Nathan Deal’s careful tiptoe toward Donald Trump

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One of the more careful recalibrations in Georgia toward Donald Trump has come from Gov. Nathan Deal. The two-term Republican cast an early ballot for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who had dropped out of the race by the time Georgia held its March 1 primary. Deal was largely tight-lipped about Trump until he emerged as the party’s presumptive pick.

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Revitalization of Economies: Government Supporting Start-ups

Article | July 14, 2022

The pandemic has blown up entrepreneurs and start-up ecosystems, so government support for start-ups has become critical. The majority of them faced cash shortages and a lack of venture capital. For start-ups, cash is the most pressing issue. Furthermore, start-ups experienced a slow fundraising process accompanied by investor indifference. Furthermore, the global workforce was not left untouched by the spillover. Start-ups began to lay off employees and reduce pay. According to StartupGenome research, three out of every four employees were letting their employer down. While 39% of them laid off 20% or more of their workforce, two-thirds admitted to laying off 60% or more of their full-time employees. In the United States, the economy experienced the sharpest decline in employment, with 20.5 million people losing their jobs. Following that, in order to address this and reduce the pandemic's impact on start-ups, the governments of many countries have stepped in to save their country's start-up ecosystem. We've listed a few of the government's initiatives to help start-ups during the current cash crunch. Direct grants and zero-interest loans: Right now, cash is the most important concern for new businesses. Grants are regarded as the most beneficial policy instrument (29%), followed by loans (12%). Access to venture capital investment: If history is any guide, venture capital activity will likely decline in 2020 as well. This creates a quandary for the 18% of start-ups that require access to financing tools to increase investment. Employment support schemes: COVID-19 has had an impact on workforces all over the world. The US lost a record 20.5 million jobs in April, the fastest and sharpest drop since the government began tracking the data. Given these circumstances, it's no surprise that 17 percent of start-ups rank immediate employee protection as one of their top priorities.

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Government as a driving force

Article | July 11, 2022

The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the importance of constant innovation—as well as the need to respond quickly, agilely, and on a large scale. During the early stages of the pandemic, governments increased mask production, facilitated data sharing among pharmaceutical companies, relaxed regulatory requirements for certain tests and drugs, and accelerated vaccine production. These were the critical first steps in what turned out to be a highly successful collaboration with the private sector, non-profit organizations, and research institutions. Governments have served as catalysts throughout the pandemic, assembling and enabling multi-sector efforts to deal with the flood of cases and develop vaccines. Even before the pandemic, the government's role as a solution catalyst was expanding in scope and complexity, with a focus on how to harness innovation across sectors for public benefit. Governments have gone beyond repairing market failures as commercial and cross-sector innovation has accelerated. Governments are fostering cross-sector solutions for a variety of societal challenges, including public health, climate change, and cybersecurity, in addition to assisting in the strengthening of strategic sectors such as defence and space. Utilizing outside innovation to drive mission delivery Many technologies have been developed by the commercial sectorthat can be used to address complex societal problems. Governments are looking into ways to use these capabilities to improve mission delivery in ways other than contracting, in order to develop a broader set of partners and solutions. It is not always easy to implement such technologies in the public sector. Governments, unlike commercial entities with access to legal and financial structures such as joint ventures and mergers and acquisitions, must find more creative ways to capitalize on external innovation based on mutual interest and advantage across sectors. Government action and innovation State and local government leaders face shrinking resources, demanding constituents, complex policy environments, and constant pressure to deliver results on time.

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U.S. Engagement with WHO

Article | July 13, 2022

During the pandemic, the United States supported the WHO through collaborative operations. Let’s understand in detail below. The United States government has historically supported WHO financially, through involvement in governance and diplomacy, and through collaborative operations. A new chapter in the U.S. relationship with WHO began in 2020, following the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, when the Trump administration ceased financial support and started the process to withdraw the country from membership. Financial Support: The United States has traditionally been the single largest donor to WHO, but in the 2020–2021 period it was the second largest as other donors, particularly Germany, increased their contributions. The U.S. dropped to third place. The United States contributed an anticipated $581 million to the WHO in 2021 as a result of restored funding from the Biden administration, which included both assessed and voluntary contributions. The assessed contribution for the United States has been set at the maximum permitted rate of 22% of all assessed payments from member states for a number of years. The U.S. assessed contribution has been very consistent between FY 2014 and FY 2022, varying between $110 million and $123 million. Increased U.S. support for particular WHO initiatives, such as emergency response, may be reflected in higher levels of voluntary contributions. Other WHO initiatives supported by U.S. voluntary donations include the fight against polio, maternal, infant, and child health initiatives, food safety initiatives, and regulatory monitoring of pharmaceuticals. Governance Activities: The United States has long been a prominent and involved member of the World Health Assembly, sending a sizable delegation that is typically headed by a delegate from the Department of Health and Human Services and includes representatives from numerous other U.S. agencies and departments. Technical Support: Government officials from the United States frequently act as liaisons at WHO regional offices and headquarters, collaborating daily with employees on technical initiatives. Partnering Activities: The United States has collaborated with WHO both before and during epidemic responses and other global health emergencies, notably by joining multinational teams that WHO organises to look into and address outbreaks all around the world. For instance, the US collaborated with WHO and the larger global response to the 2014-onset Ebola epidemic in West Africa, and US scientists were a part of the WHO mission that visited China in February 2020 to evaluate their COVID-19 response.

