Senate passes, sends Trump stopgap federal funding to November 21

Reuters | September 26, 2019

The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed a bill that would extend federal funding through Nov. 21 and avert partial agency shutdowns when existing authorization expires on Oct. 1. The Senate signed off by a vote of 82 to 15 on legislation that was approved by the House of Representatives on Sept. 19, sending it to President Donald Trump for signing into law. The legislation is needed because Congress and the Trump administration so far have failed to agree on the one-dozen bills that would fund most government activities in the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1. One of the biggest disagreements is over Trump’s demand for $12 billion in fiscal 2020 to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, which most Democrats and some Republicans oppose.

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A technology renaissance is underway among state and local government agencies, as technologies once considered bleeding edge now are becoming ubiquitous. These digital initiatives are resulting in a more customer-centric focus on serving constituents end to end.

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A technology renaissance is underway among state and local government agencies, as technologies once considered bleeding edge now are becoming ubiquitous. These digital initiatives are resulting in a more customer-centric focus on serving constituents end to end.

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Homeland Security Technology Consortium Announces Security Innovation Challenge, $25,000 in Prizes

ATI (Advanced Technology International) | May 21, 2022

The Homeland Security Technology Consortium (HSTech), Advanced Technology International (ATI), and TechConnect announced the Security Innovation Challenge and $25,000 prize for technology solutions that represent the cutting edge in identity management. Challenge applicants should represent privacy-centric solutions for both civilian and federal applications in the areas of: pattern recognition software, real-time analytics platforms, sensors, scanners, imaging, cybersecurity platforms, data harmonization software, and artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). The future security of our nation - both physical and virtual - will depend on the innovation of many kinds of people and organizations, especially private-sector non-traditional innovators, which have so much to offer on the cutting edge. The Security Innovation Challenge is the ideal route to connect your emerging security technologies with key government requirements and associated prototype funding opportunities." Matthew Laudon, Vice President - TechConnect Division, ATI TechConnect will invite top-ranked applicants to pitch their solutions in-person to investment, industry and military tech scouts, as well as consortium representatives at Defense TechConnect Innovation Summit, which runs from September 26-29, 2022, in Washington, D.C. Pitch presenters will compete on-site for awards from the $25,000 prize pool. Additionally, qualified applicants receive a one-year free membership in HS Tech and access to engagement opportunities through the consortium. "The Homeland Security Technology Consortium knows that privacy-centric identity management technologies and processes remain critical capabilities to advance homeland security missions. We look forward to seeing what innovative solutions come out of this challenge to support the DHS mission," said Ari Schuler, Chairman of HSTech's Executive Committee. Michael Dougherty, HSTech's Executive Director, remarked: "We expect this Challenge to give our Consortium members and other brilliant innovators the opportunity to assist the Department of Homeland Security in further developing capabilities to serve the national interest." About Advanced Technology International ATI, a public-service nonprofit based in Summerville, S.C., builds and manages collaborations that conduct research and development of new technologies to solve our nation's most pressing challenges. Fueled by a community of experts from industry, academia, and government, ATI accelerates impact by using the power of collaboration to help the federal government quickly acquire novel technologies. ATI is a subsidiary of Analytic Services, Inc. (ANSER), a public-service research institute organized as a nonprofit corporation, which is dedicated to informing decisions that shape the nation's future. About TechConnect With 25+ years of experience connecting emerging technologies with unique funding and partnership opportunities, TechConnect boasts the most robust research and innovation network in the world. It employs a broad scope of tools to deliver top technologies, including open innovation programs, conferences, and open-access publications. Each year, TechConnect prospects, vets, and connects thousands of emerging technologies with corporate, investment, municipal, and national defense clients. TechConnect is a division of Advanced Technology International. About Homeland Security Technology Consortium The Homeland Security Technology Consortium (HSTech) supports the collaborative R&D and rapid prototyping/piloting needs for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and its components. HSTech sources capabilities across the homeland security and national border security technology spectrum.

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GOVERNMENT BUSINESS

Pure Storage Powers Government Infrastructure Modernization and Cloud Transformation

