Debating impeachment, Democrats have 2020 on their minds

The Virginian-Pilot | June 17, 2019

Debating impeachment, Democrats have 2020 on their minds
For Democrats, the decisions being made of whether to support impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump are personal, gut-wrenching and, at times, starkly political, with fallout in 2020 and beyond. Some lawmakers worry impeachment will benefit the president, energizing Trump's supporters and solidifying his campaign, much the way the proceedings against Bill Clinton ended up costing Republicans in 1998. Others warn that failing to impeach Trump risks deflating Democratic voters they need to turn out in 2020. And still others envision a "nightmare" scenario: The House votes to impeach, but the Senate declines to convict, Trump survives to win a second term and Democrats lose majority control.

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Due to decades of misguided and faulty policies, homelessness is a serious problem. Over half a million people go homeless on a single night in the United States. Approximately 65 percent are found in homeless shelters, and the other 35 percent—just under 200,000—are found unsheltered on our streets (in places not intended for human habitation, such as sidewalks, parks, cars, or abandoned buildings). Homelessness almost always involves people facing desperate situations and extreme hardship. They must make choices among very limited options, often in the context of extreme duress, substance abuse disorders, untreated mental illness, or unintended consequences from well-intentioned policies. Improved policies that address the underlying causes of the problem and more effectively serve some of the most vulnerable members of society are needed.

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ClearInfo and Carahsoft Partner to Bring FIAR FUSION and C-CCARS Platforms to the Federal Government

ClearInfo | January 20, 2021

ClearInfo, an innovator in review readiness, business process automation, and records management services and arrangements, and Carahsoft Technology Corp., The Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider®, today announced that the ClearInfo FIAR FUSION and Customer-Content, Capture and Records Services (C-CCARS) stages are presently accessible to the Federal government through Carahsoft's NASA Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP) V and the company's affiliate accomplices. ClearInfo FIAR FUSION The FIAR FUSION stage gives start to finish digitization and AI analytics for the Federal government's financial worth chains and is reason worked to help the Department of Defense (DoD) Financial Improvement and Audit Readiness (FIAR) command. FIAR FUSION improves financial process cycles, framework controls, records and bits of knowledge, empowering agencies to become review prepared by joining financial transactions and documents across the financial life cycle. By implementing the FIAR FUSION platform solution, agency financial teams can expect the following outcomes: • Ensured KSD Audit Readiness: Keeps financial content connected, contained, accessible, consistently cataloged and retained in a FIAR-mandated DoD 5015.2 certified records management system. • Operational cost reductions and improved process cycles, insights and controls. • Improved customer and supplier communications. • Reduced storage costs of 30-50%. “A major financial audit challenge faced by the Department of Defense is the lack of documentation,” said Ray Chance, Chief Technology Officer at ClearInfo. “FIAR FUSION is the perfect solution to address this challenge. The platform eliminates financial content silos and brings transactional data and key supporting documents together throughout the entire process life cycle to create a single source of truth. Implementing FIAR FUSION improves financial management practices and moves the DoD toward a positive, clean and unmodified audit outcome.” ClearInfo C-CCARS The C-CCARS stage gives start to finish digitization, low-code business process automation, clever capture and records management services for Federal agencies. C-CCARS combines content and contextual information processing to empower agencies to meet the Office of Management and Budget M-19-21 electronic records management and advanced modernization objectives all the more efficiently. By implementing the C-CCARS platform solution, agency mission operations teams can expect the following outcomes: • Assured OMB M-19-21 compliance by mandated timeline of December 2022. • Time and cost savings by accelerating capture processes for agency electronic and physical records. • Enhanced compliance by keeping content contained, accessible, consistently cataloged and retained in a DoD 5015.2 Records Management certified system to meet mandate goals. • Increased productivity of knowledge workers through low-code, automated processes that ensure rapid and ready access to enterprise information assets. • Reduced costs for identifying, collecting and preserving electronically stored information. “By 2022, Federal agencies are required to manage all permanent records in an electronic format with appropriate metadata,” said Margaret Lawrence, Chief Records Management Specialist at ClearInfo. “C-CCARS is the perfect solution to address this challenge by giving agencies the contextual data ‘fuel’ they need to accelerate their business processes and meet OMB M-19-21 requirements.” “Carahsoft is proud to partner with ClearInfo to bring the FIAR FUSION and C-CCARS platforms to Federal agencies in need of tailored audit preparation and records management,” said Matt Rattigan, Director of Partnerships at Carahsoft. “ClearInfo has a proven understanding of the challenges facing agencies covered by the DoD FIAR and OMB mandates, and we look forward to working with them to deliver their purpose-built solutions to our joint customers and reseller partners to streamline the path to compliance.” Both FIAR FUSION and C-CCARS are facilitated on Amazon Web Services (AWS) GovCloud (US), permitting Federal agencies looking to procure ClearInfo's specialized answers for influence these stages in a secure and versatile cloud climate. AWS GovCloud (US) is intended to address specific administrative and compliance necessities of U.S. government agencies at the Federal, state and local level, just as contractors and educational foundations that run touchy outstanding burdens in the cloud. Past the assurance programs applicable to all AWS Regions, the AWS GovCloud (US) Regions permit customers to cling to U.S. Worldwide Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), FedRAMP, and DoD Cloud Computing Security Requirements Guide (SRG) Impact Levels 2, 4 and 5. About ClearInfo ClearInfo, is an innovative, results-driven IT Service Provider focused on delivering Enterprise Information Management (EIM) solutions to optimize the creation, capture, use and lifecycle of structured and unstructured information assets that enable our customer’s to meet their mission objectives. A member of the American Society of Military Comptrollers, the ClearInfo team has created, delivered and supported EIM solutions resulting in successful programs for over 25 years.

