Trump administration proposes rolling back protections for big tech

Google | June 18, 2020

The U.S. Justice Department proposed on Wednesday that Congress take up legislation to curb protections big tech platforms like Alphabet’s Google and Facebook have had for decades, a senior official said, following through on President Donald Trump’s bid to crack down on tech giants. The goal of the proposal, which is being finalized, is to push tech companies to address criminal content on their platforms such as child exploitation, terrorism or cyber stalking, and boost transparency for users when the outlets take down lawful material, the Justice Department official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

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Montana Gov. Steve Bullock signed a law that requires the government to first obtain a criminal conviction before taking and keeping someone’s property through civil forfeiture. This legislation also shifts the burden of proof onto the government—where it belongs—when spouses, neighbors and other innocent owners try to get back property used by a suspect without their knowledge. Montana’s civil forfeiture reforms are vital to restore due process and protect the property rights of the innocent.

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Montana Gov. Steve Bullock signed a law that requires the government to first obtain a criminal conviction before taking and keeping someone’s property through civil forfeiture. This legislation also shifts the burden of proof onto the government—where it belongs—when spouses, neighbors and other innocent owners try to get back property used by a suspect without their knowledge. Montana’s civil forfeiture reforms are vital to restore due process and protect the property rights of the innocent.

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Siemens Government Technologies Helps Corpus Christi Army Depot Achieve Its Energy Efficiency and Savings Goals

Siemens Government Technologies | May 27, 2022

Siemens Government Technologies (SGT), Inc., Siemens' federally focused U.S. affiliate, is extending crucial energy efficiency and resiliency work at the Corpus Christi Army Depot (CCAD) in Texas. The new $17.1 million task order will achieve Army efficiency and resiliency goals for its premier rotary wing and repair facility thanks to a budget neutral task order given by the Army Corps of Engineers' Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville. Siemens has been assisting CCAD with energy efficiency and resiliency initiatives since 2015. Critical infrastructure enhancements have been scoped to return the largest energy savings at the lowest feasible cost to the government, which they credit to the close collaboration with Army project engineers. Siemens has been able to provide more than $93 million in energy conservation measures compensated for by the decrease in baseline utility costs over the contract duration by leveraging energy savings performance contracts — where energy efficiency initiatives are completely financed with minimal upfront investment. We’ve been fortunate to serve CCAD with essential smart infrastructure and energy-efficient systems that support their national security mission. By providing these critical upgrades that expand overall efficiency for smart energy management, the Army CCAD team can maintain its focus on their core mission of critical repair and refurbishment of rotary wing assets here at home and around the world.” John Ustica, Interim CEO of Siemens Government Technologies The present task order covers seven buildings with a total square footage of more than 1.5 million square feet. The project team, led by SGT, will replace existing stream traps, install point-of-use pressure washers to eliminate single pass steam, replace hot water boilers with high efficiency boilers, and replace hot water pumps with high efficiency variable volume pumps to reduce single pass steam. High-efficiency chillers will be installed in place of air-cooled chillers, and new local controls will enable remote monitoring and warning for more efficient operation. Existing interior and exterior fixtures will be replaced or retrofitted with LED technology as part of the lighting upgrades. The project team will enhance existing SCADA systems to monitor and manage existing furnaces and freezers, as well as implement a new SCADA system, to reduce overall parts scrap rate, labor, and cycle time.

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SAIC to Display its Leading Training and Simulation Solutions to Help Government During COVID-19 Pandemic

