The U.S. government and Facebook are negotiating a record, multibillion-dollar fine for the company’s privacy lapses

Facebook | February 14, 2019

The Federal Trade Commission and Facebook are negotiating over a multi-billion dollar fine that would settle the agency’s investigation into the social media giant’s privacy practices, according to two people familiar with the probe. The fine would be the largest the agency has ever imposed on a technology company, but the two sides have not yet agreed on an exact amount. Facebook has expressed initial concern with the FTC’s demands, one of the people said. If talks break down, the FTC could take the matter to court in what would likely be a bruising legal fight.

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In August 2016, the Asheville City Council voted to put three general obligation bond referendums totaling $74 million before Asheville voters in the November 8th general election. Money from the bonds will be used for parks and recreation, affordable housing, and transportation network projects. Voters will vote separately for each category. Should voters approve all three bond referendums, the cost of debt service could result in a 4.15¢ increase in Asheville property taxes for every $100 in valuation. Approved projects would supplement the City's current Capital Improvements Program.

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In August 2016, the Asheville City Council voted to put three general obligation bond referendums totaling $74 million before Asheville voters in the November 8th general election. Money from the bonds will be used for parks and recreation, affordable housing, and transportation network projects. Voters will vote separately for each category. Should voters approve all three bond referendums, the cost of debt service could result in a 4.15¢ increase in Asheville property taxes for every $100 in valuation. Approved projects would supplement the City's current Capital Improvements Program.

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U.S. Federal Government to Streamline Access to Nearmap Innovative Solutions

Nearmap | July 01, 2022

Federal government agencies in the U.S. announced streamlining access to powerful geospatial intelligence and location data services from an approved contractor on the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Schedule, Nearmap, which is an Australian location data and aerial imagery technology company that provides high-resolution and frequently-updated aerial images. Since Nearmap on the GSA schedule offers streamlined access to scalable and accurate aerial mapping tools, location data, and imagery of over 80% of the U.S. population, the inclusion of GSA is of great importance to federal government agencies. It enables government entities to save money and time by avoiding using pre-established and standardized pricing, terms, and conditions to acquire high-quality goods and services and by avoiding long contractual terms. Federal civil asset management, homeland security, environmental studies, infrastructure management, military asset management, and FEMA resilience response and recovery missions are the industries that benefit from Nearmap's robust location data intelligence and aerial imaging. Nearmap has gained huge popularity across government sectors, getting its hands on numerous government contracts in the U.S. including the United States Army Corps of Engineers and the Army National Guard. The reach and access of Nearmap on the GSA will only extend with its inclusion across these sectors. Government agencies are hungry for the level of detail and sophistication that Nearmap location intelligence and data can add to their workflows. The addition of Nearmap to the GSA Schedule will streamline access for these agencies that rely on the most up-to-date location data to support the many critical services that government agencies provide—allowing them to make better informed decisions for their constituents… faster." Tony Agresta,Executive Vice President and General Manager of North America at Nearmap

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Regulatory licensing software company, Thentia, announces opening of new regional office in Oklahoma City

Thentia Corporation | June 28, 2022

Thentia, an industry-leading government software-as-a-service (SaaS) provider, is excited to announce the opening of its new office in Oklahoma, which will offer first-class support to Thentia clients in the state and nearby jurisdictions. After the State of Oklahoma announced its formal support for Thentia Cloud as a software provider for occupational licensing in 2021, company leadership began taking steps to open an office in Oklahoma City, enabling Thentia to more effectively serve the needs of area customers and take better advantage of future growth opportunities. Thentia has seen a significant expansion in its U.S. client portfolio in 2021 and 2022, particularly in Oklahoma and other central U.S. states. CEO Julian Cardarelli says the company saw a new opportunity to capitalize on this growth and chose to seize it. We are excited to continue investing in our team to support our growing customer base in the central U.S. It is clear more regulatory agencies are putting their trust in Thentia, so we are ecstatic to have the opportunity to follow through on that promise and establish a local presence." Julian Cardarelli, CEO The new office will be located in Leadership Square, in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City, and led by Bonnie Campo, Vice President of Strategic Alliances at Thentia. With a background at the Oklahoma Office of Management and Enterprise Services (OMES), Campo will bring front-line regulatory experience and a wide range of statewide connections to the office as General Manager. According to Cardarelli, Campo stood out as the perfect candidate to take on this massive new opportunity. "Bonnie's level of government experience and expertise is unmatched in Oklahoma, and she has personally watched many agencies successfully migrate their licensing systems to Thentia Cloud," Cardarelli says. "In short, there was no better person for the job." After cutting costs and streamlining licensing processes for agencies like the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA), the Oklahoma Board of Chiropractic Examiners (OBCE), Oklahoma State Board of Osteopathic Examiners (OSBOE) and the Oklahoma Real Estate Commission (OREC), among others, the company has only further expanded its presence in Oklahoma and nearby states. The new office represents a major step forward in Thentia's endeavor to become the state-supported software vendor across all 50 states. Brent Kisling, Executive Director at the Oklahoma Department of Commerce and Workforce Development, says Thentia's physical presence will be a welcome continuation of the pattern of success the company has established in the state. "Thentia's track record in Oklahoma speaks for itself," Kisling says. "Having a new home in Oklahoma City will only make it easier for the company to implement its modern, elegant software solution in government offices across the state." The new office will also contain Thentia's dedicated Oklahoma project team, including two new hires: Shauna Cole, Program Manager for Oklahoma, and Stephanie Wood, Project Manager for Oklahoma, who will oversee project implementations throughout the state. Office General Manager Campo says Thentia will continue hiring personnel to fill roles that will allow the company to serve its Oklahoma clients more effectively. "We have now set a precedent for working with government agencies in Oklahoma," Campo says. "We've seen what works and what doesn't, and with this knowledge, we can strategize to ensure Thentia Cloud works as effectively as possible for countless government agencies in the area." Thentia will be holding an office opening reception during the second week of August – official date still to be confirmed – to celebrate this milestone in the company's relationship with the state of Oklahoma. All clients as well as other state agencies will be invited to come and celebrate the start of what will be a long and fruitful public-private partnership. More details will be shared with Oklahoma clients and stakeholders in the coming days and weeks. About Thentia Thentia is a global company with teams operating in the United States of America, the United Kingdom, and Canada and is trusted by regulatory bodies and government agencies worldwide with more than 8.5 million active licensees across the globe using its platform. Thentia was developed by subject matter experts with a mission to transform government technology through best-in-class capabilities. Its secure, modern and elegant solution, Thentia Cloud, is revolutionizing the way regulatory bodies and government agencies manage data and licensing by bringing the entire process into the 21st century with speed, automation, ease of use, and best-in-class support.

