Bonfire Interactive Inc. | December 02, 2021
Bonfire Interactive Ltd. , a business unit of GTY Technology and a leader in strategic sourcing and procurement software for the public sector, today announced it has officially released Bonfire Open Access Community Projects. This new procurement tool—free to anyone working in public sector purchasing—provides access to an extensive database of public projects from across North America to streamline the RFx creation process.
“Procurement teams can get requests for nearly anything, from pothole patching to software solutions to PPE . When facing new or unfamiliar projects, it’s not uncommon for purchasing agents to spend a lot of time—sometimes hours—searching Google for templates. That is not an effective use of procurement teams’ time, and going into 2022, it’s going to be downright unsustainable. Our data found that public agencies ran 39% more projects in 2021 compared to 2020, and with the Biden administration’s newly-approved Build Back Better infrastructure funding, we believe that number will skyrocket. We’re making Bonfire Open Access Community Projects free to all public procurement teams everywhere, making it easy to access resources from their peers and help reduce the time and effort spent drafting RFP documents.”
Omar Salaymeh, CEO of Bonfire
Bonfire Open Access Community Projects is a free, searchable repository of tens of thousands of public projects from Bonfire’s growing database of over 500 North American public sector agencies. Procurement professionals can use the tool to easily search for and review just about any public project and access all supporting bid documents. Teams will have access to best-in-class examples of successful RFP events to model their own projects, eliminating the need to create new RFPs from scratch, or conduct a tedious online search for general templates.
“The biggest challenge we face in public procurement today is ensuring we can continue to build quality RFPs in less time, especially with the surge in project volume we’re experiencing. And that means getting the right information together for a new RFP from the start,” said Maija Lampinen, Procurement and Contracts Manager at the Port of Everett, Washington. “With Community Projects, we’ve been able to easily search for similar projects run by other agencies, see how they structured their projects, and leverage supporting documentation to use as templates. It’s making a big impact on how we run our projects and the time it saves us during RFP creation.”
“Even before it officially launched, we already had so many public procurement professionals from across North America pre-register for Bonfire Open Access Community Projects,” said Salaymeh. “It just affirms that our new product offering is meeting a real need felt by procurement teams everywhere.”
The launch of Bonfire Open Access Community Projects was first announced at NIGP Forum back in August, where attendees could sign up to be first in line to access the portal. In addition to the freely available Open Access Community Projects, Bonfire also released a version for current customers earlier this year.
About Bonfire Interactive Inc.
Bonfire Interactive Inc. (“Bonfire”) is a business unit of GTY Technology Holdings Inc. and a leader in strategic sourcing and procurement software. Bonfire empowers organizations to find the right vendors and make the right purchasing decisions with ease and confidence. With tools to support the entire vendor lifecycle (sourcing, contract management, and vendor performance), Bonfire goes beyond traditional mechanics of standard procurement suites to make complex decision-making easy. The combination of flexible technology and world-class customer service makes Bonfire the solution of choice for both public and private sector organizations. Bonfire is an award-winning solution recognized by industry-leading outlets including Gartner, GovTech, Spend Matters, Best in SaaS,, and the International Business Awards.
About GTY Technology Holdings Inc.
GTY Technology Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: GTYH) (“GTY”)) brings leading government technology companies together to achieve a new standard in citizen engagement and resource management. Through its six business units, GTY offers an intuitive cloud-based suite of solutions for state and local governments spanning functions in procurement, payments, grant management, budgeting, and permitting: Bonfire provides strategic sourcing and procurement software to enable confident and compliant spend; CityBase provides government payment solutions to connect constituents with utilities and government agencies; eCivis offers a grant management system to maximize grant revenues and track performance; Open Counter provides government payment software to guide applicants through complex permitting and licensing procedures; Questica offers budget preparation and management software to deliver on financial and non-financial strategic objectives; Sherpa provides public sector budgeting software and consulting services.
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.”
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.
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.
HackerOne | January 07, 2021
The Defense Digital Service (DDS) and HackerOne today announced the dispatch of DDS's 11th bug abundance program with HackerOne and the third with the U.S. Branch of the Army. Hack the Army 3.0 is a period bound, programmer controlled security test pointed toward surfacing weaknesses so they can be settled before they are abused by foes. The bug abundance program is available to both military and regular citizen members and will run from January 6, 2021 through February 17, 2021.
