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Billions in funding from COVID relief programs now flowing to state, local governments BILLIONS IN FUNDING FROM COVID RELIEF PROGRAMS NOW FLOWING TO STATE, LOCAL GOVERNMENTS

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Jul 03, 2020

The CARES ACT (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) passed by Congress created a sprawling, multi-faceted plan to combat COVID-19 and its debilitating effects on the U.S. economy. Signed into law in March, the $2 trillion relief package allocated funding for preserving jobs, backfilling g...

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3 Ways Analyzing Patent Trends Pays 3 WAYS ANALYZING PATENT TRENDS PAYS

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Jun 29, 2020

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued its 10 millionth patent number in June 2018 and continues to go strong. In fact, according to a PatentlyO.com-published report, “We are about three-fourths of the way through fiscal year 2019 (ends September 30, 2019) and the USPTO i...

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American seaports provide thousands of contracting opportunities AMERICAN SEAPORTS PROVIDE THOUSANDS OF CONTRACTING OPPORTUNITIES

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Jun 26, 2020

We know that an infrastructure bill is coming, and the debate in Congress will likely begin in July. Industry leaders, public officials, think tanks, and economic development organizations have provided lots of input. They know that some of their messages have been heard.There is no consensus betwee...

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How local government scaled up for remote workers HOW LOCAL GOVERNMENT SCALED UP FOR REMOTE WORKERS

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Jun 25, 2020

The biggest IT challenge local governments faced during the COVID-19 pandemic has been scaling existing infrastructure to accommodate many more workers than they had planned for, IT leaders said during a June 17 panel discussion. “Our remote access solution was originally scaled for a major sn...

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How Computer-Aided Design Is Used in Government HOW COMPUTER-AIDED DESIGN IS USED IN GOVERNMENT

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Jun 24, 2020

Federal agencies design a wide range of tools, equipment, vehicles and even rockets. Computer-aided design (CAD) technology allows agencies and users to create digital designs more efficiently. CAD is used for a lot more than designing buildings, but is a basic building block of a more advanced tool...

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Could the next infrastructure bill include funding for public technology systems? COULD THE NEXT INFRASTRUCTURE BILL INCLUDE FUNDING FOR PUBLIC TECHNOLOGY SYSTEMS?

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Jun 19, 2020

The House of Representatives laid out an infrastructure plan on June 18 – an expensive one with a price tag of approximately $1.5 trillion. It will not, of course, pass Congress in its current state, but it promises to start the critical and overdue conversation in Washington about infrastruct...

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Project pipeline recovering from COVID-19 shutdown PROJECT PIPELINE RECOVERING FROM COVID-19 SHUTDOWN

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Jun 17, 2020

COVID-19 hit the construction industry like a tsunami. Almost all medium to large construction projects were shuttered as government leaders scrambled to protect the health of Americans.Today, however, even though the pandemic has not been contained, there is renewed interest in construction and rea...

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The State of Federal Thinking on Zero Trust THE STATE OF FEDERAL THINKING ON ZERO TRUST

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Jun 11, 2020

As federal agencies continue to support large numbers of remote workers, IT leaders have started to evolve their thinking on zero-trust security architectures. Increasingly, they are becoming more comfortable with the concept and are seeking to lay the foundation for deployments. Zero trust represen...

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What Agencies Should Consider Before Deploying AI WHAT AGENCIES SHOULD CONSIDER BEFORE DEPLOYING AI

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Jun 10, 2020

Artificial intelligence is the major buzzword in federal IT these days, the way that cloud once was. It’s easy to see why. There is booming investment in AI in the private sector, and various agencies across the government are experimenting with AI to achieve their missions. The National Ocean...

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Collaborative initiatives offer a clear path out of America’s newest recession COLLABORATIVE INITIATIVES OFFER A CLEAR PATH OUT OF AMERICA’S NEWEST RECESSION

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Jun 10, 2020

While Americans wait to see if Congress will pass an infrastructure bill, alternative funding and collaborative initiatives are becoming the norm. Even the recent announcement that the U.S. is now in a designated recession has not caused Congress to focus specifically on economic recovery. Economist...

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Squeezing the risk out of government AI projects SQUEEZING THE RISK OUT OF GOVERNMENT AI PROJECTS

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Apr 20, 2020

A new report offers a five-point framework government agencies can use to maximize the benefits of artificial intelligence while minimizing the risks. “Risk Management in the AI Era,” released by the IBM Center for the Business of Government April 16, proposes a risk management framework...

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NERC CIP Compliance in Azure vs. Azure Government cloud NERC CIP COMPLIANCE IN AZURE VS. AZURE GOVERNMENT CLOUD

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Apr 20, 2020

As discussed in my last blog post on North American Electric Reliability Corporation—Critical Infrastructure Protection (NERC CIP) Compliance in Azure, U.S. and Canadian utilities are now free to benefit from cloud computing in Azure for many NERC CIP workloads. Machine learning, multiple data...

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FTC Issues Guidance on Using Artificial Intelligence (AI) with Regard to FCRA FTC ISSUES GUIDANCE ON USING ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI) WITH REGARD TO FCRA

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Apr 16, 2020

On April 8, 2020, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – a United States government agency that is the nation’s primary privacy and data security enforcer – issued guidance to businesses on the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for machine learning technology and automated decision...

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GSA pilots AI for regulatory streamlining GSA PILOTS AI FOR REGULATORY STREAMLINING

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Apr 15, 2020

The General Services Administration plans to run an artificial-intelligence-based pilot program to help speed up how agencies procure innovative and commercial solutions. The pilot will use a combination of artificial intelligence, machine learning and robotic process automation to help GSA learn ho...

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Coronavirus Relief Blows Up the Federal Budget CORONAVIRUS RELIEF BLOWS UP THE FEDERAL BUDGET

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Apr 15, 2020

We’re starting to get the first independent analysis of the impact of the measures the U.S. Congress has passed to provide relief will have on the U.S. government’s fiscal situation. The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget is first out of the gate with its preliminary findings, he...

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Why Active-Active Data Centers Fit the Bill for Local Governments WHY ACTIVE-ACTIVE DATA CENTERS FIT THE BILL FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS

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Apr 14, 2020

In Michigan’s Muskegon County, some departments need 24/7 access to computers, applications and the IP-based phone system, including the Muskegon County Sheriff's Office, the Muskegon County Juvenile Transition Center and the Muskegon County Wastewater Management System. To improve uptime,...

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The Essential Role of Government During COVID-19 THE ESSENTIAL ROLE OF GOVERNMENT DURING COVID-19

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Apr 13, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic touches every aspect of business, technology, and society. And stable and effective government is at the heart of managing through this crisis. What we do now will have longer-term implications for the health and safety of our families, our citizens, the economy, and even globa...

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More free, discounted tech for governments responding to COVID-19 MORE FREE, DISCOUNTED TECH FOR GOVERNMENTS RESPONDING TO COVID-19

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Apr 09, 2020

Splunk is offering a free program, Remote Work Insights, to help new and existing federal, state and local government agency customers manage applications, monitor business performance and secure networks from remote locations. RWI provides real-time visibility across multiple disparate systems, suc...

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Digital tools for state and local governments DIGITAL TOOLS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS

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Apr 08, 2020

Q2 is the season when the vast majority of state and local governments close their books on the current fiscal year and put their budgets in place for the next. But the last six week has turned this exercise down. Suddenly the local economic base is in disarray, the healthcare crisis will linger, an...

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Defending the government enterprise DEFENDING THE GOVERNMENT ENTERPRISE

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Apr 08, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we live and do business. For the first time, millions of Americans are working from home, and those numbers will only increase as new restrictions on public gatherings go into place -- stressing VPNs and swamping computer servers. Remote work also introduces...

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Top Five Reasons Government Should Fully Adopt a Digital Strategy TOP FIVE REASONS GOVERNMENT SHOULD FULLY ADOPT A DIGITAL STRATEGY

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Apr 07, 2020

As humans, we naturally resist big change. At the same time, we intuitively know the importance of having to adapt when things aren’t going well. At first, we try to troubleshoot the problem and implement new ways of doing a task that maybe takes longer than it should or has more checkpoints t...

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Government tech struggles to dole out coronavirus stimulus cash GOVERNMENT TECH STRUGGLES TO DOLE OUT CORONAVIRUS STIMULUS CASH

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Apr 06, 2020

Tech challenges are hampering federal and state government efforts to get funds from the $2 trillion coronavirus relief law into the hands of newly unemployed workers and struggling small businesses who need it. Why it matters: Many businesses and individuals need the money now for essentials, inclu...

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Academia Calls for Government-Led National Research Cloud ACADEMIA CALLS FOR GOVERNMENT-LED NATIONAL RESEARCH CLOUD

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Apr 06, 2020

The Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (AI) Initiative at Stanford University is calling for a national research cloud led by the Federal government to fuel innovation and collaboration between academia, the public sector, and industry. In an undated letter to President Donald Trump and members ...

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Adobe Document Cloud Initiates Government Rapid Response Program ADOBE DOCUMENT CLOUD INITIATES GOVERNMENT RAPID RESPONSE PROGRAM

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Apr 04, 2020

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been talking to our government customers about how we can help them keep government moving during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now more than ever, people are looking to government agencies and programs for essential support and resources. Government agencies are rising...

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JAIC readies ‘AI champions’ as commission recommends doubling R&D spending JAIC READIES ‘AI CHAMPIONS’ AS COMMISSION RECOMMENDS DOUBLING R&D SPENDING

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Apr 03, 2020

For the United States to stay on top of the global arms race for artificial intelligence, a commission stood up by Congress recommended a two-fold path: Collaborate with its closest allies, and double the amount of research spending proposed by the Trump administration. The administration proposed d...

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How Local Governments Are Working to Keep Small Business Alive HOW LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ARE WORKING TO KEEP SMALL BUSINESS ALIVE

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Apr 02, 2020

Although the federal government has committed some financial relief resources to support small business, local government leaders are trying keep their commercial sectors alive in the face of mandated customers and lack of customers. The top concern among small business is no surprise—cash flo...

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Local Government Disaster Response and Recovery: 311-CRM Systems Innovate in a Time of Crisis LOCAL GOVERNMENT DISASTER RESPONSE AND RECOVERY: 311-CRM SYSTEMS INNOVATE IN A TIME OF CRISIS

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Apr 01, 2020

Local governments with 311-CRM systems and other types of centralized customer service systems are taking on new challenges as a result of the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Originally designed to take the call load off 911 systems -- an urgent need now and then -- 311 systems are stepping up their e...

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Tech Companies Back Federal Government’s COVID-19 Response Initiatives TECH COMPANIES BACK FEDERAL GOVERNMENT’S COVID-19 RESPONSE INITIATIVES

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Mar 31, 2020

Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, Google and other technology companies are reaching out to the federal government to help with coronavirus pandemic response efforts, FedScoop reported Monday. Amazon, for instance, offered $20M in cloud computing resources to speed up diagnostic research and development to ...

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How Smart Building Technology Is Shaping Federal Agencies HOW SMART BUILDING TECHNOLOGY IS SHAPING FEDERAL AGENCIES

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Mar 31, 2020

A smart building typically looks like a regular building, with bricks and glass windows, but at the heart of a smart building are sensors that drive building automation. Internet of Things sensors and devices monitor HVAC and lighting, motion, humidity, electrical controls, access control and video ...

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HOW TO MANAGE YOUR GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS AND NEW SOLICITATIONS EFFECTIVELY DURING COVID-19 HOW TO MANAGE YOUR GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS AND NEW SOLICITATIONS EFFECTIVELY DURING COVID-19

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Mar 31, 2020

With COVID-19, we are finding ourselves in unprecedented times—quarantines, social distancing, restricted travel, and school and business closures. What started as a health care crisis is now having a ripple effect across the US economy and stock market. Congress has moved quickly on legislati...

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Even when government gets it right, it gets no credit -- a ventilator story EVEN WHEN GOVERNMENT GETS IT RIGHT, IT GETS NO CREDIT -- A VENTILATOR STORY

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Mar 30, 2020

Sunday afternoon I was looking at the homepage of The New York Times and I saw the headline, "The U.S. Tried to Build a New Fleet of Ventilators. The Mission Collapsed." The subhead was, "As the coronavirus ravages America’s health care system, a canceled federal contract helps ...

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Six Takeaways for U.S. Governments From OECD Experiences SIX TAKEAWAYS FOR U.S. GOVERNMENTS FROM OECD EXPERIENCES

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Mar 30, 2020

Over the past years, the United States government became a front-runner in implementing new laws and guidance on data-driven government. Starting with the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (Data Act) of 2014, a series of relevant new laws were enacted, including the Foundations for Evidenc...

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US Government Pursues National Strategy to Secure 5G Communications US GOVERNMENT PURSUES NATIONAL STRATEGY TO SECURE 5G COMMUNICATIONS

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Mar 26, 2020

The United States and like-minded countries announced their intention to lead global development, deployment, and management of secure and reliable fifth-generation (5G) communications infrastructure, which includes hardware, software, and services used to provide 5G. The United States will work wit...

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Accelerating Government’s Mission-Focused Outcomes: Microsoft Azure Accredited to Host US Secret Classified Government Data ACCELERATING GOVERNMENT’S MISSION-FOCUSED OUTCOMES: MICROSOFT AZURE ACCREDITED TO HOST US SECRET CLASSIFIED GOVERNMENT DATA

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Mar 26, 2020

Today, more than ever, we recognize the need for secure technology that can support our government leaders in responding quickly, and with agility, to rapid changes in the global landscape. At Microsoft we are committed to developing solutions that enable our government stakeholders to capitalize on...

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The Top Mobile Security Threats for Government in 2020 THE TOP MOBILE SECURITY THREATS FOR GOVERNMENT IN 2020

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Mar 24, 2020

With vast numbers of federal workers working remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic, mobile security has become even more important than it was before. Mobile security has become a prominent part of agencies’ cybersecurity programs, but there are still gaps in security. What are they, and ho...

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CMMC – STRENGTHENING THE SECURITY POSTURE OF GOVERNMENT CONTRACTORS AT THE HEART OF NATIONAL DEFENSE CMMC – STRENGTHENING THE SECURITY POSTURE OF GOVERNMENT CONTRACTORS AT THE HEART OF NATIONAL DEFENSE

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Mar 24, 2020

The new U.S. Department of Defense Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) is shortly coming into effect. Its goal is to incorporate multiple maturity levels, ranging from basic to advanced, into the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS). A contractor’s maturity l...

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Tech giants, government agencies pledge supercomputing to fight COVID-19 TECH GIANTS, GOVERNMENT AGENCIES PLEDGE SUPERCOMPUTING TO FIGHT COVID-19

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Mar 23, 2020

High-powered computer-industry players, government entities and universities are teaming up to further technology that can be used in the fight against the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium includes IBM, AWS, Google, HPE, and Microsoft as well as US Nat...

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New Data Estimates Local Governments Will Spend Up to $20 Billion On Covid-19 Actions NEW DATA ESTIMATES LOCAL GOVERNMENTS WILL SPEND UP TO $20 BILLION ON COVID-19 ACTIONS

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Mar 23, 2020

Amid negotiations of a stimulus package now projected to exceed $1 trillion dollars, ICMA and its partners—the National Association of Counties, U.S. Conference of Mayors, National League of Cities, and the Government Finance Officers Association—have been advocating on behalf of local g...

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New networking services in Azure Government NEW NETWORKING SERVICES IN AZURE GOVERNMENT

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Mar 20, 2020

Improve connectivity and security with networking services that help you accelerate service delivery, optimize traffic and privacy, and shield VMs from common threats. New networking services in Azure Government include Azure Bastion, Azure Private Link, Azure Front Door, Azure Content Delivery Netw...

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Tax and Employee Benefits Aspects of the U.S. Government’s Initial Pandemic Response TAX AND EMPLOYEE BENEFITS ASPECTS OF THE U.S. GOVERNMENT’S INITIAL PANDEMIC RESPONSE

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Mar 20, 2020

This week has been filled with updates on the progress of Coronavirus (COVID-19) moving across the globe. Predictions of the severity of the disease’s impact have sent financial markets spinning, causing widespread stockpiling of food and essentials, and sent America’s workforce home to ...

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Regulatory Efforts in the U.S. Present an Encouraging Perspective REGULATORY EFFORTS IN THE U.S. PRESENT AN ENCOURAGING PERSPECTIVE

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Mar 19, 2020

Government efforts to regulate AI in the United States have made significantly less progress than in the E.U. Several federal and local regulatory initiatives have been slow to move forward or were paused altogether. Many tech giants have taken it upon themselves to set forth AI ethics guidelines, t...

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5 Elements of a Comprehensive Government AI Strategy 5 ELEMENTS OF A COMPREHENSIVE GOVERNMENT AI STRATEGY

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Mar 18, 2020

The moral of the Terminator movies is this: Don't let something as powerful as artificial intelligence run amok. For government organizations looking to improve their operations with AI, that requires a comprehensive strategy. AI is essential technology. Our Deloitte Center for Government Insigh...

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Quick Steps to Prepare a Remote Work Policy for Your Local Government QUICK STEPS TO PREPARE A REMOTE WORK POLICY FOR YOUR LOCAL GOVERNMENT

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Mar 18, 2020

Work-from-home policies have typically been in place to provide better work-life balance options for staff members. Now, they take top priority as communities in the United States and around the world prepare to social distance and quarantine to slow the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Local gover...

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AI AI'S ROLE IN TRANSFORMING GOVERNMENT CALL CENTERS

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Mar 18, 2020

Government agencies are under pressure to deliver a quality of customer experience (CX) comparable to the commercial sector, prompting investment in technologies that support more responsive services, increased transparency and improved customer satisfaction. However, while businesses can measure re...

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Cybersecurity Must Be Embedded in Every Aspect of Government Technology CYBERSECURITY MUST BE EMBEDDED IN EVERY ASPECT OF GOVERNMENT TECHNOLOGY

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Mar 17, 2020

Cybersecurity has never been more important for every level of our government. The hacking attempts at major federal agencies have raised the profile of nefarious actors who use their highly advanced cyber skills to exploit both security and the vulnerabilities created by human error. Just last mont...

