U.S., Canadian officials converge on Mexico City to seal final changes to trade deal

Reuters | December 10, 2019

Senior U.S. and Canadian officials were set to fly to Mexico City on Tuesday to work on the final changes to a languishing North American trade pact that could clear the way for a vote in the U.S. Congress before the end of the year. U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Monday night she expected the final language of the U.S.-Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) to be set by Tuesday, which would bring Democrats to a “moment of truth” on whether to proceed to passage. “We’re close. We’re not quite finished yet, we’re within range,” Pelosi told a forum of chief executives on Monday evening, adding that she was working on the language of separate legislation on how the deal would be implemented.

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My college roommate, Rosie Rios, signs the money as the Treasurer of the United States. Raised in Hayward, California by a single mom with her 5 siblings in a two bedroom apartment, she is the epitome of the American success story and I am so proud of her. I saw her at my 25th college reunion and

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My college roommate, Rosie Rios, signs the money as the Treasurer of the United States. Raised in Hayward, California by a single mom with her 5 siblings in a two bedroom apartment, she is the epitome of the American success story and I am so proud of her. I saw her at my 25th college reunion and

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Defense Digital Service Announced the Launch of DDS’s 11th Bug Bounty Program with HackerOne

HackerOne | January 07, 2021

The Defense Digital Service (DDS) and HackerOne today announced the dispatch of DDS's 11th bug abundance program with HackerOne and the third with the U.S. Branch of the Army. Hack the Army 3.0 is a period bound, programmer controlled security test pointed toward surfacing weaknesses so they can be settled before they are abused by foes. The bug abundance program is available to both military and regular citizen members and will run from January 6, 2021 through February 17, 2021. Bug abundance programs, similar to Hack the Army 3.0, boost security examination and announcing of genuine security weaknesses in return for money related awards for qualified weaknesses and members. These projects are an industry best practice utilized by the most full grown associations across the world. By unveiling weaknesses to security groups, regular citizen and military programmers will help the U.S. Armed force secure digital resources and guard against cyberattacks. Hack the Army is one illustration of the Army and DoD's ability to seek after imaginative and nontraditional ways to deal with guarantee the capacity and security of individuals, organizations, and information. "Bug bounty programs are a unique and effective 'force multiplier' for safeguarding critical Army networks, systems and data, and build on the efforts of our Army and DoD security professionals," said Brig. Gen. Adam C. Volant, U.S. Army Cyber Command Director of Operations. "By 'crowdsourcing' solutions with the help of the world's best military and civilian ethical hackers, we complement our existing security measures and provide an additional means to identify and fix vulnerabilities. Hack the Army 3.0 builds upon the successes and lessons of our prior bug bounty programs." “We are proud of our continued partnership with the Army to challenge the status quo in strengthening the security of military systems and shifting government culture by engaging ethical hackers to address vulnerabilities,” says Brett Goldstein, Director, Defense Digital Service. “We’re calling on civilian and military hackers to show us what they’ve got in this bug bounty and to help train the future force.” Participation in the Hack the Army 3.0 bug abundance challenge is open by greeting just to regular citizen programmers and dynamic U.S. military individuals. Bug bounties might be offered to regular citizen programmers for substantial security weaknesses as indicated by the program strategy. Military and temporary worker staff are not qualified to get monetary prizes. “We are living in a different world today than even just a year ago,” said Marten Mickos, CEO of HackerOne. “Amidst disinformation and a global health crisis, citizens are increasingly wary of how, when, and where their information is used. For years, the U.S. Department of Defense and respective military branches have successfully strengthened their cybersecurity posture and protected precious data by enlisting the help of ethical hackers on HackerOne. Years later, hacker-powered security is not only a best practice in the US military, but it is now a mandated requirement among civilian federal agencies. There is only one way to secure our connected society, together, and the U.S. Army is leading the charge with this latest challenge.” DDS has been a harbinger in programmer fueled security testing since the time the dispatch of "Hack the Pentagon" in 2016. DDS's Hack the Pentagon group has executed 14 public bounties on outside confronting sites and applications, and ten private bounties on a scope of delicate, inside frameworks in the U.S. Branch of Defense (DoD). Instances of past private bounties incorporate coordinations frameworks, actual equipment, and faculty frameworks. In partnership with DDS, HackerOne has launched more federal programs than any other hacker-powered security provider and is the only bug bounty platform that is FedRAMP authorized. Previous bug bounty challenges and results include: Hack the Pentagon, Hack the Army, Hack the Air Force, Hack the Air Force 2.0, Hack the Defense Travel System, Hack the Army 2.0, Hack the Air Force 3.0, Hack the Air Force 4.0, Hack the Proxy and Hack the Marine Corps. DDS also launched a Vulnerability Disclosure Program (VDP) for the DoD in 2016, which is now one of the most successful programs of its kind with hackers reporting over 20,000 security vulnerabilities to date. Hackers who become aware of any vulnerabilities can safely disclose them to the DoD at any time through this ongoing VDP with HackerOne. About HackerOne HackerOne empowers the world to build a safer internet. As the world’s most trusted hacker-powered security platform, HackerOne gives organizations access to the largest community of hackers on the planet. Armed with the most robust database of vulnerability trends and industry benchmarks, the hacker community mitigates cyber risk by searching, finding, and safely reporting real-world security weaknesses for organizations across all industries and attack surfaces. Customers include The U.S. Department of Defense, Dropbox, General Motors, GitHub, Goldman Sachs, Google, Hyatt, Intel, Lufthansa, Microsoft, MINDEF Singapore, Nintendo, PayPal, Slack, Starbucks, Twitter, and Verizon Media. HackerOne was ranked fifth on the Fast Company World’s Most Innovative Companies list for 2020. 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Labcon Awarded $59.3 Million U.S Government Contract to Increase Domestic Production of Pipette Tips and Tubes