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Deloitte Launches Artificial Intelligence Institute for Government

Deloitte | March 17, 2021

Deloitte's administration and public administrations practice announced the new Deloitte Artificial Intelligence Institute for Government today. Institute pioneers illustrated a bunch of commitments and activities to progress applied AI in the public area by building a cross-area local area for research and shared mastery, and tutoring and developing the talent of things to come. "As evidenced in the recent National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence report, advancing the use of artificial intelligence is a national imperative. While decisions and actions to accelerate AI innovation need to happen today, implementing AI brings ethical and technical challenges that are as complex as any we have faced in recent history," said Ed Van Buren, principal with Deloitte Consulting LLP and executive director of DAIIG. "Deloitte's AI Institute for Government is focused on efforts to actively help the public sector harness and shape this movement towards blending human and machine capabilities in a way that improves citizen services, promotes economic growth and recovery, and expands human opportunity" The institute is a center for imaginative viewpoints, coordinated effort and examination zeroed in on everything AI and related innovations for government. To accomplish this, the institute will draw in pioneers from state, neighborhood and national government, industry, and the scholarly world. The people group will reach past technologists to remember disciplines for the humanities and sciences. "AI is more than technology — its adoption presents a seismic shift in the future of how work is done and how public servants, individuals and society work with intelligent machines and big data," said Tasha Austin, principal with Deloitte Risk & Financial Advisory, Deloitte & Touche LLP; and director of DAIIG. "The community built through this institute is at the leading edge of how AI is applied to the work of government to improve everything from health care to national defense. We will address critical questions of how we build ethics and transparency into the very DNA of AI to foster trust and advance human potential, rather than increase inequity." Some of the work and commitments underway for DAIIG's first year are listed below. Build an AI community of research and shared expertise The talent and capabilities embodied in the institute convey applied AI contextual analyses that make solid contrasts in open area challenges. The institute is a middle for AI in the public area local area and cultivates learning, investigation and a trade of thoughts. Early commitments include: • Research and develop AI-powered solutions in collaboration with https://www2.deloitte.com/us/en/pages/life-sciences-and-health-care/articles/health-equity-institute.htmlDeloitte's AI Exploration Lab at the Capital Factory in Austin, Texas and the newly launched CortexAI™ for Government platform. The lab is an innovation hub and storefront to sense new AI technologies, incubate capabilities and create a space for co-development and collaboration. The lab specializes in operational data science, edge computing and the intersection of national security and AI technology innovation. • Leverage industry leading AI experts from our government and public sector practice to research AI, develop solutions and publish insights to problems that matter to the government. • Support existing AI communities of practice in government through events co-sponsored with leading nonprofits and trade associations. • Establish relationships with academic institutions to identify trends and conduct interdisciplinary research on applied AI for the purpose of pioneering and creating disruptive AI technologies and solutions for the public sector. Mentor and grow AI talent of the future Establish a robust arrangement of partnerships with driving scholastic projects and advance individual coaching programs for early profession people, based on the central obligation to advance variety and incorporation in the field. Early activities include: • Lead a discussion of women leaders around AI and Success for Women in STEM careers at the virtual University of Virginia Women in Data Science Worldwide Conference on Friday, March 19. • Provide mentorship opportunities and resources such as scholarships for rising STEM students from underrepresented communities and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). • Collaborate with United Way of the National Capital Area to bring AI concepts and technology to middle schoolers in the Greater Washington Metro Area. Deloitte's administration and public administrations practice — our kin, thoughts, innovation and results — is intended for sway. Deloitte's group of more than 16,000 experts carry new viewpoint to assist customers with expecting interruption, reconsider the conceivable, and satisfy their main goal guarantee. 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. Building on more than 175 years of service, our network of member firms spans more than 150 countries and territories.

