Montana tribe rips Trump administration over federal coal leasing

Reuters | May 30, 2019

Montana tribe rips Trump administration over federal coal leasing
A Montana tribe this week blasted the Trump administration for seeking to overturn an Obama-era moratorium on federal coal leasing without consulting it, saying the move violated its treaty rights and would have major impacts on its land. The criticism from Northern Cheyenne President Rynalea Whiteman Pena, in a letter to Interior Secretary David Bernhardt on May 28, reflects ongoing tensions between Native American tribes and the Trump administration over its energy policy that first erupted over a North Dakota pipeline project in 2017.

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For many state and local governments, software as a service (SaaS) will revolutionize the way they manage their IT infrastructures and ultimately better serve the public.

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For many state and local governments, software as a service (SaaS) will revolutionize the way they manage their IT infrastructures and ultimately better serve the public.

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Cyabra Listed on GSA Schedule Offering their Disinformation Detection and Sentiment Analysis SaaS to the Public Sector

Cyabra | May 05, 2021

Cyabra is pleased to announce today that it has been added to the General Services Administration (GSA) Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) by U.S. partners Winvale and Mosaic. Cyabra is the first and only tool available through GSA that combines social opinion analysis, deepfake, and disinformation identification in a single SaaS platform, allowing US government agencies to respond to evolving online threats in real-time. Cyabra, based in Israel with offices in New York, enables private sector clients and government bodies to fight cyber disinformation in real-time, preventing and monitoring intervention in elections, government campaigns, public health crises, and other areas. Cyabra's GSA schedule is available from Winvale, a U.S. government contractor and consulting company that partners with reputable firms including Lowes, Palantir, Jacobs, and others. “We understand the importance of government departments taking constructive action in the fight against misinformation and disinformation,” said Cyabra CEO Dan Brahmy. “Our mission is to keep the internet clean and truthful, and we are pleased to collaborate with Mosaic and Winvale to allow government agencies to protect public discourse and media consumption.” GSA Schedule Contracts allow government buyers to invest more than $30 billion a year. The GSA is one of the most commonly used government contract vehicles because it simplifies government procurement and can be used by any federal entity as well as some state and local agencies. The GSA Contract will allow Cyabra to extend, optimize, and solidify its technology footprint in the US public sector by utilizing strong relationships with various US government clients. Currently, Cyabra's platform provides the following services to government agencies: • Identification of behavioral patterns typical of fakes profiles such as bots, trolls, and sock puppets • Real-time social media sentiment analysis • Foreign language auto-translation functionality • Detection of Generative Adversarial Networks (GAN), more commonly known as deep fakes, a class of machine learning bad actors used to create realistic images and videos • Tracking and analysis of the dissemination of information, measuring how it spreads and creates snowball effects About Cyabra Cyabra is an advanced social analytics platform that prevents organizations from disinformation and assists accounts in today's ever-changing digital world. Cyabra connects dots and measures effects by breaking through the layers of online conversations in real-time. Customers can use the platform's powerful lens to understand narratives, discover trends, and engage true audiences. Cyabra was founded by a team of leading information warfare experts, and its executives use their skills to reverse engineer bad actor technology and research new media trends, assisting customers in keeping a track of online conversations and countering disinformation.

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NASCIO and Accenture Initiative Supports State Government Cloud Adoption

