Trump Administration Gives States New Ways to Rewrite Obamacare

Governing | November 30, 2018

The Trump administration released new guidance for states on Thursday that would undermine major tenets of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or so-called Obamacare, President Obama's signature health reform law. Most notably, the new "State Empowerment and Relief Waiver Concepts" urge states to start offering federal subsidies to people buying plans that don’t comply with the ACA. It would be a boost to short-term and association health plans, which offer fewer benefits and consumer protections but at a lower cost.

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President Trump on Thursday afternoon is expected to deliver remarks on his new immigration plan, which was crafted by his son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner.

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President Trump on Thursday afternoon is expected to deliver remarks on his new immigration plan, which was crafted by his son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner.

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Bidscale | August 17, 2022

Bidscale is announcing the public launch and refresh of their flagship software, Bidscale Select. Federal contracting is the backbone of America. From combat helicopters to scientific research, contracts underpin the operational effectiveness of our country. Contracting is big business, with $680B spent annually. Quick and smart government procurement leads to a stronger and more prosperous America. The current process is burdened by a lack of digitization resulting in a five-to-seven-year timetable from contract conceptualization to award. This stifles the Government's ability to obtain the latest and greatest innovation. For example, if it takes five years to buy a three-year-old combat system, by the time it is purchased and implemented, the technology would be at least eight years old. Bidscale has proven that the slowdown comes from a lack of tools necessary for Contracting Officers. These officers need to advance away from the usage of pens, highlighters, and post-it notes and move into the digital realm where collaboration, communication, and effective workflow tracking occur all in one place. Addressing this situation has garnered bipartisan support, illuminated by the AGILE Procurement Act, a reformation that enhances agile technology acquisition across the Federal Government. Bidscale is addressing the situation too, saving time by digitizing the source selection process. Through a secure environment, Bidscale supports the full lifecycle of source selection activities including proposal submission, evaluation, consensus, reporting, and artifact generation. It can take weeks for a Contracting Officer to compile and export source selection artifacts, but Bidscale does it in under ten seconds, and that is just one of the many features. "I'm very proud to have seen Bidscale already successfully implemented during several major Federal Government source selection processes, this company is committed to developing even more tools to continuously improve and digitize this contracting process. I believe Bidscale is a Govtech company to watch." -Tony Kwag, founder of Bidscale. Bidscale was made for Contracting Officers by Contracting Officers, so it addresses the most pressing needs through the following product modules: Evaluation – Allows users to virtually conduct proposal evaluations with supporting data on a single screen. Contracting Artifacts – Allows users to manage contracting artifacts and auto-generate comprehensive reports. Consensus – Users can run consolidated reviews to ensure quality control and adherence to source selection requirements. Contracting Workflow – A progress tracker where users can centrally manage and report on the source selection process by managing progress, schedule, risk, submissions, and reporting. This feature is especially useful when team members are not in the same room. Ultimately, Bidscale creates a source selection process that is repeatable, traceable, defendable, and scalable. About Bidscale: Founded in Arlington, Virginia, Bidscale is a software solution that is mission-focused on accelerating innovation across the Federal Government. Bidscale is a Small Disadvantaged Business pending 8(a) certification and has achieved SOC 2 compliance.

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Satellogic Signs Three-Year Agreement with Government of Albania to Access Dedicated Satellite Constellation

Satellogic | October 03, 2022

Satellogic Inc. (NASDAQ: SATL), a leader in sub-meter resolution Earth Observation (“EO”) data collection, announced today that it has reached a three-year agreement with the Government of Albania to develop a Dedicated Satellite Constellation. This unique program derives from Satellogic’s Constellation-as-a-Service model and will provide Albania with responsive satellite imagery capabilities across its sovereign territory. Satellogic’s unique offering enables municipal, state, and national governments to manage a fleet of satellites over a specific area of interest and develop an EO imaging program at unmatched frequency, resolution, and cost. Satellogic will enable ​​Albania to address pressing issues involving agriculture management, illegal crops, illegal construction activity, traffic management, wildfire monitoring, border security, and environmental monitoring through high-quality imagery with country-wide capacity at a cost-effective price point. Albania will have priority access to two satellites, which will be named “Albania-1” and “Albania-2”, that are expected to join Satellogic’s fleet in its upcoming satellite launch with SpaceX. “With the Dedicated Satellite Constellation, Satellogic will accelerate Albania’s participation in the New Space Economy. Additionally, these satellites will provide unprecedented, country-wide situational awareness via the best data from space, Albania is aiming to develop its involvement in the space community by leveraging the power of high-resolution satellite imagery, and we’re excited for the opportunity to support the country’s ambitions as well as its duties as a member of NATO.” -Emiliano Kargieman, CEO and Co-Founder of Satellogic. Through Satellogic’s cloud infrastructure, Albania will have access to responsive tasking, analysis, and dissemination of critical insights and information. Satellogic will facilitate training of remote-sensing specialists within the Albanian Government to assist in the analysis and dissemination of satellite-derived products to various ministries in the country and build the capacity of the Albanian space economy. About Satellogic: Founded in 2010 by Emiliano Kargieman and Gerardo Richarte, Satellogic (NASDAQ:SATL) is the first vertically integrated geospatial company, driving real outcomes with planetary-scale insights. Satellogic is creating and continuously enhancing the first scalable, fully automated EO platform with the ability to remap the entire planet at both high-frequency and high-resolution, providing accessible and affordable solutions for customers. Satellogic’s mission is to democratize access to geospatial data of high-resolution images and analytics through its information platform to help solve the world’s most pressing problems including climate change, energy supply, and food security. Using its patented Earth imaging technology, Satellogic unlocks the power of EO to deliver high-quality, planetary insights at the lowest cost in the industry. With more than a decade of experience in space, Satellogic has proven technology and a strong track record of delivering satellites to orbit and high-resolution data to customers at the right price point.

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FDIC Completes Modernization of Acquisition Management System with Unison PRISM

Unison | July 25, 2022

Unison, the leading provider of acquisition management software and insight to government agencies, program offices, and contractors, announces that the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has completed modernization of their FAMS (FDIC Acquisition Management System) with the successful roll-out of Unison's PRISM SaaS solution. Through this implementation, FDIC has fully replaced four different legacy systems that were only loosely joined together, and measurably improved their Compliance, Audit, and Reporting postures with a net gain in functionality and operational efficiency. FDIC's FAMS initiative to replace their current Appian based system was one of the top agency performance goals for the year. "By leveraging PRISM's Accelerator and Analytics functionality, FDIC is now able to streamline their early Acquisition planning processes as well as take advantage of PRISM's robust analytics to enhance their reporting and dashboarding, Through this initiative, FDIC has been able to seamlessly harmonize many acquisition-related functions in a single solution benefitting a broad spectrum of their users and business processes." -Greg Young, General Manager PRISM. FDIC selected PRISM SaaS including secure infrastructure and a Web Services-based integration layer which works with FDIC's existing enterprise systems to realize greater value across their applications ecosystems. This has allowed the agency to side-step its technical debt and maintenance burdens for an Acquisition system. PRISM is the only proven, widely used, and built for federal FedRAMP Moderate compliant Acquisitions solution. FDIC acquisition professionals are using the Unison PRISM solution to efficiently and effectively manage the complete federal acquisition lifecycle, in a compliant way, from planning through closeout. About Unison- Unison's secure cloud and on-premise Lifecycle Acquisition Management software, Marketplace, and information products support more than 200,000 users in leading prime contractors, all cabinet-level agencies, and major DoD programs. All software development and support are provided within the USA.

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