U.S. government contractors get first look at Huawei ban

Reuters | August 07, 2019

The U.S. agency responsible for government contracts on Wednesday released an interim rule for a ban on federal purchases of telecommunications equipment from five Chinese companies, including Huawei. The ban is part of a broad U.S. push against Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, the world’s largest telecommunications network gear maker, which Washington accuses of espionage and stealing intellectual property.

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The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) is charged with advising the President on how his Administration can effectively support the development and application of science and technology (S&T) for the benefit of the American people, the creation of new jobs and industries, the security of our homeland, the well-being of our Nation, and the prosperity of our people.

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The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) is charged with advising the President on how his Administration can effectively support the development and application of science and technology (S&T) for the benefit of the American people, the creation of new jobs and industries, the security of our homeland, the well-being of our Nation, and the prosperity of our people.

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Deloitte Launches New AI Platform CortexAI for Government

Deloitte | February 01, 2021

As the new Administration and statehouses the nation over work to handle key needs across the elements of wellbeing, financial recuperation, environment and racial imbalances, information and its powerful use through arising AI innovations will be key empowering influences. To quicken the reception of AI in government, Deloitte today declared its new AI platform, CortexAI™ for Government. Intended to quicken AI sending among public area associations, CortexAI for Government consolidates demonstrated government and industry solutions with AI models, apparatuses and specialized designs tailored to help public area missions with an emphasis on AI quality, review and morals. "AI is more than technology. Through CortexAI for Government, we will help agency leaders and frontline public servants introduce new AI solutions and execute their organizations' missions more effectively and with reduced cost," said Ed Van Buren, principal with Deloitte Consulting LLP and leader of Deloitte's public sector AI practice. "We are also deeply committed to advancing the ethical use of AI so that its use in American government becomes a model for the commercial sector and the world." Solutions built on CortexAI for Government already serving government clients A few administrative organizations and state governments are now utilizing applications and solutions fueled by CortexAI for Government to drive their central goal, enable their workers, and better serve people in general. Quite, Deloitte's RegExplorer™, which utilizes AI to break down a huge number of guidelines, permits policymakers to rapidly recognize clashing or obsolete guidelines, improve and modernize guidelines, and empower significant change. "When you are trying to comb through regs at different state agencies, it takes a long time," said Carrie Kuruc, director of Ohio's Common Sense Initiative, speaking about RegExplorer. "When you have tech that can do it quickly, you take it in a heartbeat." Democratizing AI for wide government adoption and deployment CortexAI for Government gives a blend of on-platform, mission-situated applications and solutions and in-platform models, instruments and curated informational collections. Planned explicitly to address the issues of government customers, CortexAI for Government can send and scale regardless of where an office is in their AI modernization venture. "CortexAI for Government is an innovation platform that enables organizations to quickly operationalize AI capabilities and address specific mission and mission support needs," said Mark White, principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP and lead for CortexAI for Government. "That means agencies can drive new capabilities quickly and at a larger scale, while also saving government resources." About Deloitte Deloitte provides industry-leading audit, consulting, tax and advisory services to many of the world's most admired brands, including nearly 90% of the Fortune 500® and more than 7,000 private companies. Our people come together for the greater good and work across the industry sectors that drive and shape today's marketplace — delivering measurable and lasting results that help reinforce public trust in our capital markets, inspire clients to see challenges as opportunities to transform and thrive, and help lead the way toward a stronger economy and a healthier society. Deloitte is proud to be part of the largest global professional services network serving our clients in the markets that are most important to them. Now celebrating 175 years of service, our network of member firms spans more than 150 countries and territories.

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AT&T Cybersecurity Launches New Managed Solution to Help U.S. Federal Agencies Modernize and Protect their IT Infrastructure

AT&T | November 18, 2021

What's the news? AT&T* has launched an integrated, managed cybersecurity solution to help U.S. federal agencies modernize and protect their IT infrastructure in compliance with Trusted Internet Connection (TIC) 3.0 cybersecurity guidance. AT&T Government Trusted Internet brings together software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) technology, security capabilities and fiber connectivity in a 24/7 managed solution through a single provider. The comprehensive, scalable solution integrates with the AT&T Managed Trusted Internet Protocol Service, extending highly secure remote access to federal agency workers and branch offices. Why is this important? As federal agencies increased their adoption of mobile and cloud technologies in 2020 to support telework, cyber risks and requirements changed. These changes prompted new TIC 3.0 guidance from the federal government's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency to protect federal data and networks and provide visibility of cloud and remote users. The need for federal agencies to modernize their IT infrastructure also increased this year with the White House Executive Order (EO) on Improving the Nation's Cybersecurity in May. The EO calls for bold changes and investments to improve the cybersecurity posture of the federal government including moving to Zero Trust. Zero Trust is a security framework requiring all users, whether in or outside the organization's network, to be authenticated, authorized, and continuously validated for security configuration and posture before being granted or keeping access to applications and data. What makes this new cybersecurity solution different? AT&T is a trusted network provider to U.S. federal government agencies, helping them maximize network efficiency and performance no matter where they are on the network transformation continuum. AT&T Government Trusted Internet meets federal agency requirements for highly secure remote connectivity supporting remote users and branch offices. The solution optimizes network performance while allowing government agency users to connect directly to the internet to access cloud-based applications in a highly secure manner. It provides centralized network visibility across users, devices, and locations to monitor users whether they are on or off the network to reduce security risks. These capabilities allow federal agencies the flexibility and speed they require as they modernize their IT infrastructure. AT&T Government Trusted Internet delivers threat analysis and correlation through the AT&T Security Operations Center and AT&T Alien Labs Open Threat Exchange® global threat sharing community to help federal agencies monitor and reduce ongoing cybersecurity risks. The solution includes additional capabilities such as Zero Trust Network Access to provide highly secure remote access to applications, data, and services based on clearly defined access control policies. When will this new cybersecurity solution be available? AT&T Government Trusted Internet is immediately available to U.S. federal agencies. Chris Kissel, Research Director, Tier 2 SOC Analytics, IDC "Federal agencies want to stay ahead of evolving cyber threats and comply with TIC 3.0 and the Executive Order, but they also want as little friction as possible. What I see as compelling about AT&T Government Trusted Internet is it considers all of the possible use cases including remote workers and the practical implementation of Zero Trust. Additionally, the AT&T Security Operations Center and AT&T Alien Labs Open Threat Exchange provide monitoring and security insights." "The shift to telework and increased cyber threats have created urgency for federal agencies to enhance the security of their IT infrastructure. AT&T Government Trusted Internet helps federal employees to efficiently connect to remote agency networks and cloud environments in a highly secure manner while continually managing risks." Brandon Pearce, AVP, Product Marketing Management, AT&T About AT&T Communications We help family, friends and neighbors connect in meaningful ways every day. From the first phone call 140+ years ago to mobile video streaming, we @ATT innovate to improve lives.