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How network modeling and cyber hygiene improve security odds for federal agencies HOW NETWORK MODELING AND CYBER HYGIENE IMPROVE SECURITY ODDS FOR FEDERAL AGENCIES

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Mar 17, 2020

Agencies that have built network infrastructure over decades may not be doing enough to manage basic cyber-hygiene practices and stay ahead of modern threats, cautions a new report. When out-of-date configuration rules lurk on networks, attackers essentially have a back door to walk into government ...

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5G security is all-important for governments 5G SECURITY IS ALL-IMPORTANT FOR GOVERNMENTS

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Mar 16, 2020

The 5G revolution is about to flip us from a society that “uses networks” to one that “runs on networks”. 5G will connect everyone to everything. It will combine with other key disruptors — the cloud, robotics, AI and machine-learning — to digitally transform even...

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Three pillars to digital government THREE PILLARS TO DIGITAL GOVERNMENT

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Mar 16, 2020

The 21st Century Integrated Digital Experience Act (IDEA) recently celebrated its one year anniversary. The goal of the legislation is to improve the way citizens interact with the federal government. The ability to provide a modern digital experience to citizens and employees is now a basic expecta...

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How Government Progressed Telecommunications over the decade? HOW GOVERNMENT PROGRESSED TELECOMMUNICATIONS OVER THE DECADE?

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Mar 15, 2020

2020 marks the beginning of a new decade with promises of a better digital future. From artificial intelligence to quantum computing and blockchain, a host of new technology solutions will make for a paradoxical and exciting 2020. Undoubtedly, 2020 will be a time of innovation as people better lever...

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Predictive Analytics: What Is It and How Can It Help the Federal Government? PREDICTIVE ANALYTICS: WHAT IS IT AND HOW CAN IT HELP THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT?

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Mar 13, 2020

The federal government sits on mounds of data and often organizes that information into data lakes to gain insights from it. However, another powerful tool in agencies’ IT arsenals that many have been busy deploying is predictive analytics. Predictive analytics tools allow the government to ge...

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Government Relief Programs for Small Businesses Affected by COVID-19 GOVERNMENT RELIEF PROGRAMS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES AFFECTED BY COVID-19

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Mar 13, 2020

Governments around the world are rolling out financial relief measures and programs to support small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Below, you'll find a list of available programs in different countries to help raise their visibility and keep you informed. We’ll be updating ...

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How Governments Can Access Grants to Fight Coronavirus HOW GOVERNMENTS CAN ACCESS GRANTS TO FIGHT CORONAVIRUS

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Mar 12, 2020

If we think about it, state and local governments are “the backbone of our public health system.” That’s how HHS Secretary, Alex Azar, put it in a recent funding announcement. This means states and local jurisdictions as well as tribal governments are on the frontlines when it come...

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DOE turns to AI to transform science DOE TURNS TO AI TO TRANSFORM SCIENCE

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Mar 11, 2020

To better manage the exponentially increasing amount of scientific data at the Department of Energy's high-end research facilities, the agency announced plans to invest up to $40 million to research how artificial intelligence and machine learning can spur transformative advances across scientif...

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Government communication with Industry about contracts GOVERNMENT COMMUNICATION WITH INDUSTRY ABOUT CONTRACTS

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Mar 10, 2020

I've always been a firm believer that frequent and substantive communications are the only way government can adequately communicate their requirements to industry. But, I'm frequently surprised by interactions with government folks who are hesitant or risk adverse about communication with i...

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4 ways government can use AI to track coronavirus 4 WAYS GOVERNMENT CAN USE AI TO TRACK CORONAVIRUS

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Mar 10, 2020

As of March 10, 2020, 467 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States. While governments across the globe are working in collaboration with local authorities and health-care providers to track, respond to and prevent the sprea...

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Ushering in the future of government pay USHERING IN THE FUTURE OF GOVERNMENT PAY

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Mar 09, 2020

There is a quiet revolution occurring in the world of federal payroll. This modernization started with the adoption of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) payroll, work schedule and leave management solutions, specifically for NewPay, which is bringing government pay processes into the modern era. NewPa...

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Why a federal court halted work on the Pentagon’s enterprise cloud WHY A FEDERAL COURT HALTED WORK ON THE PENTAGON’S ENTERPRISE CLOUD

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Mar 08, 2020

A newly unsealed court document shows that Amazon won its bid to halt work on the the Department of Defense’s multibillion-dollar Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud contract because the Pentagon erred in the evaluation process, not because of the political interference allega...

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The cybersecurity risks lurking in OMB’s data center policy THE CYBERSECURITY RISKS LURKING IN OMB’S DATA CENTER POLICY

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Mar 06, 2020

The Government Accountability Office warned the Office of Management and Budget in a March 5 report that its data center policy has created cybersecurity and oversight risks. The problems stem from a decision by OMB in June 2019 to revise in its Data Center Optimization Initiative what constitutes a...

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What Will State and Local Government Spend on IT in 2020? WHAT WILL STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT SPEND ON IT IN 2020?

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Mar 05, 2020

Technology industry executives assembled at the annual Beyond the Beltway event in Washington, D.C., today to hear from government chief information officers on their challenges and triumphs, and get a market forecast on what spending this year will look like. The Center for Digital Government's...

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US government agencies have shadow IT infrastructure problem, cybersecurity risks, says GAO US GOVERNMENT AGENCIES HAVE SHADOW IT INFRASTRUCTURE PROBLEM, CYBERSECURITY RISKS, SAYS GAO

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Mar 05, 2020

Federal agencies are facing increasing cybersecurity risks due to a bevy of IT facilities aren’t being tracked as full-fledged data centers, according to a General Accountability Office report. As noted previously, federal agencies have been consolidating and closing data centers over the year...

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Are Clear Goals the Secret to Better Federal IT Acquisition? ARE CLEAR GOALS THE SECRET TO BETTER FEDERAL IT ACQUISITION?

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Mar 04, 2020

The 10 most outdated legacy government IT systems cost taxpayers more than $337 million annually to keep running, with many operating with known security vulnerabilities, according to a Government Accountability Office report. While many of the risks associated with these legacy IT systems would be ...

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Modernizing Passwordless Authentication: What Enterprises Can Learn From the U.S. Government MODERNIZING PASSWORDLESS AUTHENTICATION: WHAT ENTERPRISES CAN LEARN FROM THE U.S. GOVERNMENT

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Mar 03, 2020

Passwordless authentication is a hot topic. Did you know that the U.S. federal government went passwordless more than 15 years ago? Well, kind of, as I’ll explain shortly. From 2010 to 2015, I worked for the Department of Homeland Security, and was part of driving this effort. We achieved a gr...

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How to secure the U.S. government’s technology supply chain HOW TO SECURE THE U.S. GOVERNMENT’S TECHNOLOGY SUPPLY CHAIN

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Mar 03, 2020

Fears of a full-on cyberattack, or more insidious scattered technical invasions, have escalated since the 2016 U.S. presidential election was found to be influenced by foreign hacking. More recently, unrest in the Middle East following U.S. threats of war against Iran, as well as the 2020 elections ...

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The Future of the US Federal Government THE FUTURE OF THE US FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

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Mar 03, 2020

Around the world, governments are dreaming about and deploying their visions of the future, and there are a lot of exciting and new things happening to take government to the next level. For example, we just announced the first FedRAMP Ready cloud-based SD-WAN solution to help government organizatio...

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8 Ways Old Government Budgeting Processes are Holding Your Team Back 8 WAYS OLD GOVERNMENT BUDGETING PROCESSES ARE HOLDING YOUR TEAM BACK

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Mar 02, 2020

The budget is the most significant and time-intensive policy document a government produces every year. Because the budget is such a politically important and sensitive document, it makes sense that most governments are cautious and protective of their budget process. But just because a process is f...

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Developing SaaS Solutions for Government Customers DEVELOPING SAAS SOLUTIONS FOR GOVERNMENT CUSTOMERS

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Mar 02, 2020

Application Development Manager Shany Wiesel discusses considerations for building and delivering solutions for customers using the Azure Gov cloud environment. Are you already developing and providing SaaS solution on Azure Commercial Cloud? Do you want to extend your customer base to Azure Gov? Ar...

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3 federal technology trends to watch this year 3 FEDERAL TECHNOLOGY TRENDS TO WATCH THIS YEAR

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Feb 27, 2020

We are entering a defining period for the federal government. Not only are we barreling toward another presidential election, but a continuing influx of emerging technologies will transform how agencies operate. “IT modernization” has been a catchphrase for years now, and we’ll see...

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Why Big Tech has Started Asking for More Government Regulation WHY BIG TECH HAS STARTED ASKING FOR MORE GOVERNMENT REGULATION

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Feb 27, 2020

The tech industry is the source of innovations that have changed the world. It’s also the center of public and government scrutiny within the past several years. As big tech continues to grow, so does criticism and backlash. Big tech refers to the biggest, most influential companies in the ind...

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3 Keys to Effectively Managing Microsoft Teams in Your Government Agency 3 KEYS TO EFFECTIVELY MANAGING MICROSOFT TEAMS IN YOUR GOVERNMENT AGENCY

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Feb 27, 2020

During the Ignite the Tour session “Managing Microsoft Teams Effectively” by Microsoft Teams Product Marketing Manager and Microsoft Teams Engineering Sr. Program Manager , the two walked attendees through everything government admins need to know regarding what controls are available to...

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The Future of Work in Government Drives Innovation THE FUTURE OF WORK IN GOVERNMENT DRIVES INNOVATION

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Feb 24, 2020

Government leaders recognize that modernizing the workforce and implementing strategies that empower workers are critical components in transforming the government. Strategic workforce management includes strengthening leadership of human capital systems, developing better human resources processes ...

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Top 10 Ways for Governments to Succeed with Machine Learning TOP 10 WAYS FOR GOVERNMENTS TO SUCCEED WITH MACHINE LEARNING

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Feb 24, 2020

The application of machine learning in computing has been one of the fastest-growing areas of information technology. Experienced government IT leaders understand that mining insights from data can transform their agency. I've experienced this same understanding as a professor at the University ...

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What Lies at the Foundation of Cyber Security of the U.S. Government? WHAT LIES AT THE FOUNDATION OF CYBER SECURITY OF THE U.S. GOVERNMENT?

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Feb 24, 2020

Today, I wanted to take a brief moment to share another simple fact with you that impacts national and global security. At the very foundation of cyber security of the entire United States Government lies a single technology - Active Directory. From the White House to the U.S. Senate and from the De...

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A Closer Look: The Department of Defense AI Ethical Principles A CLOSER LOOK: THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AI ETHICAL PRINCIPLES

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Feb 24, 2020

The U.S. Department of Defense officially adopted a series of ethical principles for Artificial Intelligence following recommendations provided to Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark Esper by the Defense Innovation Board last October. The DoD Joint Artificial Intelligence Center will be the focal point fo...

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How to Innovate While Overcoming Budget Challenges HOW TO INNOVATE WHILE OVERCOMING BUDGET CHALLENGES

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Feb 20, 2020

In its fiscal year 2021 budget proposal, the Trump administration is requesting nearly $92.2 billion for IT, which would be about $200 million above the level Congress set for fiscal 2020, including $52.9 billion for civilian agencies and $39 billion for defense. However, the administration is propo...

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Technology Readiness Levels: When Is Technology Safe for Adoption in Federal IT? TECHNOLOGY READINESS LEVELS: WHEN IS TECHNOLOGY SAFE FOR ADOPTION IN FEDERAL IT?

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Feb 19, 2020

Federal agencies are testing and deploying new technologies all the time, from telehealth to artificial intelligence. But how do agency IT leaders know when a technology is mature enough to move from a pilot program to a wider deployment? And how can agency leaders be sure that the technology will n...

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How Can States Best Quantify Cybersecurity Risk? HOW CAN STATES BEST QUANTIFY CYBERSECURITY RISK?

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Feb 19, 2020

Virginia recently adopted a fresh approach to quantifying cybersecurity risk in the face of limited resources and a surge of ransomware attacks, StateScoop reports. When developing the new model, the Virginia Information Technology Agency looked to “several leading standards for quantifying ri...

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9 ways IoT fleet management can improve government operations 9 WAYS IOT FLEET MANAGEMENT CAN IMPROVE GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS

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Feb 19, 2020

The valuable data that IoT-based fleet management solutions generate can be invaluable in helping government agencies improve their fleet operations and stretch their limited resources. Here are nine ways that agencies can leverage these solutions beyond the basic use of telematics.

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FCC to Vote on Crucial Spectrum Auction this Month FCC TO VOTE ON CRUCIAL SPECTRUM AUCTION THIS MONTH

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Feb 18, 2020

At the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) open meeting on February 28, the commissioners will vote on a critical matter regarding the nation’s spectrum policy. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has proposed a public auction for what is known as the C-Band of wireless spectrum. As of now, this band of...

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2020 Vision Outlook for Local Government Leaders 2020 VISION OUTLOOK FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT LEADERS

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Feb 18, 2020

We reached out to members and experts to get their opinion on a variety of issues that are impacting our communities today and over the coming years. Last year, our experts touched on financial literacy, performance management, transportation, and everything in between. This year’s predictions...

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3 PILLARS TO DIGITAL GOVERNMENT 3 PILLARS TO DIGITAL GOVERNMENT

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Feb 18, 2020

The 21st Century Integrated Digital Experience Act (IDEA) recently celebrated its one year anniversary. The goal of the legislation is to improve the way citizens interact with the federal government. The ability to provide a modern digital experience to citizens and employees is now a basic expecta...

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Washington Goes West: GTC 2020 Explores AI in Federal Government WASHINGTON GOES WEST: GTC 2020 EXPLORES AI IN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

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Feb 17, 2020

The future of government will come into focus in Silicon Valley next month when experts from industries and government converge to discuss AI and high performance computing at the NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference. Following on the success of GTC DC 2019, GTC 2020, taking place March 22-26 in San Jos...

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Securing the Government Cloud SECURING THE GOVERNMENT CLOUD

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Feb 13, 2020

Federal agencies have been migrating data and workloads to the cloud for over a decade now, but the ever-changing technology landscape can make it difficult to keep up with cybersecurity needs. Several government agencies have a role in ensuring federal cloud architectures are secure, including the ...

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Cybersecurity State Coordinator Act of 2020: Proposed Unification Through Communication CYBERSECURITY STATE COORDINATOR ACT OF 2020: PROPOSED UNIFICATION THROUGH COMMUNICATION

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Feb 13, 2020

As the United States voter population ramps for the 2020 election, states are starting to focus on increasing their cybersecurity controls to protect the elections process from malicious actors. In June 2019, the Ohio Secretary of State issued a directive to boards of elections regarding vulnerabili...

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Explainability: Expanding Beyond Transparency in White House Artificial Intelligence Guidance EXPLAINABILITY: EXPANDING BEYOND TRANSPARENCY IN WHITE HOUSE ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE GUIDANCE

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Feb 13, 2020

In early January the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) published draft guidance to agencies calling for careful and thoughtful artificial intelligence (AI) regulation. The number one principle in the proposed AI guidance is Public Trust in AI. We applaud the White House for highlight...

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Quantum Computing Research Gets Boost from Federal Government QUANTUM COMPUTING RESEARCH GETS BOOST FROM FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

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Feb 13, 2020

The US federal government is investing heavily in research on quantum computing, and AI is helping to boost the development. The White House is pushing to add an additional billion dollars to fund AI research that would increase AI R&D funding research to nearly $2 billion and quantum computing ...

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How Can State and Local Agencies Better Collaborate on Cybersecurity? HOW CAN STATE AND LOCAL AGENCIES BETTER COLLABORATE ON CYBERSECURITY?

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Feb 12, 2020

Some state governments, such as Massachusetts, have established formal plans to work with localities within their states on cybersecurity. However, as ransomware attacks proliferate across the country and strike big cities and small towns alike, state-level organizations say there needs to be greate...

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Bill Offers $400M for State, Local Government Cybersecurity BILL OFFERS $400M FOR STATE, LOCAL GOVERNMENT CYBERSECURITY

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Feb 12, 2020

With state and local governments beset by a precipitous rise in cyberattacks, new federal legislation might provide some necessary cover where needed. The State and Local Cybersecurity Improvement Act would create a grant program worth $400 million to finance cybersecurity efforts in communities acr...

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What’s Next in Intelligent Automation at Federal Agencies WHAT’S NEXT IN INTELLIGENT AUTOMATION AT FEDERAL AGENCIES

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Feb 12, 2020

Intelligent automation combines Artificial Intelligence (AI), Robotic Process Automation (RPA), and Robotic Workforce Management (RWM) with workflow and low-code development to quickly deliver results. In the federal government, IT and program executives are using intelligent automation to modernize...

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U.S. Air Force and Microsoft partner to empower airmen with modern IT U.S. AIR FORCE AND MICROSOFT PARTNER TO EMPOWER AIRMEN WITH MODERN IT

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Feb 11, 2020

The U.S. Air Force is breaking the glass as a leader in harnessing the power of cloud, rapidly rolling out modern services to enable airmen to advance the mission through more effective collaboration. As part of their digital transformation journey to achieve global access, persistence, and awarenes...

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How 3 U.S. government agencies use Smartsheet to achieve their missions HOW 3 U.S. GOVERNMENT AGENCIES USE SMARTSHEET TO ACHIEVE THEIR MISSIONS

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Feb 10, 2020

Federal government agencies use Smartsheet Gov, a work execution platform designed especially for government agencies, to make work processes more speedy and effective, empower their workers to have higher visibility into information and metrics, and ultimately achieve more. Federal agencies are loo...

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Why the Government Needs To Create A $10B Venture Fund for Artificial Intelligence WHY THE GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO CREATE A $10B VENTURE FUND FOR ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

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Feb 07, 2020

The greatest threat to our national security is not China, it’s the growing misalignment between the government and emerging technology companies. The U.S. government does not have a unified national agenda regarding artificial intelligence that has broad industry alignment, government investm...

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Election Security 2020: How the Federal Government is Preparing to Protect the Vote ELECTION SECURITY 2020: HOW THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS PREPARING TO PROTECT THE VOTE

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Feb 06, 2020

While voting systems and election security rest squarely with state and local officials, federal authorities want it known that they are here to help. “We don’t own and operate the systems. Our job is to help them to increase their security posture and their resilience in the face of thr...

