EPA Chief Loses a Round in Court on Release of Climate Change Studies

Government Executive | June 04, 2018

A federal judge on Friday scolded Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt for failing to respond to a nonprofit’s Freedom of Information Act request for climate change studies Pruitt claimed bolstered his skeptical views. The ruling favoring Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility stemmed from comments Pruitt made on the CNBC TV show “Squawk Box” back in March 2017, in which he said “I would not agree” that human activity adding carbon dioxide to the air “is a primary contributor to the global warming that we see.” He added that “there is tremendous disagreement about of [sic] the impact” of “human activity on the climate.”

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Siemens Government Technologies | July 29, 2022

Siemens Government Technologies (SGT), Inc., and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) Network Management Resources Inc. d/b/a NMR Consulting (NMR), have entered into a U.S. Small Business Administration Mentor-Protégé agreement to build NMR’s capability and capacity for new projects supporting federal government customers responsible for vital national security missions. SGT is the separate but affiliated U.S. government arm of technology powerhouse Siemens. With project teams across the U.S. and internationally, SGT is a leading integrator of Siemens products, technologies, and software to solve some of the most complex government challenges in energy, automation, and digitalization. NMR has more than 25 years’ experience delivering robust solutions for government customers, including comprehensive mechanical and electrical projects for the intelligence community. SGT helps extend Siemens’ longstanding commitment of supporting small and diverse businesses throughout its supply chain operations. In the U.S. alone, approximately 20% of Siemens’ more than 3,000 suppliers qualify as small and diverse-owned businesses, with well over $900 million of goods and services procured from those suppliers annually. With SGT and NMR providing related support and equipment modernization for infrastructure projects – particularly at Department of Defense installations – the mentor-protégé relationship will support NMR’s access to a broader portfolio of opportunities through the Siemens installed base of energy products and technologies. In addition, the two companies can pursue small business and specified set-aside contracts through a joint venture, using NMR’s SDVOSB status under the terms of the mentor-protégé program. “NMR has been a highly valued partner to SGT for more than 12 years across multiple task orders in essential energy and infrastructure work for critical missions, They’ve shown us – and most importantly our customers – their dedication and commitment to strengthen their capabilities and resources, which is why we’re excited to help them take the next steps in the evolution of their business through this mentor-protégé relationship." -John Ustica, interim CEO for SGT. This landmark partnership with SGT will bring both significant benefits to customers and create unprecedented opportunities for revenue growth and business process improvement, said Dave Jones, President of NMR. SGT has been a longstanding partner with unparalleled customer service dedication, and NMR is looking forward to leveraging the synergies developed by both NMR & SGT to bring together people and businesses to provide our customers a better solution. About Siemens Government Technologies: Siemens Government Technologies is the wholly owned, U.S. subsidiary of Siemens Corporation whose mission it is to secure and modernize the largest infrastructure in the world, the U.S. Federal Government. It does so by being the leading integrator of Siemens’ innovative products, technologies, software and services in the areas of digital engineering and modeling, efficient and resilient energy solutions, and smart infrastructure modernization. NMR, a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), has rigorous program management protocols, vetted project management methodologies, and has developed an advanced equipment procurement program that reduces cost and delivers customer-centric solutions to meet project demands. NMR’s vetted program/project management protocols, comprehensive risk management techniques, innovative procurement solutions, and agile technology implementations have been applied to numerous Federal clients including Missile Defense Agency (MDA), Secure Agencies in the Intelligence Community, and other mission critical DoD entities.

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Quantexa chosen by UK government for Big Data and Analytics framework as part of supplier ecosystem

