Biden campaign pays former Clinton and Obama speech coach the day after rough debate performance

CNBC | July 16, 2019

Joe Biden campaign paid a prominent, longtime Democratic speech coach the day after the former vice president is widely criticized performance in the first debate of the 2020 primary. The Biden team is second quarter Federal Election Commission filing shows that the campaign wrote a check of just over $5,300 on June 28 to Sheehan Associates for strategic consulting services. The firm is run by Michael Sheehan, who helped Bill Clinton prepare for debates and speeches during his presidential campaigns.



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Prnewswire | March 28, 2023

GovOS, a leading provider of digital transformation solutions for local governments, today announced a new partnership with the Idaho Association of Counties (IAC). IAC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan member organization dedicated to the improvement of county governments in Idaho. The organization supports county interest, good public policy, and community best practices through education and training for officials in all 44 Idaho counties. "Counties have a wide range of duties they are expected to fulfill, and having trusted vendors to help them carry out those responsibilities is vital to effectively serving their communities," said Seth Grigg, Executive Director, IAC. "We created IAC's Corporate Partner Program to help facilitate relationships between Idaho counties and great businesses like GovOS with exclusive partner pricing." Together, IAC and GovOS will provide counties with access to resources designed to improve the lives of residents and support local businesses in growing the economy sustainably. The partnership will also help members identify new ways to use digital services in ongoing efforts to serve communities effectively and efficiently. "This partnership allows us to support IAC's longstanding mission to serve Idaho counties while deepening our commitment to empowering local governments with dynamic technology solutions," said Anna Vaughn, Senior Vice President of Partners, GovOS. "Idaho counties will gain access to our strategic partner ecosystem that includes industry leaders in everything from short-term rental management and ordinance best practices to finance and community preservation tools to promote healthy and safe communities." IAC members have access to exclusive partner pricing for the following GovOS products through this partnership: Short-Term Rental Solution for identification, registration/permitting, lodging tax collection, and a 24/7 complaint hotline. Application Studio to transform paper forms quickly and easily into online services that reduce processing time. Business Licensing for automating agencies' unique workflows for business licensing processes. Tax Filing to turn both simple and complex paper-based tax collection into streamlined, paperless processes. Cloud Records for cloud-based records management that enables agencies to complete the land or vital records recording process online. Remote Marriage to provide constituents with a marriage licensing process that is fully remote, from application to certificate issuance. For the last 47 years, IAC has provided Idaho counties with a range of services to improve operations and foster better engagement between citizens and their local government. By partnering with GovOS, IAC is giving members access to new resources that support statewide efforts to lead digital government transformation. About GovOS GovOS is the leading digital transformation platform for local governments. Headquartered in Austin, TX, GovOS serves government agencies of all sizes across the United States. Through its secure and integrated suite of cloud-based solutions, governments can automate and streamline operations, provide seamless access to resources and information, and deliver cutting-edge digital services to businesses, residents, and agencies. About Idaho Association of Counties The Idaho Association of Counties (IAC), formed in 1976, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan member service organization dedicated to the improvement of county government. It was designed and incorporated by county elected officials to provide services, research, uniformity, and coordination among member counties, in order for the county elected officials to serve their constituents better.

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Maximus wins major UK government contract