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Government Agencies Need to Improve Their Digital Defenses in 2020 GOVERNMENT AGENCIES NEED TO IMPROVE THEIR DIGITAL DEFENSES IN 2020

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Feb 05, 2020

Government agencies are under fire from criminal hackers. But this year, the stakes are high. Two really big events are happening in 2020: The good news, at least on the federal level, is that the Department of Defense requested a 5% cybersecurity budget increase for fiscal year 2020. But the unsett...

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What Government Can Learn from a New AI Playbook WHAT GOVERNMENT CAN LEARN FROM A NEW AI PLAYBOOK

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Feb 05, 2020

Federal agencies are starting to use artificial intelligence in a variety of ways to enhance their missions, including to increase cybersecurity, to process packages more efficiently and even to help battle diseases. However, the government currently has an ad hoc process for developing and implemen...

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Federal IT Policies Driving Migration to Cloud Ready Networks FEDERAL IT POLICIES DRIVING MIGRATION TO CLOUD READY NETWORKS

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Feb 04, 2020

Two major government IT policy developments over the past year are working to drive the pace and sophistication of Federal cloud-based network adoption – and the advent of Cloud Ready Networks (CRN) that are designed to accommodate those policy trends and the long-term benefits they envision.

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5 AI trends that will change you and your customer 5 AI TRENDS THAT WILL CHANGE YOU AND YOUR CUSTOMER

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Feb 03, 2020

Over the past two years, the long-awaited promise of artificial intelligence for the federal government has started to become a reality. During this exciting time of technology evolution, there has been a lot of exploration, collaboration and information-sharing with industry. Not long ago, AI solut...

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HOW TO ESTABLISH AN EFFECTIVE CLOUD GOVERNANCE PLAN HOW TO ESTABLISH AN EFFECTIVE CLOUD GOVERNANCE PLAN

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Feb 03, 2020

The growing complexity of cloud computing has good intentions, but it can also leave agencies struggling to adapt their existing cybersecurity strategies. Cloud computing coupled with advances in mobile computing and the Internet of Things (IoT) has allowed organizations to greatly extend their netw...

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3 Things Government Can Learn About Cloud from the Private Sector 3 THINGS GOVERNMENT CAN LEARN ABOUT CLOUD FROM THE PRIVATE SECTOR

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Feb 03, 2020

Throughout the last decade, cloud technology has upended the way organizations look at IT infrastructure and management, engendering a shift in the way data is stored and transferred. Fast forward to 2020, however, and many private organizations are determining that rather than a complete move to th...

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Government outlook good for wind power, less for coal GOVERNMENT OUTLOOK GOOD FOR WIND POWER, LESS FOR COAL

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Feb 03, 2020

There’s good news and bad news for the workboat industry in the federal government’s annual energy outlook that was released last week. Those involved or seeking to be active in the offshore wind industry would be pleased with the prediction that renewable power — especially solar ...

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What Government Poverty Statistics Leave Out WHAT GOVERNMENT POVERTY STATISTICS LEAVE OUT

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Feb 02, 2020

While pressing her agenda to expand means-tested welfare programs, Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is claiming that the federal government’s poverty statistics vastly undercount the number of Americans who are “destitute.” In reality, the exact opposite is true be...

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Major U.S. airlines cancel China flights as government steps up warnings MAJOR U.S. AIRLINES CANCEL CHINA FLIGHTS AS GOVERNMENT STEPS UP WARNINGS

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Jan 31, 2020

All three major U.S. airlines announced the cancellation of flights to mainland China on Friday as the U.S. government unveiled additional steps to curb the spread of the coronavirus, which originated in China. The trio of carriers, United Airlines Holdings Inc (UAL.O), Delta Air Lines Inc (DAL.N) a...

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What Is 5G Technology, and What Does It Mean for Federal IT? WHAT IS 5G TECHNOLOGY, AND WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR FEDERAL IT?

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Jan 30, 2020

5G wireless networks are likely going to become more widely deployed this year as the nation’s wireless carriers start ramping up their coverage. The federal government’s use of 5G will also likely remain experimental in nature as the technology matures and more devices become available....

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Can the US-China trade deal be enforced? CAN THE US-CHINA TRADE DEAL BE ENFORCED?

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Jan 30, 2020

President Trump and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He signed the U.S.-China "phase one" trade deal this month. President Trump touted the significance of this deal, stating: “Nobody has ever seen anything like it. This is the biggest deal there is anywhere in the world, by far.” But ...

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SaaS Secures and Simplifies Email for Government Workers SAAS SECURES AND SIMPLIFIES EMAIL FOR GOVERNMENT WORKERS

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Jan 29, 2020

Kerry Collins would not tolerate the situation any longer. As the information systems director for Cass County in Michigan, Collins had led the county’s transition from a premises-based, self-hosted email system to a solution hosted in the cloud. Collins had made the move to reduce the need fo...

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A New Decade and New Cybersecurity Orders at the FTC A NEW DECADE AND NEW CYBERSECURITY ORDERS AT THE FTC

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Jan 29, 2020

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), America’s de facto consumer cybersecurity regulator, is welcoming the 2020s with a shift in its approach to cybersecurity. On Jan. 6, Andrew Smith, the director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection, announced via blog post that in the previous year the commi...

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A government perspective: Tech Trends 2020 A GOVERNMENT PERSPECTIVE: TECH TRENDS 2020

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Jan 29, 2020

The technologies that enhance our organizations and our lives are more powerful—and more essential—than ever before. Forward-thinking organizations, including governments, understand the technological forces that surround them and look for ways to harness them for the benefit of customer...

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The Federal Data Strategy Action Plan: A Path to AI Enablement THE FEDERAL DATA STRATEGY ACTION PLAN: A PATH TO AI ENABLEMENT

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Jan 28, 2020

Since the release of the final Federal Data Strategy Action Plan (henceforth FDSAP) the end of last year, much has been written about the Federal Data Strategy. However, little has been written to connect the important role it can play in enabling the adoption of AI within the federal public sector....

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The Evolution of Government Technology THE EVOLUTION OF GOVERNMENT TECHNOLOGY

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Jan 28, 2020

Over the last few decades, government technologies have gotten faster, cheaper, and in some ways have changed the industry as a whole. In the early 2000’s we saw government agencies replacing mainframes with personal computers. This saved a lot of money and allowed them to work on targeted pro...

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How can U.S. government regulate Tesla now? HOW CAN U.S. GOVERNMENT REGULATE TESLA NOW?

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Jan 27, 2020

It would be difficult to quantify just how many federal government or affiliated agencies regulate Elon Musk's massive business empire — most notably Tesla Inc. As a publicly traded auto manufacturer, Tesla must answer to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the National Tra...

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How Government Gets it Right on Privacy HOW GOVERNMENT GETS IT RIGHT ON PRIVACY

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Jan 27, 2020

The American public rightfully expects government and businesses alike to be responsible stewards of information. Emerging trends to use more data for enhancing decisions face reasonable tensions with what is ethical, practical, and necessary in modern society. This is why data privacy now affects e...

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What Makes a Successful Mentor in the Local Government Space WHAT MAKES A SUCCESSFUL MENTOR IN THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT SPACE

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Jan 24, 2020

January is National Mentoring Month and what better way to start a new year than to reflect on the impact a mentor had on your career. Better still, how can you be a mentor to someone as they navigate their professional development? We reached out to our ICMA network and pulled together helpful tips...

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AI for government finance & accounting: Understanding value & overcoming human barriers AI FOR GOVERNMENT FINANCE & ACCOUNTING: UNDERSTANDING VALUE & OVERCOMING HUMAN BARRIERS

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Jan 23, 2020

Klaus Schwab, the Founder and Chairman of the World Economic Forum, shares in his book, “The Fourth Industrial Revolution,” that artificial intelligence (AI) will perform 30% of corporate audits by 2025. While any estimate of change is just that, an estimate, the pace of change is govern...

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How Credible Are the White House’s AI Regulation Principles? HOW CREDIBLE ARE THE WHITE HOUSE’S AI REGULATION PRINCIPLES?

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Jan 23, 2020

The presence of artificial intelligence in our lives will continue to grow. Considering the degree of alarm that AI has triggered in the general population, we can expect a deeper dose of laws and regulations governing how the technology is deployed, used, and managed. It’s a bit amusing that ...

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Data, Data, Everywhere: Challenges and Opportunities of Using Data in Your Local Government Organization DATA, DATA, EVERYWHERE: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES OF USING DATA IN YOUR LOCAL GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATION

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Jan 22, 2020

Data privacy, data standards, data bias, open data portals…with all these solutions and social issues, how can local government managers improve their organizations’ operations, customer service, and policy decision-making with data? Members of ICMA’s Smart Communities Advisory Bo...

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Email malware targets U.S. senator and military EMAIL MALWARE TARGETS U.S. SENATOR AND MILITARY

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Jan 22, 2020

Cybersecurity researchers are sounding the alarm about Emotet, a powerful email malware that is now being used to attack U.S. government and military targets. After a brief break over the holidays, security companies are now seeing a resurgence in how often the malware is used against businesses and...

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Trump Administration Outlines Approach to Regulating AI TRUMP ADMINISTRATION OUTLINES APPROACH TO REGULATING AI

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Jan 22, 2020

Whether in driverless cars, automated assistants, or other applications that have yet to be developed, artificial intelligence (AI) holds promise for improving lives and increasing economic productivity. Yet while the technology is still being developed, the government’s regulatory approach ha...

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How the 3 Dimensions of Customer Experience Serve Government Agencies HOW THE 3 DIMENSIONS OF CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE SERVE GOVERNMENT AGENCIES

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Jan 22, 2020

Customer service has long been a part of government agency culture — focus on direct customer interactions and giving customers the best possible service. While customer service is still part of what agencies do, it’s an organization-centric approach. Today, measure success by customer e...

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It’s 2020. Time for Intelligent Automation in Government IT’S 2020. TIME FOR INTELLIGENT AUTOMATION IN GOVERNMENT

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Jan 22, 2020

As we start a new decade, it’s obvious that data is fueling innovation in cities around the world. However, the explosion of simply too much data has propelled cities to embrace intelligent automation solutions powered by predictive analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) to extract better ...

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When Is VDI the Best Fit for Local Governments in 2020? WHEN IS VDI THE BEST FIT FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS IN 2020?

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Jan 21, 2020

Although virtual desktop infrastructure existed for more than a decade, VDI is only now starting to take off for state and local governments. Interest in VDI among government agencies is finally widespread and growing. “Traditionally, a lot of us are used to having a laptop in front of us or a...

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Building the government of the future right now BUILDING THE GOVERNMENT OF THE FUTURE RIGHT NOW

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Jan 21, 2020

2020 marks the beginning of a new decade and a future where government’s ability to adapt and evolve will define success in serving citizens. Governments aren’t just adopting new technologies, but many are embracing a “digital first” approach. While the use of technology by g...

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Recent Federal Government Action On Artificial Intelligence And Next Generation Technologies RECENT FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ACTION ON ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND NEXT GENERATION TECHNOLOGIES

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Jan 20, 2020

Last week the Trump administration released a set of regulatory artificial intelligence (AI) principles to govern the development of AI in the private sector. As private industry and government stakeholders increase their efforts to advance AI, the new principles are viewed as a necessary governance...

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Ohio Chief Information Officer Shares 2020 IT Strategies OHIO CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER SHARES 2020 IT STRATEGIES

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Jan 19, 2020

When Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine was elected as the 70th governor of Ohio in November 2018, he appointed Ervan Rodgers II as the state’s chief information officer (CIO). Rodgers, who served as CIO at the Ohio Attorney General’s Office for more than four years under DeWine, began hi...

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Americans trust Amazon and Google more than the police or the government AMERICANS TRUST AMAZON AND GOOGLE MORE THAN THE POLICE OR THE GOVERNMENT

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Jan 18, 2020

In fact, more people trust Amazon AMZN, -0.70% and Google GOOG, +1.98% will “do what is right” than they trust teachers, police officers, Donald Trump, the U.S. government or the news media, according to a nationwide survey from Morning Consult. The digital media and research company ask...

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12 Global Government Agencies That Use Chatbots 12 GLOBAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES THAT USE CHATBOTS

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Jan 17, 2020

For ages, governments and their agencies across the world have been struggling and spending billions of dollars to find innovative ways for quick delivery of government services to the public. Observing the solutions delivered by chatbots to the business world, some government agencies have opted to...

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Transparency in Federal Government: Commerce Department Makes its Data Accessible to Citizens with New Interactive Tool TRANSPARENCY IN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT: COMMERCE DEPARTMENT MAKES ITS DATA ACCESSIBLE TO CITIZENS WITH NEW INTERACTIVE TOOL

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Jan 16, 2020

As America’s “Data Agency” and co-leader of the Data Goal in the President’s Management Agenda, the Department of Commerce is leading improvement in how federal agencies make data accessible and useful to the American public. With the launch of Commerce Performance Data Pro, ...

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US Government Gives Free Smartphones to Those in Need US GOVERNMENT GIVES FREE SMARTPHONES TO THOSE IN NEED

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Jan 16, 2020

As part of its Lifeline Assistance program, the United States government has for years handed out free smartphones to low-income households, along with the provision of cheap or free data plans. According to a new report from Forbes, it now appears that the Android phones handed out through Assuranc...

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The Rise of Chief Data Officers in the Federal Government THE RISE OF CHIEF DATA OFFICERS IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

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Jan 16, 2020

With the US Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) recent release of the Federal Data Strategy 2020 Year One Action Plan, there is now unprecedented opportunity in the coming decade to fundamentally change—for the better—the Federal Government’s approach to leveraging data a...

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Federal Reserve Underwrites Washington’s Spending Binge FEDERAL RESERVE UNDERWRITES WASHINGTON’S SPENDING BINGE

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Jan 15, 2020

the U.S. Federal Reserve announced it would begin buying billions of Treasury bills every month to ensure the nation’s banking system would have “ample reserves” through the end of 2019 as part of its efforts to help prevent a liquidity crisis from wreaking havoc in U.S. money mark...

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5G Network Security: U.S. Strategy Takes Shape 5G NETWORK SECURITY: U.S. STRATEGY TAKES SHAPE

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Jan 14, 2020

After years of hype on 5G wireless technology, a U.S. national strategy to secure new network build outs is beginning to take shape as widespread implementation nears. Last week, the House took a few steps in that direction by passing three bipartisan measures aimed at protecting fifth generation wi...

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Deep Dive: U.S. Federal Government’s Security and Privacy Practices DEEP DIVE: U.S. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT’S SECURITY AND PRIVACY PRACTICES

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Jan 14, 2020

In April 2019, the Internet Society’s Online Trust Alliance released its 10th Annual Online Trust Audit & Honor Roll. The Audit looks at the security and privacy practices of over 1,000 of the top sites on the Internet, from retailers to government sites. In this post we will take a deeper...

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How Technology Companies Lobby the Federal Government HOW TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES LOBBY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

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Jan 14, 2020

If you think all companies that lobby the United States government are military contractors or oil companies, you might be surprised. Many major technology vendors are high up on the list. And the quarterly lobbying reports for the federal government, which just came out, are always fascinating read...

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How the government wants agencies to regulate AI HOW THE GOVERNMENT WANTS AGENCIES TO REGULATE AI

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Jan 13, 2020

The Office of Management and Budget released a draft memorandum Jan. 13 providing guidance to agencies on how they should approach regulation of industry’s artificial intelligence applications. The guidance emphasizes that agencies should consider how any regulatory action would potentially hi...

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White House proposes guidelines for regulating the use of artificial intelligence WHITE HOUSE PROPOSES GUIDELINES FOR REGULATING THE USE OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

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Jan 12, 2020

The Trump administration is proposing new rules to guide future federal regulation of artificial intelligence used in medicine, transportation and other industries. But the vagueness of the principles announced by the White House is unlikely to satisfy AI watchdogs who have warned of a lack of accou...

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US government urges everyone to update Mozilla Firefox to v72.0.1 because of an active exploit that allows remote code execution US GOVERNMENT URGES EVERYONE TO UPDATE MOZILLA FIREFOX TO V72.0.1 BECAUSE OF AN ACTIVE EXPLOIT THAT ALLOWS REMOTE CODE EXECUTION

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Jan 10, 2020

The US government’s Department of Homeland Security is urging all Firefox users to update to v72.0.1 as soon as possible. Earlier this week, a zero day vulnerability was found in the then most current version of the Firefox browser by Mozilla which allows hackers to take over your computer. Wh...

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CCPA Is Now in Effect CCPA IS NOW IN EFFECT

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Jan 10, 2020

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), a bill that enhances data protections for the roughly 40 million residents of California, officially took effect Jan. 1. CCPA, which was signed into law in June 2018, gives state residents the right to know which personal data is being collected about them...

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The US Takes First Step in Global AI Battle THE US TAKES FIRST STEP IN GLOBAL AI BATTLE

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Jan 09, 2020

The U.S. Government took measures to restrict exports of certain types of artificial intelligence (artificial intelligence) software to other countries in an effort to keep such technology out of the hands of rival powers like China. It is the first incident in what could be considered the equivalen...

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Protecting innovation and privacy and the role of government PROTECTING INNOVATION AND PRIVACY AND THE ROLE OF GOVERNMENT

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Jan 08, 2020

As states work on individual regulations surrounding data privacy, groups and companies including Facebook are looking to the federal government to come up with a uniform, consistent law, according to panelists during a discussion about innovation and privacy at CES 2020 in Las Vegas. With data shar...

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White House Sets Out A.I. Principles for Federal Agencies WHITE HOUSE SETS OUT A.I. PRINCIPLES FOR FEDERAL AGENCIES

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Jan 08, 2020

Artificial intelligence (A.I.) and machine learning have evolved from science fiction to something that many tech companies are actively working on. Which means, of course, that the federal government is now looking at whether A.I. needs regulation. According to Axios, the White House is “warn...

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How Automation Can Elevate Government Performance HOW AUTOMATION CAN ELEVATE GOVERNMENT PERFORMANCE

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Jan 07, 2020

Measuring performance is one of the trickiest challenges for government executives. Without a stock price or revenues to chart, government generally gets graded through a series of negatives — think backlogs, errors, and inspector general findings. A good positive playbook for boosting governm...

