U.S. airlines to dash for cash grants, not loans, even with potential government stake

Reuters | March 27, 2020

U.S. airlines are preparing to tap the government for up to $25 billion in grants to cover payroll in a sharp travel downturn triggered by the coronavirus, even after the government warned it may take stakes in exchange for bailout funds, people familiar with the matter said. After the U.S. House of Representatives approves the airline bailout and President Donald Trump signs it as early as Friday, airlines are to receive initial payments within 10 days.

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The federal budget outlines the government’s plans for spending and revenue. In the United States, the federal budget request is first introduced by the president. The federal budget and all appropriations must then be written and approved by the United States Congress. In Congress, the process begins with the House Budget Committee and the Senate Budget Committee creating their own budget.

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The federal budget outlines the government’s plans for spending and revenue. In the United States, the federal budget request is first introduced by the president. The federal budget and all appropriations must then be written and approved by the United States Congress. In Congress, the process begins with the House Budget Committee and the Senate Budget Committee creating their own budget.

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OneWeb | May 11, 2021

OneWeb, the worldwide interchanges network fueled by Space, declared today it has gone into an authoritative consent to secure Texas-based TrustComm Inc., which will empower OneWeb to offer its Low Earth Orbit (LEO) organization and availability administrations to U.S. government customers and TrustComm clients. Based at the exceptionally secure Ellington Joint Base in Houston, Texas, TrustComm was set up in 1999 as a supplier of oversaw satellite correspondences and expert administrations to business associations and governments. TrustComm offers administrations going from broadband Internet access, VoIP and voice, video conferencing, and information interchanges for business coherence to crisis reaction, strategic field arrangement, and brief use. "OneWeb's procurement of TrustComm supports our procedure to quickly scale satellite interchanges to the U.S. DoD." "OneWeb's securing of TrustComm supports our procedure to quickly scale satellite correspondence administration to the U.S. Branch of Defense and other government offices as they hope to incorporate high throughput, low dormancy answers for fulfilling new availability needs," said OneWeb's Head of Government Services Dylan Browne. "We are eager to have TrustComm join our group and influence their solid standing giving the distant correspondences our clients need, especially in Alaska and the Arctic." Under the conditions of the arrangement, a recently gained intermediary auxiliary of OneWeb will be driven by TrustComm CEO Bob Roe and spotlight on presenting OneWeb's undertaking grade network administrations to clients. Terms of the exchange are classified, and it is required to shut in 2021, subject to standard shutting conditions including administrative endorsements. "The TrustComm group is excited to join OneWeb at the beginning of this new time of Satcom administrations. TrustComm's legacy and client-centered help groups will empower us to grow the arrangement of administrations we offer and permit us to seek after new freedoms. This is an energizing turn of events and we anticipate taking our administration business higher than ever in the coming year," said Roe. OneWeb will offer DoD and other government customers another set-up of administrations with network accelerates to 195 Mbps, lower inactivity, more modest and more conservative multi-circle client terminals, and inherent organization the board instruments giving generous financial investment funds over customary GEO deals models. The securing follows the fruitful exhibition of OneWeb's turnkey satellite-based correspondences framework to the DoD in March of 2021, with information rates up to 500Mbps at dormancy levels as low as 32ms. The show additionally represented the consistent handover of the network between numerous LEO satellites as they passed overhead. Intended to furnish associations and governments with really worldwide and tough availability benefits, OneWeb's answer will include an organization of 648 Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites, worldwide entryways, and air, sea, and land clients terminals. In late 2021, OneWeb will start offering business types of assistance across the Arctic and growing to worldwide inclusion in 2022. About OneWeb OneWeb is a worldwide correspondence network controlled from space, settled in London, empowering availability for governments, organizations, and networks. It is executing a group of stars of Low Earth Orbit satellites with an organization of worldwide entryway stations and a scope of client terminals to give a moderate, quick, high-data transmission and low-inertness correspondences administration, associated with the IoT future and a pathway to 5G for everybody, all over the place.

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NASCIO and Accenture Initiative Supports State Government Cloud Adoption

