Furloughed Feds Poised to Receive Back Pay After House Sends Measure to Trump

Government Executive | January 11, 2019

About 350,000 federal employees currently on furlough are all but assured to receive back pay, with the House on Friday sending a measure to President Trump's desk to guarantee retroactive compensation once the partial government shutdown ends. Trump has indicated to lawmakers he will sign the legislation. The House passed the 2019 Government Employee Fair Treatment Act after the Senate approved it Thursday evening. The bill both guarantees back pay for furloughed workers and ensures that the roughly 500,000 employees working without immediate pay during the shutdown are able to take previously scheduled leave without consequence. Current governmentwide guidance requires agencies to cancel leave for those workers.

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In 2014, the average annual premium for employer-provided family health coverage only went up 3%. That's tied for the lowest rate on record. And about 8 million more workers now have plans that limit their out-of-pocket spending.

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In 2014, the average annual premium for employer-provided family health coverage only went up 3%. That's tied for the lowest rate on record. And about 8 million more workers now have plans that limit their out-of-pocket spending.

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SentinelOne Announces Membership with CISA’s Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency | January 17, 2023

SentinelOne, an autonomous cybersecurity solution provider, recently announced that it joined the Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative (JCDC). The membership further supports the US Government's strategy to protect the cyber ecosystem and critical infrastructure. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) founded JCDC in 2021. The collaborative aims to unite the international cyber community and defend cyberspace. SentinelLabs and SentinelOne's autonomous cybersecurity platforms will aid JCDC in collecting, analyzing, and disseminating data on cyber threats. SentinelOne will lend its insights and support to JCDC's strategic planning and offer advice as part of the partnership. As a result, JCDC will have unprecedented insight into new threats through this collaboration, allowing them to prevent attacks even before they happen. SentinelLabs is a top-tier team of security researchers dedicated to discovering and analyzing critical vulnerabilities, attack vectors, malware strains, and threat actors. "JCDC goes beyond other public-private partnerships, delivering collaborative engagement between the nation's top cyber minds with a focus on planning, action, and mitigation. With exceptional speed, scale and intelligence, our team and technology will play a crucial role in the organization's continued success. We have partnered closely with CISA for years and look forward to continuing that relationship, helping protect the world's most critical assets and information," said Jared Phipps, SVP of Americas Sales and Solution Engineering. (Source: Business Wire) About Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) established JCDC in August 2021 to transform traditional public-private partnerships into real-time private-public operational collaboration and shift the paradigm from reacting to threats and vulnerabilities to proactively planning and taking steps to mitigate them. The company leads the national effort to understand, manage, and reduce risk to its cyber and physical infrastructure. Its multi-faceted mission is home to more than 15 career fields including business administration, cybersecurity, program management, communications, and data science.

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Borqs to Establish with the U.S. Government a Plan to Divest its Ownership of Holu Hou Energy Due to Deemed Critical Technology

