Goldman Sachs no longer expects US-China trade deal before 2020 election

CNBC | August 06, 2019

Goldman Sachs no longer expects US-China trade deal before 2020 election
Goldman Sachs no longer believes the world’s two largest economies will be able to resolve their long-running trade dispute before the U.S. presidential election next year. It comes shortly after the U.S. officially designated China as a “currency manipulator, ” amid rapidly intensifying tensions between the two economic giants. On Monday, the U.S. Treasury accused Beijing of deliberately influencing the exchange rate between the yuan and the U.S. dollar to gain an “unfair competitive advantage in international trade.”

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Government continuity is the planning and management for sustaining services and communications by government entities during an emergency, event or incident. It allows a reaction to the situation and provides the necessary emergency response and recovery upon which constituents depend and expect. According to the final report “A Failure of Initiative” by the Select Bipartisan Committee to Investigate the Preparation for and Response to Hurricane Katrina, “Better information would have been an optimal weapon against Katrina. Information sent to the right people at the right place at the right time. Information moved within agencies, across departments, and between jurisdictions of government, as well.” Hurricane Katrina and a number of other major incidents have defined the challenges of providing consistent government services during a time of natural or manmade crisis.

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A new biennial study by the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) and Accenture (NYSE:ACN) focuses on increased interest and use of cloud technologies in state governments and provides an assessment tool to help guide advancements in states’ use of cloud The 2021 Accenture and NASCIO Cloud Study notes that cloud first appeared on NASCIO’s State CIO Top Ten priorities list in 2010. Even with considerable uptake of cloud in many state governments over the past decade, CIOs point to major barriers slowing their move to cloud, including considerations around financial management and budgets, cybersecurity, procurement, and workforce capabilities. “We found state CIOs widely acknowledge benefits from shifting to the cloud, including potential cost savings, system flexibility, scalability, security and improved citizen experiences. And many of them want to more aggressively address perceived barriers that stand in the way of tapping more cloud power to advance digital and operational capabilities, so we offer this new report as a resource.” Doug Robinson, NASCIO executive director Some of the key findings from the NASCIO/Accenture study include: Many states still reliant on CapEx spending – 54% of CIOs reported that their state budget office prefers the best-suited funding model for cloud budgeting, OpEx (operating expenditure); however, 24% report a state budget preference for CapEx (capital expenditure budgeting), generally not conducive to effectively budgeting for cloud. Continued heavy reliance on mainframe computers – 89% still have a mainframe computer, and 71% have not moved any mainframe applications to the cloud, a key step in enterprise cloud implementation. Desired cloud offerings – CIOs flagged certain functionalities they would like to see more of in vendors’ cloud offerings, with integration, pricing and transparency topping the wish list. “There is inevitably going to be continued strong uptake of cloud by state governments intent on making best use of their people and budgets and better serving their citizens,” said Ryan Oakes, who leads Accenture’s global public sector work. “With many states still early in their cloud journey, there are abundant opportunities for them to move forward in a more systematic and disciplined manner.” The NASCIO/Accenture cloud study will be conducted on a biennial basis. Accenture’s Public Service industry group helps public-sector organizations embrace innovation and transform quickly to operate smarter, achieve more and improve services. About the Research The study was based on in-depth interviews, NASCIO workshops and panels, and an online survey of state chief information officers conducted in May 2021. About Accenture Accenture is a global professional services company with leading capabilities in digital, cloud and security. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries, we offer Strategy and Consulting, Interactive, Technology and Operations services — all powered by the world’s largest network of Advanced Technology and Intelligent Operations centers. Our 624,000 people deliver on the promise of technology and human ingenuity every day, serving clients in more than 120 countries. We embrace the power of change to create value and shared success for our clients, people, shareholders, partners and communities. About NASCIO Founded in 1969, the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) represents state chief information officers (CIOs) and information technology (IT) executives and managers from the states, territories and District of Columbia. NASCIO’s mission is to foster government excellence through quality business practices, information management and technology policy. NASCIO provides state CIOs and state members with products and services designed to support the challenging role of the state CIO, stimulate the exchange of information and promote the adoption of IT best practices and innovations. From national conferences to peer networking, research and publications, briefings and government affairs, NASCIO is the premier network and resource for state CIOs.

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Government continuity is the planning and management for sustaining services and communications by government entities during an emergency, event or incident. It allows a reaction to the situation and provides the necessary emergency response and recovery upon which constituents depend and expect. According to the final report “A Failure of Initiative” by the Select Bipartisan Committee to Investigate the Preparation for and Response to Hurricane Katrina, “Better information would have been an optimal weapon against Katrina. Information sent to the right people at the right place at the right time. Information moved within agencies, across departments, and between jurisdictions of government, as well.” Hurricane Katrina and a number of other major incidents have defined the challenges of providing consistent government services during a time of natural or manmade crisis.