Labcon North America | October 22, 2021

Labcon North America , the world's leading manufacturer of Earth Friendly® laboratory disposables, announced today a $59.3 million contract award from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) on behalf of and in coordination with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The contract is for the domestic manufacturing expansion of pipette tips and tubes as a part of the supply chain for COVID-19 diagnostic testing. Labcon's pipette tips and tubes, currently in production, have directly supported researchers developing COVID-19 vaccines while the tubes provide sterile airtight vessels for storage, testing and sample transport. This COVID-19 supply chain effort will allow Labcon to increase production capacity from 100 million to 236 million pipette tips per month. Tube production will increase from 27 million to approximately 58 million tubes per month by October 2025. This expansion of capacity will occur in Petaluma, California and is expected to create dozens of new jobs in the Northern California region. "We are honored to be given this award at a critical time in the global pandemic and hope this effort by the U.S Government will better position the country for future pandemics," said Jim Happ, President of Labcon North America. The U.S Department of Defense Assisted Acquisition (DA2) Cell led this effort in coordination with the U.S Department of the Air Force's Acquisition COVID-19 Task Force (DAF ACT). This effort was funded through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA0 to enable and support domestic industrial base expansion for critical medical resources. About Labcon Labcon is the world's leading producer of low carbon laboratory disposables and was the first to market compostable plastics for laboratories. Labcon's focus on sustainable solutions for laboratories dates to 1994 with the first low carbon products. A UL-Certified ISO 9001:2015 company; Labcon North America is headquartered in the San Francisco Bay area.

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Splashtop and Carahsoft Join Forces to Deliver Secure Remote Access and Support Solutions to Public Sector and Education Customers

Carahsoft | November 03, 2021

Carahsoft, The Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider®, and Splashtop, a leader in next-generation remote access and remote support software, today announced a partnership. Under the agreement, Carahsoft will serve as Splashtop’s Master Government Aggregator®, making the company’s secure remote access and support solutions available to the Public Sector through Carahsoft’s NASA Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP) V, Information Technology Enterprise Solutions – Software 2 (ITES-SW2), National Cooperative Purchasing Alliance (NCPA) and OMNIA Partners contracts, as well as through Carahsoft’s reseller partners. Splashtop’s secure and high-performance remote access and support solutions enable Federal, State, Local Government and Educational institutions to implement a productive, hybrid workplace to ensure continuity by being able to remotely carry on business as usual. Departments and agencies can accomplish their missions and serve their constituents from anywhere. “While the pandemic forced Public Sector organizations and Educational institutions to quickly adapt to remote work environments, there is no going back. Remote or hybrid work is the new “de facto” operating model for Federal, State, Local and Educational organizations. Additionally, with the rise of ransomware and other malicious threats, Government needs a superior alternative to unreliable VPN / RDP solutions that pose security and privacy risks. As a result of our strategic partnership with Carahsoft, our secure, remote access and remote IT support solutions are now easily accessible to Public Sector and Education customers to enable secure work and school from anywhere.” Justin Windsor, Splashtop’s Channel Chief for the Americas Splashtop for Education enhances learning and helps students reach their full potential with access to the resources they need most through Splashtop’s remote access solutions. Students can use lab computers and licensed software from Adobe, Autodesk or other providers from their laptops, iPads, Chromebooks or additional devices, even after lab hours. IT teams can easily schedule remote lab access sessions for students to optimize the use of lab computers and expensive software licenses, as well as provide support to teachers and students who may not be off-site at other locations. “We are thrilled to announce this partnership with Splashtop to deliver remote access and support software to our resellers and our Government and Education customers,” said Brandi Hiebert, Director of Sales who leads the Splashtop Team at Carahsoft. “The Public Sector now has access to secure cloud and on-premise remote access solutions, enabling work from anywhere.” About Carahsoft Carahsoft Technology Corp. is The Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider®, supporting Public Sector organizations across Federal, State and Local Government agencies and Education and Healthcare markets. As the Master Government Aggregator® for our vendor partners, we deliver solutions for Cybersecurity, MultiCloud, DevSecOps, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Open Source, Customer Experience and Engagement, and more. Working with resellers, systems integrators and consultants, our sales and marketing teams provide industry leading IT products, services and training through hundreds of contract vehicles. About Splashtop Based in Silicon Valley, Splashtop Inc. delivers next-generation remote access and remote software and services for enterprises, academic and research institutions, government agencies, small businesses, MSPs, IT departments, and individuals. Splashtop’s cloud-based, secure, and easily managed remote access approach is increasingly replacing legacy approaches such as virtual private networks (VPNs) while earning a stunning 93 Net Promoter Score (NPS), a standard for assessing customer satisfaction. More than 30 million users, including those in 85% of Fortune 500 enterprises, enjoy Splashtop products globally.

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