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Introducing RelativityOne Government INTRODUCING RELATIVITYONE GOVERNMENT

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Jan 06, 2020

Government matters are some of the most sensitive out there, and no amount of vulnerability is acceptable to the teams working with such high-stakes data. These projects are also complex, demanding, and ever-changing, where a seemingly small case can turn into a large one overnight—with unpred...

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TydenBrooks Works with Government to Provide Security TYDENBROOKS WORKS WITH GOVERNMENT TO PROVIDE SECURITY

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Jan 06, 2020

The U.S. Government provides safety and security for our country and its citizens. To do this, the government must also have security strategies to protect national, state, and local interests. From Homeland Security to the Fish and Wildlife Department, different security strategies are needed to pr...

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5 Ways Technology Will Revolutionize Government in the 2020s 5 WAYS TECHNOLOGY WILL REVOLUTIONIZE GOVERNMENT IN THE 2020S

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Jan 06, 2020

The 2010s brought with it a transformative wave of enhanced tech capabilities to the federal government, enabling applications that have fundamentally changed how the government provides services to its citizens. These new technological capabilities, however, have also created unprecedented challeng...

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Government Grants Within The United States Science and Technology Sector GOVERNMENT GRANTS WITHIN THE UNITED STATES SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY SECTOR

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Jan 04, 2020

The United States of America prides itself as one of the most mechanically propelled nations on the planet. Boosting a portion of this current age’s greatest cutting edge inquire about research centers, the United States government is always searching for approaches to help and improve the cou...

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An imperfect US-China deal may be better than no deal at all AN IMPERFECT US-CHINA DEAL MAY BE BETTER THAN NO DEAL AT ALL

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Jan 04, 2020

President Trump boosted hopes for peace in the U.S.-China trade war by announcing that a “Phase One” deal would be signed on January 15. Now both his supporters and his critics are anxious to see what the deal includes. Details of the agreement have emerged slowly. Last October, the Whit...

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Use Customer Experience Technology Wisely: 4 Tips for Government Agencies USE CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE TECHNOLOGY WISELY: 4 TIPS FOR GOVERNMENT AGENCIES

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Jan 02, 2020

Let’s say you arrive at work and discover that your budget request for new technology has been approved. Jackpot! Now you can start developing and deploying technology to improve your agency’s effectiveness and efficiency. After all, improving customer experience is your top priority. Bu...

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Government Seeks Forward-Looking Industry Solutions GOVERNMENT SEEKS FORWARD-LOOKING INDUSTRY SOLUTIONS

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Jan 01, 2020

The U.S. military relies heavily on companies to research, develop and manufacture innovative technologies to support missions. This hasn’t always been the case. A century ago, it was often the armed services that conceived and created the latest solutions. But when the world goes to war, it&r...

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Incoming: What Local Governments Can Learn From Federal Cybersecurity Efforts INCOMING: WHAT LOCAL GOVERNMENTS CAN LEARN FROM FEDERAL CYBERSECURITY EFFORTS

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Jan 01, 2020

Long before the federal government charged two defendants in 2018 for ransomware attacks on municipal computer systems—including Atlanta’s—cities found ways to make do during these outages. Police wrote reports by hand, traffic tickets were paid in person and social media kept ever...

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The 5 Most Important Federal Government Tech Predictions to Watch in 2020 THE 5 MOST IMPORTANT FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TECH PREDICTIONS TO WATCH IN 2020

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Dec 30, 2019

It’s taken a while for the U.S. federal government to fully climb aboard the emerging technology train, but as 2020 approaches it is clear that more agencies are ready to ride—and steer—the train toward new digital trends. Which technologies are likely to attract the most attention...

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Top 12 Data Science Use Cases in Government TOP 12 DATA SCIENCE USE CASES IN GOVERNMENT

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Dec 26, 2019

Big data analytics has been applied to different spheres of human life. One of the best features of data analytics is its adaptability and wide application specter. We have come through the whole series of articles concerning data science application in various spheres that are proving this statemen...

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The New U.S. Government Spending Bill: 10 Tax Changes For 2020 THE NEW U.S. GOVERNMENT SPENDING BILL: 10 TAX CHANGES FOR 2020

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Dec 24, 2019

On December 20, 2019, President Trump signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020 into law. While this is essentially a government-spending bill for the year 2020, among the 700+ pages of this bill are various changes that may affect your taxes. This includes the SECURE Act, which primarily cha...

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4 Ways to Prepare Government Apps for Cloud 4 WAYS TO PREPARE GOVERNMENT APPS FOR CLOUD

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Dec 23, 2019

Despite all the talk of better strategies and procurement practices in the Cloud Smart era, federal agencies are still struggling with their cloud migrations. Half of federal CIOs believe the cloud is only partly delivering on anticipated benefits, while 16 percent think cloud technology is hardly d...

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US government study ignites racial bias debate in facial recognition tools US GOVERNMENT STUDY IGNITES RACIAL BIAS DEBATE IN FACIAL RECOGNITION TOOLS

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Dec 23, 2019

Many facial recognition systems misidentify people of colour more often than white people, according to a US government study, adding fuel to the scepticism over the technology widely used by law enforcement agencies. The study by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) found that,...

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America Needs To Create Alternatives To China And Huawei AMERICA NEEDS TO CREATE ALTERNATIVES TO CHINA AND HUAWEI'S 5G MARKET DOMINANCE

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Dec 22, 2019

At the recent NATO Leaders Summit in London, President Trump was clear about how he and the United States government view Chinese Communist Party (CCP) linked telecommunications equipment manufacturers like Huawei and ZTE, when he said, “I do think it’s a security risk, a security danger...

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Digital Transformation for Governments DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION FOR GOVERNMENTS

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Dec 22, 2019

Government agencies often struggle to remain on the leading edge of digital technology advancements due to a lack of commitment to IT modernization and budget constraints. However, advancements in technology are better able to address common issues faced by the government including security, migrati...

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Debate on state and local tax deduction ignores its origins DEBATE ON STATE AND LOCAL TAX DEDUCTION IGNORES ITS ORIGINS

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Dec 19, 2019

The current reframing of the state and local tax, or “SALT,” deduction is a clear departure from the original principles outlined during the 1913 implementation of the U.S. Constitution’s 16th Amendment. Rather than today’s “red versus blue” or “rich versus ...

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5 Reasons for Government Agencies to Modernize their Data Warehouses With BigQuery 5 REASONS FOR GOVERNMENT AGENCIES TO MODERNIZE THEIR DATA WAREHOUSES WITH BIGQUERY

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Dec 19, 2019

As entire industries rapidly digitalize, citizens are increasingly demanding that public-sector agencies provide the same response, access, and ease of use they’ve come to expect from private-sector businesses. This is the crux behind federal IT modernization initiatives, such as the President...

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America versus China in the race to 5G AMERICA VERSUS CHINA IN THE RACE TO 5G

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Dec 18, 2019

Ancient China made achievements that would have made medieval Europe blush. Chinese shipwrights made vessels 10 times bigger than Columbus’ Santa Maria and were sailing to Africa decades before he was even born. But China failed to spread colonial power the way Europe did. Why? The fault lies ...

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Spending bill to avoid government shutdown includes millions of dollars for Georgia SPENDING BILL TO AVOID GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN INCLUDES MILLIONS OF DOLLARS FOR GEORGIA

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Dec 18, 2019

The U.S. Senate is expected to vote Thursday – one day before the deadline to avoid a federal government shutdown – on legislation that includes $1.4 trillion in spending. Benefits for Georgia in the package include the continued expansion of Savannah’s port and new disaster aid fo...

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AI and data in government: 2019’s 5 biggest trends AI AND DATA IN GOVERNMENT: 2019’S 5 BIGGEST TRENDS

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Dec 18, 2019

2019 has been a breakthrough year for data and AI in government. Around the world, public institutions are experimenting with these new technologies — but with new tools also comes new questions. For example, how will we protect privacy and data rights? Throughout 2019 I have published a month...

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How open innovation can transform the government technology playing field HOW OPEN INNOVATION CAN TRANSFORM THE GOVERNMENT TECHNOLOGY PLAYING FIELD

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Dec 17, 2019

“Open” tournaments in sports -- such as the U.S. Open in tennis or golf -- bring together the best players in the world, and the public sees high performance achieved as the field narrows. But a key feature of open competitions is the possibility of new entrants who bring innovative play...

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Helping Government Jump Start AI HELPING GOVERNMENT JUMP START AI

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Dec 17, 2019

The Federal government took important steps forward with artificial intelligence (AI) technology policy in 2019 with the AI Executive Order, the DoD AI strategy, and the OPEN Government Act. With that said, however, weaving AI into our Federal DNA means integrating with (often aging) agency infrastr...

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How Excessive Federal Spending Sparked a Liquidity Crisis HOW EXCESSIVE FEDERAL SPENDING SPARKED A LIQUIDITY CRISIS

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Dec 16, 2019

Since mid-September 2019, the U.S. Federal Reserve has been fighting to contain a liquidity crisis in the nation’s money markets that was caused in large part by excessive spending by the U.S. government. That surge in spending was prompted by “the worst budget deal in history” in ...

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DOD CIO: JEDI TO ACCELERATE DEVOPS, AI WORK DOD CIO: JEDI TO ACCELERATE DEVOPS, AI WORK

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Dec 12, 2019

Even as the Defense Department launches its much-anticipated Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) program, DoD Chief Information Officer Dana Deasy already is looking ahead to the ways in which the department might leverage the enterprise cloud platform to support key components of its bro...

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Watch These 4 IT Trends in State and Local Government in 2020 WATCH THESE 4 IT TRENDS IN STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT IN 2020

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Dec 12, 2019

The condition of state and local government IT going into 2020 is something of a paradox. According to a report released in October 2019 from the National Association of State Chief Information Officers and Accenture, “The Future State CIO: How the Role Will Drive Innovation,” 83 percent...

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Accenture Federal Services Government Low-Code Insights ACCENTURE FEDERAL SERVICES GOVERNMENT LOW-CODE INSIGHTS

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Dec 11, 2019

Legacy system modernization is the bane of certain IT departments within the federal government. Some enterprise resource platforms can be big, heavily customized, and written in older coding languages. Couple that with the fact that many agencies spend so much on maintaining their legacy systems, t...

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How Feds Can Benefit from Lessons Learned from the Government Shutdown HOW FEDS CAN BENEFIT FROM LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

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Dec 11, 2019

The immediate impact of the 35-day partial government shutdown earlier this year was emotional and quantifiable: lost pay, lost projects, lost time and plenty of frustration. And the long-term effect of the longest shutdown in U.S. history still resonates. In a report released on Sept. 17, agencies ...

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HOW US GOVERNMENT AGENCIES ARE EXPLORING THE POTENTIALS OF DATA SCIENCE? HOW US GOVERNMENT AGENCIES ARE EXPLORING THE POTENTIALS OF DATA SCIENCE?

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Dec 10, 2019

Data science is weaved into our lives in many aspects. Its range of adaptability across industries and sectors is wide. Not only in private organizations, but data science serves in the public sector as well. The government agencies and institutions are using the technology to serve their country an...

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Open Source and AI: Ready for primetime in government? OPEN SOURCE AND AI: READY FOR PRIMETIME IN GOVERNMENT?

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Dec 09, 2019

The U.S. government is increasingly using open source software as a way to save money and rollout the best technology. The government is also pushing development of artificial intelligence to improve everything from combat readiness to Naval maintenance programs. The Office of Management Budget rele...

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FOUNDATIONS FOR FEDERAL DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION FOUNDATIONS FOR FEDERAL DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

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Dec 09, 2019

We all know that digital transformation is top of mind for the federal IT community. Too often, however, it’s a term that’s thrown around without a real understanding of what it means or what it takes to be successful. Based on my experience as a chief information officer, it’s vit...

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NSW government pledges increased transparency in its AI agenda NSW GOVERNMENT PLEDGES INCREASED TRANSPARENCY IN ITS AI AGENDA

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Dec 09, 2019

New South Wales Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello has pledged that transparency will be the focus for the state government when it formally launches its artificial intelligence (AI) strategy early March next year. "As a citizen, the biggest question in the next five to 10 years is ...

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How to Kick-Start the Digital Transformation of Your Local Government HOW TO KICK-START THE DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION OF YOUR LOCAL GOVERNMENT

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Dec 09, 2019

Whether yours is a city of one million or a village of 3,000 your current government delivery model is reaching its end of life. Widespread broadband, social media proliferation, and digital customer service expectations are revolutionizing the ways that consumers interact with brands—and the ...

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Transparency key for government AI initiatives: Dominello TRANSPARENCY KEY FOR GOVERNMENT AI INITIATIVES: DOMINELLO

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Dec 07, 2019

New South Wales customer service minister Victor Dominello says acceptance of government use of artificial intelligence (AI) will have to be built on what he describes as the “four pillars of trust”: Privacy, security, transparency and ethics. “I think trust is always an issue,&rdq...

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Successful AI Stems from Human-Centered Design, Fed Leaders Agree SUCCESSFUL AI STEMS FROM HUMAN-CENTERED DESIGN, FED LEADERS AGREE

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Dec 05, 2019

Federal artificial intelligence (AI) technology leaders agreed today that a human-centered approach to data management and automation generates stakeholder buy-in and improves agencywide perceptions of AI projects. At CXO Tech Forum: AI and Robotics Process Automation (RPA) in Government on Dec. 5, ...

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HOUSTON, WE HAVE A SOLYNDRA PROBLEM – THE ROLE OF GOVERNMENT IN SPURRING INNOVATION HOUSTON, WE HAVE A SOLYNDRA PROBLEM – THE ROLE OF GOVERNMENT IN SPURRING INNOVATION

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Dec 05, 2019

Once upon a time… in what seems (today) to be a land far, far away… there was a potentially world-changing company called Solyndra. Solyndra was supposed to be a breakthrough company on multiple levels. It was a company with the best next-generation tech and with government support. It...

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5G Technology and the Federal Government: Interference 5G TECHNOLOGY AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT: INTERFERENCE

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Dec 05, 2019

A key component to understanding how 5G technology affects satellites that monitor the weather for NASA and NOAA is the “buffer room.” A decibel watt limit determines how much “buffer room” there is in an inverse relationship- a lower limit allows more room to buffer while a ...

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Expert: Hackers Could Disrupt Elections by Altering Websites EXPERT: HACKERS COULD DISRUPT ELECTIONS BY ALTERING WEBSITES

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Dec 04, 2019

Florida’s top election official on Tuesday warned that attackers could attempt to disrupt elections without even breaking into the voting systems — by simply changing the results on election websites. Secretary of State Laurel Lee told the governor’s Cybersecurity Task Force that F...

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Why cloud will drive innovation in government IT in 2020 WHY CLOUD WILL DRIVE INNOVATION IN GOVERNMENT IT IN 2020

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Dec 04, 2019

2020 presents an exciting time for government CIOs. A new era, a new decade ripe for change. Deloitte recently released a list of nine technology trends transforming government, and one, in particular, will be key to enabling the future of technology in government: The cloud as an innovation driver....

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Three Ways to Make Government Social Media Accessible to All THREE WAYS TO MAKE GOVERNMENT SOCIAL MEDIA ACCESSIBLE TO ALL

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Dec 04, 2019

A few years ago, we asked a question about making social media more accessible during our Government Social Media Twitter chat. The quiet response from participating social media professionals was characterized by the GIF someone tweeted in response; you may have seen it — the one where Homer ...

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How government uses AI HOW GOVERNMENT USES AI

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Dec 04, 2019

The top public-sector use cases for artificial intelligence (AI) are quality control, workforce management and cybersecurity, according to a recent survey. Quality control issues such as detecting defects and finding errors in software code topped the list of AI uses with nearly half -- 47% of surve...

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4 Federal Technology Trends to Watch for in 2020 4 FEDERAL TECHNOLOGY TRENDS TO WATCH FOR IN 2020

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Dec 04, 2019

Federal IT had quite a busy year in 2019. The Federal CIO’s office issued new policies around cloud migration, the Trusted Internet Connections program and a federal data strategy. Federal CIO Suzette Kent argues that those policy updates will set agencies up for success in 2020 and beyond as ...

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Top Technology Trends Public Sector Must Watch Out In 2020 TOP TECHNOLOGY TRENDS PUBLIC SECTOR MUST WATCH OUT IN 2020

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Dec 03, 2019

Public-sector CIOs can use this list of strategic technology trends as inspiration and factor them into their organizations’ strategic plans. Forward-looking government officials know that, in a digital society, “Policy is the technology and technology is the policy.” Any governmen...

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Finding a Way Forward for Government and Big Tech Firms FINDING A WAY FORWARD FOR GOVERNMENT AND BIG TECH FIRMS

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Dec 03, 2019

It’s time to negotiate a new relationship between big tech and government. It has been a tough couple of years for big tech. Now that we have moved past the wonder of things like having supercomputers in our pockets and sensor-equipped streetlights, we’ve uncovered some of the potential ...

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AI Use Poised to Grow in State Government, Survey Finds AI USE POISED TO GROW IN STATE GOVERNMENT, SURVEY FINDS

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Dec 03, 2019

For most state governments, the use of artificial intelligence is more of an aspiration than a reality, according to a survey from the National Association of State Chief Information Officers. In August 2019, the Center for Digital Government and NASCIO, with support from IBM, surveyed CIOs’ m...

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Is Automation the Key to an Effective Government Workforce? IS AUTOMATION THE KEY TO AN EFFECTIVE GOVERNMENT WORKFORCE?

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Dec 02, 2019

The U.S. economy is on the precipice of an unrelenting wave of automation that will eliminate a massive number of jobs and destabilize our society, according to Democratic presidential primary candidate Andrew Yang and his growing throng of supporters. Indeed, this concern is shared by many policyma...

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How data & AI is reshaping local government HOW DATA & AI IS RESHAPING LOCAL GOVERNMENT

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Dec 02, 2019

As more and more data on citizens becomes available to local governments, authorities have the opportunity to use this data to more effectively deliver public services, drive efficiencies, and do more with increasingly shrinking budgets. At the same time, the capabilities of digital tools are advanc...

