Hard-Won Budget, Debt Deal Clears Senate, Advances to Trump

U.S. News & World Report L.P. | August 01, 2019

A hard won budget and debt deal easily cleared the Senate on Thursday, powered by President Donald Trump endorsement and a bipartisan drive to cement recent spending increases for the Pentagon and domestic agencies. The legislation passed by a 67-28 vote as Trump and his GOP allies relied on lots of Democratic votes to propel it over the finish line.

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This Visualizing Health Policy infographic spotlights public opinion on health reform in the United States as of 2017. The largest percentage of Democrats and Republicans give top priority to lowering out-of-pocket costs for health care. However, other priorities vary by political party: 63% of Republicans vs 21% of Democrats view Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal as a top priority, while 67% of Democrats vs 55% of Republicans view lowering the cost of prescription drugs as a top priority.

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This Visualizing Health Policy infographic spotlights public opinion on health reform in the United States as of 2017. The largest percentage of Democrats and Republicans give top priority to lowering out-of-pocket costs for health care. However, other priorities vary by political party: 63% of Republicans vs 21% of Democrats view Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal as a top priority, while 67% of Democrats vs 55% of Republicans view lowering the cost of prescription drugs as a top priority.

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The General Services Administration Releases Draft of New Government IT Services

GSA | January 05, 2021

The General Services Administration delivered the draft framework for its new governmentwide small business IT services contract, named Polaris, including a rundown of administration contributions covered under the contract and arising advances sellers ought to be set up to pitch as a feature of assignment request competitions. The Polaris governmentwide acquisition contract, or GWAC, is set to supplant the disastrous Alliant 2 Small Business contract, which GSA suddenly dropped in July. After influxes of fights, revoked grants and re-grants prompted the Alliant 2 SB cancelation, GSA vowed to make up for the shortcoming with another small business-zeroed in contract and started work on Polaris, delivering the draft demand for proposition on New Year's Eve. “The principal nature of any resulting task order procurement must be for IT services,” the document states, “however, ancillary support may be included when it is integral to and necessary for the IT services-based effort.” In tending to one of the issues identified with Alliant 2 SB, the Polaris contract will zero in on three financial gatherings, isolating into their own pools: small businesses, ladies possessed small businesses and those situated within a generally under-used region, otherwise called HUBZones. The draft record notes GSA claims all authority to make and grant spots on new pools as a component of future open seasons. Alongside the emphasis on financial set-asides, the Polaris GWAC separates itself from other GSA contracts through its contributions: IT services like cloud, information the board and programming advancement, as opposed to commodities like IT equipment or off-the-rack programming items. The draft RFP incorporates seven classifications of services to be offered on the contract, including cloud services, cybersecurity, information the executives, data and correspondence advances, IT activities and support, programming improvement and framework plan. The contract likewise takes into consideration some auxiliary acquisition of administrative help, information section and IT items, among others, however these should be in direct help of a bigger assistance offering. About GSA The General Services Administration (GSA) is an independent agency of the United States government, established in 1949 to help manage and support the basic functioning of federal agencies. GSA supplies products and communications for U.S. government offices, provides transportation and office space to federal employees, and develops government-wide cost-minimizing policies, among other management tasks.

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Acalvio ShadowPlex Achieves “FedRAMP Ready” Designation

