US, China resume trade talks in Washington ahead of deadline

AP News | February 19, 2019

The United States and China resume talks Tuesday aimed at ending a fight over Beijing’s technology ambitions ahead of a deadline for a massive U.S. tariff hike. The White House said that meetings between mid-level delegations will begin in Washington following talks last week in Beijing that U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said “made headway” on key issues. On Thursday, Lighthizer will lead higher level talks, joined by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow and trade adviser Peter Navarro.

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This infographic looks at income in Canada, including the percentage of persons with low income, government transfers and the median after-tax income by family type.

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This infographic looks at income in Canada, including the percentage of persons with low income, government transfers and the median after-tax income by family type.

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Opus Interactive Partners with Carahsoft Technology Corp to Make Available Its Services for Federal, State, and Local Government

Opus Interactive | December 15, 2020

Opus Interactive, a main supplier of complex hybrid VMware cloud facilitating administrations, and Carahsoft Technology Corp., The Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider®, today reported a conventional association. Under the arrangement, Carahsoft will fill in as Opus Interactive's Master Government Aggregator® and make the FedRAMP Moderate Ready OpusGov (OG) accessible under Carahsoft's Haze Purchasing Program (CPP). This new association makes Opus Interactive's industry-driving high consistence, high security hybrid and multi-cloud administrations accessible to Federal, state, and nearby government and training associations. The set-up of start to finish administrations are presently accessible through Carahsoft's GSA Schedule, NASA Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP) V, National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) ValuePoint, National Cooperative Purchasing Alliance (NCPA), OMNIA Partners and The Quilt contracts and the organization's affiliate accomplices. Opus Interactive's FedRAMP Moderate Ready IaaS/PaaS, hybrid and multi-cloud arrangements are worked for execution, security and interoperability. This structure empowers offices to advance, store, cycle and move crucial outstanding tasks at hand with unwavering quality and security. Subsequent to assessing CPU, stockpiling read/compose, IOPs and organization execution, an outsider report positioned the Opus cloud IaaS offering as industry-driving with better execution for lower cost, quicker application execution and unrivaled organization execution. The WBENC certified Women-owned Small Business (WOSB) and Indian-owned Economic Enterprise offers Cloud Smart services that include: HIPAA, PCI-DSS, SOC 2 Type 2 and FedRAMP Moderate Ready IaaS, hybrid and multi-cloud solutions FISMA High datacenters strategically located to provide redundant failover by geographic region and energy grid Flexible hardware options and solutions tailored to the unique needs of agency workloads Performance backed and guaranteed by SLA compared to other IaaS solutions Price-Performance (CPU Performance): 2000% better performance per dollar Application Performance (Read and Write IOPs): 60% more IOPs, 500% more write IOPs Network Performance (Mb/s): 12x more throughput “With over 20 years of successful performance in the commercial sector, we’re excited for this opportunity to partner with Carahsoft as our Master Government Aggregator,” said Opus Interactive CEO Shannon Hulbert. “Carahsoft’s understanding of government procurement processes and dedicated sales, marketing and contracting experts combined with Opus’ offerings allows us to more quickly bring hybrid and multi-cloud services to public sector agencies that are undergoing modernization and digital transformation initiatives.” While sending Opus arrangements, clients will have the option to exploit Carahsoft's extraordinary pay-more only as costs arise model and its specific comprehension of public area contracting and consistence prerequisites. Carahsoft's CPP offers the public area an adaptable and available approach to get cloud arrangements from single or various sellers. Through CPP, clients can buy CarahPoints to put toward cloud items and administrations on a month to month or prepaid premise to coordinate their main goal and utilization needs. By offering an online entryway and pay-more only as costs arise alternative, CPP is fit to offices and public area associations trying to maintain a strategic distance from the expenses and seller lock in of the conventional acquisition measure. More data is accessible on Carahsoft's committed CPP asset focus. “Opus Interactive’s focus on compliance with FedRAMP and the latest regulatory mandates makes them a great addition to our cloud solutions portfolio under CPP,” said John Lee, Vice President of Cloud Services at Carahsoft. “In addition, the company’s commitment to performance, cost-efficiency and interoperability between public cloud offerings makes OpusGov a perfect match for agencies looking to scale their operations affordably without sacrificing security. We look forward to working with Opus and our reseller partners to optimize cloud adoption in the public sector.” About Opus Interactive Founded in 1996, Opus Interactive has earned a reputation for custom IT solutions that fit unique requirements for security, scalability, cost, and future growth needs of its customers. An accredited member of the International Managed Services Provider Alliance, the Company operates from Tier III+ data centers located in Hillsboro, Portland, Dallas, and Northern Virginia. Through close partnerships with industry-leaders and a commitment to customer satisfaction, Opus delivers custom solutions for Cloud Hosting & IaaS, Colocation, DRaaS & Backup, Object Storage, VDI, and Public Cloud Monitoring & Management. About Carahsoft Carahsoft Technology Corp. is The Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider®. As a top-performing GSA Schedule, SEWP and ITES-SW2 contract holder, Carahsoft serves as the Master Government Aggregator® for many of its best-of-breed technology vendors, supporting an extensive ecosystem of manufacturers, value-added resellers, system integrators and consulting partners committed to helping government agencies select and implement the best solution at the best possible value.

