Airline industry calls for swift action from federal government to provide relief

The Hill | March 19, 2020

Aviation industry groups are urging the federal government to quickly address the impact of the coronavirus on airlines, saying the current economic environment is not sustainable. Airlines for America (A4A) and others in the aviation industry wrote to the Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and congressional leadership on Thursday requesting immediate action. “The breadth and immediacy of the need to act cannot be overstated. It is urgent and unprecedented,” the letter reads. The letter comes as the State Department issued a level four travel advisory to all countries on Thursday, instructing Americans not to travel internationally and calling for U.S. citizens abroad to return home.

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Storing and accessing data and applications via the cloud provides state and local governments with an opportunity to dramatically increase productivity. As such, cloud adoption is increasing rapidly. While cloud-based computing, storage and applications are more common than they were just a few years ago, obstacles remain. In April 2017, the Center for Digital Government (CDG) surveyed 104 state and local government IT decision-makers to gauge public sector cloud adoption. This report highlights the benefits, challenges and perceptions of the cloud among public sector leaders.

Spotlight

Storing and accessing data and applications via the cloud provides state and local governments with an opportunity to dramatically increase productivity. As such, cloud adoption is increasing rapidly. While cloud-based computing, storage and applications are more common than they were just a few years ago, obstacles remain. In April 2017, the Center for Digital Government (CDG) surveyed 104 state and local government IT decision-makers to gauge public sector cloud adoption. This report highlights the benefits, challenges and perceptions of the cloud among public sector leaders.

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