Trump administration plans to move USDA research divisions despite concerns

The Washington Post | April 25, 2019

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is moving forward with plans to relocate two influential scientific agencies out of downtown Washington, a cost-saving initiative that critics fear could provoke mass resignations among employees who perform critical agricultural research and produce statistics that shape farm policy. In a meeting last week, Chris Hartley, acting administrator of the Agriculture Department’s Economics Research Service, told researchers at that agency to expect reassignment letters in mid-May, according to two ERS employees who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. Although the new location has yet to be announced, Hartley told researchers that they would have about 120 days to uproot their families and report for duty. Of 68 towns and cities in contention to host the agency, College Park and Montgomery County, Md., are within a few dozen miles of its current offices. Many candidates, such as Denver, Des Moines and Kansas City, are hundreds or more than a thousand miles away.

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On April 12, 2018, President Donald J. Trump created the Task Force on the United States Postal System. The Task Force is chaired by the Secretary of the Treasury and includes the Director of the Office of Management and Budget and the Director of the Office of Personnel Management. The Task Force was directed to evaluate the operations and finances of the United States Postal Service (USPS) and submit findings and recommendations to the President.

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On April 12, 2018, President Donald J. Trump created the Task Force on the United States Postal System. The Task Force is chaired by the Secretary of the Treasury and includes the Director of the Office of Management and Budget and the Director of the Office of Personnel Management. The Task Force was directed to evaluate the operations and finances of the United States Postal Service (USPS) and submit findings and recommendations to the President.

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Software AG Government Solutions Partners with DH2i to Deliver Certified FedRAMP Solutions for Secure Federal Government Cloud Services

Software AG Government Solutions | November 10, 2022

DH2i® the leading provider of always-secure and always-on IT infrastructure solutions, and Software AG Government Solutions, today announced they have entered into a partnership. A trusted provider of FedRAMP solutions, Software AG Government Solutions, will integrate DH2i's DxEnterprise (DxE) Smart High Availability Clustering software into its FedRAMP authorized cloud to achieve near-zero downtime within its own SQL Server Availability Group (AG) Kubernetes cluster. Software AG Government Solutions will offer the combined solution to its U.S. federal, state, and local government customers, as well as its aerospace and defense industry clients. The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) is a government-wide program that provides a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services. FedRAMP empowers agencies to use modern cloud technologies, with emphasis on security and protection of federal information, and helps accelerate the adoption of secure, cloud solutions. "Container use is growing exponentially for digital transformation projects in the government, aerospace, and defense industries – particularly the use of stateful containers for databases such as Microsoft SQL Server. This growing stateful database container use is also generating a hard production deployment requirement for database-level high availability (HA) in Kubernetes, Using DxEnterprise to manage our SQL Server AGs in Kubernetes enables us to deliver zero downtime for our customers running our Alfabet software." -Jeff Estes, Senior Director, Systems Engineering, Software AG Government Solutions. DxEnterprise enables an enterprise's true digital transformation (DX) by speeding the adoption of highly available stateful containers and providing SQL Server Availability Group (AG) support for SQL Server containers in Kubernetes clusters. "Software AG Government Solutions is an organization known across all branches of Government for delivering only the most trusted and real-world proven technologies backed by expertise that enables customers to virtually eliminate investment risk while solving complex and critical IT challenges. It is therefore an enviable seal of approval for them to deploy DxEnterprise software as part of their FedRAMP certified solutions." -Don Boxley, CEO and Co-Founder, DH2i. DxEnterprise Smart High Availability Clustering Software Features & Benefits: HA for SQL Server Availability Groups in Kubernetes—with automatic failover, an industry first. This enables customers to deploy stateful containers to create new and innovative applications. Near-zero recovery time objective (RTO) failover for instances and containers at the database-level– enables operations to deliver better products and services more efficiently and resiliently at a lower cost to the business. Distributed Kubernetes AG clusters across availability zones/regions, hybrid cloud and multi-cloud environments—with built-in secure multi-subnet Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) tunnel technology. This enables customers to rapidly adapt to changes in market conditions and consumer preferences. Intelligent health & performance QoS monitoring with alerts for SLA assurance and simplified system management. Mix and match support for Windows and Linux; bare-metal, virtual, cloud servers – maximizes IT budget ROI. The use of containers in the Federal Government is exploding as it looks for better ways to improve the performance, scalability, and portability of their applications in secure cloud environments. Despite the promise of containers, deploying SQL Server AGs in Kubernetes remains a hurdle that organizations struggle to overcome. Join Jeff Estes of Software AG Government Solutions for breakfast to learn how he used DH2i's DxEnterprise to jump the hurdle and deploy highly available SQL Server Availability Groups (AGs) in EKS certified for FedRAMP. (Reserve your spot here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/deploy-ha-sql-server-ags-in-eks-certified-for-fedramp-tickets-439683534287) About Software AG Government Solutions: Software AG Government Solutions is a wholly owned subsidiary of Software AG USA, Inc. We are dedicated to serving the Public Sector, Higher Education, and Aerospace & Defense communities in the United States. Our world-class software products (webMethods, Alfabet, ARIS, Cumulocity, Adabas & Natural) are focused on reducing the complexity of IT ecosystems that have evolved over many years. We help our customers understand what IT they have, how to optimize their architecture, and execute on a fully integrated modern enterprise. We leverage a highly effective "Prove IT First and Prove IT Fast" approach to solving complex IT challenges. Widely embraced by our customers, this approach has been proven to minimize risks associated with IT investments. About DH2i: DH2i Company is the leading provider of multi-platform software-defined perimeter (SDP) and smart high availability (HA) clustering software for Windows and Linux. DH2i's DxOdyssey® SDP software, the unVPN networking solution for Zero Trust security, enables users to create highly available application-level micro-tunnels across any mix of locations and platforms. DH2i's DxEnterprise® SQL Server clustering - now optimized for containers, delivers an all-in-one solution to maximize performance and minimize downtime. 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Borough of Caldwell Joins Community of Local Buyers with the New Jersey Purchasing Group

