U.S., Central America launch plan to crack down on people smugglers

Reuters | February 21, 2019

The United States and three Central American nations on Wednesday announced an effort to combat trafficking of people to the U.S.-Mexico border, days after U.S. President Donald Trump declared a national emergency, citing large-scale unlawful immigration. U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen called immigration from the region a “humanitarian crisis” and said the regional security plan with El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras would secure the border and improve conditions in the countries.

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The ongoing problems in the U.S. housing market continue to impede the economic recovery. House prices have fallen an average of about 33 percent from their 2006 peak, resulting in about $7 trillion in household wealth losses and an associated ratcheting down of aggregate consumption. At the same time, an unprecedented number of households have lost, or are on the verge of losing, their homes. The extraordinary problems plaguing the housing market reflect in part the effect of weak demand due to high unemployment and heightened uncertainty. But the problems also reflect three key forces originating from within the housing market itself: a persistent excess supply of vacant homes on the market, many of which stem from foreclosures; a marked and potentially long-term downshift in the supply of mortgage credit; and the costs that an often unwieldy and inefficient foreclosure process imposes on homeowners, lenders, and communities.

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The ongoing problems in the U.S. housing market continue to impede the economic recovery. House prices have fallen an average of about 33 percent from their 2006 peak, resulting in about $7 trillion in household wealth losses and an associated ratcheting down of aggregate consumption. At the same time, an unprecedented number of households have lost, or are on the verge of losing, their homes. The extraordinary problems plaguing the housing market reflect in part the effect of weak demand due to high unemployment and heightened uncertainty. But the problems also reflect three key forces originating from within the housing market itself: a persistent excess supply of vacant homes on the market, many of which stem from foreclosures; a marked and potentially long-term downshift in the supply of mortgage credit; and the costs that an often unwieldy and inefficient foreclosure process imposes on homeowners, lenders, and communities.

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The Open Group Collaborates With International Telecommunication Union to Develop Digital Government Strategies

The Open Group | November 24, 2020

Today, The Open Group, the seller unbiased innovation consortium, and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations office for data and correspondence advancements (ICTs), reported a joint effort to quicken public assistance development and change for better resident results and ideal use of ICT foundation. By cooperating, The Open Group and ITU will intend to advance, guide, and assemble abilities for digital government strategies and resident driven Enterprise Architecture (EA) over the globe. “Never before have digital public services had such a profound impact on the lives of citizens around the world,” said ITU Secretary-General, Houlin Zhao. “With this partnership with The Open Group, ITU is redoubling its efforts to help governments everywhere accelerate the deployment and scaling up of impactful citizen-centric digital solutions in support of economic recovery and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).” With the important direction and materials, asset compelled nations will be better positioned to change over digital strategies into implementable enormous scope frameworks. Thusly, the vital partnership among ITU and The Open Group will fill the hole between digital speculations and best practice engineering approaches for the accomplishment of the SDGs. Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) of ITU stated: "The utilization of digital arrangements and innovations to upscale digital public administrations is crucial for supporting the reaction to, and recuperation from, the COVID-19 pandemic. With regards to planning, executing, and turning out digital public administrations at scale, embracing building approaches is critical. EA permits governments to address the issues of areas with differing prerequisites, while simultaneously encourage the authoritative change measure and the modernization of government administrations overall. Close by The Open Group, we can make the instruments and direction required for nations to put an EA approach vigorously." The work embraced as a feature of the coordinated effort will be executed by The Open Group Government EA Work Group. The Work Group will develop measures that empower consistent data stream across different government environments, making existing EA assets – including guides, structures, use cases, and philosophies – simpler to utilize and accessible to all. Through giving admittance to these assets, both The Open Group and ITU will assist governments with building the abilities expected to execute design approaches at scale, in light of their nation explicit necessities. Steve Nunn, President and CEO of The Open Group, commented: “The Open Group is proud to collaborate with ITU to transform digital public services and, ultimately, enhance the experience for millions of citizens across the globe. It is evident that the countries able to yield the best outcomes from digital investments are those that have created and adopted a fit-for-purpose digital government EA. This is why, together with ITU, we will strive to democratize the use of methodologies and tools required to establish future-proofed digital architectures and infrastructures, particularly for countries with limited resources.” About The Open Group The Open Group is a global consortium that enables the achievement of business objectives through technology standards. Our diverse membership of more than 800 organizations includes customers, systems and solutions suppliers, tool vendors, integrators, academics, and consultants across multiple industries.