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Global Xpress for U.S. Government: A Proven Success Story GLOBAL XPRESS FOR U.S. GOVERNMENT: A PROVEN SUCCESS STORY

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Dec 02, 2019

For Inmarsat, delivering trusted global mobile communications with high resilience is of paramount importance. We provide guaranteed worldwide satellite connectivity for industry and government users that is supported by in-orbit and ground station redundancy and hybrid L/Ka-satellite communications...

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Can the Government Break Up Big Tech? Should It? CAN THE GOVERNMENT BREAK UP BIG TECH? SHOULD IT?

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Nov 28, 2019

Ever since the Cambridge Analytica scandal publicly exposed the data privacy abuse practices of social media giant Facebook, that company as well as other tech giants have been under increasing scrutiny due to the tremendous power these companies wield over our political, social and economic spheres...

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The Pentagon’s AI lead needs a cloud integrator THE PENTAGON’S AI LEAD NEEDS A CLOUD INTEGRATOR

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Nov 27, 2019

The Pentagon’s lead artificial intelligence office is seeking a cloud integrator to help launch its hybrid, multi-cloud environment. The Defense Information Systems Agency released two source solicitations Nov. 22 on behalf of the Defense Department’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center...

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How Homeland Security plans to secure government websites HOW HOMELAND SECURITY PLANS TO SECURE GOVERNMENT WEBSITES

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Nov 27, 2019

The Department of Homeland Security’s cyber agency is issuing a draft directive that would require individual federal agencies to establish vulnerability disclosure programs. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency released a draft binding operational directive Nov. 27 for comment...

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Nascent Transportation Council Solicits Insight on How to Boost Emerging Modes and Technologies NASCENT TRANSPORTATION COUNCIL SOLICITS INSIGHT ON HOW TO BOOST EMERGING MODES AND TECHNOLOGIES

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Nov 27, 2019

The Transportation Department recently launched an internal deliberative body to identify and resolve issues around innovative emerging technologies that may not fit into its existing jurisdiction and regulatory structures—such as hyperloop and autonomous vehicles—and now, the agency wan...

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Government and Technology: 10 Trends for 2020 GOVERNMENT AND TECHNOLOGY: 10 TRENDS FOR 2020

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Nov 26, 2019

Governments are notoriously slow in adopting new technology, but when technology is used appropriately it can both streamline and improve the ability for governments to provide services. Rick Howard, Vice President at Gartner, said that “public sector leaders expect government CIOs to find way...

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Securing government APIs SECURING GOVERNMENT APIS

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Nov 25, 2019

Government agencies have embraced standards-based application programming interfaces (APIs) as a simple and economical way to share information with citizens and contractors as well as with other agencies and stakeholders. API technology can create security vulnerabilities, however. Securing APIs is...

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Microsoft granted license to sell to Huawei by U.S. government MICROSOFT GRANTED LICENSE TO SELL TO HUAWEI BY U.S. GOVERNMENT

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Nov 25, 2019

Microsoft has been granted a license from the U.S. government to once again sell to Huawei, enabling the Chinese telecommunication giant to continue to install the Windows operating system and other Microsoft products into their devices. Aside from phones and 5G equipment, Huawei also develops and s...

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What Should the Government Do About the Coming Automation Apocalypse? WHAT SHOULD THE GOVERNMENT DO ABOUT THE COMING AUTOMATION APOCALYPSE?

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Nov 25, 2019

Automation is commonly thought of as an attempt by rich companies to get richer. Instead, it’s often an effort to cut costs when the future of the economy looks bleak. Take, for example, the economic slump of the 1950s. Though 13 million jobs were ultimately destroyed during the decade, an ast...

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With U.S. cyber policy, clear lanes still hard to come by WITH U.S. CYBER POLICY, CLEAR LANES STILL HARD TO COME BY

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Nov 25, 2019

The elevation of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and maturation of U.S. Cyber Command have clarified “big picture” responsibilities for the U.S. government’s digital security mission, but there’s still some confusion when it comes to interacting wi...

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Regulations Ban Tech Companies from Using U.S. Subsidies on Huawei REGULATIONS BAN TECH COMPANIES FROM USING U.S. SUBSIDIES ON HUAWEI

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Nov 22, 2019

Major U.S. internet companies can no longer use subsidies to buy equipment from Chinese mega supplier Huawei, federal regulators ruled Friday. National security risks are too great to allow telecommunication companies to use subsidies on Huawei and ZTE, both of which U.S. officials say are in league...

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The Impact of AI on Government—Opportunities and Challenges THE IMPACT OF AI ON GOVERNMENT—OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES

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Nov 22, 2019

Artificial intelligence will have a deep impact on how government works, creating the opportunity to offer more personal services to customers while demanding new skill sets from employees. But with opportunities come risks, according to two reports published this year, both from the Partnership for...

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AI Collaboration is Necessary for U.S. National Security AI COLLABORATION IS NECESSARY FOR U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY

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Nov 21, 2019

The next arms race will be fought not in megatons but in milliseconds. When the primary players can destroy each other 100 times over, it comes down to who can do so faster. Of course, that is a vast oversimplification of the race occuring right now, particularly between the United States and China ...

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International Trade Market Victim of Global Trends INTERNATIONAL TRADE MARKET VICTIM OF GLOBAL TRENDS

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Nov 21, 2019

Political trade dialogue between sovereign nations continues to influence international shipping organizations and specific shipping lanes. The effect of lingering tensions between United States and Chinese governments become apparent looking at rates and volumes. That impact extends to domestic sup...

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Can the federal government be sure its AI isn’t biased? CAN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BE SURE ITS AI ISN’T BIASED?

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Nov 21, 2019

A new report released Nov. 20 by the White House outlined the progress that federal agencies have made on artificial intelligence research, but was light on details on how agencies are combating AI discrimination. The 40-page report from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)...

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5 Best Finance Apps and Sites For U.S. Immigrants 5 BEST FINANCE APPS AND SITES FOR U.S. IMMIGRANTS

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Nov 20, 2019

Immigrating to the United States takes some adjusting. You’ve barely landed on U.S. soil before you need to find (or start) a job, buy a car, find somewhere to live, and figure out where to shop for groceries. The same is true of your finances. How do you apply for a credit card with no U.S. c...

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Global shares push higher on hopes of trade deal and China stimulus – business live GLOBAL SHARES PUSH HIGHER ON HOPES OF TRADE DEAL AND CHINA STIMULUS – BUSINESS LIVE

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Nov 19, 2019

Global shares are pushing higher again as traders bet on a trade deal between the US and China. The clock is ticking, though – a preliminary deal needs to be agreed before 15 December, when Washington is due to impose a new round of tariffs on Chinese goods. The MSCI world equity index, which ...

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The US should save the WTO appellate body THE US SHOULD SAVE THE WTO APPELLATE BODY

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Nov 19, 2019

The World Trade Organization (WTO) Appellate Body is about to expire, driven to oblivion by a U.S. decision to block the appointment of new judges. In December, terms of two of the three remaining members of the seven-member tribunal will end, causing the Appellate Body to go dormant due to lack of ...

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Trump TRUMP'S WITHDRAWAL FROM THE PARIS CLIMATE DEAL IS BAD FOR US BUSINESS. HERE'S WHY.

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Nov 18, 2019

Earlier this month, the Trump administration decided to once again ignore increasingly urgent calls from businesses and investors to act on climate change, and instead initiated the formal process to withdraw from the Paris Agreement. Hundreds of major US businesses loudly objected when Trump first ...

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U.S. government posts $134 billion deficit in October U.S. GOVERNMENT POSTS $134 BILLION DEFICIT IN OCTOBER

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Nov 14, 2019

The U.S. government recorded a $134 billion budget deficit in October, the first month of the new fiscal year, the Treasury Department said on Wednesday.That compared to a budget deficit of $100 billion in the same month last year, according to the Treasury’s monthly budget statement.Analysts ...

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When it comes to health care reform, look to the states, not the federal government WHEN IT COMES TO HEALTH CARE REFORM, LOOK TO THE STATES, NOT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

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Nov 14, 2019

There’s much talk in Washington about health care, but far less action. By contrast, some state capitals across the country are pursuing bolder, more interesting reform. It’s true that, at the federal level, the administration has expanded use of short-term, limited duration plans by all...

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Why We Formed the Future of Transportation Caucus WHY WE FORMED THE FUTURE OF TRANSPORTATION CAUCUS

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Nov 14, 2019

America has arrived at a crossroads in regard to our transportation system: Our roads are crumbling, our public transit systems are failing, and carbon emissions are exacerbating the climate crisis. Changing the faulty policies that led to this unhappy situation requires strategic, innovative and co...

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Microsoft Security offerings for US Government customers continue to grow with general availability MICROSOFT SECURITY OFFERINGS FOR US GOVERNMENT CUSTOMERS CONTINUE TO GROW WITH GENERAL AVAILABILITY

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Nov 12, 2019

We are excited to announce the general availability of Microsoft Cloud App Security and Azure Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) for US Government GCC High customers! The release of these services completes the Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) E5 product suite for US GCC High customers, delivering...

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The Trump Administration Is Denying H-1B Visas at a Dizzying Rate, But It’s Hit a Snag THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS DENYING H-1B VISAS AT A DIZZYING RATE, BUT IT’S HIT A SNAG

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Nov 12, 2019

Since 2017, as part of its efforts to “hire American,” the Trump administration has been aggressively denying applications for H-1B visas. Yet a record number of those denials have been overturned on appeal, suggesting that the administration has been wrongfully rejecting qualified appli...

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How State and Local Governments Can Reduce CyberSecurity Risk With Duo HOW STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS CAN REDUCE CYBERSECURITY RISK WITH DUO

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Nov 11, 2019

State and local government agencies are targets for cyber criminals recently. To aid state and local governments, the federal government has introduced a new bill in June: State and Local CyberSecurity Act of 2019. The bill aims to improve coordination between the Department of Homeland Security (DH...

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It Is About Time the Federal Communications Commission Fights Back Against China IT IS ABOUT TIME THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION FIGHTS BACK AGAINST CHINA

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Nov 11, 2019

At the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) November 19 open meeting, a top agenda item will be ensuring “that Universal Service Fund [USF] support is not used to purchase equipment or services from companies posing a national security threat to the integrity of communications netwo...

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POLY HELPS EMPOWER CONTACT CENTER WORKERS POLY HELPS EMPOWER CONTACT CENTER WORKERS

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Nov 11, 2019

It’s a well-documented trend that the rise of digital channels such as webchat, apps, FAQs, etc., has led to a change in the way contact centers handle interactions. The routine, “easy” interactions are now handled by self-service channels. Deflecting these low-value interactions h...

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Two New Studies on Economics of Trade TWO NEW STUDIES ON ECONOMICS OF TRADE

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Nov 11, 2019

Our friends at the Property Rights Alliance and the Mercatus Center have just released two new papers that are well worth reading. First, Philip Thompson and Lorenzo Montanari have compiled a Trade Barrier Index, just released by the Property Rights Alliance. The U.S. currently ranks 54th out of 86 ...

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Trump Administration Seeks to Increase Fee for U.S. Citizenship Application TRUMP ADMINISTRATION SEEKS TO INCREASE FEE FOR U.S. CITIZENSHIP APPLICATION

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Nov 10, 2019

The Trump administration on Friday proposed increasing the cost of applying for U.S. citizenship, as well as for the first time charging a fee for asylum applications. Under the new proposal, which will be published on Thursday in the Federal Register, fees for citizenship would increase by more tha...

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AI in Government Act advances in US Senate AI IN GOVERNMENT ACT ADVANCES IN US SENATE

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Nov 08, 2019

A proposal intended to improve the use of AI across the federal government cleared an important legislative hurdle on November 6 as the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee approved the AI in Government Act of 2019 (S 1363). The measure, introduced earlier this year by Senator B...

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For science FOR SCIENCE'S SAKE, THE GOVERNMENT MUST APPROVE FY20 SPENDING BILLS

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Nov 07, 2019

Once again, Congress is poised to approve a second continuing resolution (CR) to keep the U.S. government running when the current resolution expires Nov. 21. As some congressional leaders noted, it is unlikely Congress will reach agreement on any of the 12 fiscal year (FY) 2020 spending bills by th...

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Trade Developments on Export-Import Bank and NAFTA/USMCA TRADE DEVELOPMENTS ON EXPORT-IMPORT BANK AND NAFTA/USMCA

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Nov 07, 2019

America’s trade policy landscape has some big events on the horizon. The House of Representatives will vote next week on Rep. Maxine Waters’ (D-CA) Export-Import Bank reauthorization bill. The Trump administration has signaled opposition to it, making it unlikely to become law. The admin...

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Federal Funding Targets Critical Need in Disability Education FEDERAL FUNDING TARGETS CRITICAL NEED IN DISABILITY EDUCATION

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Nov 07, 2019

Grants from the U.S. Department of Education will help train dozens of University of Arizona students for high-demand jobs working with students with hearing and visual impairments. Nearly $2.5 million in federal funding will help train University of Arizona students to serve young people with visua...

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A Look at the Horizon of AI In Government A LOOK AT THE HORIZON OF AI IN GOVERNMENT

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Nov 06, 2019

There is currently a race among nations and governments to become the global leader in artificial-intelligence (AI) technology, which can and will have meaningful consequences to national security—economic, financial and political. To win, the US must continually iterate and innovate beyond th...

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C-Band spectrum: Private auctions are the quickest way for 5G consumer benefits C-BAND SPECTRUM: PRIVATE AUCTIONS ARE THE QUICKEST WAY FOR 5G CONSUMER BENEFITS

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Nov 06, 2019

Even if you’ve never heard of the “C-Band,” pending federal government decisions about what to do with it are almost certainly going to affect you. C-Band is critical mid-band spectrum that is the key to putting next-generation 5G wireless into the hands of U.S. consumers and busin...

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Huawei coping fine with US trade ban, but urges need for open collaboration HUAWEI COPING FINE WITH US TRADE BAN, BUT URGES NEED FOR OPEN COLLABORATION

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Nov 06, 2019

Huawei has yet to see any significant impact from the China-US trade war, but it still prefers a long-term strategy of open collaboration and cooperation with US suppliers. That said, it is prepared to put in the necessary measures to ensure its business remains sustainable if the trade conflict dra...

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Esri Releases Smarter Government Book by Martin O’Malley ESRI RELEASES SMARTER GOVERNMENT BOOK BY MARTIN O’MALLEY

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Nov 05, 2019

Esri, the global leader in location intelligence, today announced the publication of a new book by former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley, Smarter Government: How to Govern for Results in the Information Age. The book proposes new ideas about leadership and applying technology in a way that ...

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Report: The Government and Tech Need to Cooperate on AI REPORT: THE GOVERNMENT AND TECH NEED TO COOPERATE ON AI

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Nov 05, 2019

America’s national security depends on the government getting access to the artificial intelligence breakthroughs made by the technology industry. So says a report submitted to Congress on Monday by the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence. The group, which includes executiv...

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How Costly Are Your State’s Regulations? HOW COSTLY ARE YOUR STATE’S REGULATIONS?

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Nov 04, 2019

Government regulations can be very costly in terms of both time and money. Though we often focus on what means in terms of federal regulations, the U.S. government isn’t the only entity generating rules that can burden individual Americans and businesses without necessarily providing any posit...

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Rather Than Ban Facebook RATHER THAN BAN FACEBOOK'S POLITICAL ADS, LET'S FACT CHECK THEM

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Nov 02, 2019

There are some famous natural experiments out there, such as the Dutch Hunger Winter study or the Oregon Health Insurance study. Or how about that nighttime satellite photo of North and South Korea showing the benefits of democratic capitalism vs. totalitarian communism. That may be the most famous ...

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Leveraging AI to Transform Government LEVERAGING AI TO TRANSFORM GOVERNMENT

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Nov 01, 2019

Artificial intelligence has the potential to transform government, helping to reduce bureaucratic inefficiencies and to free up civil servants to perform meaningful services, according to a new report. “The most challenging problems AI may help us solve—from fighting terrorists to servin...

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3 WAYS AI WILL HELP THE U.S. GOVERNMENT IN THE 2020S 3 WAYS AI WILL HELP THE U.S. GOVERNMENT IN THE 2020S

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Nov 01, 2019

The U.S. government won’t miss out on the wave of artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) coming in the 2020s. That’s not to say it will be an easy ride. Federal agencies have to figure out how to accomplish ambitious AI/ML goals within the bounds of budget, personnel and po...

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US worker annual compensation rose 2.8% in third quarter US WORKER ANNUAL COMPENSATION ROSE 2.8% IN THIRD QUARTER

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Oct 31, 2019

Annual wages and benefits for U.S. workers continued to rise at a modest pace in the third quarter, even as unemployment stays near a half-century low. The Labor Department said Thursday that growth in pay and benefits for all U.S. workers rose 2.8% in the July-September quarter, compared to the sam...

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Trump Thanks GM, Toyota And Others For Support In Lawsuit TRUMP THANKS GM, TOYOTA AND OTHERS FOR SUPPORT IN LAWSUIT

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Oct 30, 2019

In a tweet sent out Wednesday night, President Donald Trump thanked General Motors, Toyota and other automakers represented by the Coalition for Sustainable Automotive Regulation for backing his proposed fuel economy regulations freeze. The coalition, which also includes Fiat Chrysler, Nissan, Hyund...

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Congress doesn CONGRESS DOESN'T NEED TO PAUSE, IT NEEDS TO ACT AND STRENGTHEN SOCIAL SECURITY

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Oct 30, 2019

A recent piece in The Hill has said that Social Security is entering a new era. They’re right, Social Security is entering a new era – and it needs to be strengthened. We don’t have to look back to the Great Depression to understand the timeliness and urgency needed to strengthen S...

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US Government Opposes Toxic Chemical Bans in Thailand US GOVERNMENT OPPOSES TOXIC CHEMICAL BANS IN THAILAND

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Oct 30, 2019

This month, the Thai government moved to ban some toxic chemicals out of concern for the health of its residents and environment. In response, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Undersecretary Ted McKinney sent a document to the Thai government pushing back on their plan. As the Thai government m...

