Bernie Sanders launches second Democratic U.S. presidential bid

Reuters | February 19, 2019

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, the progressive populist who mounted a fierce challenge to front-runner Hillary Clinton in the 2016 White House campaign, said on Tuesday he would again seek the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination in 2020. Sanders, 77, announced his candidacy in a lengthy early morning email to supporters, pledging to build a vast grassroots movement to confront the special interests that he said dominate government and politics.

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For the best part of half a century, UK agricultural policy has been controlled primarily from Brussels. British governments have long expressed a desire to reform the system of farming subsidies that account for almost 40 percent of the total EU budget but lacked the power to do so. Now, with Brexit looming, ministers and parliament must prepare once again to ‘take back control’ and be held accountable for an issue that has been largely absent from the domestic debate for so long.

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For the best part of half a century, UK agricultural policy has been controlled primarily from Brussels. British governments have long expressed a desire to reform the system of farming subsidies that account for almost 40 percent of the total EU budget but lacked the power to do so. Now, with Brexit looming, ministers and parliament must prepare once again to ‘take back control’ and be held accountable for an issue that has been largely absent from the domestic debate for so long.

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Databricks Receives FedRAMP High Authority to Operate Across Public Sector

Databricks | November 27, 2020

Databricks, the Data and AI Company, today declared that Microsoft Azure Databricks has gotten a Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) High Authority to Operate (ATO). This approval approves Azure Databricks security and consistence for high-sway information investigation and AI over a wide scope of public area, industry, and endeavor use cases. FedRAMP is a normalized way to deal with security evaluation, approval, and nonstop checking for cloud administrations as characterized by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The ATO was allowed by the FedRAMP Joint Authorization Board (JAB) which comprises of delegates from the Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the General Services Administration (GSA). "At Veterans Affairs, we included Azure Databricks as part of our Microsoft Azure Authority to Operate (ATO)," said Joseph Fourcade, Lead Cyber Security Analyst, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Enterprise Cloud Solutions Office (ECSO). "When Databricks received FedRAMP High approval, we were able to move quickly to inherit that same Azure ATO and approve Azure Databricks for production workloads. Timing couldn't have been better, as we have been working with a number of VA customers implementing Databricks for critical programs." "Numerous federal agencies are looking to build cloud data lakes and leverage Delta Lake for a complete and consistent view of all their data," said Kevin Davis, VP, Public Sector at Databricks. "The power of data and AI are being used to dramatically enhance public services, lower costs and improve quality of life for citizens. Using Azure Databricks, government agencies have aggregated hundreds of data sources to improve citizen outreach, automated processing of hourly utility infrastructure IoT data for enabled predictive maintenance, deployed machine learning models to predict patient needs, and built dashboards to predict transportation needs and optimize logistics. FedRAMP High authorization for Azure Databricks further enables federal agencies to analyze all of their data for improved decision making and more accurate predictions." "We are pleased to add Azure Databricks to our portfolio of services approved for FedRAMP at the high impact level in Microsoft Azure Government," said Lily Kim, General Manager of Azure Government at Microsoft. "Azure Government provides the most trusted cloud for mission-critical government workloads. FedRAMP High approval for Azure Databricks enables government customers to build fast and reliable data lakes for innovative new use cases, such as risk management and predictive analytics." With this certification, clients would now be able to utilize Azure Databricks to handle the U.S. government's generally touchy, unclassified information in distributed computing conditions, including information that includes the insurance of life and monetary resources. From customized medical care and instruction to space investigation and energy research, Azure Databricks empowers associations to quicken new development while limiting danger when working with exceptionally touchy, private and public area information. With FedRAMP, associations have a steady method to assess the security of cloud arrangements utilizing NIST and FISMA characterized principles. FedRAMP offers a few degrees of affirmation and Azure Databricks has met the entirety of the necessities for approval for the most significant level of confirmation. Sky blue Databricks gets numerous other Azure administrations together with the FedRAMP High approval, empowering public area, undertaking and industry vertical clients to make and send cloud-based applications with certainty. About Databricks Databricks is the data and AI company. Thousands of organizations worldwide — including Comcast, Condé Nast, Nationwide and H&M — rely on Databricks' open and unified platform for data engineering, machine learning and analytics. Databricks is venture-backed and headquartered in San Francisco, with offices around the globe. Founded by the original creators of Apache Spark™, Delta Lake and MLflow, Databricks is on a mission to help data teams solve the world's toughest problems.

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Eightfold Selected as AI Platform for Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) GigEagle Application

Eightfold AI | May 10, 2022

Eightfold AI, the leader in AI-powered talent intelligence, in partnership with Carahsoft Technology Corp., the Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider, announced that they have been awarded an Other Transaction (OT) prototype contract for the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), an organization within the Department of Defense (DoD), to develop and deploy a talent intelligence platform to identify currently undiscoverable expertise for the Department. Eightfold's Talent Intelligence Platform will power a talent marketplace app titled "GigEagle," which matches DoD mission needs with military personnel, specifically Reservists and National Guard members, seeking short-term, project-based duties. The Eightfold platform will help more easily and closely connect DoD project managers with personnel that can best contribute to digital skill gaps on short-term projects. Eightfold's addition to Carahsoft's AI portfolio solves a critical need for government agencies to revolutionize their talent operations through both speed and intelligence. This added level of intelligence that matches individual skills with short-term project requirements is pivotal for service members and the Defense Department as the organization scales its strategic and highly innovative 'gig' program." Patrick Gallagher, Vice President of Sales at Carahsoft "We are excited to enable DIU's vision as they tap into their highly diverse and skilled talent network that is already committed to delivering on defense projects," said Kamal Ahluwalia, President of Eightfold AI. "It is gratifying to see how the sophistication of our AI, in combination with our modern user interface, advanced security, and unmatched scalability can bolster the competitive advantage of commercial and public sector organizations alike." About Eightfold AI Eightfold AI's market-leading Talent Intelligence Platform helps organizations retain top performers, upskill and reskill their workforce, recruit talent efficiently, and reach diversity goals. Eightfold's patented deep learning artificial intelligence platform is available in more than 100 countries and 20 languages, enabling cutting-edge enterprises to transform their talent into a competitive advantage. About Carahsoft Carahsoft Technology Corp. is The Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider, supporting Public Sector organizations across Federal, State and Local Government agencies and Education and Healthcare markets. As the Master Government Aggregator for our vendor partners, we deliver solutions for Cybersecurity, MultiCloud, DevSecOps, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Open Source, Customer Experience and Engagement, and more. Working with resellers, systems integrators and consultants, our sales and marketing teams provide industry leading IT products, services and training through hundreds of contract vehicles.

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Citadel Defense Wins $12.2M Contract to Defeat Enemy Drones on Battlefield from U.S. Department of Defense

Citadel Defense | September 02, 2020

The U.S. Government and Department of Defense has awarded Citadel Defense a $12.2M contract to defeat enemy drones on the battlefield and at covered locations in the United States. The decision to purchase Titan systems was made after extensive U.S. Government evaluation that assessed more than a dozen other counter drone solutions. Selection of Titan addresses immediate challenges caused by rapidly evolving drones domestically and overseas. Titan operates as a standalone system that is equally effective in fixed, mobile and dismounted operations which simplifies lifecycle and sustainment challenges burdening troops and budgets today.

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