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Tech Trends that Affect Governments in 2022

Article | July 11, 2022

Governments and public authorities, like any other part of society, are vulnerable to technological disruption. Many of the issues confronting the government today stem from the fight to combat the global COVID-19 pandemic. Government institutions frequently discover that by employing tactics and strategies similar to those used by industry and the private sector, they, too, could learn to be more flexible and agile in their response. As a result, they have experienced a faster rate of digital transformation. Artificial intelligence (AI), the internet of things (IoT), and digital twins are now firmly on the agenda of governments and public bodies, whereas they were previously only on the roadmap. Many governments, particularly in more developed countries, have realized that they simply cannot afford to be complacent when there is so much potential for positive change. So, with that in mind, here's a rundown of some of the most significant tech trends affecting governments in 2022. Digital Identity: Biometric measures, can be used in identity schemes to link an individual as a physical entity to their digital identity. AI and Automation of Public Services: In the United States, federal, state, and local governments are all ramping up experiments with natural language processing (NLP) technologies to reduce customer friction. Cyber Security: Close monitoring of cyber security is a high priority for states. In 2021, the US government announced that it would assist businesses in defending themselves against nation-state attacks. National Cryptocurrencies: The benefits of cryptocurrency as a monetary system are clearly compelling enough to pique the interest of governments and central banks, but there are questions that must be addressed, particularly those concerning environmental costs and energy consumption, which may have political ramifications. The Rise of Govtech Start-ups: The field is now open for a new breed of start-up known as "govtechs" to bring fresh thinking to the challenge of driving the digital revolution in government. For example, in the United States, federal, state, and local governments are popular with services that received a high volume of calls during the pandemic. The above discussed trends are the five biggest tech trends transforming government in 2022.

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ASGN Incorporated Acquires Iron Vine Security

ASGN | October 04, 2022

ASGN Incorporated (NYSE: ASGN), a leading provider of IT services and solutions, including technology and creative digital marketing, across the commercial and government sectors, announced today that it has acquired Iron Vine Security (“Iron Vine” or “the Company”), a leading cybersecurity company that designs, implements, and executes cybersecurity programs for federal customers. Iron Vine’s team of over 230 professionals will become part of ECS Federal, LLC, ASGN’s Federal Government Segment. Founded in 2008 and headquartered in Washington, DC, Iron Vine delivers end-to-end, next-generation cybersecurity and zero-trust solutions, including cybersecurity program development, security engineering, security operations center (SOC) management, securities controls testing, cloud infrastructure security and digital forensics. The Company is entrusted to protect the critical IT assets of federal clients, including the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Census Bureau, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the Department of Education and the Department of State, amongst others. “We are very pleased to welcome Bill Geimer and his entire team of cybersecurity experts to ASGN, Iron Vine’s cybersecurity strength enhances ECS’ powerful solution set to enable the combined companies to capture some of today’s largest cybersecurity contracts across civilian, defense, and intelligence agencies.” -Ted Hanson Chief Executive Officer ASGN. ECS has enjoyed a longstanding partner relationship with Iron Vine, said John Heneghan, ECS president. We share a commitment to driving results for our customers by leveraging the latest technology along with leading cyber expertise. By combining and expanding our next-gen cybersecurity solutions and talented workforce, we strengthen our ability to deliver innovative solutions that protect our Nation’s most critical resources and move our customers’ missions forward. “We are very excited to join ECS and the broader ASGN family, Combining Iron Vine’s deep cyber expertise with ECS’ technical breadth will provide our combined customers access to an enriched offering of proven, innovative cybersecurity solutions and methodologies.” -Bill Geimer, CEO of Iron Vine. In connection with the closing, ASGN expects to grant restricted stock unit awards to 36 Iron Vine employees who are not executives of ASGN on January 3, 2023, covering a number of shares of ASGN common stock having an aggregate value of approximately $7 million on the grant date. Subject to continued service to ASGN, these restricted stock unit awards will vest: (a) one-half on the second anniversary of the closing, and (b) 25 percent on each of the third and fourth anniversaries of the closing. The restricted stock unit awards are granted as employment inducement awards pursuant to the New York Stock Exchange rules. About ASGN Incorporated: ASGN Incorporated (NYSE: ASGN) is a leading provider of IT services and solutions, including technology and creative digital marketing, across the commercial and government sectors. ASGN helps corporate enterprises and government organizations develop, implement and operate critical IT and business solutions through its integrated offering of professional staffing and IT solutions

