The Trump Administration’s Deceitful Ploy to Put More Students in More Debt

Washington Monthly | April 07, 2019

Americans currently owe $1.5 trillion in student loans. More than a million borrowers default every year. Under past administrations, the federal government tried to make student loans easier to access, to both understand and pay off. In 2008, the Higher Education Act was updated to move the loan system to 100 percent direct lending through the Department of Education. The move had several benefits, according to the Center for American Progress: “This completely federalized system has resulted in many benefits: less on-the-ground industry influence in lending; repayment programs that are unavailable in the private market; and, though it may seem ironic given the current dissatisfaction with the repayment system, stronger consumer protections. Perhaps most importantly, the transition to direct lending saves the federal government roughly $6 billion per year funds that have resulted in an infusion of $36 billion of mandatory funding into the Pell Grant program over the past 10 years.”

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Protein Dynamics Solutions LLC, a small business funded by the National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research program, is developing a technology to address protein aggregation, a key bottleneck in the development of new protein therapeutics. Belinda Pastrana, company CEO, explains the technology in this video. Proteins have a tendency to clump together. These clumps can compromise a medication’s efficacy and so exploring ways to keep proteins from clumping is an important research area. Pastrana and her team have developed a technique that they say determines how a protein clumps, enabling researchers to modify the protein and improve ultimately drug performance.

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Protein Dynamics Solutions LLC, a small business funded by the National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research program, is developing a technology to address protein aggregation, a key bottleneck in the development of new protein therapeutics. Belinda Pastrana, company CEO, explains the technology in this video. Proteins have a tendency to clump together. These clumps can compromise a medication’s efficacy and so exploring ways to keep proteins from clumping is an important research area. Pastrana and her team have developed a technique that they say determines how a protein clumps, enabling researchers to modify the protein and improve ultimately drug performance.

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Enphase Energy Technology Selected by Australian Government and Community Organizations

Enphase Energy, Inc. | November 29, 2021

Enphase Energy, Inc. , a global energy technology company and the world's leading supplier of microinverter-based solar and battery systems, today announced that Enphase microinverter-based solar systems are becoming increasingly preferred for commercial installations by government and community organizations in Australia seeking to offset daytime electricity costs and make progress towards net zero goals. Wollongong City Council in New South Wales recently deployed a total of 549 Enphase IQ™7A microinverter-based solar panels totalling 220 kW on the Council's multi-story Stewart Street car park. The installation is expected to reduce the adjacent 6 Star Green Star-rated Administration building's electricity costs by as much as one quarter annually. "The project utilizes the roof of the car park to generate renewable energy that could offset energy consumption and make progress towards the Council's net zero goals. The Council selected Enphase microinverters for the car park’s rooftop solar system because it had used them successfully to optimize performance, simplify maintenance, and ensure safety on smaller systems and wanted the same benefits for this larger-scale project." Nicolas Noslier, project manager at Autonomous Energy, an Enphase installer Enphase IQ microinverters leverage Enphase's unique software-defined architecture and semiconductor integration for excellent reliability and economies of scale. Enphase microinverters are subjected to a rigorous reliability and quality testing regimen with more than one million cumulative hours of power-on testing to provide exceptional performance under heat, high humidity, salty air, extreme cold, and harsh climate conditions. The Company's microinverters are designed to be long-lived energy assets and are backed by a 10-year limited warranty in the Australian solar market, which can be extended for a fee for up to 15, 20, or 25 years. In another example from New South Wales, the Milton Ulladulla ExServos Club deployed a 215 kW, 581 solar panel system fitted with Enphase IQ™7+ microinverters. With 85 employees and 13,500 members, the Club has deep roots in its community, supporting many local sports and other community organizations, making system reliability and solar fire safety critical to the project. "Microinverters provide us with monitoring for each solar panel, so we can see how well a panel is working and easily identify a problem,” said Darryl Bozicevic, chief executive officer at Milton Ulladulla ExServos Club. "With an average of 1,000 to 2,000 people visiting the club daily, safety was an important part of our decision, which also encouraged us to choose Enphase. We've budgeted on a five-year payback." The ability to monitor each panel's performance is essential to improving diagnostics, fault identification, and reducing long-term maintenance costs for commercial systems. The Wollongong Council and Milton Ulladulla ExServos Club sites are both outfitted with the Enphase IQ Gateway™, which connects the solar systems to the Enphase App™ and helps make per-panel energy monitoring and insights for operations and maintenance easy. "We proved to the club that solar panels equipped with Enphase microinverter-based systems perform better than panels using string inverters," said Glenn Cooper, managing director at installer SunnyAfternoons, an Enphase Installer Network Platinum member. "In addition to the advantages of module-level reporting, safety was paramount. Enphase microinverters convert DC energy produced by the panels to AC energy right on the panel, so there are no high voltage DC cables running through the roof, which eliminates the risk of a DC arc-fault fire." "Our distributed and all-AC architecture combined with panel-level monitoring means there is no doubt that Enphase microinverter-based solar systems are smart and safer choices for solar assets installed on commercial facilities," said Dave Ranhoff, chief commercial officer at Enphase Energy. "We are proud to see our technology leveraged by government and community-based organizations in Australia to not only help reduce their energy bills, but also to help meet their renewable energy goals." About Enphase Energy, Inc. Enphase Energy, a global energy technology company based in Fremont, CA, is the world's leading supplier of microinverter-based solar and battery systems that enable people to harness the sun to make, use, save, and sell their own power—and control it all with a smart mobile app. The company revolutionized the solar industry with its microinverter-based technology and builds all-in-one solar, battery, and software solutions. Enphase has shipped more than 39 million microinverters, and over 1.7 million Enphase-based systems have been deployed in more than 130 countries.

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Attestiv and Carahsoft Partner to Bring Revolutionary Technology to Government Agencies

Attestiv | October 09, 2020

Attestiv, a tamper-proof media validation platform and product provider, and Carahsoft Technology Corp., The Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider®, today announced a partnership. Under the agreement, Carahsoft will make Attestiv’s industry-leading authentication and detection solutions available to the public sector through Carahsoft’s NASA Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP) V, National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) ValuePoint, National Cooperative Purchasing Alliance (NCPA) and OMNIA Partners contracts and through the company’s reseller partners.

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Brillient Successfully Appraised at Capability Maturity Model Integration Version 2.0 Maturity Level 3

Brillient | November 25, 2020

Brillient, a main US Federal Government Digital Transformation organization, declared they have been effectively evaluated at Capability Maturity Model® Integration (CMMI®), Version 2.0, Maturity Level 3 for both Software Development and Services. CMMI is a coordinated arrangement of best practices that empowers Brillient to improve the exhibition of its key business measures. At its heart, CMMI gives a guide to building, improving, and sustaining capacity. It is a guide for progressing from performing impromptu exercises to grasping restrained, reliable cycles focused on achieving targets identified with organization execution, quality, cost timetable, and usefulness. This, thusly, features Brillient's proceeding with responsibility to giving government customers uncommon quality and a sensible cost. "Adding CMMI for Services and reaffirming our software development best practices under the new version two model, demonstrates our continuing commitment to delivering the highest quality to our clients. With CMMI, along with our ISO-9001, 20000, and 27001 certifications, we deliver best-in-class solutions and services," said Paul Strasser, Brillient's Chief Executive Officer. About Brillient: Brillient is an award-winning Solutions Engineering company focused on Digital Transformation, Intelligent Automation, and Business Process Management, which aids government clients to achieve improved efficiencies and lower costs in their digital government and IT modernization initiatives.

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