IRS Allowed $74 Million in Excess Social Security Tax Refunds, Watchdog Finds

Government Executive | March 19, 2019

The Internal Revenue Service used detection tools as it processed more than 1.5 million tax returns in a recent year claiming a combined $3.1 billion in over-withheld Social Security taxes. But there were mistakes in as much as $74 million of those claims of excess employer withholding, according to a March 15 report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.

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This past year, Broward County kicked off a yearlong centennial celebration, Broward 100 – Celebrating the Art of Community. The festivities began in October 2014 with numerous events and activities that featured how the arts strengthen communities and build unity. The culmination of this milestone was a grand finale weekend, Duende, which was held in downtown Fort Lauderdale during October 2-4, 2015. The 2015 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report highlights several especially memorable Broward 100 events. A group of renowned South Florida artists was commissioned to create 10 public artwork legacy projects as part of the centennial celebration. Murals were created in each of the nine County Commission districts, including one at Port Everglades. The artists conducted community engagement workshops working closely with residents and businesses to understand the unique social issues and flavor of the surrounding neighborhoods. Residents’ feedback was integrated into the design process creating street art that speaks to the community with authenticity while paying tribute to Broward County’s 100th birthday.

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This past year, Broward County kicked off a yearlong centennial celebration, Broward 100 – Celebrating the Art of Community. The festivities began in October 2014 with numerous events and activities that featured how the arts strengthen communities and build unity. The culmination of this milestone was a grand finale weekend, Duende, which was held in downtown Fort Lauderdale during October 2-4, 2015. The 2015 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report highlights several especially memorable Broward 100 events. A group of renowned South Florida artists was commissioned to create 10 public artwork legacy projects as part of the centennial celebration. Murals were created in each of the nine County Commission districts, including one at Port Everglades. The artists conducted community engagement workshops working closely with residents and businesses to understand the unique social issues and flavor of the surrounding neighborhoods. Residents’ feedback was integrated into the design process creating street art that speaks to the community with authenticity while paying tribute to Broward County’s 100th birthday.

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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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CyCognito and Carahsoft Partner to Deliver Attack Surface Management and Protection Solutions to the Public Sector

CyCognito | December 28, 2021

CyCognito, the leader in external attack surface management and protection, today announced a strategic go-to-market alliance with Carahsoft Technology Corp., the Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider®. Under the agreement, Carahsoft will serve as CyCognito’s first Public Sector Distributor. The new relationship expands and deepens CyCognito’s reach across and within the Public Sector through Carahsoft’s NASA Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP) V, Information Technology Enterprise Solutions – Software 2 (ITES-SW2), OMNIA Partners, National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) ValuePoint, and National Cooperative Purchasing Alliance (NCPA), as well as through Carahsoft’s reseller partners. “Together with our channel partners, CyCognito is using its platform, program and best practices to help the Public Sector establish a stronger security posture and proactively identify, protect and prevent cyberattacks from happening.” Channel Chief and CyCognito’s Worldwide Sales Leader Lori Cornmesser Most of today’s cyberattacks continue to intrude through external attack vectors. CyCognito’s innovative platform automates the discovery, multi-factor security testing and risk prioritization of all externally-exposed assets in an organization’s extended IT ecosystem. Once cyber threats are identified, CyCognito orchestrates data sharing to automatically start the remediation process by creating an incident response ticket. The platform integrates its findings and intelligence into existing vulnerability lifecycle management processes through channels such as Slack, PagerDuty, ServiceNow, and several additional platforms. This proven and proactive layer of automated security ensures an organization’s entire attack surface is protected quickly and efficiently when risks are detected. “Empowering organizations to find and eliminate the paths attackers easily exploit is a vital tactic within any surface management and protection strategy,” says Rob Gurzeev, Founder and CEO, CyCognito. “Prevention and remediation must remain top of mind for channel partners and IT decision makers, especially those working within the Public Sector where the stakes are high and the impact of a single breach has the potential to span states, the nation and even the globe.” CyCognito and Carahsoft are enabling forward-thinking security value-added resellers (VARs), managed service providers (MSPs), global systems integrators (GSIs) and managed security services providers (MSSPs) with a new and enhanced lineup of SLED and Federal-focused sales and marketing assets. Offered at no charge, these business-building assets are readily available within CyCognito’s partner portal and include how to market, how to pitch and position, and how to demo the technology. “Agencies today are under tremendous pressure to protect their customers from cybercrime,” said Michael Shrader, Vice President of Intelligence and Innovative Solutions at Carahsoft. “CyCognito’s leading platform preempts attacks and helps businesses satisfy key elements of most common security frameworks and regulatory compliance standards. We look forward to working with CyCognito and our reseller partners to help educate and better enable the Public Sector with the knowledge, specialization and technology needed to properly assess their cyber risk and eliminate exposure.” About CyCognito CyCognito solves one of the most fundamental business problems in cybersecurity: seeing how attackers view your organization, where they are most likely to break in, what systems and assets are at risk and how you can eliminate the exposure. Founded by national intelligence agency veterans, CyCognito has a deep understanding of how attackers exploit blind spots and a path of least resistance. The Palo Alto-based company is funded by leading Silicon Valley venture capitalists, and its mission is to help organizations protect themselves from even the most sophisticated attackers. It does this with a category-defining, transformative platform that automates offensive cybersecurity operations to provide reconnaissance capabilities superior to those of attackers. About Carahsoft Carahsoft Technology Corp. is The Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider®, supporting Public Sector organizations across Federal, State and Local Government agencies and Education and Healthcare markets. As the Master Government Aggregator® for our vendor partners, we deliver solutions for Cybersecurity, MultiCloud, DevSecOps, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Open Source, Customer Experience and Engagement, and more. Working with resellers, systems integrators and consultants, our sales and marketing teams provide industry leading IT products, services and training through hundreds of contract vehicles.

