25 US Lawmakers Urge Trump Administration Not to Terminate GSP Benefits to India

News18 | May 03, 2019

The US should not terminate the GSP programme with India after the expiry of the 60-day notice period on Friday, a group of 25 influential American lawmakers has urged the US Trade Representative, warning that companies seeking to expand their exports to India could be hit. The Generalised System of Preference (GSP) is the largest and oldest US trade preference programme and is designed to promote economic development by allowing duty-free entry for thousands of products from designated beneficiary countries.

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The White Paper is dedicated to the memory of Tshepiso Mashinini (1966-1998), chairperson of the White Paper Working Committee, and all the other women and men who contributed to the building of a democratic system of local government in South Africa.

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The White Paper is dedicated to the memory of Tshepiso Mashinini (1966-1998), chairperson of the White Paper Working Committee, and all the other women and men who contributed to the building of a democratic system of local government in South Africa.

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Westinghouse Electric | December 13, 2021

Westinghouse Electric Company announced that Paul Longsworth has been appointed president of Westinghouse Government Services (WGS). Longsworth joined WGS in June 2021, bringing more than 35 years of experience in nuclear energy, national security and environmental industries. Previously, he served as Vice President, Secure Services at Flour, and was the Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation at the U.S. Department of Energy. He takes over the business following the retirement of Bob Cochran. “Westinghouse has a strong record of leadership and support for the government for decades, and we look forward to building on this with Paul’s experience and strategic vision. Paul’s deep understanding of the government market segments will strengthen our ability to deliver best-in-class technologies and excellence in nuclear operations to accelerate environmental cleanup, deploy innovative reactor and fuel technologies, and serve the critical supply chain needs of our government customers.” Sam Shakir, President of Environmental Services at Westinghouse Westinghouse Government Services, LLC (WGS) is a subsidiary of Westinghouse Electric Company, LLC. WGS delivers the company’s nuclear technologies and services for government programs, globally. The range of services and capabilities incorporate manufacturing of nuclear grade components and materials, operations of nuclear material processes and associated technologies, deactivation and decommissioning nuclear facilities and assets, treatment, management and disposition of nuclear materials, and delivery of advanced reactor technology. Paul will lead a world class team of experts that deliver projects in the United States that support the Department of Energy, the National Nuclear Security Administration and the Department of Defense and the Canadian National Laboratory. “We thank Bob for his significant contributions he has made to Westinghouse through his relentless energy and dedication to the company,” said Shakir. Westinghouse Electric Company is shaping the future of carbon-free energy by providing safe, innovative nuclear technologies to utilities globally. Westinghouse supplied the world’s first commercial pressurized water reactor in 1957 and the company’s technology is the basis for nearly one-half of the world's operating nuclear plants. For over 130 years, innovation makes Westinghouse the preferred partner for technologies covering the complete nuclear energy life cycle.

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Vyopta Partners with Carahsoft Technology, a Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider

Carahsoft | February 17, 2021

Vyopta, a main supplier of Collaboration Intelligence, and Carahsoft Technology Corp., The Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider®, today announced a partnership. Under the arrangement, Carahsoft will fill in as Vyopta's Master Government Aggregator® and make Vyopta's exhaustive checking and examination for Collaboration Performance Management (CPM) and Workspace Insights arrangements accessible to the public area through Carahsoft's affiliate partners and NASA Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP) V and Maryland COTS contracts. “Collaboration has become critical in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and our customers have expressed a need for full visibility into their complex collaboration environments,” said Natalie Gregory, Vice President of Sales managing the Vyopta practice at Carahsoft. “Vyopta empowers public sector agencies to improve collaboration, optimize meeting room usage, meet compliance reporting requirements, and efficiently manage large, complex collaboration environments. We look forward to partnering with Vyopta to provide innovative collaboration intelligence solutions to our public sector customers with the support of our reseller partners.” Vyopta helps governments in the U.S., Canada, and Europe uphold a wide scope of collaboration use cases including giving strategic correspondence, empowering far off wellbeing administrations and expanding admittance to office administrations. Vyopta's CPM Monitoring arrangement gives ongoing cautions and nitty gritty measurements on execution and nature of live and finished gatherings – video, telephone or online. CPM Analytics offers significant experiences that can recognize cost-saving measures while distinguishing convenience and quality concerns. Vyopta incorporates and gathers information from Microsoft Teams, Cisco Webex, Zoom (counting Zoom online courses), Google Meet, Cisco UCM, Cisco Meeting Server, Pexip, entryways for voice and video, and IoT collaboration gadgets. “We’re excited to partner with Carahsoft to set up a distribution channel in the public sector market for the first time,” said Cody Bell, Director of Federal Accounts at Vyopta. “We are seeing high demand among federal agencies to provide video and UC troubleshooting tools that are simple to use for front-line IT support teams.” Vyopta’s U.S. Federal government customers include the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Department of Veterans Affairs, Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), the Federal Reserve System, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), the U.S. Senate and U.S. Courts. In early January, Vyopta received the “In Process” designation from the U.S. Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP), and is listed on the FedRAMP marketplace website. About Vyopta Incorporated Vyopta, the Collaboration Intelligence company, is a global leader in comprehensive monitoring and analytics for Collaboration Performance Management and Workspace Insights. By integrating insights from multi-vendor Unified Communications & Collaboration vendors and IOT devices, Vyopta helps organizations deliver the best UC user experience and optimize their UC and real estate investments. Vyopta helps hundreds of organizations worldwide spanning 20+ industries monitor 6 million endpoints and over 20 billion meeting minutes a year. About Carahsoft Carahsoft Technology Corp. is The Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider®. As a top-performing GSA Schedule, SEWP and ITES-SW2 contract holder, Carahsoft serves as the Master Government Aggregator® for many of its best-of-breed technology vendors, supporting an extensive ecosystem of manufacturers, value-added resellers, system integrators and consulting partners committed to helping government agencies select and implement the best solution at the best possible value.