Bidnet Direct | November 28, 2022

Today, the Borough of Caldwell announces it has joined the New Jersey Purchasing Group, a regional purchasing community by Bidnet Direct. Local government agencies throughout New Jersey utilize the purchasing group for bid and vendor management. The Borough of Caldwell invites all potential vendors to register online with the New Jersey Purchasing Group to access its upcoming solicitations by visiting http://www.bidnetdirect.com/new-jersey/caldwellnj. The Borough of Caldwell joins the New Jersey Purchasing Group and the community of over 50 participating local government agencies located throughout New Jersey. Along with a variety of bid and vendor management solutions, the Borough of Caldwell gains access to a bid library to help with bid creation, a shared pool of vendors, and association with like-minded purchasing professionals in the area. Vendors interested in doing business with the Borough of Caldwell are encouraged to register at http://www.bidnetdirect.com/new-jersey/caldwellnj. Benefits of joining the New Jersey Purchasing Group include: Centralized location for bids from approximately 54 participating agencies Bid alerts customized to the vendors’ products or services Reliable and timely delivery of notifications, addenda and documents The New Jersey Purchasing Group is one of Bidnet Direct’s regional purchasing groups throughout the country. It provides the Borough of Caldwell a bid and vendor management solution, document and addendum distribution, and tracking of all activity throughout the procurement process. About the Borough of Caldwell: Please visit the Borough of Caldwell’s website to explore the history and structure of the Borough. Our History - Caldwell, New Jersey About Bidnet Direct: Bidnet Direct, powered by mdf commerce, is a sourcing solution of regional purchasing groups available at no cost to local government agencies throughout the country. Bidnet Direct runs regional purchasing groups, including the New Jersey Purchasing Group, across all 50 states that are used by over 1,600 local governments.

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DMI Announces the Acquisition of the Ambit Group

DMI | October 31, 2022

DMI, a global leader in digital transformation services, announced today that it has acquired the Ambit Group LLC ("Ambit"), a leading provider of data analytics, cybersecurity, and mission support services to the U.S. Government. The acquisition will further enhance DMI's comprehensive suite of digital services and expand its portfolio of customers and contract vehicles in high priority federal markets. Founded in 2004, Ambit delivers next-generation digital transformation services to federal agencies with wide-ranging missions across homeland security, regulatory, and civilian services. Ambit is known for its focus on mission performance improvement and brings vast experience serving clients within the federal financial, national security, and federal science communities including the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), among others. "Demand for IT modernization services leveraging the latest digital innovation and capabilities has never been greater, With this addition, we combine Ambit's comprehensive data management, analytics, and cybersecurity services with our cross-industry, digital transformation expertise to help drive the next generation of digital government." -Sunny Bajaj, founder and CEO of DMI. Founded in 2002 and based in Bethesda, Maryland, DMI provides enterprise consulting, transformation and managed services to government and commercial customers through an integrated suite of agile software development and next-gen engineering solutions that combine business strategy, domain specific knowledge, and technical expertise. "We are thrilled to begin the next phase of our journey as part of DMI, There is a strong cultural alignment to drive innovative, customer-centric strategies and programs for our clients along with a mutual commitment to our people-first philosophy and values of integrity, diversity, and teamwork. With Ambit's track record of success in this space, coupled with DMI's extensive experience and range of services, this pairing represents an unstoppable force." -Kim Hayes, co-CEO of Ambit. About DMI: DMI, a portfolio company of OceanSound Partners, is a global leader in digital strategy, design, transformation, and support services. We bring together an integrated set of industry and technology solutions that combine both public and private sector expertise to deliver human-centric innovation at scale. Born digital, DMI has been delivering secure, mission-critical technology solutions since 2002 for more than a hundred Fortune 1,000 enterprises, various state and local government agencies and all fifteen U.S. federal departments. DMI has grown to 2,100+ employees globally and has been continually recognized by top industry analysts as a market leader as well as named a Top Workplace in both regional and national categories. About Ambit: The Ambit Group designs, deploys, and delivers the next generation of government. Since 2004, Ambit has partnered with federal clients with wide-ranging missions across homeland security, regulatory, federal science, and civilian service to solve the toughest challenges at the heart of the nation's priorities. About OceanSound Partners: OceanSound Partners is a New York-based private equity firm that pursues control investments in technology and technology-enabled services companies serving government and enterprise end-markets. OceanSound employs a partnership approach, working closely with founders, entrepreneurs, and executives of middle market businesses to drive transformational growth.

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