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Long County, Georgia Selects Springbrook's Cirrus Cloud ERP Financial Platform

Springbrook Software | October 04, 2022

Long County, GA is the latest local government agency to move from an on-premises solution to Springbrook's Cirrus Cloud Financial platform. The platform is designed from the ground up specifically for small to medium sized local government agencies. The town is utilizing Springbrook's fully integrated Cirrus Cloud ERP suite including Utility Billing, Finance, Cashless Payments, Municipal Payments and Cash Receipts. Long County sought a robust and secure ERP that could scale as their projected needs grow over the next few years and selected Springbrook after reviewing several other market offerings. "Springbrook fulfills our needs and will provide our citizens with the modern experience that they demand." -Bernice Johnson, Finance Director of Long County, GA. Springbrook is actively working with many small to medium sized municipalities in the southeast. The flexibility of the Springbrook cloud platform provides local government agencies with superior protection against cyber-attacks, the ability to work from anywhere, and will enable the County's personnel to effectively run their entire administrative operation safely from any browser. Cirrus is a true cloud-based system that does not require downloading any additional software for access. "We have invested a tremendous amount into building an entirely new platform with the goal of bringing the most powerful cloud-based solutions to small and medium sized municipalities. We are solely focused on this market segment and have been for over 35 years. Springbrook is constantly expanding our solution suite to deliver new and innovative products, like Advanced Capital Budgeting and Mobile Work Orders. Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for local agencies do their jobs efficiently and securely." -Robert Bonavito, CEO Springbrook. About Springbrook Software: Springbrook Software is the country's leading cloud-based finance and administration software provider designing solutions specifically for small to medium sized local government agencies. Nearly 2000 cities, towns and districts from coast to coast use our suite of modern, high-performance solutions to manage their finances, payroll, utility billing and collect citizen payments. Springbrook is headquartered in Portland, Oregon with regional presence in over 40 states, and seven countries internationally. About Long County, GA: Located in southeast Georgia, Long County occupies 400 square miles of the Atlantic Coast Flatwoods. The county is bordered by Liberty, McIntosh, Tattnall, and Wayne counties, and its entire southwestern boundary runs along the Altamaha River.Long County, designated in 1920 from lands in Liberty County. Long County, historically and currently, is a rural, agricultural area. The principal farm crop was once cotton, but by the 1970s it had been replaced by tobacco, corn, soybeans, and cattle. The pine forests of the region have always played an important role in the economy. As of the 2020 United States census, there were 16,168 people, 5,695 households, and 4,146 families residing in the county.

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Satellogic Signs Three-Year Agreement with Government of Albania to Access Dedicated Satellite Constellation

Satellogic | October 03, 2022

Satellogic Inc. (NASDAQ: SATL), a leader in sub-meter resolution Earth Observation (“EO”) data collection, announced today that it has reached a three-year agreement with the Government of Albania to develop a Dedicated Satellite Constellation. This unique program derives from Satellogic’s Constellation-as-a-Service model and will provide Albania with responsive satellite imagery capabilities across its sovereign territory. Satellogic’s unique offering enables municipal, state, and national governments to manage a fleet of satellites over a specific area of interest and develop an EO imaging program at unmatched frequency, resolution, and cost. Satellogic will enable ​​Albania to address pressing issues involving agriculture management, illegal crops, illegal construction activity, traffic management, wildfire monitoring, border security, and environmental monitoring through high-quality imagery with country-wide capacity at a cost-effective price point. Albania will have priority access to two satellites, which will be named “Albania-1” and “Albania-2”, that are expected to join Satellogic’s fleet in its upcoming satellite launch with SpaceX. “With the Dedicated Satellite Constellation, Satellogic will accelerate Albania’s participation in the New Space Economy. Additionally, these satellites will provide unprecedented, country-wide situational awareness via the best data from space, Albania is aiming to develop its involvement in the space community by leveraging the power of high-resolution satellite imagery, and we’re excited for the opportunity to support the country’s ambitions as well as its duties as a member of NATO.” -Emiliano Kargieman, CEO and Co-Founder of Satellogic. Through Satellogic’s cloud infrastructure, Albania will have access to responsive tasking, analysis, and dissemination of critical insights and information. Satellogic will facilitate training of remote-sensing specialists within the Albanian Government to assist in the analysis and dissemination of satellite-derived products to various ministries in the country and build the capacity of the Albanian space economy. About Satellogic: Founded in 2010 by Emiliano Kargieman and Gerardo Richarte, Satellogic (NASDAQ:SATL) is the first vertically integrated geospatial company, driving real outcomes with planetary-scale insights. Satellogic is creating and continuously enhancing the first scalable, fully automated EO platform with the ability to remap the entire planet at both high-frequency and high-resolution, providing accessible and affordable solutions for customers. Satellogic’s mission is to democratize access to geospatial data of high-resolution images and analytics through its information platform to help solve the world’s most pressing problems including climate change, energy supply, and food security. Using its patented Earth imaging technology, Satellogic unlocks the power of EO to deliver high-quality, planetary insights at the lowest cost in the industry. With more than a decade of experience in space, Satellogic has proven technology and a strong track record of delivering satellites to orbit and high-resolution data to customers at the right price point.