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Enveil Achieves AWS Government Competency Status

Enveil | March 03, 2022

Enveil, the pioneering Privacy Enhancing Technology company protecting Data in Use, announced today that it has achieved Amazon Web Services (AWS) Government Competency status. This designation recognizes that Enveil has demonstrated experience in delivering quality solutions to government agencies for mission-critical workloads and applications on AWS that reduce costs, drive efficiencies, and increase innovation. Achieving AWS Government Competency differentiates Enveil in the AWS Partner Network (APN) as a provider that possesses deep domain expertise. The company utilizes its experience in the National Security and Defense space to develop innovative Privacy Enhancing Technology-based solutions that leverage AWS. “We are proud to become an AWS Government Competency Partner and the validation it represents. Our team is committed to enabling Trusted Compute in Untrusted Locations® for our government customers, and the agility that AWS provides allows us to efficiently and effectively address mission-critical needs.” Ellison Anne Williams, Founder and CEO at Enveil AWS is enabling scalable, flexible, and cost-effective solutions from startups to global enterprises. To support the seamless integration and deployment of these solutions, AWS established the AWS Competency Program to help customers identify Consulting and Technology APN Partners with deep industry experience and expertise. Defining the transformative category of Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PETs), Enveil’s ZeroReveal® solutions change the paradigm of how and where organizations can securely and privately leverage data assets. Enveil ZeroReveal® protects the content of the search, analytic, or machine learning model — and its corresponding results — to ensure a customer’s interest or intent are never revealed. Data can be securely shared between entities and across security boundaries, expanding data access and utility without the need to move or pool sensitive assets. About Enveil Enveil is a pioneering Privacy Enhancing Technology company protecting Data in Use. Enveil’s business-enabling and privacy-preserving capabilities change the paradigm of how and where organizations can leverage data to unlock value. Defining the transformative category of Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PETs), Enveil’s award-winning ZeroReveal® solutions for secure data usage, collaboration, and monetization protect data while it's being used or processed. Customers can extract insights, cross-match, search, and analyze data assets at scale without ever revealing the content of the search itself, compromising the security or ownership of the underlying data, or exposing their interests and intent. A World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer founded by U.S. Intelligence Community alumni, Enveil is deployed and operational today, revolutionizing data usage in the global marketplace.

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KBR and Adarga Announce Strategic Partnership to Extend AI Capabilities into National Security Sector

KBR | September 14, 2021

KBR has today announced a strategic partnership with Adarga, one of the UK's leading developers of artificial intelligence (AI) analytics software for defense and national security. KBR's Government Solutions business will integrate Adarga's leading-edge AI software platform into the delivery of a number of its large-scale programs across the defense and national security sectors – putting effective, data-driven decision-making at the heart of how they operate. The partnership will further extend KBR's capability offering across key market sectors and accelerate the speed and scale at which organizations can adopt next generation AI analytics to resolve their most complex data challenges. It will also allow clients to unlock vital insight, foresight and understanding of information buried across their ever-growing data sets. This insight allows customers to improve retention of critical institutional knowledge, identify hidden connections to drive intelligence-led investigation, support strategic planning, and quantify future threats and opportunities. The addition of AI enhances and extends human capability by increasing agility, accuracy and productivity. "This partnership is an exciting step to enhance our innovative and highly dependable solutions focused approach across key markets, with a shared ethos to help our customers resolve their most complex challenges," said Andrew Barrie, KBR President, Government Solutions EMEA. Adarga's UK-developed Knowledge Platform™ is built for rapid integration with partner programs and is already providing vital insights for the UK Ministry of Defence by driving faster, better and more informed decisions. Adarga CEO, Robert Bassett Cross, said, "Adarga is pleased to be partnering with KBR to expand the AI capabilities of customers across defense and national security. Together we will be able to provide customers with a transformational ability to leverage data as a strategic asset – a vital element of modern defense capability." About KBR We deliver science, technology and engineering solutions to governments and companies around the world. KBR employs approximately 29,000 people worldwide with customers in more than 80 countries and operations in 40 countries. KBR is proud to work with its customers across the globe to provide technology, value-added services, and long- term operations and maintenance services to ensure consistent delivery with predictable results. At KBR, We Deliver.

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