China bridles at rare meeting between Taiwan and U.S. security officials

Reuters | May 27, 2019

China responded angrily on Monday as Taiwan confirmed the first meeting in more than four decades between senior U.S. and Taiwanese security officials. Taiwan’s national security chief David Lee met White House national security adviser John Bolton earlier this month, the island’s foreign affairs ministry said in a statement on Saturday. The official Central News Agency said the meeting was the first since the island and the United States ended formal diplomatic ties in 1979. China considers Taiwan a wayward province, to be reclaimed by force if necessary, and the meeting angered Beijing which is already locked in a bitter trade war with Washington. “China is extremely dissatisfied and resolutely opposed to this,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a daily news briefing, adding China was against any form of official exchanges between the United States and Taiwan.

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Marijuana legalization is a complex issue that is being debated across the United States. Although marijuana is illegal under federal law and listed as a schedule I drug,1 many states are exploring ways to legalize or decriminalize marijuana. Twenty-three states, including Vermont, have laws that permit medical marijuana use.2 Vermont, like several other states, has decriminalized possession of a small amount of marijuana.3 Additionally, four states and the District of Columbia have recently passed laws that allow recreational use and a for-profit commercial marijuana industry.4 Vermont, like several other states, is considering the legalization of marijuana and weighing implications. A comprehensive report that outlines the potential consequences of legalizing marijuana in Vermont was released in early 2015 (“RAND report”). 5 The RAND report is the result of a legislative directive to the Secretary of Administration to analyze taxation and regulation of marijuana in Vermont.6 Following the release of the report, public debate about legalization of marijuana has picked up,7 and a bill was introduced in the state Senate during the 2015 legislative session that would create a system for taxation and regulation of recreational marijuana.8 The Vermont Senate Government Operations Committee met outside of the legislative session in 2015 to discuss how legal marijuana should be regulated in the state, and produced a draft bill to be introduced during the 2016 legislative session.

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Marijuana legalization is a complex issue that is being debated across the United States. Although marijuana is illegal under federal law and listed as a schedule I drug,1 many states are exploring ways to legalize or decriminalize marijuana. Twenty-three states, including Vermont, have laws that permit medical marijuana use.2 Vermont, like several other states, has decriminalized possession of a small amount of marijuana.3 Additionally, four states and the District of Columbia have recently passed laws that allow recreational use and a for-profit commercial marijuana industry.4 Vermont, like several other states, is considering the legalization of marijuana and weighing implications. A comprehensive report that outlines the potential consequences of legalizing marijuana in Vermont was released in early 2015 (“RAND report”). 5 The RAND report is the result of a legislative directive to the Secretary of Administration to analyze taxation and regulation of marijuana in Vermont.6 Following the release of the report, public debate about legalization of marijuana has picked up,7 and a bill was introduced in the state Senate during the 2015 legislative session that would create a system for taxation and regulation of recreational marijuana.8 The Vermont Senate Government Operations Committee met outside of the legislative session in 2015 to discuss how legal marijuana should be regulated in the state, and produced a draft bill to be introduced during the 2016 legislative session.

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Long County, Georgia Selects Springbrook's Cirrus Cloud ERP Financial Platform

Springbrook Software | October 04, 2022

Long County, GA is the latest local government agency to move from an on-premises solution to Springbrook's Cirrus Cloud Financial platform. The platform is designed from the ground up specifically for small to medium sized local government agencies. The town is utilizing Springbrook's fully integrated Cirrus Cloud ERP suite including Utility Billing, Finance, Cashless Payments, Municipal Payments and Cash Receipts. Long County sought a robust and secure ERP that could scale as their projected needs grow over the next few years and selected Springbrook after reviewing several other market offerings. "Springbrook fulfills our needs and will provide our citizens with the modern experience that they demand." -Bernice Johnson, Finance Director of Long County, GA. Springbrook is actively working with many small to medium sized municipalities in the southeast. The flexibility of the Springbrook cloud platform provides local government agencies with superior protection against cyber-attacks, the ability to work from anywhere, and will enable the County's personnel to effectively run their entire administrative operation safely from any browser. Cirrus is a true cloud-based system that does not require downloading any additional software for access. "We have invested a tremendous amount into building an entirely new platform with the goal of bringing the most powerful cloud-based solutions to small and medium sized municipalities. We are solely focused on this market segment and have been for over 35 years. Springbrook is constantly expanding our solution suite to deliver new and innovative products, like Advanced Capital Budgeting and Mobile Work Orders. Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for local agencies do their jobs efficiently and securely." -Robert Bonavito, CEO Springbrook. About Springbrook Software: Springbrook Software is the country's leading cloud-based finance and administration software provider designing solutions specifically for small to medium sized local government agencies. Nearly 2000 cities, towns and districts from coast to coast use our suite of modern, high-performance solutions to manage their finances, payroll, utility billing and collect citizen payments. Springbrook is headquartered in Portland, Oregon with regional presence in over 40 states, and seven countries internationally. About Long County, GA: Located in southeast Georgia, Long County occupies 400 square miles of the Atlantic Coast Flatwoods. The county is bordered by Liberty, McIntosh, Tattnall, and Wayne counties, and its entire southwestern boundary runs along the Altamaha River.Long County, designated in 1920 from lands in Liberty County. Long County, historically and currently, is a rural, agricultural area. The principal farm crop was once cotton, but by the 1970s it had been replaced by tobacco, corn, soybeans, and cattle. The pine forests of the region have always played an important role in the economy. As of the 2020 United States census, there were 16,168 people, 5,695 households, and 4,146 families residing in the county.