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Oracle Cloud Marketplace Now Available to U.S. Government Customers

Oracle | January 28, 2021

The Oracle Cloud Marketplace is currently accessible for U.S. government customers, empowering offices to completely computerize the arrangement of guaranteed arrangements straightforwardly on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI). Government customers can now effectively send applications from a developing library of Oracle and outsider autonomous programming merchants (ISVs) to help uphold their hierarchical objectives and serve the necessities of constituents. Oracle Cloud Marketplace is a unified vault of big business applications accessible in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Government Cloud. Customers hoping to move or stretch out outstanding burdens from on-premises to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure can undoubtedly find and send arrangements offered in Oracle Cloud Marketplace. Oracle Cloud Marketplace is an all in one resource for Oracle customers looking for believed business applications offering extraordinary business arrangements, including those that broaden Oracle Cloud Applications. Customers can interface and broaden their server farm organization, just as ensure their outstanding tasks at hand past Oracle Cloud local security choices, without requiring huge arrangement, mix, or business measure changes. "Government customers rely on Oracle Cloud to run application workloads in highly available hosted environments," said Scott Twaddle, vice president, regulated markets, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. "The availability of Oracle Cloud Marketplace allows government customers to automate the provisioning of Oracle applications and databases as well as third-party software. This simplifies migrations from on-premises environments to the cloud, dramatically reducing deployment times to hours, instead of days or weeks." Oracle Cloud Marketplace has acquired approval from the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP), the public authority program that sets the norm for surveying, approving, and checking cloud frameworks' security. The accreditation guarantees government customers that Oracle Cloud Marketplace fulfills the most elevated guidelines of security and consistence. Oracle Cloud Infrastructure has also achieved FedRAMP JAB P-ATO Accreditation for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Compute Service, Object Storage Service, Block Storage Service, Database Cloud Service, Exadata Cloud Service, Key Management Service, Virtual Cloud Networks, FastConnect, Load Balancing as a Service, Identity and Access Management, and Auditing. About Oracle We’re a cloud technology company that provides organizations around the world with computing infrastructure and software to help them innovate, unlock efficiencies and become more effective. We also created the world’s first – and only – autonomous database to help organize and secure our customers’ data.

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