Lawmakers Worry Current Squabbles Bode Poorly for Looming Sequester, Shutdown Fights

Government Executive | May 09, 2019

Lawmakers Worry Current Squabbles Bode Poorly for Looming Sequester, Shutdown Fights
As lawmakers stare down yet another series of deadlines for avoiding major spending disruptions at federal agencies, lawmakers are starting to express concern that a lack of progress on more immediate issues is a sign of an inevitable clash later this year. Congress and the White House are currently butting heads over a disaster spending package, which would provide billions of dollars in aid to states and territories devastated by flooding, wildfires and hurricanes. The Trump administration has repeatedly disrupted negotiations, lawmakers in both parties have said, lodging concerns particularly about spending in Puerto Rico.

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Using manual processes it was taking 85 days on average for the Purchasing Department at Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) to obtain all signatures required on vendor contracts. That was 85 days that the department‘s efficiency suffered and school system personnel had to wait for materials and services they needed. By cutting that to an average of 12 days with DocuSign’s Digital Transaction Management (DTM) platform, MNPS Purchasing is delivering goods faster, executing more contracts, and saving money – all while helping the environment.

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Using manual processes it was taking 85 days on average for the Purchasing Department at Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) to obtain all signatures required on vendor contracts. That was 85 days that the department‘s efficiency suffered and school system personnel had to wait for materials and services they needed. By cutting that to an average of 12 days with DocuSign’s Digital Transaction Management (DTM) platform, MNPS Purchasing is delivering goods faster, executing more contracts, and saving money – all while helping the environment.

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Carahsoft and Coupa Collaborate to Deliver Spend Management Solutions to the Public Sector

Carahsoft | September 24, 2021

Carahsoft Technology Corp., The Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider®, today announced a strategic partnership agreement with Coupa, a leader in Spend Management. Under the agreement, Coupa’s Spend Management platform will be available to the public sector through Carahsoft’s NASA Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP) V contracts, Information Technology Enterprise Solutions – Software 2 (ITES-SW2), OMNIA Partners, as well as through Carahsoft’s network of reseller partners. “With a significant opportunity in the public sector, building the right strategic partnerships to accelerate innovations, growth and customer value are key. We are excited to work with Carahsoft to accelerate the value that Coupa delivers in the public sector.” Rob Glenn, Executive Vice President for Global Sales at Coupa Coupa has been supporting a growing list of federal entities such as the US Postal Service by enabling these organizations to gain visibility and control over their spend to increase efficiency and reduce risk. With Coupa, organizations can leverage a single, intuitive user interface for their transactional spend activities across procurement, invoicing, expense reporting, and pay. Coupa further leverages this transactional core to enable additional critical processes across spend analysis, supply chain planning and design, strategic sourcing, inventory management, contract management, contingent workforce management, suppliers and risk, and treasury management. Coupa’s unified Spend Management platform has been designed to support the unique needs of public sector agencies. In addition to Coupa Spend Management for federal being FedRAMP in process, Coupa offers open public sourcing events, expense reporting and management, and supplier classification for millions of suppliers to identify minority, veteran, or women-owned businesses. Additionally, Coupa can help agencies reduce supply chain disruptions to ensure resources are deployed to help public sector agencies fulfill their mission. “Spend management is critical to improving procurement architecture and monitoring expenses is crucial to an agency’s success,” said Harjeet Khalsa, Carahsoft Manager who leads the Coupa relationship. “In order for agencies to effectively manage their spend, they must have full visibility over their transactional activities to maintain control of their purchases. We look forward to working with Coupa and our reseller partners to provide the public sector with a cloud-based all-in-one platform that enables agencies to better manage resources across regions, driving improved adherence to budgets.” Coupa’s platform is now available through Carahsoft’s SEWP V contracts NNG15SC03B and NNG15SC27B, ITES-SW2 Contract W52P1J-20-D-0042 and OMNIA Partners Contract #R191902. 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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Defense Health Agency issues new Authority to Operate to GlobalMed