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ASGN Incorporated Acquires Iron Vine Security

ASGN | October 04, 2022

ASGN Incorporated (NYSE: ASGN), a leading provider of IT services and solutions, including technology and creative digital marketing, across the commercial and government sectors, announced today that it has acquired Iron Vine Security (“Iron Vine” or “the Company”), a leading cybersecurity company that designs, implements, and executes cybersecurity programs for federal customers. Iron Vine’s team of over 230 professionals will become part of ECS Federal, LLC, ASGN’s Federal Government Segment. Founded in 2008 and headquartered in Washington, DC, Iron Vine delivers end-to-end, next-generation cybersecurity and zero-trust solutions, including cybersecurity program development, security engineering, security operations center (SOC) management, securities controls testing, cloud infrastructure security and digital forensics. The Company is entrusted to protect the critical IT assets of federal clients, including the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Census Bureau, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the Department of Education and the Department of State, amongst others. “We are very pleased to welcome Bill Geimer and his entire team of cybersecurity experts to ASGN, Iron Vine’s cybersecurity strength enhances ECS’ powerful solution set to enable the combined companies to capture some of today’s largest cybersecurity contracts across civilian, defense, and intelligence agencies.” -Ted Hanson Chief Executive Officer ASGN. ECS has enjoyed a longstanding partner relationship with Iron Vine, said John Heneghan, ECS president. We share a commitment to driving results for our customers by leveraging the latest technology along with leading cyber expertise. By combining and expanding our next-gen cybersecurity solutions and talented workforce, we strengthen our ability to deliver innovative solutions that protect our Nation’s most critical resources and move our customers’ missions forward. “We are very excited to join ECS and the broader ASGN family, Combining Iron Vine’s deep cyber expertise with ECS’ technical breadth will provide our combined customers access to an enriched offering of proven, innovative cybersecurity solutions and methodologies.” -Bill Geimer, CEO of Iron Vine. In connection with the closing, ASGN expects to grant restricted stock unit awards to 36 Iron Vine employees who are not executives of ASGN on January 3, 2023, covering a number of shares of ASGN common stock having an aggregate value of approximately $7 million on the grant date. Subject to continued service to ASGN, these restricted stock unit awards will vest: (a) one-half on the second anniversary of the closing, and (b) 25 percent on each of the third and fourth anniversaries of the closing. The restricted stock unit awards are granted as employment inducement awards pursuant to the New York Stock Exchange rules. About ASGN Incorporated: ASGN Incorporated (NYSE: ASGN) is a leading provider of IT services and solutions, including technology and creative digital marketing, across the commercial and government sectors. ASGN helps corporate enterprises and government organizations develop, implement and operate critical IT and business solutions through its integrated offering of professional staffing and IT solutions

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Long County, Georgia Selects Springbrook's Cirrus Cloud ERP Financial Platform