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Carahsoft Partners with Celonis to Accelerate Government Transformation with Process Mining and Execution Management

Carahsoft | July 05, 2022

Carahsoft Technology Corp., the Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider® and Celonis, the global leader in Execution Management, today announced a partnership. Under the agreement, Carahsoft will serve as Celonis’ US Government Distributor making the company’s industry-leading Process Mining and Execution Management Platform available to the Public Sector through Carahsoft’s reseller partner network and NASA Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP) V, Information Technology Enterprise Solutions – Software 2 (ITES-SW2), National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) ValuePoint, National Cooperative Purchasing Alliance (NCPA), and OMNIA Partners contracts. Celonis’ process mining technology creates a real-time, continuously updated “X-ray” of how an organization runs at the process level. This “X-ray” reveals the hidden inefficiencies that silently kill organizational performance. Celonis combines this with their Execution Management System (EMS), which acts as the surgeon to the process mining “X-ray” to suggest and implement fixes for the issues found. These discoveries allow agencies to perform at levels never thought possible while also increasing their sustainability. Celonis’ platform is usable across a wide variety of use cases within Government agencies and departments, from finance, procurement, and administrations’ transformation, to mission-focused employee and citizen service transformations. System transformation, process excellence, shared service, and financial agility initiatives are all core themes across use cases and where the power of Celonis’ process mining and execution management capabilities quickly deliver the most value. “We are thrilled to partner with Carahsoft and their reseller partners to accelerate the time to value for government departments and agencies across the Public Sector, The focus on digital transformation will only continue to increase given everything we’ve learned pre and post pandemic. This partnership ensures we can support every Government customer on their transformation journey as they support businesses and citizens around the world in response to inflation, supply chain and sustainability issues. We are proud to partner with Carahsoft in our joint pursuit of reducing the cost, the risk and dramatically increasing the success, sustainability and scale rate of all transformations.” -Mike Daniels, Senior Vice President of Public Sector at Celonis. The addition of Celonis’ process mining and Execution Management System to our offerings likely represents one of the largest opportunities for government services transformation since the cloud was introduced in 2010, said Craig P. Abod, Carahsoft President. Celonis technologies quickly find and fix process inefficiencies hidden in large, complex public systems to deliver improved services and operations as well as to maximize existing investments About Carahsoft- Carahsoft Technology Corp. is The Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider®, supporting Public Sector organizations across Federal, State and Local Government agencies and Education and Healthcare markets. As the Master Government Aggregator® for our vendor partners, we deliver solutions for Cybersecurity, MultiCloud, DevSecOps, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Open Source, Customer Experience and Engagement, and more. Working with resellers, systems integrators and consultants, our sales and marketing teams provide industry leading IT products, services and training through hundreds of contract vehicles. Visit us at www.carahsoft.com. About Celonis- Celonis reveals and fixes inefficiencies businesses can’t see, enabling them to perform at levels they never thought possible. Powered by its market-leading process mining core, the Celonis Execution Management System provides a full set of platform capabilities for business executives and users to eliminate billions in corporate inefficiencies, provide better customer experience and reduce carbon emissions. Celonis has thousands of implementations with global customers and is headquartered in Munich, Germany and New York City, USA with more than 20 offices worldwide.

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