US Democrats push election security bill amid impeachment probe

aljazeera | October 09, 2019

House Democrats unveiled broad legislation on Tuesday to protect the country's elections as they investigate whether US President Donald Trump inappropriately solicited foreign election help from Ukraine before the 2020 vote. A House committee could advance the election security bill as soon as next week. It would tighten the laws around the exchange of campaign information between candidates and foreign governments, require that campaigns report illicit offers of foreign help to the FBI and limit some campaign spending by foreign nationals. The bill would also require more transparency in online political ads. House Democrats are conducting an impeachment inquiry into Trump's dealings with Ukraine, including his request on a July phone call for the country to open an investigation into Joe Biden and his family. Trump says he did nothing wrong and calls the conversation "perfect". There has been no evidence of wrongdoing by the Bidens.

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In this Biz Moment, Jason W. Harrington, CEO of HB Construction shares visions and realities of the construction industry today and going forward in Bernalillo County. These Biz Moments are an occasional series from Bernalillo County Economic Development.

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In this Biz Moment, Jason W. Harrington, CEO of HB Construction shares visions and realities of the construction industry today and going forward in Bernalillo County. These Biz Moments are an occasional series from Bernalillo County Economic Development.

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DLT Solutions | November 19, 2020

DLT Solutions, LLC., a completely owned auxiliary of Tech Data and a head government technology solutions aggregator, has collaborated with Microsoft to bring to advertise Azure and Modern Workplace solutions to the U.S. public area. These contributions will be accessible through DLT's Cloud Navigator Program and will remember improved International Traffic for Arms Regulations (ITAR) agreeable help through DLT's Confirmed Stateside Support offering. As a result, DLT is an authorized U.S. public sector distributor of Microsoft Azure and Modern Workplace solutions, including: Azure Commercial Cloud Azure Government Azure Government Secret Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) Azure Platform as a Service (PaaS) Azure Software as a Service (SaaS) Modern Workplace applications, such as Microsoft 365, Microsoft Dynamics 365 and the Microsoft Power Platform "Migrating workloads to the cloud is an important step on the pathway for digital transformation and IT modernization for government organizations," said Chris Wilkinson, president, DLT Solutions, a Tech Data company. "By distributing Microsoft's Azure and Modern Workplace solutions to the U.S. public sector, DLT and our partners will be able to help these organizations accelerate their modernization goals and mission objectives with an expanded set of cloud portfolio solutions." Through Cloud Navigator, DLT's accomplice network evaluates cloud availability, gives government client cloud movement backing and guarantees these associations look after perceivability, increase significant insight, and accomplish computerization and responsibility over their cloud speculations. DLT's Confirmed Stateside Support is reason worked for the U.S. public area, offers programming support for technology merchant solutions and our accomplices, and conveys all day, every day all year U.S. resident, U.S. soil, ITAR-agreeable technical help. This outcomes in complex case goal, less calls into technology seller activity focuses and higher government consumer loyalty rates. "We selected DLT because they're a top-tier technology solutions aggregator in the U.S. public sector with a strong channel partner ecosystem and a wide range of in-house contract vehicles," said Rick Wagner, president, Microsoft Federal. "Leveraging DLT's Cloud Navigator Program, Confirmed Stateside Support and strong relationships in the federal and state, local and education (SLED) markets provides Microsoft with significantly more opportunities to secure new business and enhances our capabilities to better serve our U.S. public sector customers." About DLT Solutions DLT Solutions is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tech Data, the world's leading end-to-end distributor of technology products, services and solutions. DLT is the premier government solutions aggregator that specializes in understanding the IT needs of the federal, state, local and education markets. We help simplify the process for independent software vendors, federal systems integrators and value-added resellers doing business in the public sector. Leveraging Tech Data's end-to-end portfolio, an extensive array of public sector contract vehicles, and dedicated channel and enablement services, DLT provides government agencies and channel partners with the means to rapidly and cost effectively transform technology to achieve mission success.

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

The Open Group | November 24, 2020

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Accela | February 15, 2022

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