Springbrook Software | October 04, 2022

Long County, GA is the latest local government agency to move from an on-premises solution to Springbrook's Cirrus Cloud Financial platform. The platform is designed from the ground up specifically for small to medium sized local government agencies. The town is utilizing Springbrook's fully integrated Cirrus Cloud ERP suite including Utility Billing, Finance, Cashless Payments, Municipal Payments and Cash Receipts. Long County sought a robust and secure ERP that could scale as their projected needs grow over the next few years and selected Springbrook after reviewing several other market offerings. "Springbrook fulfills our needs and will provide our citizens with the modern experience that they demand." -Bernice Johnson, Finance Director of Long County, GA. Springbrook is actively working with many small to medium sized municipalities in the southeast. The flexibility of the Springbrook cloud platform provides local government agencies with superior protection against cyber-attacks, the ability to work from anywhere, and will enable the County's personnel to effectively run their entire administrative operation safely from any browser. Cirrus is a true cloud-based system that does not require downloading any additional software for access. "We have invested a tremendous amount into building an entirely new platform with the goal of bringing the most powerful cloud-based solutions to small and medium sized municipalities. We are solely focused on this market segment and have been for over 35 years. Springbrook is constantly expanding our solution suite to deliver new and innovative products, like Advanced Capital Budgeting and Mobile Work Orders. Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for local agencies do their jobs efficiently and securely." -Robert Bonavito, CEO Springbrook. About Springbrook Software: Springbrook Software is the country's leading cloud-based finance and administration software provider designing solutions specifically for small to medium sized local government agencies. Nearly 2000 cities, towns and districts from coast to coast use our suite of modern, high-performance solutions to manage their finances, payroll, utility billing and collect citizen payments. Springbrook is headquartered in Portland, Oregon with regional presence in over 40 states, and seven countries internationally. About Long County, GA: Located in southeast Georgia, Long County occupies 400 square miles of the Atlantic Coast Flatwoods. The county is bordered by Liberty, McIntosh, Tattnall, and Wayne counties, and its entire southwestern boundary runs along the Altamaha River.Long County, designated in 1920 from lands in Liberty County. Long County, historically and currently, is a rural, agricultural area. The principal farm crop was once cotton, but by the 1970s it had been replaced by tobacco, corn, soybeans, and cattle. The pine forests of the region have always played an important role in the economy. As of the 2020 United States census, there were 16,168 people, 5,695 households, and 4,146 families residing in the county.

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Satellogic Signs Three-Year Agreement with Government of Albania to Access Dedicated Satellite Constellation

Satellogic | October 03, 2022

Satellogic Inc. (NASDAQ: SATL), a leader in sub-meter resolution Earth Observation (“EO”) data collection, announced today that it has reached a three-year agreement with the Government of Albania to develop a Dedicated Satellite Constellation. This unique program derives from Satellogic’s Constellation-as-a-Service model and will provide Albania with responsive satellite imagery capabilities across its sovereign territory. Satellogic’s unique offering enables municipal, state, and national governments to manage a fleet of satellites over a specific area of interest and develop an EO imaging program at unmatched frequency, resolution, and cost. Satellogic will enable ​​Albania to address pressing issues involving agriculture management, illegal crops, illegal construction activity, traffic management, wildfire monitoring, border security, and environmental monitoring through high-quality imagery with country-wide capacity at a cost-effective price point. Albania will have priority access to two satellites, which will be named “Albania-1” and “Albania-2”, that are expected to join Satellogic’s fleet in its upcoming satellite launch with SpaceX. “With the Dedicated Satellite Constellation, Satellogic will accelerate Albania’s participation in the New Space Economy. Additionally, these satellites will provide unprecedented, country-wide situational awareness via the best data from space, Albania is aiming to develop its involvement in the space community by leveraging the power of high-resolution satellite imagery, and we’re excited for the opportunity to support the country’s ambitions as well as its duties as a member of NATO.” -Emiliano Kargieman, CEO and Co-Founder of Satellogic. Through Satellogic’s cloud infrastructure, Albania will have access to responsive tasking, analysis, and dissemination of critical insights and information. Satellogic will facilitate training of remote-sensing specialists within the Albanian Government to assist in the analysis and dissemination of satellite-derived products to various ministries in the country and build the capacity of the Albanian space economy. About Satellogic: Founded in 2010 by Emiliano Kargieman and Gerardo Richarte, Satellogic (NASDAQ:SATL) is the first vertically integrated geospatial company, driving real outcomes with planetary-scale insights. Satellogic is creating and continuously enhancing the first scalable, fully automated EO platform with the ability to remap the entire planet at both high-frequency and high-resolution, providing accessible and affordable solutions for customers. Satellogic’s mission is to democratize access to geospatial data of high-resolution images and analytics through its information platform to help solve the world’s most pressing problems including climate change, energy supply, and food security. Using its patented Earth imaging technology, Satellogic unlocks the power of EO to deliver high-quality, planetary insights at the lowest cost in the industry. With more than a decade of experience in space, Satellogic has proven technology and a strong track record of delivering satellites to orbit and high-resolution data to customers at the right price point.

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