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The value of diversity in Congress must include that of top congressional staff THE VALUE OF DIVERSITY IN CONGRESS MUST INCLUDE THAT OF TOP CONGRESSIONAL STAFF

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Oct 29, 2019

Diversity in the workplace is an idea that transcends our observable characteristics. It deals with the nuances and complexities that make up the mosaics of our personal stories, which help define who we are. In addition to our visible differences, diversity of thought, tastes, socioeconomic backgro...

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Trump Admin Pulls Rug From Under Amazon, Rewards $10 Billion Contract Microsoft TRUMP ADMIN PULLS RUG FROM UNDER AMAZON, REWARDS $10 BILLION CONTRACT MICROSOFT

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Oct 28, 2019

The Trump administration tossed a curveball Friday at Amazon and awarded a $10 billion cloud contract the company was expecting to land to one of the tech titan’s biggest competitors, Microsoft. Amazon had long been considered a front-runner for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, or ...

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Adobe Granted License by US Gov to Keep Serving Customers in Venezuela ADOBE GRANTED LICENSE BY US GOV TO KEEP SERVING CUSTOMERS IN VENEZUELA

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Oct 28, 2019

Adobe has been granted a license by the US government to keep serving creatives in Venezuela, allowing the company to overturn a very controversial decision from earlier this month. Earlier this month, Adobe announced that it would be cutting off all Creative Cloud services to customers in Venezuela...

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House Passes Landmark Bipartisan Bill to Crack Down on Shell Companies Used for Tax Evasion and Other Crimes HOUSE PASSES LANDMARK BIPARTISAN BILL TO CRACK DOWN ON SHELL COMPANIES USED FOR TAX EVASION AND OTHER CRIMES

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Oct 24, 2019

On Tuesday night, 25 Republicans joined nearly all the chamber’s Democrats to approve the Corporate Transparency Act, a bill that would require those creating a company to report its owners to the federal government. The White House expressed support but called for the House and Senate to work...

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Implications of the new order in Syria IMPLICATIONS OF THE NEW ORDER IN SYRIA

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Oct 24, 2019

The situation in northeast Syria is still in flux, but it appears that the militarily strong powers have at least temporarily worked out a modus vivendi with regard to the size and location of the Turkish-controlled buffer zone: an arrangement blessed by the Trump administration. The Syrian Democrat...

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Questionmark Achieves U.S. Government FedRAMP Authorization QUESTIONMARK ACHIEVES U.S. GOVERNMENT FEDRAMP AUTHORIZATION

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Oct 24, 2019

For four years, we have been working hard to make our cloud assessment management software, Questionmark OnDemand, deployable in a way that meets the compliance and security standards of the U.S. Government and Military. As of today, we’re proud to announce that Questionmark has achieved FedRA...

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BUILDING MORE PRODUCTIVITY INTO OUR HEADSETS WITH AMAZON ALEXA AND TILE BUILDING MORE PRODUCTIVITY INTO OUR HEADSETS WITH AMAZON ALEXA AND TILE

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Oct 23, 2019

If you’re like me, one of the first things you do when you leave the house in the morning is put on your headset. I may be joining a meeting, calling a friend, getting coffee – sometimes all three – before I even set foot in the office. When I get to work, I’m collaborating w...

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Deepening the US-Israel relationship through business DEEPENING THE US-ISRAEL RELATIONSHIP THROUGH BUSINESS

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Oct 23, 2019

Technology is transforming every part of our economy today. Innovation ranging from transportation and manufacturing to health care and agriculture are fundamentally changing how we live and work. Even though the United States is one of the most innovative countries in the world, innovation doesn&rs...

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A bipartisan way forward for American coalfield communities A BIPARTISAN WAY FORWARD FOR AMERICAN COALFIELD COMMUNITIES

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Oct 23, 2019

Coalfield communities in the desert Southwest, in the high plains of Montana and Wyoming, and in the hills and hollows of Appalachia are in dire need of reinvestment as the U.S. coal industry continues its precipitous decline. Rep. Tom O’Halleran (D-Ariz.) has made a good first step in draftin...

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What Elizabeth Warren’s K-12 plan reveals about education politics today WHAT ELIZABETH WARREN’S K-12 PLAN REVEALS ABOUT EDUCATION POLITICS TODAY

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Oct 22, 2019

On Monday, Elizabeth Warren released her plan for K-12 education. It’s a striking set of proposals, remarkable in their breadth, that would dramatically reshape the federal role in education. This post steps back from the plan’s policy specifics to consider what the plan tells us about e...

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‘Outrageous’: Bernie Defends Tulsi Gabbard Over Russian Asset Smear Floated By Hillary Clinton ‘OUTRAGEOUS’: BERNIE DEFENDS TULSI GABBARD OVER RUSSIAN ASSET SMEAR FLOATED BY HILLARY CLINTON

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Oct 22, 2019

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders jumped to Democratic Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s defense Monday against unfounded allegations that she is a Russian asset, which former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and commentators at multiple news outlets have recently floated. “Tulsi Gabbard has put h...

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POLY STUDIO IS NOW CERTIFIED FOR MICROSOFT TEAMS POLY STUDIO IS NOW CERTIFIED FOR MICROSOFT TEAMS

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Oct 22, 2019

It seems like every photo shown of a business in action these days features a bunch of people in a huddle room, looking productive – just like our own Poly beauty shot below. But the technology that is IN the room really matters most to the people who are joining remotely – the people NO...

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Nancy Pelosi makes unannounced Afghan visit NANCY PELOSI MAKES UNANNOUNCED AFGHAN VISIT

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Oct 21, 2019

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan where she met President Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah and other government officials, her office announced. Pelosi’s office announced on Sunday that the Democrat leader’s visit to Kabul accompanied b...

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Self-Dealing in Ukraine: The Core of the Impeachment Inquiry SELF-DEALING IN UKRAINE: THE CORE OF THE IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY

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Oct 21, 2019

As the Ukraine story develops, the public focus has remained largely on wrongdoing by the president outside the realm of criminal law, focusing instead on President Trump’s apparent use of his office for personal gain. On one level, this makes sense: Impeachment is only about removal of the pr...

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Zuckerberg Exempts Politicians From Facebook Ad Fact-Check Policy ZUCKERBERG EXEMPTS POLITICIANS FROM FACEBOOK AD FACT-CHECK POLICY

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Oct 17, 2019

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg pushed back Thursday against critics who believe his company’s new advertisement policies will allow politicians to lie and misinform voters ahead of the election. Zuckerberg defended the new ad policy, which largely exempts politicians from Facebook’s fact c...

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Revisiting Legacy Restrictions on the Intelligence Community’s Handling of SIGINT Data on Non-Americans REVISITING LEGACY RESTRICTIONS ON THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY’S HANDLING OF SIGINT DATA ON NON-AMERICANS

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Oct 17, 2019

Why are U.S. intelligence agencies still applying extraordinary safeguards to the incidentally collected communications of Chinese, Russian and Iranian citizens as well as the nationals of EU allies that refuse to offer similar privacy protections to Americans? After answering that question, we will...

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New Cyber Brief: Expanding Disclosure Policy to Drive Better Cybersecurity NEW CYBER BRIEF: EXPANDING DISCLOSURE POLICY TO DRIVE BETTER CYBERSECURITY

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Oct 16, 2019

The Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program has launched a new Cyber Brief. This one provides recommendations on how to incentivize more disclosure of the theft of intellectual property from the private sector. It was written by Robert Knake, Whitney Shepardson Senior Fellow at CFR and senior research...

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The Role of OMB in Withholding Ukrainian Aid THE ROLE OF OMB IN WITHHOLDING UKRAINIAN AID

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Oct 16, 2019

One of the most damning allegations in the whistleblower complaint is that President Trump pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son by withholding congressionally approved military aid. The amounts include $250 million from the Defen...

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US Green Economy Worth $1.3 Trillion Per Year, But New Policies Needed To Maintain Growth US GREEN ECONOMY WORTH $1.3 TRILLION PER YEAR, BUT NEW POLICIES NEEDED TO MAINTAIN GROWTH

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Oct 15, 2019

The US green economy is estimated to generate over $1.3 trillion in revenue per year, representing 16.5% of the global green economy, according to a new study by UCL. The green economy – broadly defined as an economy that is low carbon, resource efficient and socially inclusive – is a ma...

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Are the Walls Really Closing in on Trump? ARE THE WALLS REALLY CLOSING IN ON TRUMP?

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Oct 15, 2019

Are the walls closing on Donald Trump? The appearance of numerous witnesses, ranging from former White House aide and Russia hand Fiona Hill to State Department official George Kent, has convinced multiple Democrats that Trump isn’t simply on the defensive. Instead, he may be headed for the ex...

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Business school deans call for lifting country-specific visa caps BUSINESS SCHOOL DEANS CALL FOR LIFTING COUNTRY-SPECIFIC VISA CAPS

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Oct 15, 2019

More than 50 deans of U.S. business schools penned an open letter Tuesday to President Trump and congressional leaders, calling for reforms to immigration policies affecting high-skilled workers. The letter, spearheaded by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) and published as a full-page...

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Here’s Why McConnell Is Wrong On The Gas Tax HERE’S WHY MCCONNELL IS WRONG ON THE GAS TAX

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Oct 14, 2019

One of the few congressional proposals with bipartisan support even in these divisive times is a $287-billion transportation bill. But one possible funding stream — hiking the gas tax — remains up for debate. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has already signaled that he will oppose...

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Two Cheers for the Trade Deals With Japan and China TWO CHEERS FOR THE TRADE DEALS WITH JAPAN AND CHINA

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Oct 14, 2019

The Trump administration's recent trade agreements with Japan and China scored some real wins for farmers and ranchers, who have been quick to express their appreciation. So am I just being churlish in saluting these deals with only two cheers rather than the usual three? No, I don't think s...

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Iran Is Winning Trump IRAN IS WINNING TRUMP'S FOREIGN POLICY GAMBLE

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Oct 14, 2019

President Donald Trump has sixty days to prevent tensions with Iran from spinning out of control. Dissatisfied with the Iran nuclear deal signed under the Obama administration, Trump terminated U.S. participation in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action agreement in 2018 and has since imposed &ldqu...

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Abandoning the Kurds, tax returns, and counternarratives: This week in impeachment ABANDONING THE KURDS, TAX RETURNS, AND COUNTERNARRATIVES: THIS WEEK IN IMPEACHMENT

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Oct 11, 2019

As week two of the impeachment saga unfolded, the White House refused to answer any congressional inquiries, the president precipitated a war in northern Syria, polls showed very small and maybe inconsequential public movement in favor of impeachment, and a court ruled that Donald Trump had to hand ...

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How Trump used the U.S. government to chase conspiracy theories HOW TRUMP USED THE U.S. GOVERNMENT TO CHASE CONSPIRACY THEORIES

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Oct 11, 2019

President Donald Trump has enlisted parts of the U.S. government and key allies in the pursuit of unproven or disproven conspiracy theories, some incubated in the dark and anonymous corners of the internet. Text messages between U.S. diplomats, a whistleblower complaint and a series of public statem...

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Government To Transform Key City Centres GOVERNMENT TO TRANSFORM KEY CITY CENTRES

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Oct 11, 2019

Two key city centre sites are to be regenerated as part of a government programme designed to boost regional growth and save taxpayers’ money. The Government Hubs programme has so far seen the development of 14 office hubs around the country, providing civil servants with state-of-the-art work...

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China lowers expectations for U.S. trade talks after blacklist: officials CHINA LOWERS EXPECTATIONS FOR U.S. TRADE TALKS AFTER BLACKLIST: OFFICIALS

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Oct 10, 2019

Surprised and upset by the U.S. blacklisting of Chinese companies, China has lowered expectations for significant progress from this week’s trade talks with the United States, Chinese government officials told Reuters, even as President Donald Trump on Wednesday expressed fresh optimism. While...

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Does the U.S. government need to assess economic sanctions better? DOES THE U.S. GOVERNMENT NEED TO ASSESS ECONOMIC SANCTIONS BETTER?

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Oct 10, 2019

The federal government has 31 separate sanctions programs, according to the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). Some of them are country-focused, while others are more thematic, dealing with nuclear nonproliferation or the diamond trade. Without question, however, the United States is more...

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Can collections ever be easy for state and local government organizations? CAN COLLECTIONS EVER BE EASY FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATIONS?

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Oct 10, 2019

Sourcing funds for initiatives is often a challenge for government. While the desire for citizen services continually grows, the appetite for new taxes and other sources of revenue can draw strong opposition. How are governments addressing this funding challenge? One option is to maximize revenue un...

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9 Ways You Didn’t Realize the Government Could Be Spying on You 9 WAYS YOU DIDN’T REALIZE THE GOVERNMENT COULD BE SPYING ON YOU

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Oct 09, 2019

Most of us understand, at least on some level, that the government is always watching. But just in case you forget that as you pursue your day-to-day activities, here are some reminders. To some degree, the government always has an eye on you. That’s not a conspiracy theory; it’s a fact....

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Us Government invests to power 70%  of PNG homes US GOVERNMENT INVESTS TO POWER 70% OF PNG HOMES

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Oct 07, 2019

The united states is a proud partner with papua news Guinea, Australia ,New Zealand, and Japan in the goal to bring electricity to 70 per of PNG homes by 2030.Not only that but to empower women owned businesses and to protect the lands, forests and waterway of PNG for generation to come. supporting ...

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Key Japan economic index falls, government changes view to KEY JAPAN ECONOMIC INDEX FALLS, GOVERNMENT CHANGES VIEW TO 'WORSENING'

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Oct 07, 2019

A key Japanese economic index fell in August and the government on Monday downgraded its view to “worsening”, indicating the export-reliant economy might face slipping into recession. Concerns have risen as the U.S.-China trade dispute and slowing external demand dent Japan’s econo...

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U.S. Government Bond Yields Decline After Jobs Report U.S. GOVERNMENT BOND YIELDS DECLINE AFTER JOBS REPORT

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Oct 04, 2019

U.S. government bond yields fell Friday after data showing the economy added fewer new jobs in September than the month before. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note, which declines when bond prices rise, slipped for a seventh consecutive session, settling at 1.515% compared with 1.531% T...

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Big Oil Pushes Back Against Minnesota Clean Car Announcement BIG OIL PUSHES BACK AGAINST MINNESOTA CLEAN CAR ANNOUNCEMENT

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Oct 03, 2019

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz announced last week that the state would be adopting a pair of clean car standards following California’s lead, even as the Trump administration tries to revoke California’s authority to set stricter standards under federal law. But Minnesota’s move is a...

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Mobile Airbus Plant Avoids Impact From Trump Tariffs MOBILE AIRBUS PLANT AVOIDS IMPACT FROM TRUMP TARIFFS

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Oct 03, 2019

Airbus, who has a growing manufacturing and engineering presence in Mobile, Alabama, released a statement today urging the United States and the European Union to come to a negotiated settlement to end all of the disputes and escalating tariffs related to a 15-year trade dispute between Airbus and B...

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Trump Admin to Supreme Court: Don TRUMP ADMIN TO SUPREME COURT: DON'T SAVE GOOGLE FROM COPYRIGHT SUIT

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Oct 01, 2019

The Trump administration urged the Supreme Court to stay out of a long-running copyright dispute between Google and Oracle Corp., dealing a considerable blow to Google’s efforts to avoid an $8 billion damages award. At issue in the dispute, billed as the copyright fight of the decade, are soft...

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Who WHO'S WINNING THE TRADE WAR? ECONOMISTS SPEAK OUT

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Oct 01, 2019

As the 2020 presidential election approaches, a question about U.S. foreign relations could impact voters’ decisions: Who’s winning the U.S.-China trade war? Some experts argue China has the upper hand because it is slowly weaning off American computer products and will eventually achiev...

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Giuliani Cannot Rely on Attorney-Client Privilege to Avoid Congressional Testimony GIULIANI CANNOT RELY ON ATTORNEY-CLIENT PRIVILEGE TO AVOID CONGRESSIONAL TESTIMONY

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Sep 30, 2019

As the House of Representatives launches its impeachment inquiry with a focus on President Trump’s efforts to pressure Ukraine, the question has been raised whether the president’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani will testify before Congress. According to CNN, Giuliani has said that he would need t...

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Trump Axing Advisory Committees Is Bad for Farmers and Nation’s Food Supply TRUMP AXING ADVISORY COMMITTEES IS BAD FOR FARMERS AND NATION’S FOOD SUPPLY

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Sep 30, 2019

Earlier this summer, the Trump administration issued an Executive Order that would arbitrarily eliminate one-third of all federal advisory committees (FACs) across the government, while restricting an agency’s ability to form new FACs. FACs provide an avenue for outside experts and stakeholder...

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Nessel opposes Trump’s SNAP restrictions, calls rule ‘entirely unacceptable’ NESSEL OPPOSES TRUMP’S SNAP RESTRICTIONS, CALLS RULE ‘ENTIRELY UNACCEPTABLE’

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Sep 30, 2019

Attorney General Dana Nessel filed a comment letter against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) arguing that President Trump’s restrictions on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) would violate federal law and be detrimental to public health. The proposed rule, called Revisio...

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Could this Business Venture Create Peace on the Korean Peninsula? COULD THIS BUSINESS VENTURE CREATE PEACE ON THE KOREAN PENINSULA?

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Sep 29, 2019

As the Trump administration’s national-security team gets a makeover, specialists interested in exploring diplomatic solutions to the most vexing quandaries in international security are inspired anew. Without John Bolton, the hawks’ favorite hawk, are there new possibilities to explore?...

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Your Questions on the Trump Impeachment Process, Answered YOUR QUESTIONS ON THE TRUMP IMPEACHMENT PROCESS, ANSWERED

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Sep 26, 2019

As Congress breaks for a recess after ten days of explosive developments concerning President Trump’s abuses of power, impeachment of the President is now a very active subject on Capitol Hill. We will update these questions and answers, through press releases, blog posts, and other means, as ...

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US stocks rebound on housing data, Trump trade deal remark US STOCKS REBOUND ON HOUSING DATA, TRUMP TRADE DEAL REMARK

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Sep 25, 2019

U.S. stocks rebounded from an early slide Wednesday afternoon after encouraging housing data and remarks by President Donald Trump indicating a trade deal with China could happen soon put investors in a buying mood. Strong gains from technology companies and banks helped brush off the market’s...

