Former Republican EPA Chiefs Condemn Trump's Leadership of the Agency

Government Executive | June 12, 2019

Former heads of the Environmental Protection Agency, from both Republican and Democratic administrations, blasted President Trump at a congressional hearing for the direction in which he is leading the agency. The current administration is undermining science, disregarding career employees and creating too cozy of a relationship with regulated industries, four former EPA administrators told members of a panel of the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Tuesday, putting the public's health at risk. Each of those testifying had written a letter to Congress voicing their concerns and offering their help to direct oversight of the agency. Christine Todd Whitman, who served as Republican governor of New Jersey before leading EPA under President George W. Bush, said the Trump administration was rolling back previous efforts to create a healthier environment.

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Scale Computing | September 22, 2021

Scale Computing, a market leader in edge computing, virtualization, and hyperconverged solutions, today announced ongoing momentum with customers in the public sector. The company’s HC3 Edge and IT infrastructure solutions continue to enable municipal institutions of all sizes to optimize operations with self-healing, automated infrastructure for all applications while protecting sensitive government data. In today’s world, IT management is tasked more than ever with simplifying infrastructure and delivering solutions to employees and citizens that mitigate risks in a whole new way. IT departments need to ensure that hardware and software are reliable, remotely accessible, and protected against cyberthreats. Scale Computing meets the complicated IT infrastructure demands of state and local governments. Our agile, reliable platforms can replace traditional IT infrastructure across any agency, any department, or any system, while driving out the high costs of downtime and system administration. Jeff Ready, CEO and co-founder of Scale Computing Scale Computing brings municipal institutions, including governments, government agencies, and other public institutions, into a new era of computing by revamping IT operations with a solution that simplifies management, protects sensitive government data, and helps deliver smart, digital services. Kitselas First Nation is a self-funded and self-governing nation, and one of the 14 Tsimshian tribes in British Columbia. After experiencing a flood, Kitselas First Nation needed new servers and a modern solution for simplicity, scalability, availability and disaster recovery. With only one person on the IT staff, they were also in need of powerful systems capable of running workloads with efficiency and speed, as well as an affordable, easy-to-use solution capable of maximizing uptime. Kitselas First Nation selected Scale Computing’s HC3 platform which provides them with simplified, highly affordable IT infrastructure with improved performance. Since implementation of Scale Computing HC3, Kitselas First Nation saved resources and 15% of time spent managing infrastructure, leading to an increase in time spent working on other projects. Scale Computing’s HC3 solution also provides Kitselas First Nation with disaster recovery and the ability to manage IT infrastructure without the need for local IT staff. We have an on-site backup and a Google Cloud Platform in Quebec. If another disaster strikes, the hardware component fails or the entire HC3 appliance breaks down, we’re covered. The Scale Computing HC3 cluster is highly available and keeps our systems running with no downtime. HC3 won’t let us down. Don Agnew, IT support and asset management officer at Kitselas First Nation The Summit County Board of Elections in Ohio is responsible for securely managing the records of 370,000 registered voters and over one million citizen records. As Ohio’s fourth most populous county, the Summit County Board of Elections' entire network infrastructure is managed by a team of just two full-time IT professionals. With an aging server infrastructure and a heavily scrutinized Presidential election fast approaching in 2020, this IT duo needed to modernize their systems, comply with strict new security directives, and do so in an expedited time-frame. After selecting Scale Computing’s HC3 solution, the Summit County Board of Elections was able to consolidate seven servers to a cluster of three HC3 notes in less than seven months, implement automated snapshots of servers that are backed up to a remote cluster providing full system redundancy, simplify management and operations so their two-person IT team could focus on operational priorities, and comply with new state and Federal security directives. As Kevin Moreland, Network & Systems Administrator, Summit County Board of Elections says, “Every decision we make comes down to, ‘can you make it through a Presidential election’? We knew we needed something that was intelligent, scalable, had built-in redundancy, and was cost-effective. Scale has delivered on all of these and more. We went from an environment where we had about seven physical servers to a three node cluster. From that three node cluster, then we can spin up as many virtual servers as warranted by demand – this not only simplified our operational workload but it also dramatically shrunk our eco-footprint.” Chris Iseral, Chief Information Officer of Madison County, Kentucky, was challenged with upgrading old infrastructure in an affordable way. The infrastructure in Madison Country includes 700 users in 26 different facilities across the country, accounting for 23 different departments or agencies. Chris’ challenges included multiple vendors and an expensive, complicated, and aging infrastructure. Madison County, Kentucky partnered with Scale Computing to deliver high quality, responsive, and budget friendly infrastructure that simplifies management, protects sensitive government data, and helps deliver smart, digital services anywhere, anytime. As Chris Iseral says, “We wanted something highly available, redundant, scalable, affordable, and easy-to-use. We’re happier than we’ve ever been. Scale Computing has been an awesome product.” About Scale Computing Scale Computing is a leader in edge computing, virtualization, and hyperconverged solutions. Scale Computing HC3 software eliminates the need for traditional virtualization software, disaster recovery software, servers, and shared storage, replacing these with a fully integrated, highly available system for running applications. Using patented HyperCore™ technology, the HC3 self-healing platform automatically identifies, mitigates, and corrects infrastructure problems in real-time, enabling applications to achieve maximum uptime. When ease-of-use, high availability, and TCO matter, Scale Computing HC3 is the ideal infrastructure platform.

