Concerns rise over U.S. plan to close all overseas immigration offices

NBC News | March 15, 2019

Immigration advocates and attorneys like Nada Sater are concerned that the Trump administration is “creating a bigger catastrophe” if it follows through with plans to permanently close nearly two dozen U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services field offices across the globe. "This is going to affect refugees, military servicemen applying for citizenship, the family reunification program," Sater, an immigration attorney based in Miami, told NBC News. The immigration agency said Tuesday that it was in “preliminary discussions" to shift its international office workloads to offices in the United States, agency spokesperson Jessica Collins said in a statement.

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Today in the 3rd Part of a 4 Part Special Series about Jacksonville 's Unique Consolidated Local Government, I discuss the growth and development in Jacksonville from 1968 until 2014 and the role that Our Mayors (Tanzler, Godbold, Hazouri, Austin, Delaney, Peyton, & Brown) Had in Making Things Happen. In April, 2014, a Task Force will be making recommendations to the City Council on changing Jacksonville's Local Government. Be Sure to Make Your Voice Heard and Enjoy TheJaxLeft Channel! Watch www.theleftturnnetwork.com for Even More....This Broadcast Was Produced by The Left Turn Production Group.

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Today in the 3rd Part of a 4 Part Special Series about Jacksonville 's Unique Consolidated Local Government, I discuss the growth and development in Jacksonville from 1968 until 2014 and the role that Our Mayors (Tanzler, Godbold, Hazouri, Austin, Delaney, Peyton, & Brown) Had in Making Things Happen. In April, 2014, a Task Force will be making recommendations to the City Council on changing Jacksonville's Local Government. Be Sure to Make Your Voice Heard and Enjoy TheJaxLeft Channel! Watch www.theleftturnnetwork.com for Even More....This Broadcast Was Produced by The Left Turn Production Group.

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Deloitte Launches New AI Platform CortexAI for Government

Deloitte | February 01, 2021

As the new Administration and statehouses the nation over work to handle key needs across the elements of wellbeing, financial recuperation, environment and racial imbalances, information and its powerful use through arising AI innovations will be key empowering influences. To quicken the reception of AI in government, Deloitte today declared its new AI platform, CortexAI™ for Government. Intended to quicken AI sending among public area associations, CortexAI for Government consolidates demonstrated government and industry solutions with AI models, apparatuses and specialized designs tailored to help public area missions with an emphasis on AI quality, review and morals. "AI is more than technology. Through CortexAI for Government, we will help agency leaders and frontline public servants introduce new AI solutions and execute their organizations' missions more effectively and with reduced cost," said Ed Van Buren, principal with Deloitte Consulting LLP and leader of Deloitte's public sector AI practice. "We are also deeply committed to advancing the ethical use of AI so that its use in American government becomes a model for the commercial sector and the world." Solutions built on CortexAI for Government already serving government clients A few administrative organizations and state governments are now utilizing applications and solutions fueled by CortexAI for Government to drive their central goal, enable their workers, and better serve people in general. Quite, Deloitte's RegExplorer™, which utilizes AI to break down a huge number of guidelines, permits policymakers to rapidly recognize clashing or obsolete guidelines, improve and modernize guidelines, and empower significant change. "When you are trying to comb through regs at different state agencies, it takes a long time," said Carrie Kuruc, director of Ohio's Common Sense Initiative, speaking about RegExplorer. "When you have tech that can do it quickly, you take it in a heartbeat." Democratizing AI for wide government adoption and deployment CortexAI for Government gives a blend of on-platform, mission-situated applications and solutions and in-platform models, instruments and curated informational collections. Planned explicitly to address the issues of government customers, CortexAI for Government can send and scale regardless of where an office is in their AI modernization venture. "CortexAI for Government is an innovation platform that enables organizations to quickly operationalize AI capabilities and address specific mission and mission support needs," said Mark White, principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP and lead for CortexAI for Government. "That means agencies can drive new capabilities quickly and at a larger scale, while also saving government resources." About Deloitte Deloitte provides industry-leading audit, consulting, tax and advisory services to many of the world's most admired brands, including nearly 90% of the Fortune 500® and more than 7,000 private companies. Our people come together for the greater good and work across the industry sectors that drive and shape today's marketplace — delivering measurable and lasting results that help reinforce public trust in our capital markets, inspire clients to see challenges as opportunities to transform and thrive, and help lead the way toward a stronger economy and a healthier society. Deloitte is proud to be part of the largest global professional services network serving our clients in the markets that are most important to them. Now celebrating 175 years of service, our network of member firms spans more than 150 countries and territories.

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VertexOne Once Again Recognized as Leading Government Technology Innovator on GovTech 100 List

VertexOne | March 14, 2022

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