GlobalMed | October 19, 2021

GlobalMed, an international provider of telehealth solutions, today announced that its industry leading virtual health platform has earned the Defense Health Agency (DHA) Authority to Operate (ATO) on the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) DHA Medical Community of Interest (Med COI) network. GlobalMed's virtual health solutions are the first synchronous clinical virtual health technologies awarded an ATO. This much coveted certification enables GlobalMed to integrate their virtual health platform including carts, medical devices, software, and applications directly with the DHA's Med COI network, making their solutions available to integrate with MHS Genesis, the new patient-centric enterprise system designed to provide a single, continuous record of care for all DOD beneficiaries. In addition to providing medical care on the battlefield and at bases overseas (as well as on ships) DHA's network includes 721 military treatment facilities and 174,000 health care personnel, which provide health services to approximately 9.6 million beneficiaries. "It has always been a personal priority to increase health care access for the members and families of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Space Force and Coast Guard. The Department of Defense is a huge healthcare provider and network security is a high priority. GlobalMed is committed to every aspect of security and compliance throughout our applications having recently completed our SOC 2 Type 2 examination with even more stringent security attestations on our road map. Our commitment to delivering unmatched performance, security and scalability extends beyond our government clients to those in the commercial enterprise space, giving physician groups and non-government hospitals an added measure of reassurance." Joel E. Barthelemy, CEO and Vice Chairman of GlobalMed and a Marine Corps Reserve Veteran DHA selected GlobalMed for its HIPAA-compliant virtual telemedicine platform that seamlessly and securely connects healthcare professionals and patients, regardless of location. GlobalMed is also the telehealth provider for the White House Medical Unit and has deployed their solutions across the VA hospitals and extension centers, and other U.S. Departments and Agencies. About GlobalMed® GlobalMed powers the world's largest, most advanced virtual health platform that supports a patient at any point in the continuum of care. Providers are enabled with integrative software and data-capturing tools to deliver a complete and accurate patient encounter for evidence-based treatment and improved patient outcomes. Providers looking to manage capacity, reduce costs, and deliver responsible medicine, will get all they need from one platform.

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BlackBerry Helps U.S. Government Vendors Comply with New Software Bill of Materials Mandate

BlackBerry | January 07, 2022

BlackBerry Limited today introduced a new feature of BlackBerry® Jarvis®, the company's software composition analysis tool, that enables those doing business with the U.S. Federal Government to comply with the recent software bill of materials (SBOM) requirement from President Biden's Executive Order on Improving the Nation's Cybersecurity. Executive Order 14028 requires any vendor, supplier, or provider of technology solutions to the U.S. government to provide a full SBOM and demonstrate other cybersecurity management measures to ensure that any security vulnerabilities in the software supply chain of the nation's critical infrastructure are identified and remediated immediately. In response to the new standard, BlackBerry QNX has added a specific capability to BlackBerry Jarvis that enables users to efficiently generate a comprehensive SBOM report that follows the Software Package Data Exchange (SPDX®) report standard, one of the leading standards to support the U.S. government and other regulatory bodies. Available in early 2022, BlackBerry Jarvis will become one of the first software composition analysis tools to provide this key feature to embedded software developers whose products are used by the Federal Government. This will empower these developers to keep software secure from all known issues based on the speedy and actionable intelligence provided by the tool. "As multiple government and vertical-specific safety and security standards emerge, the need to have confidence in one's codebase has taken on a new level of importance, particularly during a time in which multiple cybersecurity attacks have illustrated vulnerabilities present within the digital infrastructure of the U.S. Federal Government. BlackBerry Jarvis enables embedded software developers to demonstrate compliance, track software quality metrics and continuously harden their system so that it becomes more resilient to increasingly cunning attacks. With BlackBerry Jarvis' new ability to generate an SBOM report in the U.S. government's mandated format, it's now become an even more invaluable tool to procurement officers tasked with managing the nation's cybersecurity and software supply chain risk." Adam Boulton, Chief Technology Officer, BlackBerry Technology Solutions "BlackBerry Jarvis meets the needs of the embedded software industry, allowing developers to gain deep visibility into the provenance of their software while automating the key steps in the binary scanning process in order to produce an SBOM in just minutes," said Hiten Shah, Senior Analyst at Frost & Sullivan. "Complying with this specific requirement in Biden's Cybersecurity Executive Order is something which policymakers around the globe will no doubt roll out with ever more frequency in the face of a threat landscape that only seems to be growing in scale and complexity. To that end, BlackBerry Jarvis helps OEMs bring trust, transparency and above all – peace of mind – into their software supply chains." About BlackBerry BlackBerry provides intelligent security software and services to enterprises and governments around the world. The company secures more than 500M endpoints including 195M vehicles. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company leverages AI and machine learning to deliver innovative solutions in the areas of cybersecurity, safety, and data privacy solutions, and is a leader in the areas of endpoint security, endpoint management, encryption, and embedded systems. BlackBerry's vision is clear - to secure a connected future you can trust.

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