Bug abundance programs, similar to Hack the Army 3.0, boost security examination and announcing of genuine security weaknesses in return for money related awards for qualified weaknesses and members. These projects are an industry best practice utilized by the most full grown associations across the world. By unveiling weaknesses to security groups, regular citizen and military programmers will help the U.S. Armed force secure digital resources and guard against cyberattacks. Hack the Army is one illustration of the Army and DoD's ability to seek after imaginative and nontraditional ways to deal with guarantee the capacity and security of individuals, organizations, and information.
"Bug bounty programs are a unique and effective 'force multiplier' for safeguarding critical Army networks, systems and data, and build on the efforts of our Army and DoD security professionals," said Brig. Gen. Adam C. Volant, U.S. Army Cyber Command Director of Operations. "By 'crowdsourcing' solutions with the help of the world's best military and civilian ethical hackers, we complement our existing security measures and provide an additional means to identify and fix vulnerabilities. Hack the Army 3.0 builds upon the successes and lessons of our prior bug bounty programs."
“We are proud of our continued partnership with the Army to challenge the status quo in strengthening the security of military systems and shifting government culture by engaging ethical hackers to address vulnerabilities,” says Brett Goldstein, Director, Defense Digital Service. “We’re calling on civilian and military hackers to show us what they’ve got in this bug bounty and to help train the future force.”
Participation in the Hack the Army 3.0 bug abundance challenge is open by greeting just to regular citizen programmers and dynamic U.S. military individuals. Bug bounties might be offered to regular citizen programmers for substantial security weaknesses as indicated by the program strategy. Military and temporary worker staff are not qualified to get monetary prizes.
“We are living in a different world today than even just a year ago,” said Marten Mickos, CEO of HackerOne. “Amidst disinformation and a global health crisis, citizens are increasingly wary of how, when, and where their information is used. For years, the U.S. Department of Defense and respective military branches have successfully strengthened their cybersecurity posture and protected precious data by enlisting the help of ethical hackers on HackerOne. Years later, hacker-powered security is not only a best practice in the US military, but it is now a mandated requirement among civilian federal agencies. There is only one way to secure our connected society, together, and the U.S. Army is leading the charge with this latest challenge.”
DDS has been a harbinger in programmer fueled security testing since the time the dispatch of "Hack the Pentagon" in 2016. DDS's Hack the Pentagon group has executed 14 public bounties on outside confronting sites and applications, and ten private bounties on a scope of delicate, inside frameworks in the U.S. Branch of Defense (DoD). Instances of past private bounties incorporate coordinations frameworks, actual equipment, and faculty frameworks.
In partnership with DDS, HackerOne has launched more federal programs than any other hacker-powered security provider and is the only bug bounty platform that is FedRAMP authorized. Previous bug bounty challenges and results include: Hack the Pentagon, Hack the Army, Hack the Air Force, Hack the Air Force 2.0, Hack the Defense Travel System, Hack the Army 2.0, Hack the Air Force 3.0, Hack the Air Force 4.0, Hack the Proxy and Hack the Marine Corps. DDS also launched a Vulnerability Disclosure Program (VDP) for the DoD in 2016, which is now one of the most successful programs of its kind with hackers reporting over 20,000 security vulnerabilities to date. Hackers who become aware of any vulnerabilities can safely disclose them to the DoD at any time through this ongoing VDP with HackerOne.
HackerOne empowers the world to build a safer internet. As the world’s most trusted hacker-powered security platform, HackerOne gives organizations access to the largest community of hackers on the planet. Armed with the most robust database of vulnerability trends and industry benchmarks, the hacker community mitigates cyber risk by searching, finding, and safely reporting real-world security weaknesses for organizations across all industries and attack surfaces. Customers include The U.S. Department of Defense, Dropbox, General Motors, GitHub, Goldman Sachs, Google, Hyatt, Intel, Lufthansa, Microsoft, MINDEF Singapore, Nintendo, PayPal, Slack, Starbucks, Twitter, and Verizon Media. HackerOne was ranked fifth on the Fast Company World’s Most Innovative Companies list for 2020. Headquartered in San Francisco, HackerOne has a presence in London, New York, the Netherlands, France, Singapore, and over 70 other locations across the globe.
About Defense Digital Service
The Defense Digital Service was established by the U.S. Secretary of Defense in November 2015 as a SWAT team of nerds that provides the best in modern technical knowledge designed to bolster national defense. We are primarily based in the Pentagon, but we also have satellite offices in Augusta, Georgia and co-located at the Defense Innovation Unit in Mountain View, California. Our range of talent includes world-class software developers, designers, product managers, digital experts and bureaucracy hackers from both the private sector and within government.