Accenture | October 12, 2021

A new biennial study by the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) and Accenture (NYSE:ACN) focuses on increased interest and use of cloud technologies in state governments and provides an assessment tool to help guide advancements in states’ use of cloud The 2021 Accenture and NASCIO Cloud Study notes that cloud first appeared on NASCIO’s State CIO Top Ten priorities list in 2010. Even with considerable uptake of cloud in many state governments over the past decade, CIOs point to major barriers slowing their move to cloud, including considerations around financial management and budgets, cybersecurity, procurement, and workforce capabilities. “We found state CIOs widely acknowledge benefits from shifting to the cloud, including potential cost savings, system flexibility, scalability, security and improved citizen experiences. And many of them want to more aggressively address perceived barriers that stand in the way of tapping more cloud power to advance digital and operational capabilities, so we offer this new report as a resource.” Doug Robinson, NASCIO executive director Some of the key findings from the NASCIO/Accenture study include: Many states still reliant on CapEx spending – 54% of CIOs reported that their state budget office prefers the best-suited funding model for cloud budgeting, OpEx (operating expenditure); however, 24% report a state budget preference for CapEx (capital expenditure budgeting), generally not conducive to effectively budgeting for cloud. Continued heavy reliance on mainframe computers – 89% still have a mainframe computer, and 71% have not moved any mainframe applications to the cloud, a key step in enterprise cloud implementation. Desired cloud offerings – CIOs flagged certain functionalities they would like to see more of in vendors’ cloud offerings, with integration, pricing and transparency topping the wish list. “There is inevitably going to be continued strong uptake of cloud by state governments intent on making best use of their people and budgets and better serving their citizens,” said Ryan Oakes, who leads Accenture’s global public sector work. “With many states still early in their cloud journey, there are abundant opportunities for them to move forward in a more systematic and disciplined manner.” The NASCIO/Accenture cloud study will be conducted on a biennial basis. Accenture’s Public Service industry group helps public-sector organizations embrace innovation and transform quickly to operate smarter, achieve more and improve services. About the Research The study was based on in-depth interviews, NASCIO workshops and panels, and an online survey of state chief information officers conducted in May 2021. About Accenture Accenture is a global professional services company with leading capabilities in digital, cloud and security. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries, we offer Strategy and Consulting, Interactive, Technology and Operations services — all powered by the world’s largest network of Advanced Technology and Intelligent Operations centers. Our 624,000 people deliver on the promise of technology and human ingenuity every day, serving clients in more than 120 countries. We embrace the power of change to create value and shared success for our clients, people, shareholders, partners and communities. About NASCIO Founded in 1969, the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) represents state chief information officers (CIOs) and information technology (IT) executives and managers from the states, territories and District of Columbia. NASCIO’s mission is to foster government excellence through quality business practices, information management and technology policy. NASCIO provides state CIOs and state members with products and services designed to support the challenging role of the state CIO, stimulate the exchange of information and promote the adoption of IT best practices and innovations. From national conferences to peer networking, research and publications, briefings and government affairs, NASCIO is the premier network and resource for state CIOs.

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Esri Provides Open Access to Critical Federal Geospatial Data

Esri | July 13, 2021

Esri, the worldwide leader in location intelligence, said today that it gives up access to dozens of high-priority, high-demand national data layers, referred to the government users as National Geospatial Data Assets, in cooperation with federal agencies (NGDA). This development is essential for national decision-making in sectors such as infrastructure development and disaster response. Cartographic boundary files and demographic data from the US Census Bureau are being made available, as are National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP) data from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the National Inventory of Dams (NID) database, which the US Army Corps of Engineers manage. This new set of federal maps and applications is now available via ArcGIS Online. It contains approximately 75 national geospatial datasets on dams, bridges, federal public lands, runways, rail nodes, and more updated regularly from federal sources. Those looking for this information can access it through the web; no ArcGIS user license is required. Anyone can use, distribute, and modify the data with appropriate attribution under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license. These datasets will also be accessible as Esri REST services and Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC) API Features for interoperability. Esri will also make the NGDA datasets available via a custom explorer app on the launch page. The commercial sector will profit from the increased availability of NGDA datasets. Big companies with assets and interests spread throughout the United States, such as major merchants and insurance companies and railroads and utilities, need data that crosses cities, states, and regions. Having high-quality national data on hand saves organizations the time and money to collect and analyze it. Esri's effort contributes to the broader vision of the Geospatial Data Act of 2018 (GDA), which aims to enable more individuals to utilize geospatial data and remove more barriers to interoperability. This is the company's second dataset made accessible to the public this year that does not need an ArcGIS license to view. In addition, Esri published the first-ever high-resolution (10-meter) global land-cover map for 2020 in June. The ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World offers these open data services, the world's most comprehensive collection of geographic information, including maps, applications, and data layers. About Esri Esri, the global industry leader in geographic information system (GIS) software, location intelligence, and mapping, assists clients in maximizing the value of data to enhance operational and business outcomes. Esri software, founded in 1969 in Redlands, California, USA, is used by over 350,000 organizations worldwide, including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, nonprofits, and universities, as well as over 200,000 institutions in the Americas, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Esri has regional offices, worldwide distributors, and partners in over 100 countries across six continents, offering local assistance. Esri creates the most creative solutions for digital transformation, the Internet of Things (IoT), and advanced analytics because of its pioneering commitment to geospatial information technology.

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