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Linux Foundation and Rancher Government Solutions Partner to Support U.S. Government & Military Mission to Securely Modernize Tech

Rancher Government Solutions | November 23, 2022

Today, the Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, announced it has partnered with Rancher Government Solutions https://www.ranchergovernment.com/, which 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. The partnership combines the expertise of the Linux Foundation, the world's leading resource for open source training and certifications, with the breadth and depth of RGS which is dedicated to helping the U.S. Government and military achieve its missions to securely modernize via the cloud using containers and Kubernetes all with a focus on DevSecOps. "Partnering with RGS to support the United States government in their adoption of open source through secure tools and training is critically important in these uncertain times, We could not be more proud to be working with RGS, whose focus on secure, open source tools and code – particularly Kubernetes and cloud-enabled DevSecOps – for the U.S. Government is mission critical." -Clyde Seepersad, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Training & Certification, the Linux Foundation. The partnership will enable U.S. Government personnel, through their relation with RGS, to easily access the Linux Foundation's full catalog of nearly 100 training courses including courses focused on: Kubernetes DevSecOps/DevOps Cloud & Containers Personnel will also be able to easily enroll in certification exams for any of the standard setting cloud and open source certifications built by the Linux Foundation. The certifications cover a range of mission critical cloud and container exams, including: Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA) Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD) Certified Security Specialist (CKS) Kubernetes and Cloud Native Associate (KCNA) "The Linux Foundation's training and certification offerings are perfectly aligned to our core product and service offerings, Together we will be able to offer a single source for support, tools, training and certifications essential to the U.S. Government mission to securely modernize its tech infrastructure." -Don Poole, Vice President of Corporate Communications & Marketing, Rancher Government Solutions. About The Linux Foundation: Founded in 2000, the Linux Foundation is supported by more than 1,000 members and is the world's leading home for collaboration on open source software, open standards, open data, and open hardware. Linux Foundation's projects are critical to the world's infrastructure including Linux, Kubernetes, Node.js, and more. The Linux Foundation's methodology focuses on leveraging best practices and addressing the needs of contributors, users and solution providers to create sustainable models for open collaboration. About Rancher Government Solutions: Rancher Government Solutions, a SUSE company, 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 allows Government customers to deploy containerized applications on multiple Kubernetes clusters from the data center to the cloud to the edge and unites them with centralized authentication, access control and advanced observability. RGS supports all Rancher open source products with U.S. based American citizens with the highest security clearances who are currently working on programs across the Department of Defense, Intelligence Community, and civilian agencies.

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SAWTST LLC Selects Deltek To Power Its Project Success and Long Term Growth Strategy

SAWTST | November 17, 2022

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It centralizes the management of projects, people and finances, and scales seamlessly as needs grow, enabling small to enterprise size businesses to win new clients, manage project profitability and improve client satisfaction at every stage. Additionally, the integrated cloud offering enables the secure storage of data and is consistently enhanced to meet the most up-to-date governmental and agency cybersecurity compliance standards including NIST 800-171. "Being a CFO and part of a finance team at a government contractor requires special skills and understanding of the unique government requirements for finance and accounting, How we handle our project information – and our accounting, finances, and reporting – requires the right partnerships with those that know how the government thinks. We need software that makes it easy for us to be efficient and connects the entire company to our project data for a single source of the truth. And we have found that with Deltek. After demoing the software and doing our research, it's clear that Deltek is miles ahead of the competition and the gold standard for government contractors. It's a big decision to move your ERP, especially after just 3 years with another provider. It's a lot of work and I've felt like Deltek has been by my side the entire time. We know it will be well worth our time and money in the end, We are excited to be in person at Deltek ProjectCon 2022 with Deltek experts and other government contractors who have been in our shoes before. We are building great relationships and getting a jump start on our solution training." -Debra Hadley, Chief Financial Officer at SAWTST. Government Contracting Firms at Deltek ProjectCon 2022: Thousands of Deltek customers like SAWTST are gathered in Nashville this week for 4 days of networking, education and training on products including Deltek's flagship ERP for government contractors, Costpoint. 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