Partial US Government Shutdown in 11th Day, as Border Wall Dispute Lingers

Voice of America | January 01, 2019

The partial U.S. government shutdown is in its 11th day at the dawn of 2019, with lawmakers and President Donald Trump still at odds over his demand for money to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border. Democrats in the House of Representatives say that when they assume control of the chamber on Thursday, they plan to quickly approve legislation to reopen the quarter of government operations that have been closed since Dec. 22, although the passage in the Senate is uncertain.

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In Fiscal Year 2015, the Architect of the Capitol… Continued the restoration of the U.S. Capitol Dome, which is suffering from over 1,000 cracks and deficiencies. The AOC removed lead paint, primed bare metal, performed repairs, filled cracks, replaced decorative features and installed the Rotunda’s scaffolding. Began a multi-year restoration of the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial, located near the U.S. Capitol Reflecting Pool. This work includes cleaning, waxing, repairing and conserving the existing bronze statuary, and providing new bronze castings for missing or broken items. Supported the 114th Congressional transition moves resulting from the November 2014 elections. The AOC developed architectural layouts; removed, relocated, and installed partitions; painted offices and updated electric, data and telecommunications infrastructure. Began the initial phase of the multi-year Cannon House Office Building Renewal Project. This phase will upgrade the utility infrastructure for the oldest office building under AOC’s stewardship.

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In Fiscal Year 2015, the Architect of the Capitol… Continued the restoration of the U.S. Capitol Dome, which is suffering from over 1,000 cracks and deficiencies. The AOC removed lead paint, primed bare metal, performed repairs, filled cracks, replaced decorative features and installed the Rotunda’s scaffolding. Began a multi-year restoration of the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial, located near the U.S. Capitol Reflecting Pool. This work includes cleaning, waxing, repairing and conserving the existing bronze statuary, and providing new bronze castings for missing or broken items. Supported the 114th Congressional transition moves resulting from the November 2014 elections. The AOC developed architectural layouts; removed, relocated, and installed partitions; painted offices and updated electric, data and telecommunications infrastructure. Began the initial phase of the multi-year Cannon House Office Building Renewal Project. This phase will upgrade the utility infrastructure for the oldest office building under AOC’s stewardship.

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Sayari, a commercial risk intelligence company, has recently been selected by the United Kingdom Crown Commercial Service (CCS) as a supplier for the G-Cloud 13 Framework, an agreement between the government and suppliers who provide cloud-based services. The partnership enables departments like the National Crime Agency (NCA), Ministry of Defence (MOD), HM Revenue & Customs, Serious Fraud Office, HM Treasury and other agencies to accelerate deployment of Sayari’s commercial risk intelligence platform. Teams of government analysts and investigators will have instant access to the hard-to-find connections analysts and investigators need to eliminate information gaps. “Ensuring that law enforcement, regulators and regulated industry are able to effectively collaborate is our goal at Sayari. This recognition from CCS lays the groundwork for scaled adoption and mission impact, We are proud of the relationships we’ve built with UK government agencies and enterprise companies over the past seven years, and we’re committed to building out our local presence to drive the best outcomes for our partners.” -Farley Mesko, co-founder and CEO Sayari. In May, the company formally launched its European operations, based in London. Sayari’s partnership with the UK government is an important component in supporting the increasingly complex economic crime, trade compliance and third-party risk landscape emerging in the UK and European Union. About Sayari: Sayari empowers government and industry to protect finance, trade and security systems by illuminating the global commercial networks through connected public data and documents. Providing commercial intelligence data from over 250 jurisdictions worldwide, Sayari delivers the entity network visualizations and intuitive risk identifications that decision makers need to stay proactively informed and power safer global commerce. Since its founding in 2015, Sayari has earned the trust of top financial institutions, Fortune 100 corporations and government agencies, securing a $40M Series C in 2021. Sayari is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and its solutions are used by more than 3,000 frontline analysts in 35 countries.

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Strategic Communications | September 16, 2022