Acalvio Technologies | October 27, 2021

Acalvio Technologies, the leader in Autonomous Deception, today announced that it has been approved as “FedRAMP Ready” for Agency Authorization. Acalvio achieved FedRAMP Ready status at the Moderate Impact Level for its ShadowPlex platform on Amazon Web Services (AWS). ShadowPlex is now listed in the FedRAMP Marketplace. Acalvio’s award-winning Autonomous Deception™ platform, ShadowPlex, enables organizations to detect, investigate and respond to malicious activity inside the perimeter. Acalvio’s solutions are anchored on innovations in Distributed Deception, and Artificial Intelligence (AI), enabling security teams to cut through the cycle of endless alerts and accelerate threat detection by focusing on high fidelity detections, all while minimizing the incidence of potential false positives. ShadowPlex patented architecture allows distributed and autonomous deployment of effective deception, with minimal IT overhead across On-premises and Cloud workloads and remote user machines. A comprehensive and extensible deception palette covers both IT and OT environments and reduces attacker dwell time by detecting malicious activity with precision and speed. Solutions authorized at the FedRAMP Moderate Impact Level protect the government’s sensitive unclassified data in cloud environments, including data where the loss of confidentiality, integrity, and availability would result in serious adverse effects on a Federal agency’s operations, assets, or individuals. “Acalvio ShadowPlex provides an effective and differentiated solution to detect and respond to advanced threats, even zero-day attacks. U.S. government departments and agencies need active defense solutions in place today to be ready for the increasing sophistication of cyberattacks facing our Nation. By achieving the FedRAMP Ready designation, Acalvio has demonstrated they are a valued partner for entities who wish to defend against cyber threats today.” Ram Varadarajan, co-Founder & CEO at Acalvio Technologies The FedRAMP Ready status adds to the SOC 2 and NIST 800-171 certifications previously achieved by Acalvio Technologies. About FedRAMP The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) is a government-wide program that provides a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services. Using a “do once, use many times” framework, the program ensures information systems/services used government-wide have adequate information security; eliminates duplication of effort and reduces risk management costs; and enables rapid and cost-effective procurement of information systems/services for federal agencies. About Acalvio Technologies Acalvio invented breakthrough Deception Technology based on 25+ issued patents and integrated it with advanced AI to provide industry leading autonomous deception solution that is effective, easy to use, and enterprise scale. Acalvio ShadowPlex reduces attacker dwell time by early detection of advanced threats and increases SOC efficiency by sophisticated investigation and active threat-hunting capabilities. Extensive partner integrations allow ShadowPlex to leverage customer’s security ecosystem for rapid and comprehensive threat containment. The Silicon Valley based company is led by an experienced team with a track record of innovation and market leadership and backed by marquee investors.

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GovCon Plateau GRP Selects Unanet for ERP

Unanet | January 12, 2022

Unanet, the leading provider of project-based ERP for the government contractor (GovCon) industry, announced today that Plateau GRP, a growing and successful GovCon serving a variety of federal and state agencies including the Dept. of Defense, the EPA, and OSHA, has chosen Unanet ERP GovCon. Using Unanet, Plateau GRP will have one unified platform that offers greater visibility and insights into its complex IT, data science and artificial intelligence (AI) projects. Plateau GRP's journey from small I.T. solution provider to large-scale systems integrator with over 200 people in five offices is a testament to the hard work and rigorous attention to detail of the original founders. In their early days, the team members were able to individually manage profit & loss, project details and accounting through spreadsheets and simple off-the-shelf software. But as the company grew to one of Inc. Magazine's fastest growing companies in the nation, it was taking on more projects, people and complexities. "Early on we could be de-centralized, but given our rapid growth, we need a more robust system to help us access and assign skills, resources, budgets and more to each varied and multi-layered project. Unanet offers the unified platform that will give us reports and comprehensive insights into our entire business." Jay Doraiswamy, Chief Operating Officer of Plateau GRP Plateau GRP evaluated several ERP solutions including some of the largest names in the industry. In the end, they determined Unanet had the ease-of-use and sophistication that would offer its team the best functionality. Additionally Unanet offered a seamless transition, without major job disruptions or lost productivity. Unanet also offered the most modern, clean user interface and experience. About Unanet Unanet is a leading provider of project-based ERP and CRM solutions purpose-built for Government Contractors, architecture, engineering, construction, and professional services. More than 3,400 project-driven organizations depend on Unanet to turn their information into actionable insights, drive better decision-making, and accelerate business growth. All backed by a people-centered team invested in the success of your projects, people, and financials. For more information, visit www.unanet.com. About Plateau Group Plateau GRP provides innovative and agile IT solutions to customer challenges. Plateau has developed industry-leading product solutions and services to address Environmental, Safety, and Occupational Health (ESOH) and Sustainability needs, for both Government and Commercial Customers. Plateau's current suite of applications has been designed for environmental compliance, environmental management systems (EMS), energy and sustainability.

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