Top GOP Lawmaker Implores Colleagues to Publicly Praise Feds

Government Executive | May 07, 2019

Top GOP Lawmaker Implores Colleagues to Publicly Praise Feds
A key Republican lawmaker is pushing his colleagues to honor federal employees during Public Service Recognition Week, calling it critical to recognize their commitment and offer them thanks just as the nation does for military personnel. In a letter to his fellow lawmakers, Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., offered several suggestions for how his fellow House members should celebrate federal workers. He recommended his colleagues deliver a floor speech recognizing the achievements of a civil servant, send a personal note to an employee “who is making a difference for your constituents” or write a letter to the editor or op-ed to a local newspaper about those accomplishments. Roe encouraged members to visit agencies in Washington, D.C., or their home districts, to “hear directly from public sector employees” and to host meet and greets with finalists for the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals.

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The Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners approved with an 8-1 vote on October 21st a Board of Health Rule for Smoke-Free Government Grounds and a County Ordinance for Tobacco-Free Parks for County owned parks.

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The Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners approved with an 8-1 vote on October 21st a Board of Health Rule for Smoke-Free Government Grounds and a County Ordinance for Tobacco-Free Parks for County owned parks.

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Trump Government Moves to Cut off Huawei from Global Chip Suppliers

Huawei | May 19, 2020

U.S. Department of Commerce announced plans to restrict Chinese vendor Huawei’s ability to use U.S. chipmaking equipment and software to design and manufacture its semiconductors abroad. The U.S. government believes that Huawei has continued to use U.S. software and technology to design semiconductors. Huawei is undertaking a comprehensive examination of this new rule. We expect that our business will inevitably be affected. We will try all we can to seek a solution. The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) of the U.S. Department of Commerce announced plans to restrict Chinese vendor Huawei’s ability to use U.S. chipmaking equipment and software to design and manufacture its semiconductors abroad. In a statement, BIS said that the move “cuts off Huawei’s efforts to undermine U.S. export controls,” and that the government agency is amending its longstanding foreign-produced direct product rule and the Entity List to “narrowly and strategically target Huawei’s acquisition of semiconductors that are the direct product of certain U.S. software and technology.” Huawei was added to the Entity List in May 2019, after the Department of Commerce concluded that the vendor was engaged in activities that were contrary to U.S. national security or foreign policy interests. Read More: Isotropic Systems Announces Antenna Evaluation and Development Contract with U.S. Defense Innovation Unit However, the U.S. government believes that Huawei has continued to use U.S. software and technology to design semiconductors and says that the company is therefore “undermining the national security and foreign policy purposes of the Entity List by commissioning their production in overseas foundries using U.S. equipment.” Despite the Entity List actions the Department took last year, Huawei and its foreign affiliates have stepped-up efforts to undermine these national security-based restrictions through an indigenization effort. However, that effort is still dependent on U.S. technologies. We must amend our rules exploited by Huawei and HiSilicon and prevent U.S. technologies from enabling malign activities contrary to U.S. national security and foreign policy interests, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. Under the new regulation, companies using U.S. chipmaking technology — including foreign chipmakers –will be required to obtain a license before supplying components to Huawei. BIS also said that a waiver will be granted for items already in production as of May 15, provided that they are shipped within 120 days. However, as CNBC reported, there is no indication that BIS will actually provide such licenses, and the new rules will have a huge impact on Huawei due to its heavy reliance on Taiwan’s TSMC, which uses American equipment to manufacture the majority of Huawei’s smartphone chips. “This decision by the U.S. government does not just affect Huawei. It will have a serious impact on a wide number of global industries. In the long run, this will damage the trust and collaboration within the global semiconductor industry which many industries depend on, increasing conflict and loss within these industries,” Huawei said in a statement. “Huawei is undertaking a comprehensive examination of this new rule. We expect that our business will inevitably be affected. We will try all we can to seek a solution. We hope that our customers and suppliers will continue to stand with us and minimize the impact of this discriminatory rule,” Huawei added. Also, the Department of Commerce announced that it will extend the Temporary General License (TGL) for Huawei and its non-U.S. affiliates which are subject to the Entity List, until August 13. The TGL authorizes U.S. companies to make specific, limited engagements in transactions involving the export, reexport, and transfer of items to the Chinese vendor. The initial TGL was granted in May 19, 2019 and had been extended several times since then. “The 90-day extension provides an opportunity for users of Huawei devices and telecommunication providers—particularly those in rural U.S. communities—to continue to temporarily operate such devices and existing networks while hastening the transition to alternative suppliers,” DoC said. “The Department is also notifying the public that activities authorized in the TGL may be revised and possibly eliminated after August 13, 2020. Companies and persons relying on TGL authorizations should begin preparations to determine the specific, quantifiable impact of elimination if they have not done so already.” Outside of the scope of the TGL, any exports, reexports, or in-country transfers of items subject to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) will continue to require a license, if granted, after a review by BIS under a presumption of denial, the Department of Commerce said. However, this general license does not cover transactions between U.S. semiconductor manufacturers such as Qualcomm, Intel and Micron and Huawei. These companies are required to apply for special permits in order to continue supplying chips to the Chinese vendor. Read More: The U.S. Department of Commerce to Allow U.S. Companies to Work with Huawei on 5G Technology About Huawei Huawei is a leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices. With integrated solutions across four key domains – telecom networks, IT, smart devices, and cloud services – we are committed to bringing digital to every person, home and organization for a fully connected, intelligent world.