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Knowesis Adds Services to DoD Office of Inspector General Contracts

Knowesis Inc. | November 17, 2021

Knowesis Inc. was awarded two direct awards from the Department of Defense (DoD) Office of Inspector General (OIG) to add products and services to a current contract. These additions will provide integrated and optimized software for the existing OIG environment, as well as expertise to ensure the software is properly supported. The goal of the OIG's Data Analytics Program is to increase the ability to identify and focus investigative resources on high-risk areas such as health and safety risks and fraud, waste, and abuse of DoD resources. Knowesis will incorporate partner Cloudera and additional software platforms as required, and Knowesis experts will use computer-based analytical techniques and available DoD source data to address OIG internal control issues. Ultimately, Knowesis will provide the OIG with an accessible, integrated environment for predictive and descriptive modeling, data mining, text analytics, forecasting, optimization, simulation, and experimental design. "Our team and expertise with these software platforms makes a compelling reason to expand engagements with our customer base. We're pleased to provide these additional services to the OIG." Steve Flowers, Knowesis' Principal of Operations Knowesis is a Center for Veterans Enterprise (CVE) certified Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) providing a full range of professional consulting services to federal and state government agencies to include Computational Sciences, Information Management and Technology, Operations and Management, Policy and Program Evaluation, Scientific and Medical Research, and Communications. We currently support multiple entities within the Department of Defense, Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security and United States Agency for International Development.

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Accela Ramps Up Customer Implementations, Cloud Migrations as State and Local Governments Tap Federal Funding and Prioritize Resiliency

Accela | February 15, 2022

Accela®, the trusted provider of cloud solutions for government, today announced it closed 2021 with another quarter of continued company momentum as state and local leaders seek to maximize the impact of historic federal funding to reimagine public service delivery amid the ongoing strain of the pandemic. "Accela is proud to be in a position to help state and local government staff navigate unprecedented challenges to deliver once-in-a-career transformations of how governments interact with their residents and local businesses," said Gary Kovacs, CEO of Accela. "We take seriously our obligation to ensure agency teams have the technology, tools and expertise to deliver mission critical services to their constituents. Accela can meet agencies' needs wherever they are on their modernization journey, and we want to seize this moment to build excellence and resilience into their ability to deliver digital services." Accela Closes Quarter With Expanded Customer Roster, New Go-Lives Accela closed the 2021 fiscal year with double-digit growth in annual recurring revenue and unparalleled professional services revenue performance. Additionally, customer retention is among the industry's best at 98 percent, a testament to the caliber of Accela's solutions and commitment to great government. South Dakota Department of Health joined Accela's customer ecosystem, implementing Accela Cannabis Regulation in record time to ensure the state met its deadline obligations. Accela, along with partner CloudPWR™ and gold partner Byrne Software Technologies, Inc.™, are helping regulate and support the state's new medical cannabis program. Other new customers added in the last quarter include the City of Sarasota, FL; the City of Fontana, CA; Coastside County Water District, CA; and the County of Santa Cruz, AZ. Customer go-lives last quarter included St. Louis County, MO; High Point Fire Department, NC; the City of Anaheim, CA; Michigan, Bureau of Professional Licensing (BPL); Morris County, NJ; and Shelby County, TN. Unyielding Support of Customers on Their Migration to the Cloud Cloud solutions deliver safer, easier to manage, more cost effective, and more secure services. Last quarter, the City of Los Gatos, CA, and the California Coastal Commission successfully migrated to Accela's cloud-based platform, while three existing customers — the County of Atlantic, NJ; the County of Butte, CA; and the County of Humboldt, CA — migrated onto Accela's cloud-based Environmental Health Civic Application. This robust solution powers the fast and compliant inspections, citations, and permitting, and notifications essential to creating a healthy community. New Implementations, Cloud Availability Fuel Accela's International Expansion Accela's continued international expansion empowers governments across the globe to adopt a cloud-first approach to tech solutions. The company unveiled general availability of expanded SaaS offerings — including its Accela Civic Platform — in Australia and New Zealand, as well as completed its first cloud migration in the region with a local government agency in New Zealand. By migrating to the cloud, customers in the region are optimizing costs and accelerating digitization. "Australia and New Zealand are in the process of reimagining life and work in a pandemic-impacted world. As both countries' governments have prioritized a cloud-first govtech approach they are well placed to digitize and transform citizen-facing services and to support public servants with a more flexible modern work environment," said Lizelle Hughes, director of SaaS and ISV Partnerships at Microsoft ANZ. 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