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Why Do Governments Need to Take Blockchain Seriously in 2020? WHY DO GOVERNMENTS NEED TO TAKE BLOCKCHAIN SERIOUSLY IN 2020?

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Sep 25, 2019

It will be wrong to say that Blockchain today is what the internet was in 1995. While the possibility of reformation that the Internet has brought is the same as what Blockchain carries, the difference is in the role the two groundbreaking technologies play – Internet on the foreground and Blo...

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Treasury Develops Visual Government Finance Tool TREASURY DEVELOPS VISUAL GOVERNMENT FINANCE TOOL

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Sep 25, 2019

The average American citizen expects that the Federal government is efficient with its resources and that financial information is accurate, so leveraging data is key to evolving to the needs of the 21st century financial community. Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of the Fiscal Assistant S...

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Trump defends his foreign policy to the world at UNGA TRUMP DEFENDS HIS FOREIGN POLICY TO THE WORLD AT UNGA

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Sep 24, 2019

US President Donald J. Trump justified his vision for the United States’ role in the world during a wide-ranging speech to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on September 24. In a speech that bore resemblance to his other two annual addresses to the gathering of world leaders, Trump ag...

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A Timeline of the Trump-Ukraine Scandal A TIMELINE OF THE TRUMP-UKRAINE SCANDAL

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Sep 24, 2019

As of Sept. 24, the House of Representatives has formally launched impeachment proceedings against President Trump. An announcement earlier this month from the head of the House Intelligence Committee regarding an anonymous intelligence community whistleblower complaint has snowballed into a scandal...

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US Lobby Groups Most Effective at Blocking Climate Action – Report US LOBBY GROUPS MOST EFFECTIVE AT BLOCKING CLIMATE ACTION – REPORT

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Sep 23, 2019

US lobby groups representing the fossil fuel and automotive industries are world leaders when it comes to stalling government action on climate change, new research shows. Of the top 10 trade associations considered to be the most effective at opposing climate-friendly policies globally, seven are b...

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Trump-Ukraine spurs new calls for impeachment by Democrats TRUMP-UKRAINE SPURS NEW CALLS FOR IMPEACHMENT BY DEMOCRATS

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Sep 23, 2019

After months of slowly building support among Democrats in Congress for official impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, the latest allegations involving the President reportedly discussing an investigation of a top Democratic candidate with the leader of Ukraine are pushing more cal...

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Extending free Windows 7 security updates to voting systems EXTENDING FREE WINDOWS 7 SECURITY UPDATES TO VOTING SYSTEMS

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Sep 20, 2019

Today, as part of Microsoft’s Defending Democracy Program, we are announcing that we will provide free security updates for federally certified voting systems running Windows 7 through the 2020 elections, even after Microsoft ends Windows 7 support. I would like to share more on why we help cu...

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Understanding The House Democrats’ Drug Pricing Package UNDERSTANDING THE HOUSE DEMOCRATS’ DRUG PRICING PACKAGE

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Sep 19, 2019

Earlier today, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D CA) released the Democratic caucus’ long-awaited drug pricing package (summary here, text here). As released, the package would be the most far-reaching drug pricing reform in recent memory, although there are still numerous detai...

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Trump’s battle with California busts myths about American climate policy TRUMP’S BATTLE WITH CALIFORNIA BUSTS MYTHS ABOUT AMERICAN CLIMATE POLICY

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Sep 19, 2019

The Trump administration is planning to remove an exception in the Clean Air Act that allows California to set stricter emission standards for vehicles than the rest of the country. The exception has always been a sore point for climate denialists and anti-environmental libertarians because it is a ...

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If the U.S. Government is Hesitant About 5G Network Security, Should Integrators Be Nervous, Too? IF THE U.S. GOVERNMENT IS HESITANT ABOUT 5G NETWORK SECURITY, SHOULD INTEGRATORS BE NERVOUS, TOO?

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Sep 18, 2019

According to a Reuters report, the U.S. is concerned with Gulf allies over a potential security risk in using Huawei 5G mobile technology. What does that mean for the AV industry — a space that is currently anticipating what 5G tech can do for installations worldwide? The Chinese company has d...

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The Trump DOJ has taken an unexpected and unworkable position on the ACA THE TRUMP DOJ HAS TAKEN AN UNEXPECTED AND UNWORKABLE POSITION ON THE ACA

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Sep 18, 2019

Since Bill Barr became Attorney General in February of this year, the Department of Justice’s behavior in Texas v. U.S. – the current lawsuit challenging the ACA – has been unpredictable and inconsistent. Most notably, the Department came under fire in March when they reversed cour...

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House Ag Democrats and GOP Senators Call for CCC Provision HOUSE AG DEMOCRATS AND GOP SENATORS CALL FOR CCC PROVISION

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Sep 17, 2019

On Tuesday, Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman John Hoeven, R-N.D., said at a markup of the fiscal year 2020 Agriculture appropriations bill it is “critical” that the continuing resolution to fund the government to allow the Agriculture Department to continue to issu...

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White House Says President Ready to Sign Trade Deal With Japan WHITE HOUSE SAYS PRESIDENT READY TO SIGN TRADE DEAL WITH JAPAN

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Sep 17, 2019

The White House sent a notice to Congress on Monday stating that President Donald Trump is ready to sign a trade deal with Japan. "I am pleased to report that my administration has reached an initial trade agreement regarding tariff barriers (the "agreement") with Japan and I intend t...

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Trump: U.S. is TRUMP: U.S. IS 'LOCKED AND LOADED' TO RESPOND TO SAUDI OIL ATTACK

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Sep 16, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump says American forces are 'locked and loaded' to respond to the fiery attacks on one of Saudi Arabia’s largest oil fields and the world’s biggest crude oil stabilization facility. "There is reason to believe we know the culprit," Trump tweeted...

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Election 2020: Elizabeth Warren Answers Twelve Foreign Policy Questions ELECTION 2020: ELIZABETH WARREN ANSWERS TWELVE FOREIGN POLICY QUESTIONS

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Sep 16, 2019

Last week’s third round of Democratic presidential debates gave foreign policy some attention. The candidates spent a shade under forty minutes discussing events beyond America’s borders. That is more time than the first two rounds of debate did combined. Even so, the candidates discusse...

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Trump Makes First Statements Regarding GM-UAW Strike TRUMP MAKES FIRST STATEMENTS REGARDING GM-UAW STRIKE

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Sep 16, 2019

President Donald Trump provided his first statements on the United Auto Workers-General Motors strike Monday after workers walked off the job on Midnight Sunday. According to The Detroit Free Press, Trump told media he was “sad,” about the strike and that he hoped it was a “quick o...

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More talks, but no Trump-Congress deal on gun legislation MORE TALKS, BUT NO TRUMP-CONGRESS DEAL ON GUN LEGISLATION

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Sep 15, 2019

With growing pressure from Democrats for action by the Senate on a House-passed bill which requires background checks on private gun sales, President Donald Trump spoke Sunday with Democratic leaders in Congress, as the White House said legislative solutions are still being examined.

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5 Marketing Technology Trends for 2020 5 MARKETING TECHNOLOGY TRENDS FOR 2020

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Sep 13, 2019

“The aim of marketing is to make selling superfluous.” Peter F. Drucker Tweet This! While selling is an art, it solely depends on the fact how much marketing efforts you have put in to make it possible. And when it comes to marketing efforts it will be incomplete unless you leverage mode...

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10 Must-have Marketing Technology Stack for Your B2B Tech 10 MUST-HAVE MARKETING TECHNOLOGY STACK FOR YOUR B2B TECH

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Sep 13, 2019

Still think your current martech stack doesn't need an upgrade? Think again. 2019 is gradually coming to a close and marketing channels have shown no signs of slowing down. If you’re a marketer who’s part of a technology-dominated industry, you know well that it’s no longer a b...

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US meddling in Hong Kong could trigger a tragedy US MEDDLING IN HONG KONG COULD TRIGGER A TRAGEDY

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Sep 12, 2019

As Hong Kong’s pro-democracy demonstrations intensify, the Chinese government accuses the United States of fomenting the trouble. It is easy to dismiss such accusations as propaganda from a communist regime making excuses for its own blunders. There is considerable truth to that explanation, b...

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US budget deficit for 11 months up $169 billion over 2018 US BUDGET DEFICIT FOR 11 MONTHS UP $169 BILLION OVER 2018

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Sep 12, 2019

The U.S. government’s budget deficit increased by $169 billion to $1.07 trillion in the first 11 months of this budget year as spending grew faster than tax collections. The Treasury Department reported Thursday that the deficit with just one month left in the budget year is up 18.8% over the ...

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U.S., China to Resume Trade Talks, but Obstacles Remain U.S., CHINA TO RESUME TRADE TALKS, BUT OBSTACLES REMAIN

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Sep 11, 2019

The announcement last week that the United States and China would resume trade talks in October sent stocks up, but many obstacles remain before a deal is in sight. The two sides announced last week that Vice Premier Liu He, who has been leading the talks on the Chinese side, would travel to the Uni...

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Qualifying for the debate: The lost role of peer review QUALIFYING FOR THE DEBATE: THE LOST ROLE OF PEER REVIEW

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Sep 11, 2019

The two previous Democratic primary debates had so many contenders that they challenged the patience of even the most loyal political junkies. This week’s Democratic debate will feature half as many: only 10, candidates. The DNC’s process for narrowing the field has gotten a lot of criti...

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The Role of Sales in Sales Enablement THE ROLE OF SALES IN SALES ENABLEMENT

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Sep 10, 2019

However, with a regular commute time that consumes a couple of hours each day, I have shifted my focus to podcasts and audiobooks. One of my favorite podcasts is the Inside Sales Enablement series by Scott Santucci and Brian Lambert. In their last episode, they spent time reviewing their thoughts an...

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Implementing Buyer Enablement in Your Sales Enablement Strategy (2019) IMPLEMENTING BUYER ENABLEMENT IN YOUR SALES ENABLEMENT STRATEGY (2019)

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Sep 10, 2019

The majority of the time I only had access to two TV channels, three on a good weather day, and I vividly remember when I first saw a color television. At this time, products and services were limited, and buyer choices were almost non-existent. Fast-forward to 2019. Not only do I have access to hun...

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How Donald Trump Blew Up the Afghan Peace Process HOW DONALD TRUMP BLEW UP THE AFGHAN PEACE PROCESS

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Sep 10, 2019

With the suspension of the U.S.-Taliban talks, Mullah Baradar, the Taliban’s lead negotiator in Qatar, may be spending some of his free time reading Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal, trying to make sense of the U.S. president’s bombshell Twitter thread from this weekend. On Satur...

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Biodiesel Producers Plead With Trump to Stand Behind Promises on RFS BIODIESEL PRODUCERS PLEAD WITH TRUMP TO STAND BEHIND PROMISES ON RFS

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Sep 10, 2019

In a plea to President Donald Trump ahead of an expected announced policy change on biofuels, the National Biodiesel Board and 33 of its producer members called on the administration to save the industry from small-refinery exemptions. As of Friday, according to an ethanol industry source, Trump'...

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Considerations for expanding international reference pricing beyond Medicare Part B CONSIDERATIONS FOR EXPANDING INTERNATIONAL REFERENCE PRICING BEYOND MEDICARE PART B

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Sep 09, 2019

Last fall, the Trump administration announced that it was exploring an international reference pricing model for drugs covered under Part B of Medicare (which are generally drugs administered by a physician, such as many chemotherapy drugs). Under this model, the amount Medicare would pay for these ...

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US-China Trade War and the Future of Iran Oil Exports to China US-CHINA TRADE WAR AND THE FUTURE OF IRAN OIL EXPORTS TO CHINA

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Sep 09, 2019

China is self-sufficient in many respects in the old oil industry, but it still needs foreign equipment and imported advanced technologies to extract and explore oil resources. These are China’s weaknesses that need to be addressed. China’s oil industry will not be immune to US-China tra...

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To thwart a possible recession, Trump should work on policies that support workers TO THWART A POSSIBLE RECESSION, TRUMP SHOULD WORK ON POLICIES THAT SUPPORT WORKERS

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Sep 08, 2019

There have been a growing number of reports that another recession is on the horizon, with some economists predicting that it may happen within a year. Last month, in response to the news, President Trump and his economic advisor Larry Kudlow floated and retracted a number of possible solutions, inc...

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NOAA Leadership Trades Scientific Integrity for Political Appeasement NOAA LEADERSHIP TRADES SCIENTIFIC INTEGRITY FOR POLITICAL APPEASEMENT

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Sep 07, 2019

The mission of the National Weather Service is to provide “weather, water, and climate data, forecasts and warnings for the protection of life and property and enhancement of the national economy.” And its hard-working employees work around the clock in offices around the country to ensu...

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Trump taking money from storm-damaged FL & Puerto Rico military bases to pay for border wall TRUMP TAKING MONEY FROM STORM-DAMAGED FL & PUERTO RICO MILITARY BASES TO PAY FOR BORDER WALL

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Sep 05, 2019

Florida Democrats slammed President Donald Trump’s decision to shift $3.6 billion away from military construction projects to build a portion of his promised U.S.-Mexico border wall. Among the projects losing the funding is $17 million for a “crash and rescue” facility at Tyndall A...

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The American Founders Made Sure the President Could Never Suspend Congress THE AMERICAN FOUNDERS MADE SURE THE PRESIDENT COULD NEVER SUSPEND CONGRESS

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Sep 04, 2019

The British monarch has the right to determine when Parliament is in session – or, more to the point, when it is not. Breaking with longstanding tradition, and possibly with the United Kingdom’s unwritten constitution, new Prime Minister Boris Johnson asked Queen Elizabeth II to suspend,...

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Border wall money diversion will take $77 million from Virginia military projects, Kaine and Warner say BORDER WALL MONEY DIVERSION WILL TAKE $77 MILLION FROM VIRGINIA MILITARY PROJECTS, KAINE AND WARNER SAY

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Sep 04, 2019

The Trump administration’s relentless push to build its wall along the Mexican border will siphon more than $77 million from four military projects in Virginia, Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner said in a statement today. The Democratic senators said they were informed by the Department of Defen...

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5 Reasons Your Company Needs Account-Based Marketing 5 REASONS YOUR COMPANY NEEDS ACCOUNT-BASED MARKETING

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Sep 03, 2019

Every company can benefit from account-based marketing, no matter your size or target market. These are our top 5 reasons why your company would benefit from incorporating ABM tactics into your marketing strategy. If you go to any marketing conference or presentation, chances are you’ll hear a...

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White House Endorses 2.6 Percent Federal Civilian Pay Raise for 2020 WHITE HOUSE ENDORSES 2.6 PERCENT FEDERAL CIVILIAN PAY RAISE FOR 2020

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Sep 02, 2019

The White House proposed a 2.6 percent pay increase for the Federal civilian workforce on August 30, to take effect at the beginning of the 2020 calendar year. President Trump’s endorsement of a 2020 pay increase for the Federal civilian workforce marks a sharp turnaround from the White House&...

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President Trump wants to use an executive order to make the FCC and FTC police social media censorship PRESIDENT TRUMP WANTS TO USE AN EXECUTIVE ORDER TO MAKE THE FCC AND FTC POLICE SOCIAL MEDIA CENSORSHIP

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Aug 29, 2019

President Trump has a plan to involve the FTC and FCC in policing censorship by social media companies such as Facebook and Twitter. Earlier in August, CNN’s Brian Fung reported on a summary of a draft executive order from President Trump that was first reported on by Politico. The executive o...

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What Ending the Flores Agreement on Detention of Immigrant Children Really Means WHAT ENDING THE FLORES AGREEMENT ON DETENTION OF IMMIGRANT CHILDREN REALLY MEANS

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Aug 29, 2019

Last week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued its final rule on custody of two groups of noncitizen children, establishing different procedures for the treatment of children accompanied by at least one parent at the border prior to arrest and “unaccompanied alien children” ...

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Your guide for talking about Barack Obama during the 2020 contest YOUR GUIDE FOR TALKING ABOUT BARACK OBAMA DURING THE 2020 CONTEST

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Aug 27, 2019

In the 2020 race for president, we have a former vice president who points to the Barack Obama years as a paradise under assault not just from Donald Trump, but from his Democratic competitors as well. For instance, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Cory Booker all have trafficked in some form of...

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WaPo Editorial Board Calls Sanders Green New Deal ‘Wrongheaded’ WAPO EDITORIAL BOARD CALLS SANDERS GREEN NEW DEAL ‘WRONGHEADED’

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Aug 27, 2019

For the second time in the last two months The Washington Post Editorial Board panned a plan by Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders –this time calling his climate plan aka “Green New Deal” as both “grandiose” and “wrongheaded.” Sanders plan whic...

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Government seeks emergency relief on asylum rule GOVERNMENT SEEKS EMERGENCY RELIEF ON ASYLUM RULE

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Aug 26, 2019

The battle over immigration through the southern border of the United States came to the Supreme Court today. The federal government asked the justices for permission to enforce a new rule that would bar most migrants from seeking asylum in this country if they pass through another country before ar...

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Anatomy of an oversight investigation: White House security clearances ANATOMY OF AN OVERSIGHT INVESTIGATION: WHITE HOUSE SECURITY CLEARANCES

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Aug 26, 2019

Since regaining the majority in January, House Democrats have been conducting oversight of the Trump administration on issues ranging from family separation at the border to the rollback of environmental regulations. While the policy areas addressed by these investigations are diverse, House committ...

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Georgia governor on trade war with China: ‘Trust the president’ GEORGIA GOVERNOR ON TRADE WAR WITH CHINA: ‘TRUST THE PRESIDENT’

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Aug 26, 2019

Gov. Brian Kemp had just begun a question-and-answer session with eight Asian-American business owners in Gwinnett County when Tim Le, a real estate investor, asked a question on many of their minds: With threats of a trade war looming, how does the U.S. economy keep growing? Le and the other execut...

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Senator Bernie Sanders Releases $16 Trillion Green New Deal Plan SENATOR BERNIE SANDERS RELEASES $16 TRILLION GREEN NEW DEAL PLAN

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Aug 24, 2019

On August 22nd, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) released a 14,000-word plan to implement the Green New Deal—a detailed blueprint to “avert climate catastrophe and create 20 million new jobs.” Declaring climate change a “global emergency,” “existential threat,” a...