Pure Storage | January 05, 2022

Pure Storage® , the IT pioneer that delivers storage as-a-service in a multi-cloud world, today announced new momentum within the U.S. public sector as government plans for infrastructure modernization accelerate. Pure is a trusted partner to essential government agencies across the intelligence, space, cyber, defense, civilian, health, state, local, and education markets. With more than 175 of the United States' 440 federal agencies relying on its services, Pure has breadth and depth of government customers and experience, serving agencies across all three branches of the U.S. Federal Government and three branches of the U.S. Department of Defense. At the state, local, and education (SLED) level, Pure has customer representation in 48 of the 50 U.S. states. Pure Storage's public sector business achieved all-time highs in Q3 as its customer base and use case portfolio grew. New public sector customers from the quarter include: A large agency within the Department of Treasury chose Pure to replace their legacy storage arrays with simple, scalable all-flash solutions that help solve its largest, most-complex data management challenges. Together, Pure and a strategic partner are providing the agency a true as-a-service experience with non-disruptive upgrades via our Evergreen™ program. A core agency within the Department of Homeland Security chose Pure FlashBlade® to help power its advanced analytics and AI operations. This technology is central to the agency's mission of enhancing national security through innovation, intelligence, collaboration, and trust. Commonwealth of Massachusetts adopted Pure-as-a-Service complete with FlashArray™, FlashStack® for Block Performance and Block Capacity, FlashBlade and the Portworx® Suite to containerize and modernize key applications. Armed with these advancements, the Commonwealth was able to modernize its infrastructure and application to support continuity of services to its agencies and the public. Trends and developments in cloud transformation, ransomware, cybersecurity, DevOps, and artificial intelligence (AI) are all driving modernization demand within the public sector, across Federal, SLED, and Healthcare. Agencies are looking to implement hybrid cloud strategies that best serve their goals, moving some workloads to the cloud while repatriating others to on-premises, with containerization becoming increasingly essential. Accelerating this further, the American Rescue Plan, CARES act, and other government relief programs are enabling these organizations to invest more in building secure, resilient data centers that these new technologies require. Pure has separated itself as a vendor of choice among public sector customers because its solutions and services deliver unmatched resilience and performance with the flexibility, scalability, and agility of the cloud, regardless of where their data lives. "2022 will be the year of infrastructure investment and cloud transformation for the government, and Pure is the best positioned storage vendor to enable the public sector with an agile, resilient data platform delivered via a cloud operating model and secured by built-in data protection. We're proud to support federal and SLED customers as their trusted partner, facilitating their most strategic, future-proof path to IT modernization." Mike Wiseman, VP of Americas Public Sector Sales, Pure Storage About Pure Storage Pure Storage gives technologists their time back. Pure delivers a modern data experience that empowers organizations to run their operations as a true, automated, storage as-a-service model seamlessly across multiple clouds. Pure helps customers put data to use while reducing the complexity and expense of managing the infrastructure behind it. And with a certified customer satisfaction score in the top one percent of B2B companies, Pure's ever-expanding list of customers are among the happiest in the world.

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CalypsoAI Announces Partnership with ECS to Develop Solutions for Trustworthy AI

CalypsoAI | September 07, 2021

Today, CalypsoAI and ECS announced a partnership to support the advancement of safe and secure artificial intelligence (AI) infrastructure across the U.S. federal government. The partnership will see CalypsoAI, a Silicon Valley start-up and AI security industry leader, leverage it's AI safety and security software to expand ECS' testing capabilities for government customers. CalypsoAI is providing ECS with proprietary capabilities for trustworthy model development, and cutting-edge novel testing and evaluation (T&E). This collaboration will accelerate the deployment of trusted and responsible AI across federal agencies, such as the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. "As demand for AI-enabled capabilities increases across the federal government, ensuring trust and transparency of these systems will be essential to ensuring the widespread adoption of game-changing AI technology by civil servants, intelligence professionals, and warfighters," said Neil Serebryany, CEO and Founder of CalypsoAI. "We look forward to deploying our industry-leading AI security technology across ECS' AI platforms to ensure federal agency missions are supported responsibly, from technology development through deployment." AI safety and security is a priority issue for senior government leaders, such as Deputy Secretary of Defense, Dr. Kathleen Hicks. In May, she released a memo articulating the imperative for the U.S. Department of Defense to create a responsible AI framework to support safe and secure AI development and deployment. CalypsoAI's partnership with ECS supports this framework by further expanding access to AI T&E capabilities to federal customers, which will give them the tools they need to develop and field safe AI capabilities. "We have built the critical open ecosystem for assured AI for the speed, security, and scale of government needs," said Aaron Burciaga, vice president of data & artificial intelligence at ECS. "From real-time edge analytics for the warfighter to massive data operations for commerce, we have engineered the future with CalypsoAI. Together we ensure adaptive solutions, responsible data operations, explainable algorithms, and secure environments for the ongoing digital revolution centered on information technology and intelligence technology." About CalypsoAI CalypsoAI was founded in 2018 by DoD and DARPA veterans seeking to accelerate AI applications for national security. While building AI inside the government, CalypsoAI's founders were challenged by the inability to validate trust. Without model validation and security, AI projects stalled or were abandoned prior to use. Viewing trust as a hurdle between mission owners and data science teams, CalypsoAI's founders departed government service to build a scalable solution for the delivery of trusted AI across an enterprise. CalypsoAI's software is relied upon to provide the ground truth on AI performance, reliability, and security. We serve customers in national security, finance, and other highly regulated industries. About ECS ECS delivers advanced solutions in cloud, cybersecurity, data and artificial intelligence (AI), application and IT modernization, science, and engineering. The company solves critical, complex challenges for customers across the U.S. public sector, defense, intelligence, and commercial industries. ECS maintains partnerships with leading cloud, cybersecurity, and AI/ML providers and holds specialized certifications in their technologies. Headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, ECS has more than 3,500 employees throughout the United States.

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