Accenture | October 12, 2021

A new biennial study by the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) and Accenture (NYSE:ACN) focuses on increased interest and use of cloud technologies in state governments and provides an assessment tool to help guide advancements in states’ use of cloud The 2021 Accenture and NASCIO Cloud Study notes that cloud first appeared on NASCIO’s State CIO Top Ten priorities list in 2010. Even with considerable uptake of cloud in many state governments over the past decade, CIOs point to major barriers slowing their move to cloud, including considerations around financial management and budgets, cybersecurity, procurement, and workforce capabilities. “We found state CIOs widely acknowledge benefits from shifting to the cloud, including potential cost savings, system flexibility, scalability, security and improved citizen experiences. And many of them want to more aggressively address perceived barriers that stand in the way of tapping more cloud power to advance digital and operational capabilities, so we offer this new report as a resource.” Doug Robinson, NASCIO executive director Some of the key findings from the NASCIO/Accenture study include: Many states still reliant on CapEx spending – 54% of CIOs reported that their state budget office prefers the best-suited funding model for cloud budgeting, OpEx (operating expenditure); however, 24% report a state budget preference for CapEx (capital expenditure budgeting), generally not conducive to effectively budgeting for cloud. Continued heavy reliance on mainframe computers – 89% still have a mainframe computer, and 71% have not moved any mainframe applications to the cloud, a key step in enterprise cloud implementation. Desired cloud offerings – CIOs flagged certain functionalities they would like to see more of in vendors’ cloud offerings, with integration, pricing and transparency topping the wish list. “There is inevitably going to be continued strong uptake of cloud by state governments intent on making best use of their people and budgets and better serving their citizens,” said Ryan Oakes, who leads Accenture’s global public sector work. “With many states still early in their cloud journey, there are abundant opportunities for them to move forward in a more systematic and disciplined manner.” The NASCIO/Accenture cloud study will be conducted on a biennial basis. Accenture’s Public Service industry group helps public-sector organizations embrace innovation and transform quickly to operate smarter, achieve more and improve services. About the Research The study was based on in-depth interviews, NASCIO workshops and panels, and an online survey of state chief information officers conducted in May 2021. About Accenture Accenture is a global professional services company with leading capabilities in digital, cloud and security. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries, we offer Strategy and Consulting, Interactive, Technology and Operations services — all powered by the world’s largest network of Advanced Technology and Intelligent Operations centers. Our 624,000 people deliver on the promise of technology and human ingenuity every day, serving clients in more than 120 countries. We embrace the power of change to create value and shared success for our clients, people, shareholders, partners and communities. About NASCIO Founded in 1969, the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) represents state chief information officers (CIOs) and information technology (IT) executives and managers from the states, territories and District of Columbia. NASCIO’s mission is to foster government excellence through quality business practices, information management and technology policy. NASCIO provides state CIOs and state members with products and services designed to support the challenging role of the state CIO, stimulate the exchange of information and promote the adoption of IT best practices and innovations. From national conferences to peer networking, research and publications, briefings and government affairs, NASCIO is the premier network and resource for state CIOs.

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CTI launches software integration and training services for government platforms

CTI | August 18, 2021

CTI, a leading government software and systems development company, is launching its new Training and Integration Services program. CTI now offers customized Team Awareness Kit/Tactical Assault Kit (TAK) and RaptorX training to improve and maintain TAK user proficiencies and provide custom integrations for third-party platforms requiring component integrations with TAK, Raptor, and Electronic Warfare Planning and Management Tool (EWPMT) government platforms. Training Services CTI's Training Service will leverage the team's combined experience within Special Operations and Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations to provide hands-on instruction of TAK and RaptorX to the end-user, maximizing mission success in the field. CTI trainers rapidly develop customized curriculums to meet mission requirements and conduct instruction both in classroom and field training venues to support the needs of the user community. John Goodson, a Naval Special Warfare veteran and CTI's Director of Products, elaborates further on the need, "Every unit has several power users that maintain TAK proficiency across the team, but as the those individuals naturally transition into new roles, that knowledge leaves the organization, impacting mission readiness. The training services provided by our team of ex-military TAK and RaptorX subject matter experts fills that gap by expanding the team's knowledge and ensuring that it is consistently maintained regardless of personnel turnover." Integration Services With over 20 years of developing open, government-owned platforms, CTI is expanding its expertise to third-party partners that require integration of their unique technologies into government-open platforms. Offering this turnkey integration service enables our partners to focus on their technology value, leveraging CTI's experience navigating platform intricacies, government approval processes, and ensuring testing and validation is complete prior to new versions being released. "From adding complex Electronic Warfare (EW) sensors into TAK within days at training exercises to full systems integration considering networks, protocols, sensors, emerging cloud infrastructure, and operational concerns informed by our veterans -- CTI is the impartial glue that makes things work smoothly for our Warfighters," says CTI's Product Solution Architect, Steven Turner. No matter how difficult the integration, CTI is ready to bring our experience to reduce developer and user frustration, ensuring the adoption of technologies into government applications across all warfighting domains and commercial markets that may benefit from open, government-owned applications. About CTI's Solutions and Services CTI's solutions are the preferred standard in the mission space due to the team's iterative, hand-on development with users, unique application of agile methodologies, and utility-driven design. CTI is focused on building solutions on open-source and open government-owned platforms. This corporate philosophy ensures that industry proprietary software or hardware tools do not stand in the way of the right capabilities being brought to bear in the field. Paired with our "Rapid" approach to solutions development, service delivery, and business execution, CTI continues to thrive in the defense marketplace. CTI is headquartered in California, MD and has offices in San Diego, Camarillo, and Santa Barbara, CA as well as Denver, CO, Honolulu, HI, and Chantilly, VA.

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