Businesswire | May 29, 2023

Maximus, a leading provider of health, employment, and digital customer services globally, has been selected as the largest provider of the new Functional Assessment Services (FAS) contract, due to launch in 2024. The award maintains Maximus’ position as a leading provider of health assessments to the UK government. Since 2015 Maximus has been the only national provider of the Health Assessment Advisory Service on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions. Maximus transformed the assessment service, with waiting times significantly reduced and record customer satisfaction. From 2024, assessments will be delivered on a regional basis. Maximus will deliver across Scotland and Northern England, and as a delivery partner to Capita across the Midlands and Wales. The combined estimated value of the contracts, including subcontracting, is £800m/$1bn over five years, with the option to extend for a further two years. Dr Paul Williams, Division President of Maximus UK, said: “We are delighted to continue our partnership with DWP to deliver the next generation of health and disability assessments. We remain committed to working with stakeholders, including disabled people and their representative groups, to improve customer experience in the assessment process, delivering a sensitive, respectful and expert service to the millions of people who rely on these services to access financial support”. Bruce Caswell, President and Chief Executive Officer of Maximus, said: “This award continues our expansion in the UK market. With our strong track record of transforming services on behalf of government, and our strategic focus on the future of health services globally, we are proud to be working with DWP on the delivery of this important new service”. About Maximus in the UK Maximus delivers services that help more than 2 million people each year in the UK move forward with their lives. Operating from more than 285 locations, Maximus is one of the largest providers of employment, health, and digital customer services in the country. Maximus employs over 5,000 specialists, including more than 1,000 employment advisors and 1,400 doctors, nurses, occupational therapists and other Healthcare Professionals. We are proud to be a Disability Confident Leader and Living Wage Employer.

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Rancher Government Solutions Announces No-Code Deployment of Rancher on AWS GovCloud

Businesswire | June 08, 2023

Rancher Government Solutions (RGS), the leader in open source, cloud-native Kubernetes management, announced today the launch of Rancher Manager-RKE2-Test Flight on AWS Marketplace, to help government customers accelerate their Kubernetes journey in the cloud. Test Flight is a no-code deployment of Rancher Kubernetes on AWS GovCloud. It is a fully-hands-on trial of RKE2 and Rancher Manager specifically designed for US Government customers to help break down the barriers to entry for teams adopting containers and Kubernetes in the cloud. A supported version of Rancher Manager and RKE2 Test Flight on AWS is expected in Q3 of this year. Kubernetes has revolutionized the world of infrastructure and application distribution. From bare-metal servers to virtual machines to containers, Kubernetes has caused government teams to re-evaluate their entire technology stack. The Rancher Manager simplifies Kubernetes and lets government IT teams streamline cluster deployment on bare metal, private clouds, public clouds, vSphere and at the edge while securing them using global security policies. It addresses the operational and security challenges of managing multiple Kubernetes clusters across any infrastructure, while providing DevSecOps teams with integrated tools for running containerized workloads. RKE2 is an easy-to-install, secure-by-default Kubernetes distribution specifically engineered to adhere to the robust compliance requirements of U.S. Government. RKE2 is Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) enabled and SELinux supported and is currently being used across the DoD, Intelligence Community and Civilian Agencies. Both RKE2 and the Rancher Manager by RGS are the only Kubernetes distribution and manager with Security Technical Implementation Guides (STIGs) validated and published by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). AWS GovCloud (US) gives government customers and their partners the flexibility to architect secure cloud solutions that comply with the highest security standards of the US Government. From Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI), Personally Identifiable Information (PII), sensitive patient medical records, and financial data to law enforcement data, export controlled data and other forms of CUI, AWS GovCloud (US) Regions can help customers address compliance at every stage of their cloud journey. "We are delighted to bring Rancher Manager-RKE2 Test Flight to Amazon Web Services, providing AWS customers with a cost effective way to accelerate Kubernetes transformation and management in the cloud and beyond," said Dan McGuan, Director of Cloud GTM at RGS. "Test Flight’s simplicity, resilience, and enhanced security will enable organizations to fully harness the benefits of Kubernetes while leveraging AWS's scalable and reliable infrastructure." Rancher Manager-RKE2 Test Flight on AWS further strengthens the partnership between RGS and AWS, allowing customers to optimize their cloud-native strategies and accelerate digital transformation efforts. By combining Rancher's expertise in Kubernetes management and AWS's cloud services, organizations can achieve greater agility, security, scalability, and efficiency. About Rancher Government Solutions Rancher Government Solutions is specifically designed to address the unique security and operational needs of the U.S. Government and Military as it relates to application modernization, containers, and Kubernetes. Rancher is a complete open source software stack for teams adopting containers. RGS supports all Rancher products with U.S. based American citizens who are currently supporting programs across the US Department of Defense, Intelligence Community, and Civilian Agencies.

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