QUANTEXA | August 26, 2022

Quantexa, a global leader in helping organizations unify, contextualize, and act on their data for trusted decisions, announced that it has been chosen by the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) to be a supplier for its Big Data and Analytics procurement framework. The framework will allow government departments and local authorities to choose from a range of best-in-class specialist suppliers to help unlock the value of data and improve public sector services. The framework will cover up to £2bn of potential spending over a four-year period, from 2022 to 2026. Quantexa will respond to tenders for commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software specifically for big data and analytics capabilities. The company’s technology will help government services use data from their legacy systems and create a better understanding and single view of citizens, businesses, or organizations across a broad range of use cases including citizen insight, counter fraud, data intelligence and data management. “We’re proud to be selected by the CCS as a potential vendor for this framework. The National Data Strategy highlighted how essential it is for the government to automate the interrogation of their data more effectively to improve public services, Quantexa’s Contextual Decision Intelligence (CDI) Platform has already been selected by the Cabinet Office to detect fraud in the COVID-19 loan schemes and assist in the fight against financial crime. We look forward to the opportunity to deliver best-in-class entity resolution, graph analytics, scoring and alerting frameworks to other departments and across the public sector to help them use their data at scale to unify their data, manage risk, ensure compliance, and identify opportunities for efficiency.” -Vishal Marria, CEO at Quantexa. ABOUT QUANTEXA: Quantexa is a global data and analytics software company pioneering Contextual Decision Intelligence that empowers organizations to make trusted operational decisions by making data meaningful. Using the latest advancements in big data and AI, Quantexa’s platform uncovers hidden risk and new opportunities by providing a contextual, connected view of internal and external data in a single place. It solves major challenges across data management, KYC, customer intelligence, financial crime, risk, fraud, and security, throughout the customer lifecycle. The Quantexa Contextual Decision Intelligence Platform enhances operational performance with over 90% more accuracy and 60 times faster analytical model resolution than traditional approaches. Founded in 2016, Quantexa now has more than 500 employees and thousands of users working with billions of transactions and data points across the world. The company has offices in London, New York, Boston, Washington DC, Brussels, Toronto, Singapore, Melbourne, and Sydney.

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Viasat & Inmarsat Receive UK Government Approval for Proposed Combination Under National Security & Investment Act

Inmarsat | September 17, 2022

Viasat Inc., (NASDAQ: VSAT), a global communications company, and Inmarsat, a leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, today announced the receipt of approval of the proposed combination of their businesses by the UK Government under the National Security & Investment Act. The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has announced that the transaction does not pose a risk to the UK's national security. In March 2022, the companies committed to economic undertakings with BEIS, which underlined their pledge to strengthen and advance the UK's National Space Strategy. The economic undertakings include an expansion in the number of highly skilled jobs in key areas and a 30% increase in overall research and development spending in the UK. "The combination of Viasat and Inmarsat creates a leading global communications innovator with enhanced scale and scope to affordably, securely and reliably connect the world. The UK Government's clearance of Viasat's proposed acquisition of Inmarsat under the National Security and Investment Act is another important step forward on the road to closing the deal, and we would like to thank the UK Government for their close collaboration throughout the process. Viasat has been a trusted partner of the UK's defence and national security communities for more than a decade, including in the provision of its market-leading encryption products. The combined company, whose global international business headquarters will be situated in the UK, will build upon the strong UK relationships that Viasat and Inmarsat already enjoy and allow us to deepen our contribution to the UK's National Space Strategy." -Mark Dankberg, Executive Chairman and CEO of Viasat. Rajeev Suri, Inmarsat CEO, added: Inmarsat is proud of our decades of close work with the UK government. Today's approval brings us closer to delivering the new jobs and investment to the UK that have been committed by both Inmarsat and Viasat. Together, we will be well-positioned to compete in a robust market that has both well-funded new entrants and other industry players in the process of consolidating. About Viasat: Viasat is a global communications company that believes everyone and everything in the world can be connected. For over 35 years, Viasat has helped shape how consumers, businesses, governments and militaries around the world communicate. Today, the Company is developing the ultimate global communications network to power high-quality, secure, affordable, fast connections to impact people's lives anywhere they are—on the ground, in the air or at sea. About Inmarsat: Inmarsat delivers world leading, innovative, advanced and exceptionally reliable global, mobile communications across the world – in the air, at sea and on land - that are enabling a new generation of commercial, government and mission-critical services. Inmarsat is powering the digitalisation of the maritime industry, making operations more efficient and safer than ever before. It is driving a new era of inflight passenger services for aviation, while ensuring that aircraft can fly with maximum efficiency and safety. Furthermore, Inmarsat is enabling the rapid expansion of the Internet of Things (IoT) and enabling the next wave of world-changing technologies that will underpin the connected society and help build a sustainable future. And now Inmarsat is developing the first-of-its-kind, multi-dimensional communications network of the future, ORCHESTRA. In November 2021, Inmarsat and Viasat announced the planned combination of the two companies, to create a new leader in global communications. The deal is scheduled to close in the second half of 2022.

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