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Infinidat Announces immixGroup as Distributor for U.S. Federal, State and Local Government Agencies

Infinidat | December 08, 2020

Infinidat, the market's leading provider of multi-petabyte information storage arrangements, today declared that it has consented to an arrangement to disclose immixGroup its sector distributor, making huge new open doors for value-added resellers (VARs) to develop their business by selling Infinidat's demonstrated storage arrangements into the public authority market. Under the particulars of the agreement, immixGroup will add Infinidat's storage stage and administrations to its U.S.- based bureaucratic, state and neighborhood government buying vehicles. This relationship makes accessible to government offices Infinidat's inventive securing model with versatile evaluating and adaptable alternatives, giving VARS a convincing value suggestion to enter and extend in the public authority market. “As government agencies accelerate digital transformation, we are empowering our partners to build services and solutions on our proven, state-of-the-art platform to help government agencies reduce the risk, cost and complexity of their most important asset, their data,” said Mitch Diodato, Channel Sales Director at Infinidat “By forming a relationship with a leading distributor and broadening access through immixGroup’s contract purchasing vehicles, we’re providing differentiated storage solutions that are otherwise unavailable to government agencies and partners through legacy enterprise storage providers.” With the expansion of Infinidat's foundation and administrations, immixGroup gains another appropriation relationship that gives market-leading storage arrangements. The resellers who are as of now lined up with immixGroup and are supporting government organizations presently approach Infinidat's answers and demonstrated client care and administrations. This makes it simpler for government organizations to secure demonstrated venture storage arrangements from Infinidat, which has had achievement in the business market for almost 10 years. immixGroup, an Arrow Electronics organization, is a value-added distributor that helps innovation organizations work with the public authority. immixGroup empowers IT makers and arrangement providers to develop their public sector business and quicken the business cycle. Government offices trust immixGroup to give dependable admittance to a wide scope of big business programming and equipment items through their favored agreements and colleagues. Infinidat's recently shaped relationship with immixGroup is an expansion of its current relationship with Arrow Electronics. About Infinidat Infinidat helps enterprises and service providers empower their data-driven competitive advantage at scale. Infinidat’s software-focused architecture delivers sub-millisecond latency, 100% availability, and scalability with a significantly lower total cost of ownership than competing storage technologies. The company was founded by storage industry pioneer, Moshe Yanai, in 2011 and has shipped over 6.6EB worldwide to date.

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CTA Demands Tariff Exemptions to the U.S. Government on Tech Products Made in China

CTA | May 06, 2020

U.S. Trade Representative’s Office to waive tariffs on a wide range of Chinese-made products as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, including drones, robots, personal computers and 3D printers. Tariff waivers should be granted for sensors and cameras used by doctors to provide telehealth services, robots that can sterilize infected surfaces, 3D printers, drones that can deliver medical supplies. The American Chemistry Council asked that tariffs be waived on essential inputs into U.S. manufacturing of cleaning and disinfectant products. Major U.S. firms and trade groups want the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office to waive tariffs on a wide range of Chinese-made products as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, including drones, robots, personal computers and 3D printers. In March, USTR said it would not impose tariffs on ventilators, oxygen masks, and nebulizers after previously granting exclusions on a large number of health-related products. At the time, the agency opened a docket for businesses and others to raise concerns about existing tariffs “relevant to the medical response to the coronavirus.” The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) and several other industry bodies said in letters made public on Monday that the waivers should be far broader than those directly related to COVID-19 medical care. Read More: 4 ways government can use AI to track coronavirus Tariff waivers should be granted for sensors and cameras used by doctors to provide telehealth services, robots that can sterilize infected surfaces, 3D printers, drones that can deliver medical supplies, wireless hotspots and laptops for schoolchildren and networking equipment in data centers, for example, CTA said. These tariffs are not only a barrier to the entry of necessary products, they are a tax on businesses and consumers that has become ever more harmful as many enter ‘survival mode,’ The Group Wrote USTR. The National Elevator Industry asked USTR to lift duties on elevator and escalator parts and components that are “essential to the functions of healthcare facilities, hospitals and medical equipment factories.” Tariffs should be waived on personal computers, monitors, printers, ink, toner, workstations, servers and other electronics because they are used by all essential critical infrastructure workers, including doctors and nurses, Computing Technology Industry Association The American Chemistry Council asked that tariffs be waived on essential inputs into U.S. manufacturing of cleaning and disinfectant products, material used in making personal protective equipment, packaging and wipes, and chemicals used in the U.S. manufacturing of cough and cold medicines. The American Apparel & Footwear Association asked USTR to expand an exemption to include reusable masks, while a software group asked for waivers for networking equipment used to support connectivity within healthcare and other fields. Hilo Industries LLC asked USTR to waive tariffs on hand sanitizer. Other firms have asked for tariffs to be waived on hand dryers used in commercial buildings. Read More: US Government Pursues National Strategy to Secure 5G Communications About Consumer Technology Association Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ is the trade association representing the $398 billion U.S. consumer technology industry, which supports more than 15 million U.S. jobs. More than 2,200 companies – 80 percent are small businesses and startups; others are among the world’s best-known brands – enjoy the benefits of CTA membership including policy advocacy, market research, technical education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CTA also owns and produces CES® – the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. Profits from CES are reinvested into CTA’s industry services.

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