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CyberSheath Announce The Launch of Managed IT Services for Defense Contractors

CyberSheath Services International, LLC | February 03, 2021

CyberSheath Services International today launched its Managed IT Services for Defense Contractors to ensure compliance with the new cybersecurity standards for commercial contractors of the United States government. The managed services include a Shared Security Compliance Framework to ensure compliance for both DFARS Clause 252.204-7012 / NIST SP 800-171 and the new DFARS 252.204-7019-7021 CMMC requirements. When combined with CyberSheath’s existing Managed Compliance and Security Services, the new Managed IT Services cover the full spectrum of managed services needs for most U.S. Defense Industrial Base (DIB) contractors. CyberSheath has long recognized that a large part of IT delivery, tasks such as patching and asset management, are foundational to NIST 800-171 and CMMC compliance, and customers need a force multiplying solution for Managed IT services. This offering is only available to defense contractors and uniquely built to make CMMC and NIST 800-171 compliance a natural outcome of day-to-day operations. This new consolidated solution is anchored on Microsoft technology or Microsoft Solution Partner technology, but flexible enough to “meet you where you are.” It has the distinct ability to add compliance or security-as-a-service either upon initial onboarding, or at any time during the subscription period. As a “Hosted Compliance,” it combines elements of MSSP and Managed IT and uses a Microsoft-focused technology stack, including Azure Government Blueprints, Microsoft 365 Government (GCC High), and the full strength of the vast Department of Defense (DoD)-approved Microsoft security portfolio. CyberSheath’s CMMC Managed Services future-proof clients against CMMC policy changes and new implementation requirements. “Any defense contractor that fails to comply with the CMMC will not be doing business with the DoD moving forward as the DoD now prevents non-compliant contractors from participating in DoD contract awards,” said Andy Shooman, COO at CyberSheath Services International. “Our IT managed services are built for the many defense contractors, both Primes and Subs, that still don’t fully understand the DFARS requirements and believe that their weakest link to compliance may be their existing IT services. Simply put, the new DFARS rules raise the stakes and companies that don’t quickly become compliant will be left out of DoD contracts. Our IT managed services ensure that doesn’t happen.” The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) established the CMMC as a new security measure to protect Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI), Federal Contract Information (FCI), and other sensitive data residing on systems and networks owned by defense contractors. The DoD requires all of its contractors and suppliers to comply with the new CMMC standards at a given level and undergo a certification process based on review by an accredited third-party assessment organization prior to contract award. CyberSheath uses a proven AIM™ (Assess – Implement – Manage) methodology to meet defense contractors where they are and bring them up to standard both for existing regulatory requirements and CMMC. CyberSheath offers five CMMC levels of assured compliance, ranging from premise-based technology companies to cloud-driven FedRAMP High environments. Leveraging AIM™ to identify gaps against CMMC requirements, CyberSheath quickly implements any needed changes and revises architectures to maintain desired levels of CMMC compliance. CyberSheath takes ownership of CMMC compliance, leveraging a Shared Responsibility Model, a concept uniquely adapted from cloud providers and applied to CMMC Managed Services. This management framework dictates the security obligations of a CMMC compliance environment and its users to ensure accountability and define where and how security measures should be applied, with a special focus on CUI and other sensitive government data. The result is a self-reinforcing model that reduces the burden on government contractors and ensures compliance. “Frankly, defense contractors have seen a lot of changes in cybersecurity compliance over the past year, but we have been delivering audit-ready, U.S. DoD compliance-focused managed services for more than five years in response to the original NIST 800-171 requirements and know we can assist contractors expeditiously with their needs,” said Mr. Shooman. About CyberSheath Services International, LLC Established in 2008, CyberSheath is one of the most experienced and trusted IT security services partners for the U.S. defense industrial base. From CMMC compliance to strategic security planning to managed security services, CyberSheath offers a comprehensive suite of offerings tailored to clients’ information security and regulatory compliance needs.

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Due to decades of misguided and faulty policies, homelessness is a serious problem. Over half a million people go homeless on a single night in the United States. Approximately 65 percent are found in homeless shelters, and the other 35 percent—just under 200,000—are found unsheltered on our streets (in places not intended for human habitation, such as sidewalks, parks, cars, or abandoned buildings). Homelessness almost always involves people facing desperate situations and extreme hardship. They must make choices among very limited options, often in the context of extreme duress, substance abuse disorders, untreated mental illness, or unintended consequences from well-intentioned policies. Improved policies that address the underlying causes of the problem and more effectively serve some of the most vulnerable members of society are needed.