House Approves Spending Bill With 1.9 Percent Civilian Pay Raise in Latest Attempt to Reopen Government

Government Executive | January 09, 2019

The House on Wednesday voted 240-188 to approve the first of four appropriations bills in Democrats’ latest effort to end a partial government shutdown, now in its 19th day. But although some Senate Republicans appeared to waver on keeping portions of the government closed over President Trump’s demands for $5.7 billion in funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, Wednesday provided little in the way of progress toward a solution.

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The Trudeau government’s controversial bill overhauling the approval process for major projects passed the Senate Thursday night, in a vote of 57-37. Bill C-69 will now go to Royal Assent.

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The Trudeau government’s controversial bill overhauling the approval process for major projects passed the Senate Thursday night, in a vote of 57-37. Bill C-69 will now go to Royal Assent.

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InterDigital | March 31, 2021

InterDigital, Inc., a mobile and video application research and development firm, today confirmed the introduction of InterDigital Government Solutions, a revolutionary program created to align InterDigital's 5G experience and innovative technology solutions with the evolving requirements of U.S. government entities. This initiative shows the relevance of 5G and next-generation wireless research to government departments and policy priorities. The announcement of InterDigital Government Solutions aligns favorably with InterDigital's long-term wireless research and planning, while also providing essential expertise to government entities. InterDigital, as a U.S.-based pioneer in 5G and 6G research, is uniquely qualified to collaborate with government and existing security sector vendors to promote new U.S. government efforts for 5G defense growth. This effort makes use of world-class engineers and expertise from InterDigital's U.S. wireless lab to promote a wide range of diverse government contracts and 5G defense implementations in Open RAN, mmWave, mesh networking, edge computing, and other areas. “With the introduction of InterDigital Government Solutions, we have built a resource to support the highly complicated technical considerations that modern governments face,” said Jim Nolan, EVP of InterDigital. “It is important for the country's long-term security and prosperity that our government and military agencies have specialized technological capabilities and business funding. We are very excited to bring our 5G and emerging wireless technologies and expertise to a vital new market.” InterDigital was recently awarded a contract by the Department of Defense (DOD) to partner with Shared Spectrum Company (SSC) to safely deliver spectrum sharing technologies on a 5G network. The contract directly covered the advancement of technology to advance 5G-enabled dynamic spectrum sharing between Air Force radars and 5G wireless networks at Hill Air Force Base in Utah in the 3.1 – 3.45 GHz range. “InterDigital has a long history in helping government departments, stretching back to the 1980s with the Reagan Ranch, the 1990s with Desert Storm, and some other engagements over the years that have seen our leadership of several generations in wireless technology put to the benefit of our country,” said Eric Cohen, InterDigital's Chief Development Officer. “The announcement of InterDigital Government Solutions adds a new degree of commitment to those activities, and comes at a time when 5G and 6G solutions are receiving a lot of attention in U.S. government circles.” About InterDigital InterDigital develops mobile and video technologies that are at the heart of the world's devices, networks, and utilities. Many of the industry's most important and challenging technological problems are solved by them, inventing solutions for more reliable wireless networks, improved video delivery, and richer multimedia experiences years before commercial launch. Many of the world's top technology firms have licenses and corporate partnerships with InterDigital. InterDigital was established in 1972 and is a member of the S&P MidCap 400® index.

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AvePoint Online Services for the US Government Receives FedRAMP Approval