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A disturbance in the Force: President Trump, DOD’s JEDI procurement, and the Old Post Office A DISTURBANCE IN THE FORCE: PRESIDENT TRUMP, DOD’S JEDI PROCUREMENT, AND THE OLD POST OFFICE

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Aug 23, 2019

President Trump’s animus toward Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos appears to have led the Department of Defense (DoD) to delay its $10 billion cloud computing procurement, in which Mr. Bezos’s Amazon is the front-runner. Before the president upends the competition altogether, he should mo...

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Campaign 2020: Michael Bennet, Democratic Presidential Candidate CAMPAIGN 2020: MICHAEL BENNET, DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE

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Aug 22, 2019

Prostate cancer is the second most common type of cancer among American men. One in nine American men will be diagnosed with it during their lifetimes. Colorado Senator Michael Bennet is one of them. He learned of his diagnosis this past March. Calling himself “fortunate” because the can...

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Can Trump prevent a US recession in election year? CAN TRUMP PREVENT A US RECESSION IN ELECTION YEAR?

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Aug 22, 2019

Donald Trump is pressuring the Fed to stave off a sharp economic downturn as he seeks reelection in 2020. The feelgood effects of his $1.5 billion program of tax cuts are due to run out soon, so what can he do? US President Donald Trump has spent several days trying to reassure American voters that ...

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Creating Content That Improves CX: A Q&A with Lionbridge & Aprimo CREATING CONTENT THAT IMPROVES CX: A Q&A WITH LIONBRIDGE & APRIMO

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Aug 21, 2019

Today’s brands face numerous challenges. They need to create a customized, excellent experience for each and every customer worldwide. To do that, they need to create high-quality, on-target content. They need to create that content quickly, effectively, and for audiences who speak multiple la...

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Trump TRUMP'S LATEST PLAN TO UNDERMINE SOCIAL SECURITY

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Aug 21, 2019

Donald Trump recently floated cutting the Social Security contribution rate. Voters should not be fooled by this Trojan horse. It looks like a gift to working Americans. In reality, it is part of a longstanding effort to end Social Security. The proposed cut is supposedly about stimulating the econo...

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Huawei is embedded in our infrastructure and the federal government subsidized it HUAWEI IS EMBEDDED IN OUR INFRASTRUCTURE AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SUBSIDIZED IT

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Aug 21, 2019

Recent headlines confirm that the Office of Management and Budget plans to issue an interim rule that would ban U.S. government agencies from doing business with Chinese companies. This issue goes beyond the Trump administration’s continued efforts to redefine America’s economic and trad...

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Going Global 101: How Your Competition Can Be Your Best Resource GOING GLOBAL 101: HOW YOUR COMPETITION CAN BE YOUR BEST RESOURCE

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Aug 20, 2019

Lace-up your sneakers and step up to the starting line: you’re ready to reach countless customers in new markets. You’ve secured your spot in the Global Marketplace (whether by default or design). But before you sprint away, take a good look around you. You are not alone in this race. Yo...

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Proposed Bills Would Help Combat Domestic Terrorism PROPOSED BILLS WOULD HELP COMBAT DOMESTIC TERRORISM

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Aug 20, 2019

Following recent attacks in Gilroy, California; El Paso, Texas; and Dayton, Ohio, we have seen a renewed call for domestic terrorism laws to give federal law enforcement the same types of tools that are available to combat violent acts committed by international terrorists. Proposed bills in the U.S...

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Easy Target: How the United States Can Stop Foreign Powers From Attacking Its Elections EASY TARGET: HOW THE UNITED STATES CAN STOP FOREIGN POWERS FROM ATTACKING ITS ELECTIONS

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Aug 20, 2019

State election officials are sounding what is becoming an increasingly dire warning about the integrity of the voting process heading into the 2020 election, pleading for federal funds to help secure next year’s balloting against cyberattacks. At a public forum on Thursday, the top election of...

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Trump’s Trade War Makes Us All Losers TRUMP’S TRADE WAR MAKES US ALL LOSERS

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Aug 19, 2019

President Trump thinks foreign policy works like the New York real estate industry. In The Art of the Deal he recalls how he used to obtain profitable agreements from competitors by intimidating them, raising his bets to the limits of suicide, or beating them out of fatigue. Relations between states...

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Time Is Running out for a Deal with North Korea TIME IS RUNNING OUT FOR A DEAL WITH NORTH KOREA

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Aug 19, 2019

Time is running out to achieve a real breakthrough with North Korea. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have attempted multiple times to find a diplomatic solution over Kim’s nuclear arsenal. South Korean leader Moon Jae-in has also reached out to both sides, most recen...

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Trump’s foreign policy crisis arrives TRUMP’S FOREIGN POLICY CRISIS ARRIVES

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Aug 16, 2019

For two and a half years, the world has wondered how President Donald Trump would cope with a real international crisis. That crisis may have finally arrived in Hong Kong, as Beijing appears poised to execute a massive, violent crackdown against protesters. And how it’s resolved will matter no...

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Hickenlooper, Former Governor & Denver Mayor, Drops Election 2020 Bid HICKENLOOPER, FORMER GOVERNOR & DENVER MAYOR, DROPS ELECTION 2020 BID

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Aug 15, 2019

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper on Thursday ended his longshot bid for the Democratic presidential nomination and said he may run for the Senate in 2020 against a Republican considered one of the most politically vulnerable incumbents. In a video message , Hickenlooper said he had heard from ...

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U.S. Government Sets New Records for Spending and Revenues U.S. GOVERNMENT SETS NEW RECORDS FOR SPENDING AND REVENUES

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Aug 14, 2019

The U.S. government set new records for spending and tax revenues in July 2019. But because spending has risen so much faster than its tax collections, the latest U.S. Treasury monthly statement also confirms that the government’s budget deficit through the first 10 months of its 2019 fiscal y...

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DIVERSE VOICES STRENGTHEN BRAND CHARACTER DIVERSE VOICES STRENGTHEN BRAND CHARACTER

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Aug 14, 2019

What character appears in the most films and television programs? Dracula? God? Santa Claus? All of those make the top ten list, but none is the correct answer. Satan (or The Devil) is a character is more than 840 projects – more than any other character. If you limit the list to mortals, the ...

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CX IN THE AGE OF PRIVACY AND TRUST, PART 3: CAN WE (RE)BUILD TRUST? CX IN THE AGE OF PRIVACY AND TRUST, PART 3: CAN WE (RE)BUILD TRUST?

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Aug 14, 2019

This is the third in a series of articles on creating, maintaining, and optimizing great customer experiences in the context of mounting concerns about privacy and increasingly strict regulations governing data processing. We address topics such as consent strategies, the role of trust, the elements...

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Setting the Stage for U.S. Leadership in 6G SETTING THE STAGE FOR U.S. LEADERSHIP IN 6G

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Aug 13, 2019

Every day there are more headlines about China’s rise in 5G, the next generation of wireless communications technologies, and the economic and national security risks to the United States that go along with these developing technologies. These concerns, particularly the threat of critical infr...

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Trump Launches New Offensive in War for Human Supremacy TRUMP LAUNCHES NEW OFFENSIVE IN WAR FOR HUMAN SUPREMACY

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Aug 13, 2019

One of the many historic successes of Donald Trump's presidency is the impressive degree to which he has advanced the cause of human dominion over the animal kingdom. Since Trump took office, mankind has enjoyed unprecedented species dominance both in the United States and around the world. The ...

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Government influence on your truck fleet GOVERNMENT INFLUENCE ON YOUR TRUCK FLEET

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Aug 12, 2019

In February, the DRIVE-Safe Act was reintroduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. The bill would direct the secretary of transportation to issue regulations to permit an 18-21-year-old commercial driver’s license (CDL) holder to drive a commercial vehicle across state lines, du...

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McConnell warns China against MCCONNELL WARNS CHINA AGAINST 'ANY VIOLENT CRACKDOWN' IN HONG KONG

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Aug 12, 2019

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is warning the Chinese government after authorities in Hong Kong reportedly fired tear gas at protesters inside a subway station and charged demonstrators Sunday. “The people of Hong Kong are bravely standing up to the Chinese Communist Party as B...

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Democrats think Rep. John Katko will retire, despite 2020 re-election plans DEMOCRATS THINK REP. JOHN KATKO WILL RETIRE, DESPITE 2020 RE-ELECTION PLANS

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Aug 12, 2019

Perhaps it's wishful thinking, or perhaps it's based on the inside-the-Beltway rumor mill. But Democrats continue to believe U.S. Rep. John Katko is a prime candidate for retirement before the 2020 election. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the House Democrats' political ...

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Second Democratic Debate Continues to Emphasize the Importance of Our Courts SECOND DEMOCRATIC DEBATE CONTINUES TO EMPHASIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF OUR COURTS

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Aug 09, 2019

Throughout both nights of the second round of Democratic primary debates on July 30 and 31, every candidate admonished the Trump administration for wreaking havoc on our democracy and pressed for measures that protected the interest of all of us over those of the wealthy and powerful. Whether the is...

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US Business Investment: Rising Market Power Mutes Tax Cut Impact US BUSINESS INVESTMENT: RISING MARKET POWER MUTES TAX CUT IMPACT

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Aug 08, 2019

US business investment has been on the rise. Since the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act at the end of 2017, US businesses have bought more machinery, developed software, and created new intellectual property. Some believe that the key to this growth in business investment has been the Act’...

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Trump TRUMP'S MEDDLING, INTIMIDATION PLAYED A DECISIVE ROLE IN FED'S INTEREST RATE DECISION

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Aug 08, 2019

While the Federal Reserve’s July 31 decision to lower interest rates 0.25 percent likely made nary a ripple in your day, the move represents perhaps the most reckless political interference in the Fed’s 106-year history. The decision is no ripple, but an earthquake that has dire conseque...

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Campaign 2020: Kirsten Gillibrand, Democratic Presidential Candidate CAMPAIGN 2020: KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND, DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE

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Aug 07, 2019

It has been a while since Americans have elected successive presidents from the same state. Not since November 2, 1880 in fact.* That’s when Republican James A. Garfield of Ohio won the right to succeed fellow Republican and Ohioan Rutherford B. Hayes. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand hopes to break...

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Republicans should get behind the 28th Amendment REPUBLICANS SHOULD GET BEHIND THE 28TH AMENDMENT

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Aug 07, 2019

Last week the 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was introduced in the Senate by Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), with 46 co-sponsors, including seven presidential candidates. In January, the same bill—to impose reasonable limits on campaign money while protecting free speech rights—was spo...

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Will Trump Create a New Great Depression? WILL TRUMP CREATE A NEW GREAT DEPRESSION?

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Aug 06, 2019

It’s an old axiom that it is easier to start wars than to end them. President Donald Trump now finds himself in this very predicament. His vow to raise tariffs on another $300 billion worth of Chinese goods in September has further heightened hostilities with Beijing. China is retaliating by a...

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Will Trump’s trade war with China ever end? WILL TRUMP’S TRADE WAR WITH CHINA EVER END?

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Aug 06, 2019

United States President Donald Trump recently escalated his trade war with China, threatening to impose a 10 per cent tariff on the remaining $300 billion of untaxed Chinese imports. If the new tariff goes into effect in September as promised, virtually all Chinese exports to the US would be subject...

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Florida politicians weigh in on U.S. economic embargo against the Venezuelan government FLORIDA POLITICIANS WEIGH IN ON U.S. ECONOMIC EMBARGO AGAINST THE VENEZUELAN GOVERNMENT

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Aug 06, 2019

Some of Florida’s Republican and Democratic lawmakers in Congress are applauding new U.S. economic sanctions against the government of Venezuela, geared towards remove President Nicolas Maduro. The embattled president remains in power despite the intense opposition from the United States and m...

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Transparency and Scientific Rigor Improve at Regulatory Agencies Under Trump TRANSPARENCY AND SCIENTIFIC RIGOR IMPROVE AT REGULATORY AGENCIES UNDER TRUMP

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Aug 05, 2019

President Trump vowed to increase transparency concerning how federal agencies operate and impose rules. Regulations should be based on the best-available scientific and economic analyses of any problem being addressed and the likely outcomes of rules proposed to solve it. And good government requir...

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Government Scientists Are Censoring Themselves GOVERNMENT SCIENTISTS ARE CENSORING THEMSELVES

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Aug 05, 2019

The Trump administration hadn't even moved into the White House, but already there was an immense fear building in the minds of government employees after the results of the election were in. "Why did you put a big blue Post-It note over your computer's camera?" I remember asking o...

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Will Trump work with Congress to fix NAFTA or will he break his promises to working people? WILL TRUMP WORK WITH CONGRESS TO FIX NAFTA OR WILL HE BREAK HIS PROMISES TO WORKING PEOPLE?

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Aug 05, 2019

Writing from the swing state of Michigan, in the wake of the latest Democratic primary debates, it appears that, despite a quarter century of experience since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was signed, many candidates and members of the press do not understand why NAFTA harmed so ma...

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Rod Rosenstein weighs in on Trump-Cummings Baltimore exchange, sort of ROD ROSENSTEIN WEIGHS IN ON TRUMP-CUMMINGS BALTIMORE EXCHANGE, SORT OF

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Aug 04, 2019

Rod Rosenstein, the former deputy U.S. attorney general and longtime chief federal prosecutor in Baltimore, is reacting to the high-profile, caustic comments by President Donald Trump about that city’s crime problems. In response to a query from POLITICO, Rosenstein did not comment directly on...

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Broken Baltimore: Taxpayers Pay $2 Billion To Fund 30,000 Public Employees, Says Audit BROKEN BALTIMORE: TAXPAYERS PAY $2 BILLION TO FUND 30,000 PUBLIC EMPLOYEES, SAYS AUDIT

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Aug 04, 2019

Taxpayers have paid nearly $2 billion in federal aid to fund 30,000 public employees in Baltimore at local and federal levels, an audit shows. Baltimore reportedly has 13,522 employees with a combined payroll that exceeds $821 million annually. The mayor’s office paid $7 million in 2018 for th...

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$32 Million: That $32 MILLION: THAT'S HOW MUCH THE MUELLER PROBE COST

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Aug 04, 2019

The special counsel’s investigation cost nearly $32 million in total, according to Justice Department accounting records released Friday. That figure includes the special counsel’s office’s direct expenses, as well as what the Justice Department spent to support the investigation, ...

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Trump Plan For Pharmaceutical Importation A Small Step In The Right Direction TRUMP PLAN FOR PHARMACEUTICAL IMPORTATION A SMALL STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION

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Aug 01, 2019

On July 31 Secretary of Health and Humans Services Alex Azar announced a proposal that would allow US pharmacies, distributors, and states to import drugs from Canada that are sold there by US drug makers at prices well below the prices for which they are sold in the U.S. US pharmaceutical companies...

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DeSantis distances himself from Trump plan for FL immigration facility but praises partnership with Trump on prescription drug plan DESANTIS DISTANCES HIMSELF FROM TRUMP PLAN FOR FL IMMIGRATION FACILITY BUT PRAISES PARTNERSHIP WITH TRUMP ON PRESCRIPTION DRUG PLAN

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Aug 01, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis seemed pleased this week to take credit for a Trump administration initiative to import cheaper prescription drugs from Canada. He washed his hands, however, of a Trump plan to house migrant children in Central Florida. “The shelters are basically regulated by the federal gov...

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Trump Orders Navy to Rescind Awards for Prosecutors who Lost Eddie Gallagher Case TRUMP ORDERS NAVY TO RESCIND AWARDS FOR PROSECUTORS WHO LOST EDDIE GALLAGHER CASE

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Aug 01, 2019

President Donald Trump is ordering the Secretary of the Navy and Chief of Naval Operations to rescind awards given to prosecutors who were "ridiculously" awarded Navy Achievement Medals after losing the case against former SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher, he said in a tweet on Wednesday. "...

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What Boris Johnson means for US-UK relations WHAT BORIS JOHNSON MEANS FOR US-UK RELATIONS

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Jul 31, 2019

Given enduring ties between the United States and the United Kingdom, there has always been a fascination with the personal bonds between those stewarding the “special relationship.” The most memorable pairings have been leaders who were like-minded or committed to a shared cause. Frankl...

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Trade Talks Resume in Shanghai TRADE TALKS RESUME IN SHANGHAI

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Jul 31, 2019

Face-to-face trade negotiations resumed this week between representatives of the United States and China for the first time since President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to restart talks in June. U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven ...

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Federal government says Virginia is overcalculating too many SNAP payments FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SAYS VIRGINIA IS OVERCALCULATING TOO MANY SNAP PAYMENTS

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Jul 31, 2019

Virginia got a slap on the wrist this week and may be subject to financial penalties after the federal government found that the state had one of the highest rates of error in the nation in calculating its food-assistance payments. According to data released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Agricul...

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ACLU Accuses Trump Administration Of Continuing Family Separations At Border ACLU ACCUSES TRUMP ADMINISTRATION OF CONTINUING FAMILY SEPARATIONS AT BORDER

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Jul 30, 2019

In a court filing on Tuesday, the American Civil Liberties Union accused the Trump administration of separating nearly 1,000 migrant children at the U.S.-Mexico border after a court order to end the practice. “The American Civil Liberties Union asked a federal judge today to block the Trump ad...

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The Potential Trouble with Nominating a DNI from Trump’s Central Casting THE POTENTIAL TROUBLE WITH NOMINATING A DNI FROM TRUMP’S CENTRAL CASTING

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Jul 30, 2019

The nomination-by-tweet of Republican Representative John Ratcliffe of Texas as Director of National Intelligence (DNI) to replace outgoing DNI Dan Coats has drawn rapid and harsh condemnation from many political observers and even former intelligence officers for his apparent partisanship and lack ...

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Rivera Defends Support of Trump: ‘He’s Doing the Best for the United States’ RIVERA DEFENDS SUPPORT OF TRUMP: ‘HE’S DOING THE BEST FOR THE UNITED STATES’

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Jul 30, 2019

Mariano Rivera, the Hall of Fame New York Yankees reliever, is not backing off his support for President Donald Trump after an editorial in the Daily Beast accused him of having “served at the pleasure of a racist president.” “He was a friend of mine before he became president,&rdq...