Factbox: Clash between Trump, U.S. House Democrats shifts into courts

Reuters | July 04, 2019

Factbox: Clash between Trump, U.S. House Democrats shifts into courts
U.S. House Democrats this week sued the Trump administration to demand President Donald Trump’s individual and business tax returns after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin refused a legal request and defied two congressional subpoenas. The House Ways and Means Committee lawsuit is the latest action as the Democratically controlled chamber pursues multiple investigations into the Republican president, his family and businesses.

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Upon taking office, President Obama committed to supporting strong, open, and accountable governments and sustainable development in Africa. In his speech before the Ghanaian Parliament in July 2009, the President asserted that Africa is a fundamental part of our interconnected world, and called for a partnership with Africa that is “grounded in mutual responsibility and mutual respect.” The National Security Strategy, released in May 2010, reinforces this vision, and calls for partnership with African nations as they grow their economies and strengthen their democratic institutions and governance. In June 2012, the President approved a Presidential Policy Directive that outlines his vision with respect to U.S. policy toward sub-Saharan Africa. This document is drawn from and reflects that Directive.

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Upon taking office, President Obama committed to supporting strong, open, and accountable governments and sustainable development in Africa. In his speech before the Ghanaian Parliament in July 2009, the President asserted that Africa is a fundamental part of our interconnected world, and called for a partnership with Africa that is “grounded in mutual responsibility and mutual respect.” The National Security Strategy, released in May 2010, reinforces this vision, and calls for partnership with African nations as they grow their economies and strengthen their democratic institutions and governance. In June 2012, the President approved a Presidential Policy Directive that outlines his vision with respect to U.S. policy toward sub-Saharan Africa. This document is drawn from and reflects that Directive.

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White House Talks with TSMC, Intel to Develop Chip Foundries in the U.S.

Intel | May 11, 2020

The Trump administration’s discussions with chipmakers were reported earlier by the Wall Street Journal, with the report adding that TSMC also has been talking with Apple Inc. Intel is well positioned to work with the U.S. government to operate a U.S.-owned commercial foundry. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC), on the other hand, has been in talks with the U.S. Department of Commerce about building. The Trump administration is in talks with semiconductor companies about building chip factories in the United States, representatives from two chipmakers said on Sunday. Intel Corp (INTC.O) is in discussions with the United States Department of Defense over improving domestic sources for microelectronics and related technology, Intel spokesman William Moss. “Intel is well positioned to work with the U.S. government to operate a U.S.-owned commercial foundry and supply a broad range of secure microelectronics”, the statement added. Read More: US government agencies have shadow IT infrastructure problem, cybersecurity risks, says GAO Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) (2330.TW), on the other hand, has been in talks with the U.S. Department of Commerce about building a U.S. factory but said it has not made a final decision yet. We are actively evaluating all the suitable locations, including in the U.S., but there is no concrete plan yet, TSMC spokeswoman Nina Kao. Intel Chief Executive Bob Swan wrote a letter to the Department of Defense in late March in which he expressed the company’s willingness to build a foundry - a term used in the industry to reference a chip factory - in partnership with the Pentagon. “This is more important than ever, given the uncertainty created by the current geopolitical environment”, Swan wrote in the letter dated March 30 and seen by Reuters on Sunday. It comes amid increasing diplomatic tensions between the U.S. and China during the coronavirus outbreak, with both sides trading barbs over who is to blame for the spread of the disease after already being involved in trade tensions for almost two years. “We currently think it is in the best interest of the United States and of Intel to explore how Intel could operate a commercial U.S. foundry to supply a broad range of microelectronics,” the letter from the Intel CEO added. The Trump administration’s discussions with chipmakers were reported earlier by the Wall Street Journal, with the report adding that TSMC also has been talking with Apple Inc (AAPL.O), one of its largest customers, about building a chip factory in the United States. TSMC declined to comment on the talks with the iPhone maker. The Journal had also reported that U.S. officials are looking at helping South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co (005930.KS), which has a chip factory in Austin, Texas, to expand its contract-manufacturing operations in the United States. A Samsung spokeswoman in Seoul declined to comment on Monday. The U.S. Commerce Department and Apple did not respond to requests for comment on Sunday. Read More: Federal Aviation Administration Announces Chosen Vendors to Set Technology Standards for New Drone-Tracking System About Intel Corporation We are a technology leader focused on unleashing the potential of data so that we can fulfill our purpose: Create world-changing technology that enriches the lives of every person on earth. This is our ultimate motivation and why we exist. www.intel.com

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BlackBerry Achieves National Security Agency Approval for BlackBerry UEM

BlackBerry | November 20, 2020

BlackBerry Limited today declared that its BlackBerry® Unified Endpoint Manager (UEM) programming has accomplished National Security Agency (NSA) Commercial Solutions for Classified Program (CSfC) endorsement. The NSA ensures the United States' most basic data and frameworks against cyberattacks. The CSfC is a significant portion of the NSA's technique, guaranteeing that the U.S. government can use the business' generally secure and inventive network safety advancements to achieve their main goal targets. "BlackBerry and the NSA share a common mission to help make the nation safer," said John Chen, Executive Chairman & CEO, BlackBerry. "We are honored to receive approval from the NSA for BlackBerry UEM to be used to protect classified information. This adds to the portfolio of U.S. government certifications BlackBerry has received for UEM, including NIAP, DoDIN APL and FedRAMP." About BlackBerry BlackBerry provides intelligent security software and services to enterprises and governments around the world. The company secures more than 500M endpoints including 175M cars on the road today. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company leverages AI and machine learning to deliver innovative solutions in the areas of cybersecurity, safety and data privacy solutions, and is a leader in the areas of endpoint security management, encryption, and embedded systems. BlackBerry's vision is clear - to secure a connected future you can trust.

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Deloitte and Dcode Renew Partnership to Drive Tech Innovation in Federal Market

Deloitte | January 14, 2021

Today Deloitte and Dcode announced a restored yearly collaboration to bring top arising tech from the private area to government offices. Through Dcode's governmentally engaged quickening agent for arising tech and set-up of government contributions to improve mission results, Deloitte draws in with forefront tech organizations and forward-inclining government pioneers to encourage matchmaking, joining openings, and enduring upgrades to the public authority's tech stack. "The emerging tech ecosystem can be a powerful source of innovation for government agencies. We're excited to continue working with Dcode to help tech companies apply solutions to government missions and accelerate transformative value for our clients," said Mike Isman, Managing Director, Deloitte Consulting LLP. The U.S. government has the chance to put a portion of the $90 billion dollars spent on tech in FY2021 towards acquiring the best arising tech organizations. Exploring and confirming the correct business tech arrangements that are prepared to scale in the government market is critical to surveying danger and preparing tech organizations to succeed. "We work with emerging tech companies, the U.S. government, and key collaborators like Deloitte to bring top tech onto contract and into government missions," said Dcode CEO Meagan Metzger. "If government contractors, systems integrators and other firms can get better commercial tech onto federal contracts then it will drive substantive government innovation in this shifting landscape." As Dcode works out its local area stage, Nexus, in light of expanding request from arising tech organizations, funding speculators, and the U.S. government, Deloitte will be a central member in supporting the development of the public authority advancement environment. About Dcode Dcode connects the tech industry and government to drive commercial innovation in the federal market. We help emerging tech companies, federal agencies, and industry partners understand each other and work together to improve the government with better tech. Dcode has worked with more than 100 tech companies and hundreds of government organizations, generating more than 200 new implementations of commercial technology in government and millions in federal contracts. 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.

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