AvePoint | April 06, 2021

AvePoint, the leading supplier of data storage systems for the Microsoft cloud, announced today that the AvePoint Online Services cloud platform has received FedRAMP authorization. AvePoint Online Services' security controls have been rigorously tested, and its SaaS solutions have been certified for use in all federal agencies at the moderate impact level. AvePoint Online Services is a software-as-a-service solution for migrating, maintaining, and securing data in Microsoft 365, enabling government departments to be consistent with digital collaboration. This includes backup for Microsoft 365, records management, permissions management, Microsoft Teams/SharePoint workspace management, and other features. The Department of Energy served as the agency sponsor, with Maria Levesque, director of records management, orchestrating the campaign on the agency side. As a result of this approval, the Department of Energy will be able to modernize and simplify its approach to records management in SharePoint and Microsoft Teams to conform with the M-19-21 NARA mandate. AvePoint solutions are used by over 400 public organizations, including 163 federal agencies, to transfer, maintain, and protect their Microsoft 365 and SharePoint data. "Agencies are using the Microsoft cloud and more sophisticated collaboration services in greater numbers than ever before. However, when they do so, too much data is generated in too many ways for traditional, manual compliance processes to handle "Taylor Davenport, AvePoint's Executive President of the US Public Sector, said, "By introducing automated solutions for managing, protecting, and securing their digital collaboration systems, agencies can achieve compliance in a more cost-effective and painless approach." About AvePoint AvePoint allows you to collaborate comfortably. In the Microsoft Cloud, its data processing solutions assist our diverse global client base in overcoming complex transformation, governance, and regulatory issues. AvePoint, a five-time Microsoft Partner of the Year winner, has the only complete suite of SaaS solutions for migrating, managing, and protecting data in Microsoft 365. Their solutions are used by over 7 million cloud customers, including a fifth of the Fortune 500.

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DDN Federal Government Business Grows Over 30% as Company Doubles Size of Federal Team

DDN | October 14, 2021

DDN®, the global leader in artificial intelligence (AI) and multicloud data management solutions, today announced it has expanded DDN Federal division, doubling the size of its team over the past nine months. DDN's Federal Government group is expanding under the guidance of new vice president of Federal Sales, Jeff Jordan, who is bolstering the team with technical, system architecture and sales expertise to provide optimized solutions for scalable multicloud, AI and converged data storage requirements. These long-term investments are in response to the accelerating demand for DDN's data storage systems by the U.S. government, which resulted in more than 30% annual sales growth in 2021. "DDN is proud to be a trusted partner for the Federal Government, Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Energy (DoE), and Federal Healthcare agencies," said Jeff Jordan, VP of Federal Sales. "With DDN solutions, our customers are accelerating their digital transformation and achieving unmatched levels of scale, efficiency and reliability with better and faster decisions from their massive datasets." DDN is growing its field technical and engineering headcount and expertise under the leadership of Keith Miller, vice president of Technical Sales, and Andreas Krause who brings extensive system architecture and file system experience to DDN's Federal Government team. DDN's new Federal leadership team also includes Justin Collins, a former member of Oracle's National Security Group, and Rob Genkinger, vice president of Programs and Strategy with Army Special Forces and data storage experience. Additional hires are planned to ensure the success of future projects and expanded collaboration with government-focused channel resellers, systems integrators, and technology partners such as NVIDIA and Intel. "Our foundation in the federal market has been diligently developed by serving agencies running the most demanding applications out there. The U.S. government has entrusted DDN with its data storage needs for more than two decades, and we continue to deliver uncompromising performance, availability and security at massive scale to help them achieve their goals." Paul Bloch, president and co-founder, DDN DDN supplies data management solutions to more than two-thirds of the top supercomputers globally, including the world's most powerful system, Riken's Fugaku, and NVIDIA's Selene, the largest commercial AI system and 5th largest supercomputer. These, and similar systems found in federal agencies and national laboratories, require unique data management and performance characteristics found only in DDN solutions. DDN introduced its latest EXAScaler scalable storage solution, EXA6, this summer, with enhancements that simplify the deployment and management of massive data repositories. DDN also recently announced enhancements to its IntelliFlash product line, with improved performance and scalability to support the largest enterprise data workloads. About DDN DDN is the world's largest private data storage company and the leading provider of intelligent technology and infrastructure solutions for Enterprise At Scale, AI and analytics, HPC, government and academia customers. Through its DDN and Tintri divisions the company delivers AI, Data Management software and hardware solutions, and unified analytics frameworks to solve complex business challenges for data-intensive, global organizations. DDN provides its enterprise customers with the most flexible, efficient and reliable data storage solutions for on-premises and multi-cloud environments at any scale. Over the last two decades, DDN has established itself as the data management provider of choice for over 11,000 enterprises, government, and public-sector customers, including many of the world's leading financial services firms, life science organizations, manufacturing and energy companies, research facilities, and web and cloud service providers.

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