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Planet Builds Business in State and Local Government Sector

Planet | November 24, 2021

Planet, a leading provider of daily data and insights about Earth, today announced a number of new contracts with state and local governments, including entities in the states of Alaska and Mississippi. Operating about 200 earth imaging satellites, Planet provides near-daily images of every terrestrial location on earth, enabling their customers to track environmental change, support regional enforcement efforts, and make informed decisions. Through their 7-month pilot program, Planet and the State of Alaska explored solutions for department managers that have historically been challenged by Alaska’s unique geography, marked by severe winter storms and remote landscapes. Notably, 82% of Alaskan communities are inaccessible by roads, and it is time consuming and costly to get boots on the ground for evaluations. Previously, employees would take small aircrafts to monitor approximately 50 weather stations across 90 million acres of land to determine when a station became snow-free. With daily PlanetScope images, their team was able to look back at satellite imagery day-by-day to determine the exact moment the station became snow-free, saving substantial time, costs, and energy, and increased the accuracy of the data collected. By decreasing the number of aircraft trips needed to these remote regions, Planet’s data also significantly increased employee safety. Using Planet’s SkySats, the State of Alaska was also able to support inspectors for mining operations. With more frequent visibility, managers tracked mining activity on a month-to-month basis to plan inspections and support regulatory enforcement. They further utilized PlanetScope and SkySat data to provide environmental situational awareness for wildfires and reveal final fire perimeters. Additionally, the state leveraged Planet imagery of forestland to determine enforcement policies prior to on-site evaluations. Using Planet’s datasets under a multi-department license, the State of Alaska ensures this data is shared through the State’s Imagery portal so that the imagery data can be used by various agencies. For example, the satellite data collected for mining inspection analysis by the Department of Mining Land and Water is also open and accessible to the State Department of Conservation, Fish and Game. By sharing this data across agencies, there is increased project transparency to support economic development and sustainability efforts. At the other end of the continental U.S., Planet’s satellite data also supports the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (DMR). The Mississippi gulf coast is home to some of the nation’s most productive fin fish and shellfish waters. To ensure the sustainable use of these wetland ecosystems, the DMR works to regulate and restore these habitats yearly. Using PlanetScope imagery, the DMR was able to conduct necessary due diligence to protect wetlands and enforce accurate permitting programs. Wetland habitats are home to a variety of submerged aquatic vegetation, including seagrasses that are vital to the ecosystem. As part of their role, the DMR provides permits to allow clients to mitigate and transport sections of vegetation for coastal development. In one instance, a client reported that in their designated zone, the aquatic vegetation was no longer present and requested a permit modification. It was critical that the DMR was able to ensure that the movement of this growing vegetation was a natural phenomenon and not due to human interference, such as mechanical removal or obstruction of light from a barge. Using PlanetScope’s high-cadence imagery, the DMR team was able to go back day-by-day through the previous year to ensure that there was no man-made structure, barge, or interference to the vegetation on the site. They concluded that the species movement was indeed a natural phenomenon, and thanks to Planet’s high temporal resolution imagery, they were able to support the changing permit status with confidence. This case highlighted how daily transparency allowed the DMR to increase local enforcement and conduct their due diligence to keep the wetlands safe. As a new customer, the Mississippi DMR was able to see immediate results from Planet’s product; and they are now exploring further uses for the data. These explorations will dive into identifying point sources of wetlands sedimentation, monitoring seagrass movement, and evaluating tidal marsh health and water quality. By working with Planet’s high-cadence imagery, the DMR will be able to better gauge secondary and cumulative impacts when projects are implemented. 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