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Bonfire Releases Open Access Community Projects, Now Free to Government and Public Sector Procurement Teams Everywhere

Bonfire Interactive Inc. | December 02, 2021

Bonfire Interactive Ltd. , a business unit of GTY Technology and a leader in strategic sourcing and procurement software for the public sector, today announced it has officially released Bonfire Open Access Community Projects. This new procurement tool—free to anyone working in public sector purchasing—provides access to an extensive database of public projects from across North America to streamline the RFx creation process. “Procurement teams can get requests for nearly anything, from pothole patching to software solutions to PPE . When facing new or unfamiliar projects, it’s not uncommon for purchasing agents to spend a lot of time—sometimes hours—searching Google for templates. That is not an effective use of procurement teams’ time, and going into 2022, it’s going to be downright unsustainable. Our data found that public agencies ran 39% more projects in 2021 compared to 2020, and with the Biden administration’s newly-approved Build Back Better infrastructure funding, we believe that number will skyrocket. We’re making Bonfire Open Access Community Projects free to all public procurement teams everywhere, making it easy to access resources from their peers and help reduce the time and effort spent drafting RFP documents.” Omar Salaymeh, CEO of Bonfire Bonfire Open Access Community Projects is a free, searchable repository of tens of thousands of public projects from Bonfire’s growing database of over 500 North American public sector agencies. Procurement professionals can use the tool to easily search for and review just about any public project and access all supporting bid documents. Teams will have access to best-in-class examples of successful RFP events to model their own projects, eliminating the need to create new RFPs from scratch, or conduct a tedious online search for general templates. “The biggest challenge we face in public procurement today is ensuring we can continue to build quality RFPs in less time, especially with the surge in project volume we’re experiencing. And that means getting the right information together for a new RFP from the start,” said Maija Lampinen, Procurement and Contracts Manager at the Port of Everett, Washington. “With Community Projects, we’ve been able to easily search for similar projects run by other agencies, see how they structured their projects, and leverage supporting documentation to use as templates. It’s making a big impact on how we run our projects and the time it saves us during RFP creation.” “Even before it officially launched, we already had so many public procurement professionals from across North America pre-register for Bonfire Open Access Community Projects,” said Salaymeh. “It just affirms that our new product offering is meeting a real need felt by procurement teams everywhere.” The launch of Bonfire Open Access Community Projects was first announced at NIGP Forum back in August, where attendees could sign up to be first in line to access the portal. In addition to the freely available Open Access Community Projects, Bonfire also released a version for current customers earlier this year. About Bonfire Interactive Inc. Bonfire Interactive Inc. (“Bonfire”) is a business unit of GTY Technology Holdings Inc. and a leader in strategic sourcing and procurement software. Bonfire empowers organizations to find the right vendors and make the right purchasing decisions with ease and confidence. With tools to support the entire vendor lifecycle (sourcing, contract management, and vendor performance), Bonfire goes beyond traditional mechanics of standard procurement suites to make complex decision-making easy. The combination of flexible technology and world-class customer service makes Bonfire the solution of choice for both public and private sector organizations. Bonfire is an award-winning solution recognized by industry-leading outlets including Gartner, GovTech, Spend Matters, Best in SaaS,, and the International Business Awards. About GTY Technology Holdings Inc. GTY Technology Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: GTYH) (“GTY”)) brings leading government technology companies together to achieve a new standard in citizen engagement and resource management. Through its six business units, GTY offers an intuitive cloud-based suite of solutions for state and local governments spanning functions in procurement, payments, grant management, budgeting, and permitting: Bonfire provides strategic sourcing and procurement software to enable confident and compliant spend; CityBase provides government payment solutions to connect constituents with utilities and government agencies; eCivis offers a grant management system to maximize grant revenues and track performance; Open Counter provides government payment software to guide applicants through complex permitting and licensing procedures; Questica offers budget preparation and management software to deliver on financial and non-financial strategic objectives; Sherpa provides public sector budgeting software and consulting services.

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