Qtrac® by Lavi Industries, a world-leading provider of virtual queue management and appointment scheduling systems, today announced it is partnering with Strategic Communications, a certified woman-owned business enterprise (WBE) and reseller to U.S. government agencies, to provide best-in-class queue solutions for local, state and federal government offices. "Qtrac identified Strategic Communications as a partner who had broad industry experience in IT, audio visual and cloud services deployments, and shared Qtrac's passion to innovate with a purpose by delivering the highest value in business solutions, Both Qtrac and Strategic Communications share a commitment to provide the very best products and excellent customer service to their clients, We look forward to expanding Qtrac's virtual queue platform to additional departments and services in Florida and across the country because of our partnership with Strategic Communications." -Steve Covate, VP of Sales at Qtrac. Since its founding, Qtrac has continually invested in its products and staff to deliver an ever-evolving solution and unsurpassed support to appeal to a broad and changing market. The partnership enables Qtrac to leverage Strategic Communications' extensive experience and knowledge in order to increase market share and build product awareness in the government, education, healthcare, and enterprise sectors. "Strategic Communications sought a partnership with Qtrac to support a variety of government agencies with a best-in-class queuing and appointment platform that can be configured to benefit a wide range of government agencies and manage the complexity within them." -Blake Kelly, cloud sales manager at Strategic Communications. The partnership is already helping residents in Florida who need WIC (women, infants, and children) assistance. Qtrac's queue management solutions are being deployed by the Florida Department of Revenue to give them the ability to schedule their appointments for a time most convenient for them. Because of information gathered from citizens at the time appointments are made, workers will be prepared to deliver necessary products and services, increasing staff efficiency and reducing the amount of time recipients spend collecting needed supplies. ABOUT QTRAC: Qtrac® provides virtual queue management systems to companies of all sizes and across many different industries around the world. Its virtual queuing technology enhances the customer experience by focusing on the way people interact with businesses in order to eliminate lines, increase sales and improve service. Qtrac was founded by Lavi Industries, the premier provider of public guidance and crowd control solutions. Building on Lavi's 40+ years of experience and success in helping the world's leading companies effectively guide people in, through and out of their facilities, Qtrac helps organizations improve their operations by improving the customer journey.

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Kodiak Robotics | December 07, 2022

Kodiak Robotics, Inc., a leading self-driving trucking company, today announced it has been awarded a $49.9 million, 24-month United States Department of Defense (DoD) agreement to help automate future U.S. Army ground vehicles led by the Army's Robotic Combat Vehicle (RCV) program. This effort will be in support of vehicles designed for reconnaissance, surveillance, and other high-risk missions. Through this award, which started in October 2022 and was awarded by DoD's Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) on behalf of the Army's RCV program office, Kodiak will leverage its commercial self-driving software to develop, test and deploy autonomous capabilities for driverless vehicles that further strengthen national security. Kodiak will develop autonomous vehicle technology for the Army to navigate complex terrain, diverse operational conditions and GPS-challenged environments, while also providing the Army the ability to remotely operate vehicles when necessary. Wartime is extraordinarily complex with high-risk challenges that often result in troops operating near or behind enemy lines. Deploying autonomous vehicles to perform such critical and dangerous tasks has the potential to significantly reduce the risk to troops, while giving them greater access to the information they need in the field. Additionally, the remote driving capabilities Kodiak will develop for the Army will increase the flexibility of these autonomous vehicles, while further reducing risk for soldiers. The project will also provide a technical pipeline that will enable the rapid development and deployment of new autonomous vehicle technologies as they become commercially available. "I started Kodiak because I believe autonomous technology can save lives, and helping the U.S. Army develop driverless vehicles for the most challenging operating environments fits perfectly with that goal, We are proud to have the opportunity to leverage our cutting-edge self-driving technology for defense applications, and believe our work with DIU and the U.S. Army will both help strengthen national security and hasten our path to commercial deployment. We owe a debt of gratitude to the servicemen and women who step into harm's way to keep us safe; keeping them safe in return is an honor we take seriously." -Don Burnette, founder and CEO, Kodiak Robotics. Kodiak Robotics was the only autonomous vehicle company initially selected for this award out of 33 submissions, thanks to its proven leadership in autonomous systems development and commercialization, as well as its intense focus on safety. In the first year of this effort, Kodiak will build upon its core competency by applying its robust autonomous software stack for Army specific use cases, including future Army vehicles. In year two, the company will implement its autonomous driving system on off-road vehicles capable of traversing complex terrain and operating remotely in unpredictable and austere conditions. DIU focuses exclusively on adopting and scaling technologies developed by commercial partners to help strengthen U.S. national security by solving critical field challenges faced by the U.S. military. DIU works to identify innovations in six key technology areas where the commercial sector is operating at the leading edge: artificial intelligence, autonomy, cyber, energy, human systems, and space. While Kodiak Robotics will continue to focus on its core business of building autonomous trucks for use in commercial applications, this project serves as an important extension that helps to propel its innovations forward. This project shows that Kodiak's core technology has multiple use cases, laying the groundwork for future expansion beyond long-haul trucking. About Kodiak Robotics, Inc: Kodiak Robotics, Inc. was founded in 2018 to develop autonomous technology that carries freight forward — so people, partners, and the planet thrive. The company is developing an industry-leading technology stack purpose-built specifically for long-haul trucks, making the freight industry safer and more efficient. Kodiak's unique modular hardware approach integrates sensors into a streamlined sensor-pod structure that optimizes for perception, scalability, and maintainability. The company delivers freight daily for its customers across the South, operating autonomously on the highway portions of the routes.

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