Scott Morrison has rebuffed Bill Shorten's claim the government is politicising Australia Day

The Maitland Mercury | January 14, 2019

Scott Morrison has rebuffed Bill Shorten's claim the government is politicising Australia Day with a plan to force councils to have citizenship ceremonies on January 26. The prime minister hit back at the Labor leader for not immediately backing the move which he says is common sense. "I think Bill Shorten is having a cop-out on this," Mr Morrison told reporters in the Northern Territory.

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Employer costs for employee compensation averaged $33.94 per hour worked in March 2016, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.

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Employer costs for employee compensation averaged $33.94 per hour worked in March 2016, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.

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Knightscope Earns FedRAMP "In-Process" Rating from the U.S. Federal Government

Knightscope | June 07, 2022

Knightscope, Inc., a provider of sophisticated physical security technology aimed at improving U.S. security operations, revealed today that the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program has reached the "In-Process" level (FedRAMP). FedRAMP is a federal-level program that encourages the use of safe cloud services by establishing a standardized approach to security evaluation, authorization, and continuous monitoring of cloud goods and services. Knightscope's cyber security team has been working relentlessly for the past 17 months to create a safe, hardened environment dedicated entirely to supporting U.S. Government clients. Knightscope was able to create a tightly controlled version of its product offering from the ground up. A FedRAMP-authorized Third-Party Assessment Organization tested the secure environment. Knightscope's product was put to the test utilizing the most cutting-edge cyber technology, and it was discovered that the ASR was far too secure to be entered without the Company's help. Knightscope has now been listed as a service provider because of these findings, and it may begin conversations with government agencies about delivering services to federal authorities. One of the key roles of government is to protect its citizens, so it is critical that we provide them with the most advanced public safety technologies available. The FedRAMP process is arduous, but we believe it is a great investment of time and resources as it ensures our cybersecurity efforts are top notch. I'm looking forward to continuing to build even more cutting-edge technology to support our mission to make America the safest country in the world." Mercedes Soria, EVP and Chief Intelligence Officer, Knightscope, Inc. To conduct business with the federal government, cloud-based service providers must complete the FedRAMP procedure and acquire an Authority to Operate ("ATO"). Only 262 ATOs have been granted as of this publication, and only 83 firms have reached the "In-Process" stage. Knightscope's service offering for a Government Law Enforcement Agency was accepted as a consequence of the team's hard work, and Knightscope is now listed on the FedRAMP Government Market Place.

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Accenture Federal Services Launches Futureframe: A Practical Roadmap for Federal Agencies in Human-Centered Design

Accenture Federal Services | October 18, 2021

Accenture Federal Services (AFS) has launched a new report, Futureframe: Human-Centered Design at Societal Scale, which unveils specific steps for federal agencies to deliver improved customer experiences and outcomes. Futureframe helps agencies define a “future vision” of what an optimal federal customer experience looks like and creates the building blocks to bring those experiences to life. The Futureframe approach links elements of human-centered design, systems design, futurism, and ethnographic research to help agencies implement transformative change and sustainable improvements across complex programs. The report showcases a wide range of use cases and walks through how this framework can be applied to a common use case that crosses many missions and agencies: federal benefits, assistance, and insurance programs. “The pandemic increased demand for government services while simultaneously raising expectations for federal government customer experience. Additionally, agencies are being tasked with growing calls to ensure equity in meeting citizen needs so all customers have equal access to services,” said the report’s co-author, Elaine Beeman, Senior Managing Director, Civilian Portfolio Lead. “To meet the moment, federal leaders must accelerate the shift to digital to ensure customer experience with the federal government meets, or even exceeds, the experience they have with their favorite brands and serves a diverse customer base, including underserved and hard-to-reach populations.” The release of the report commemorates the fifth anniversary of the Accenture Federal Studio, which is part of AFS’s growing network of spaces that links commercial innovation with mission experience to help the federal government tackle its most pressing challenges. The Studio serves client mission areas across defense, national security, safety and citizen services, and health. “Since the Studio opened in 2016, it has become a leading innovation partner helping to create value for customers and employees alike across all sectors of the government. By integrating human-centered design with emerging technologies such as mixed reality, artificial intelligence, machine learning, blockchain, and quantum computing, the Studio helps our clients move ideas confidently from vision, to prototype, to pilot, to impact at-scale.” Tim Irvine, Managing Director and Lead for Accenture Federal Studio AFS taps into leading insights, talents, capabilities, and commercial approaches within the Accenture Innovation Network, a global network of research, design, and technology centers that brings disruptive innovation to clients. Accenture Federal Services is a subsidiary of Accenture (NYSE: ACN). About Accenture Federal Services Accenture Federal Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Accenture LLP, is a U.S. company headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. Accenture’s federal business serves every cabinet-level department and 30 of the largest federal organizations. Accenture Federal Services transforms bold ideas into breakthrough outcomes for clients at defense, intelligence, public safety, civilian and military health organizations. 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.

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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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