Borqs | December 20, 2022

Borqs Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: BRQS, “Borqs”, or the “Company”), a global provider of 5G wireless, Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, and innovative clean energy, today announced the Company has received a letter dated December 13, 2022 (the “Letter”) from the Department of the Treasury on behalf of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”) stating that the Company is required to negotiate with CFIUS to fully divest its ownership interests and rights in Holu Hou Energy LLC (“HHE”) due to HHE solar energy storage system and EnergyShare technology for Multi-Dwelling Residential Units (“MDU’s”) being deemed a critical technology and therefore a potential national security risk. As stated in the Letter, HHE is considered a top ten solar energy storage supplier in Hawaii, has only been increasing its dominant market share, expects to grow at an exponential rate, and focuses on multi-family dwelling units which are common in military housing. Due to Borqs’ IoT software development and hardware sourcing capabilities in China, CFIUS is concerned that through Borqs, the PRC could gain significant visibility and exert influence over HHE’s business operations and get access to HHE critical technology. CFIUS is requiring the Company to design a plan to mitigate all identified national security risks to the satisfaction of CFIUS. Borqs intends to comply to the requirements from CFIUS and enter into a National Security Agreement with various departments of the U.S. Government with a plan that is effective, monitorable and verifiable to voluntarily divest Borqs’ investment interests and rights in HHE (the “Plan”). HHE’s commercialization of its solar energy storage system and novel EnergyShare technology for MDU’s has enabled the company to open up a new market segment for renewable energy in the USA - likely worth several billions of dollars. In the last year the Company’s MDU development pipeline has reached thousands of individual units in Hawaii alone, with California MDU potential being at least one to two orders of magnitude higher in the coming years. One segment of this new market is for communities of military and other government personnel. The overall MDU opportunity is significant for the company and significant for the USA. Since Borqs’ financial support in HHE starting from October 2021, HHE has signed approximately $50 million in contracts and has a growing pipeline approaching half a billion dollars. We believe this voluntary mitigation will enable the tremendous inherent value of HHE to be realized and that the divestment can be a profitable transaction for Borqs’ shareholders. The Plan to mitigate will include engaging a nationally recognized investment bank with experience in administering competitive sales and auction processes, assigning and hiring of security and monitoring personnel to directly communicate with CFIUS, immediate and complete removal of all Borqs administrative and technical influence over HHE, immediate voluntary reduction of Borqs ownership of HHE from a majority to a minority position and with the target of divesting all. The Company believes such points will enable the Company to accomplish the divestment in an orderly manner. About Borqs Technologies, Inc. Borqs Technologies is a global leader in software and products for the IoT, providing customizable, differentiated and scalable Android-based smart connected devices and cloud service solutions. Borqs has achieved leadership and customer recognition as an innovative end-to-end IoT solutions provider leveraging its strategic chipset partner relationships as well as its broad software and IP portfolio. Borqs’ unique strengths include its Android and Android Wear Licenses which enabled the Company to develop a software IP library covering chipset software, Android enhancements, domain specific usage and system performance optimization, suitable for large and low volume customized products, and is also currently in development of 5G products for phones and hotspots. The Company acquired controlling shares of the solar energy storage system entity, Holu Hou Energy LLC, in October 2021. About Holu Hou Energy, LLC Holu Hou Energy, LLC, a Delaware Corporation, brings state-of-the-art renewable energy and energy storage systems to the Single-Family Residential, Multi-Dwelling Unit Residential and Commercial building markets. With operations in California, Hawaii, Wisconsin and Shanghai, HHE engineers proprietary storage system and control platform solutions, including a breakthrough “HHE Energy Share” technology that is key to development of the Multi-Dwelling Unit Residential housing market. HHE is a vital partner for investors and asset owners that are seeking ESG solutions.

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Avenu Completes Acquisition of Government Payment Solutions Provider, Interware

Avenu Insights & Analytics | January 20, 2023

In a recent announcement, Avenu Insights & Analytics, a firm specializing in administration and revenue enhancement solutions for governments, has acquired Interware Development Company Inc, a cloud-based payment solutions provider for local governments. Interware's industry-leading payment processing solutions offer Avenu's existing customers a new, centralized payment platform. Avenu and Interware will jointly deliver software and services that boost government capabilities and enhance the overall citizen experience. The state and local governments will be able to collect permitting and licensing, utilities and tax revenue more efficiently through this integrated platform. Interware's dynamic payment solutions, combined with Avenu's advanced sales & marketing framework helps bring together existing third-party payment processing providers. This results in an optimized and uniform level of service which transforms the government's ability to tackle the rapid rise in workflow processes that restricts staff productivity and resources, ultimately affecting efficiency. With shared resources and an integrated strategy, the combined company will be able to offer its customers more services and greater technical expertise. Paul Colangelo, CEO of Avenu, said, "Governments are seeing an increasing need for an integrated payment solution software offering to streamline their administrative and budget activities and automate workflow processes." He adds, "The combination of Avenu and Interware will provide governments with a centralized solution to maximize their efficiency while shaping a more robust citizen experience." (Source – Business Wire) About Avenu Insights & Analytics Founded in 1978 and headquartered in Centreville (Virginia), Avenu Insights & Analytics offers a broad range of solutions and services to more than 3,000 local and state government clients across the country. The company's services include Clearview Pension Administration Solution (CPAS) - the first ISO 9001 registered pension software, IT project management, compliance auditing, tax administration, and much more. Avenu delivers software solutions that digitally transform government customers by providing online access to records, modernizing processes, and lowering costs.

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