional translators, interpreters, language translation services companies, and language-related institutions. We foster quality and professionalism in foreign language translation services and interpreting in and around the nation's capital. From business seminars to software training workshops, networking events to international conferences, NCATA plays a central role in our members’ success and keeps the community vibrant.

The National Capital Area Translators Association is a 501(c)(6) non-profit association run by and for our members. Founded in 1980, we are one of the oldest chapters of the American Translators Association. Many of our members are also members of ATA, but ATA membership is not required for membership in NCATA. We host ATA certification examinations twice yearly and organize professional development and educational seminars that can be used for ATA continuing education credits.

The diversity of our membership is an asset to our events. Freelance linguists, in-house translators, staff interpreters, and representatives of local translation agencies and organizations all get a chance to meet, make connections, and share expertise.

Overview of the ATA Government Linguist Outreach Task Force

Description: In this presentation, Rusty Shughart, Chair of the American Translators Association’s (ATA) Government Linguist Outreach Task Force (GLOTF), will provide an overview of the ATA Government Division and its outreach initiatives to the Defense Language Community (DLC). In early 2019, the ATA Board of Directors approved the creation of the GLOTF, which is now pursuing a three-year plan to improve ATA’s relationship with the members of the DLC. The presenter will provide details on the three-year plan as well as characterize the results of the GLOTF thus far.


Presenter Bio: Rusty Shughart is a graduate of Chinese language programs at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC), the Foreign Service Institute (FSI), and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He is an experienced military linguist, and he has served as the Director of Foreign Language Education and Training Programs for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

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Overview of the ATA Government Linguist Outreach Task Force

Description: In this presentation, Rusty Shughart, Chair of the American Translators Association’s (ATA) Government Linguist Outreach Task Force (GLOTF), will provide an overview of the ATA Government Division and its outreach initiatives to the Defense Language Community (DLC). In early 2019, the ATA Board of Directors approved the creation of the GLOTF, which is now pursuing a three-year plan to improve ATA’s relationship with the members of the DLC. The presenter will provide details on the three-year plan as well as characterize the results of the GLOTF thus far.


Presenter Bio: Rusty Shughart is a graduate of Chinese language programs at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC), the Foreign Service Institute (FSI), and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He is an experienced military linguist, and he has served as the Director of Foreign Language Education and Training Programs for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.