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Equifax Becomes First Consumer Reporting Agency to Achieve FedRAMP Ready Designation

Equifax | March 15, 2022

Equifax announced that it is the first consumer reporting agency to achieve a Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) 'Ready for Agency Authorization,' a designation enabled by the $1.5 billion Equifax technology and security transformation. The newly-listed Equifax Government Data Exchange system is an Application Programming Interface (API)-based delivery channel that enables secure access to real-time income and employment verification services from The Work Number. With the 'Ready for Agency Authorization,' the Equifax Government Data Exchange is the first offering to include an income and employment verification solution that meets FedRAMP standards for inclusion on the FedRAMP Marketplace. Equifax expects this to be the first of many Equifax products that will ultimately be made available to U.S. Government customers through the FedRAMP Marketplace. FedRAMP is a U.S. government program that provides a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services. Achieving FedRAMP Ready status indicates that Equifax delivers the security and enterprise-level capabilities required for commercial cloud service offerings. The approval of the Equifax Government Data Exchange system follows a third-party audit and preparation of a Readiness Assessment Report (RAR) that was performed by a FedRAMP third-party assessment (3PAO) organization. Achieving the FedRAMP Ready milestone is a testament to the engineering excellence of the Equifax CloudTM, our unique implementation of a public cloud infrastructure designed to meet the needs of our highly regulated data environment. Our global data fabric securely unifies more than 100 data silos into a single platform that delivers smarter insights at a greater velocity than ever before. That scale and integration is how the Equifax Cloud has moved us far beyond the scope of a consumer reporting agency and enabled us to respond to the needs of customers across industries in new ways. As government agencies continue to expand their use of data and analytics in the cloud, we're providing a secure, fully-managed FedRAMP-ready environment." Bryson Koehler, Chief Product, Data, Analytics & Technology Officer at Equifax Federal government agencies rely on The Work Number database to deliver seamless, instant verifications of income and employment information in support of social service benefit decisions. In 2021, The Work Number service fulfilled 30 million verifications in support of government assistance programs in the United States. Those streamlined verifications help government agencies make faster benefits decisions, which can reduce the time it takes for people to receive the critical assistance they need. "The Equifax Cloud environment has given us real-time visibility into our cloud infrastructure along with top-tier cybersecurity detection and response capabilities. Achieving FedRAMP Ready status—validation from one of the most stringent security standards in the world—further validates our commitment to being a leader in security," commented Jamil Farshchi, Chief Information Security Officer at Equifax. "Few companies have dedicated more time and resources into ensuring that information is protected. And, while our participation in FedRAMP guides our interactions with federal agencies, the rigor of the program benefits both the commercial clients of The Work Number and the consumers whose information is included within." The Equifax Government Data Exchange system is now listed on the FedRAMP Marketplace and Equifax is currently pursuing full FedRAMP Moderate certification. About Equifax At Equifax we believe knowledge drives progress. As a global data, analytics, and technology company, we play an essential role in the global economy by helping financial institutions, companies, employers, and government agencies make critical decisions with greater confidence. Our unique blend of differentiated data, analytics, and cloud technology drives insights to power decisions to move people forward. Headquartered in Atlanta and supported by more than 13,000 employees worldwide, Equifax operates or has investments in 24 countries in North America, Central and South America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific region.

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Alion Science and Technology is Proud to Announce That It Has Been Ranked in Washington Technology's List of 2020 Top 100 Federal Contractors

Alion Science and Technology Corporation | September 19, 2020

Alion Science and Technology is proud to announce that it has been ranked in Washington Technology's list of 2020 Top 100 Federal Contractors and Alion was also ranked in Washington Business Journal's List of Largest Private Companies in Greater D.C. Alion ranked 36 on Washington Technology's list and 21on Washington Business Journal's list, respectively. "Alion is proud to be included in these industry rankings and for being recognized among the best of the best. We have aggressively transformed our company into a premier advanced engineering technology provider for the defense and intelligence communities," said Steve Schorer, Chairman and CEO of Alion. "We innovate technology solutions, including advanced AI, electronic warfare, cyber, ISR and live, virtual, constructive training, rapidly to give the U.S. an advantage in all-domain warfare and to support the warfighter."

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