ICF Partners with Google Cloud Expands Digital Support To Public Sector Clients

ICF | June 02, 2022

Public Sector Clients
ICF, a worldwide consulting and digital services firm, has teamed up with Google Cloud to offer cloud and analytics services to government clients.

As organizations across the public sector execute on their digital transformation strategies, there is an increased need for technology partners and solutions that seamlessly support these transformation goal. We're pleased to partner with ICF and continue helping customers across the public sector with the solutions and expertise they need to move into the next stage of their digital transformation journeys."

Lesta Brady, Director, Federal Sales at Google Cloud

ICF's engagement with Google Cloud demonstrates the company's success in speeding digital transformation for federal agencies using Google Cloud's platform, which includes helping federal health clients like the National Cancer Institute and others.

In support of its multi-cloud strategy, the alliance strengthens the company's digital and partnership ecosystem. By combining strong domain and technology consulting skills with new Google Cloud features, ICF is better able to quickly implement digital solutions that support our customers' missions and improve operational efficiency.

Mark Lee, ICF Executive Vice President and Public Sector Lead, shared, "ICF's partnership with Google Cloud strengthens our ability to bring greater innovation to federal agencies so they can deliver better citizen services, faster. With Google Cloud as a partner, ICF can provide more clients with the interdisciplinary partners they need to accelerate their migrations to the cloud and increase their mission impact."

ICF combines public sector domain experience with an ecosystem of platform partners and digital practices to create responsive, scalable solutions that help customers achieve their mission objectives and achieve a significant increase in productivity. To promote positive change from the inside, the company's digital solutions assist mission leaders in solving crucial problems, modernizing systems, harnessing the power of data and analytics, and optimizing the customer experience.

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Industrial hemp is an agricultural commodity that is cultivated for use in the production of a wide range of products, including foods and beverages, cosmetics and personal care products, and nutritional supplements, as well as fabrics and textiles, yarns and spun fibers, paper, construction and insulation materials, and other manufactured goods. Hemp can be grown as a fiber, seed, or other dual-purpose crop. Some estimate that the global market for hemp consists of more than 25,000 products. Precise data are not available on the size of the U.S. market for hemp-based products, but current industry estimates report annual sales at more than $580 million annually. Hemp is a variety of Cannabis sativa and is of the same plant species as marijuana. Although industrial hemp is genetically different and distinguished by its use and chemical makeup, and has long been cultivated for non-drug use in the production of industrial and other goods, in the United States, hemp is subject to U.S. drug laws and growing industrial hemp is restricted. Under current U.S. drug policy all cannabis varieties, including industrial hemp, are considered Schedule I controlled substances under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA, 21 U.S.C. §§801 et seq.; Title 21 C.F.R. Part 1308.11). Despite these legitimate industrial uses, hemp production and usage are controlled and regulated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Strictly speaking, the CSA does not make growing hemp illegal; rather, it places strict controls on its production and enforces standards governing the security conditions under which the crop must be grown, making it illegal to grow without a DEA permit. In other words, a grower needs to get permission from the DEA to grow hemp or faces the possibility of federal charges or property confiscation, regardless of whether the grower has a state-issued permit. Currently, cannabis varieties may be legitimately grown for research purposes only. No known active federal licenses allow for hemp cultivation at this time. There is no large-scale commercial hemp production in the United States, and the U.S. market is largely dependent on imports, both as finished hempcontaining products and as ingredients for use in further processing. More than 30 nations grow industrial hemp as an agricultural commodity, which is sold on the world market.

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