SAIC | December 02, 2020

Science Applications International Corp. will show its driving preparing and reenactment arrangements, including an engineered experiential set-up of programming, adaptable intuitive models with procedural guidance, and another microlearning stage brought in-SITE, during the 2020 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC), the world's biggest demonstrating, reproduction and preparing occasion. SAIC's answers carry creative preparing innovation to help secure America's warfighters and modernize the U.S. government, in any event, during the COVID-19 pandemic. “SAIC has a long history of delivering leading agile, integrated training solutions to prepare our customers for any situation, ensuring optimal performance,” said Bob Kleinhample, SAIC training and mission solutions vice president and I/ITSEC 2020 conference chair. “Our solutions use modern technologies like artificial intelligence, machine learning, cloud, 3D printing, and more to bring the latest innovations to federal government agencies. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have tailored these solutions to respond to our customers’ unique remote training challenges with great success.” As conference seat, Kleinhample will likewise convey comments during the initial services on innovation patterns to be seen at I/ITSEC. Since 2018, SAIC has worked with the U.S. Flying corps to reform the manner in which it trains pilots by sending business off–the-rack (COTS) test systems and computer generated reality to graduate more pilots every year. As a component of the Pilot Training Next program, understudies use work area size test systems for simple admittance to a vivid reenactment climate, engaging them to direct preparing on their own timetables. Subsequently, pilots are prepared for live guidance in about a fraction of the time. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, numerous pilots needed to self-isolate and social distance to guarantee their security, yet the basic requirement for pilot preparing has remained. SAIC's group immediately rotated and amassed an answer in pilots' apartments to guarantee they complete their required flight-time preparing. At present, notwithstanding the pandemic interruption, students finished 96% of their arranged learning and trips through the pandemic. Moreover, SAIC has finished preparing for in excess of 1,000 U.S. Armed force National Guard military insight sentries during the pandemic to help them with required preparing and to guarantee they hold similar norms as their deployment ready partners. Utilizing SAIC's Military Intelligence (MI) Gym, SAIC's plan tends to the National Guard's difficulties by furnishing preparing anyplace and whenever with cross usefulness, flexibility, and moderateness. Despite the fact that watchmen couldn't gather for drill obligation because of the pandemic, almost 1,000 enrolled sentries finished preparing distantly utilizing MI Gym. Furthermore, during the conference, SAIC CEO Nazzic Keene will convey a feature discourse on Monday, Nov. 30, during the show's initial functions, following a presentation by Kleinhample. Kleinhample and Keene will examine innovation patterns visible at I/ITSEC, and Keene will likewise talk about the effects of COVID-19 and future preparing on virtual preparing and reproduction. About SAIC SAIC® is a premier Fortune 500® technology integrator driving our nation’s digital transformation. Our robust portfolio of offerings across the defense, space, civilian, and intelligence markets includes secure high-end solutions in engineering, IT modernization, and mission solutions. Using our expertise and understanding of existing and emerging technologies, we integrate the best components from our own portfolio and our partner ecosystem to deliver innovative, effective, and efficient solutions that are critical to achieving our customers' missions.

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Kwizcom has been approved as a Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider for the U.S. Government

KWizCom | March 24, 2021

KWizCom, a global leader in the development of SharePoint Forms and Workflows, as well as other SharePoint web sections and applications for Microsoft 365, is pleased to announce that their Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) for Microsoft Cloud for US Government has been approved. The Microsoft Cloud for Government is a comprehensive portal for US government public sector agencies. The portal is designed exclusively for federal, state, and local governments to comply with the US government's stringent protection and enforcement regulations. The US government agencies will also take advantage of the KWizCom's Microsoft 365 applications accessible via the system, in addition to being able to transfer their existing system to a cloud-based system to improve efficiency, reliability, and minimise costs. Via the Cloud Solution Provider programme (CSP) for Microsoft Cloud for US Government, KWizCom will now offer Microsoft cloud solutions and services to federal, state, local, and tribal agencies in the United States. About the company’s most recent achievement KWizCom’s Product Group Manager Nimrod Geva said, “We are happy to answer many of our US government customers’ requirements, by being able to provide our apps to customers who are switching to the Microsoft Government cloud.” About KWizCom Corporation Since 2005, KWizCom has provided innovative solutions and services to make SharePoint even better for over 10,000 companies worldwide. KWizCom's solutions and services expand Microsoft SharePoint out-of-the-box capabilities, streamline workflow, maximize efficiency and enhance over-all productivity for hundreds of thousands of users. KWizCom, a Gold Certified Microsoft Partner, is headquartered in Toronto, Canada.

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