After Failed White House Meeting, Republicans Suggest Shutdown Agreement Could Take 'Weeks'

Government Executive | January 02, 2019

No deal emerged on Wednesday from a White House meeting between President Trump and the congressional leadership of both parties, with the president saying there is no end in sight to the partial government shutdown. Democrats pitched at the meeting reopening the government by funding nearly all the shuttered agencies with full-year appropriations and kicking the can on Homeland Security Department spending to give more time for border negotiations. House Democrats are poised to vote on two measures to accomplish that on Thursday after new members of the 116th Congress are sworn into office. Democrats noted the bills they will consider previously won bipartisan approval in the Senate.

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The mission of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is to understand and predict changes in the Earth’s environment and conserve and manage coastal and marine resources to meet our nation’s economic, social and environmental needs (NOAA, 2004).

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The mission of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is to understand and predict changes in the Earth’s environment and conserve and manage coastal and marine resources to meet our nation’s economic, social and environmental needs (NOAA, 2004).

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Accela | February 15, 2022

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Accela Closes Quarter With Expanded Customer Roster, New Go-Lives Accela closed the 2021 fiscal year with double-digit growth in annual recurring revenue and unparalleled professional services revenue performance. Additionally, customer retention is among the industry's best at 98 percent, a testament to the caliber of Accela's solutions and commitment to great government. South Dakota Department of Health joined Accela's customer ecosystem, implementing Accela Cannabis Regulation in record time to ensure the state met its deadline obligations. Accela, along with partner CloudPWR™ and gold partner Byrne Software Technologies, Inc.™, are helping regulate and support the state's new medical cannabis program. Other new customers added in the last quarter include the City of Sarasota, FL; the City of Fontana, CA; Coastside County Water District, CA; and the County of Santa Cruz, AZ. Customer go-lives last quarter included St. Louis County, MO; High Point Fire Department, NC; the City of Anaheim, CA; Michigan, Bureau of Professional Licensing (BPL); Morris County, NJ; and Shelby County, TN. Unyielding Support of Customers on Their Migration to the Cloud Cloud solutions deliver safer, easier to manage, more cost effective, and more secure services. Last quarter, the City of Los Gatos, CA, and the California Coastal Commission successfully migrated to Accela's cloud-based platform, while three existing customers — the County of Atlantic, NJ; the County of Butte, CA; and the County of Humboldt, CA — migrated onto Accela's cloud-based Environmental Health Civic Application. This robust solution powers the fast and compliant inspections, citations, and permitting, and notifications essential to creating a healthy community. New Implementations, Cloud Availability Fuel Accela's International Expansion Accela's continued international expansion empowers governments across the globe to adopt a cloud-first approach to tech solutions. The company unveiled general availability of expanded SaaS offerings — including its Accela Civic Platform — in Australia and New Zealand, as well as completed its first cloud migration in the region with a local government agency in New Zealand. By migrating to the cloud, customers in the region are optimizing costs and accelerating digitization. "Australia and New Zealand are in the process of reimagining life and work in a pandemic-impacted world. As both countries' governments have prioritized a cloud-first govtech approach they are well placed to digitize and transform citizen-facing services and to support public servants with a more flexible modern work environment," said Lizelle Hughes, director of SaaS and ISV Partnerships at Microsoft ANZ. 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Owl Cyber Defense Acquires Trident Assured Collaboration Systems to Enhance Advanced Network Security Capabilities

Owl Cyber Defense Solutions | January 06, 2021

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Springbrook Software Delivers 50% Increased Efficiency with New Advanced Capital Budgeting and Planning Solution for Local Government Agencies

Springbrook Software | November 09, 2021

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