U.S. House takes hard line on China over Hong Kong, Huawei

Reuters | October 16, 2019

The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday passed four pieces of legislation taking a hard line on China, three related to pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong and one commending Canada in its dispute over the extradition of a Chinese telecom executive. All four measures passed by unanimous voice vote, as members of Congress - Democrats and Republicans - said they wanted to take an aggressive stance on China and show support for Hong Kong following four months of unrest in the city.

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This working paper documents an updated estimate of the federal funds distributed each year in whole or in part using U.S. Census Bureau data. This paper finds that 132 programs used Census Bureau data to distribute more than $675 billion in funds during the fiscal year 2015. In 2009, the Census Bureau issued a working paper that found more than $400 billion of federal funds were distributed using Census Bureau data (Blumerman, 2009). This estimate was frequently used to illustrate the value of accurate Census Bureau data to the public, as part of the effort to encourage timely survey and census responses. However, the “more than $400 billion” estimate was based on the fiscal year 2007 funding. As the Census Bureau actively prepares for the 2020 Census, an updated estimate becomes increasingly important.

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This working paper documents an updated estimate of the federal funds distributed each year in whole or in part using U.S. Census Bureau data. This paper finds that 132 programs used Census Bureau data to distribute more than $675 billion in funds during the fiscal year 2015. In 2009, the Census Bureau issued a working paper that found more than $400 billion of federal funds were distributed using Census Bureau data (Blumerman, 2009). This estimate was frequently used to illustrate the value of accurate Census Bureau data to the public, as part of the effort to encourage timely survey and census responses. However, the “more than $400 billion” estimate was based on the fiscal year 2007 funding. As the Census Bureau actively prepares for the 2020 Census, an updated estimate becomes increasingly important.

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Aurigo Software Achieves Amazon Web Services Government Competency Accreditation

Aurigo Software | December 09, 2022

Aurigo Software, North America's leading capital planning and construction management solution provider, today announced it has achieved Amazon Web Services (AWS) Government Competency status. Companies included on the prestigious list have demonstrated expertise in delivering technology to help government agencies meet mandates, reduce costs, drive efficiencies, and increase innovation. Aurigo's capital program management software is used by state and local government, federal agencies, and the transportation sector to plan, build, and maintain capital assets. Achieving this accreditation differentiates Aurigo as an AWS partner with deep domain knowledge and the ability to deploy solutions seamlessly through the AWS platform. The firm is one of only 36 product-led companies worldwide to make the list. "Aurigo is honored to achieve AWS Government Competency status, This is a testament to the outstanding team at Aurigo and the deep experience we have gained partnering with government agencies to deliver mission-critical software on the AWS cloud to help them plan and build modern and resilient infrastructure." -Balaji Sreenivasan, CEO and founder of Aurigo Software. AWS provides on-demand, distributed computing services to companies, non-profits, and government organizations. The firm is recognized as the market leader in providing solutions that enable scalable, flexible, and cost-effective data processing and storage in the cloud. AWS has a history of working with major government agencies to deliver technology with the highest levels of security, reliability, and performance. To support the seamless integration and deployment of these solutions, AWS established the AWS Competency Program to help government customers identify high-quality, trusted partners that have demonstrated technical proficiency and proven success in managing government workloads. Government Competency Partners provide solutions to—and have deep experience working with—public sector customers to deliver essential applications and workflows on AWS. They provide innovative, cloud-based solutions that comply with the highest AWS standards. "This designation differentiates Aurigo as the go-to, secure solution for government agencies, We look to partner with exceptional organizations like AWS to help our customers plan and build the roads, bridges, airports, and other infrastructure their communities need. Customers can be assured that Aurigo's SaaS products run on world-class cloud infrastructure with industry-leading best practices for security and availability." -Manish Sharma, Vice President, Engineering and Security at Aurigo Software. Aurigo has implemented capital program solutions for agencies such as the Utah Department of Transportation, the cities of Las Vegas, Seattle, and Houston, Portland Water Bureau, and Dallas Area Rapid Transit. The firm is the only construction technology company listed on the StateRAMP Authorized Vendor List and has been available on the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) marketplace since 2020. About Aurigo Software: Aurigo builds software that helps build the world. Aurigo provides modern, cloud-based solutions for capital infrastructure and private owners to help plan with confidence, build with quality, and maintain their assets efficiently. With more than $300 billion of capital programs under management, Aurigo's solutions are trusted by over 300 customers in transportation, water and utilities, healthcare, higher education, and government on over 40,000 projects across North America. Aurigo helps capital program executives make better decisions based on proprietary artificial intelligence and machine learning technology. Aurigo is a privately held U.S. corporation headquartered in Austin, Texas, with global offices in Canada and India.

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Cyware Cyber Fusion Centre (CFC) Platform Now Designated as FedRAMP Ready

Cyware | January 27, 2023

On January 26, 2023, a next-generation cybersecurity solutions provider Cyware, announced that its Cyber Security Centre (CFC) had achieved FedRAMP Ready designation from the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program's PMO (FedRAMP PMO). The adoption of secure cloud services throughout the federal government by offering a standardized approach to security for cloud technologies deployed in federal agencies is promoted by FedRAMP, a US govt-based program. The designation FedRAMP Ready signifies that a Third-Party Assessment Organization attests to Cyware's security capabilities and that a RAR (Readiness Assessment Report) has been deemed acceptable and reviewed by the FedRAMP PMO. As a result, the Cyware platform enables contractors and government agencies to benefit from the solution's advanced threat intelligence automation and created threat response capabilities which can improve the adoption of secure cloud technologies. Cyware's CFC offers federal security teams a solution to improve security effectiveness, speed up proactive response, and improve collaboration within the whole security ecosystem of a federal agency. The main goal is to make the country safer from cyberattacks by making better use of tools, resources, and assets that already exist. Chief Executive Officer of Cyware, Anuj Goel, said, "We are proud that Cyware has achieved this important FedRAMP milestone. This demonstrates our commitment to enhancing threat intelligence sharing and security operations for the public sector." He also said, "Now federal customers can leverage our platform to enable security collaboration, extend threat visibility, correlate threat intelligence, and ensure the highest levels of cloud security through intelligent orchestration and response." (Source: Business Wire) About Cyware Founded in 2016, a product-based cyber security provider,Cyware offers full-stack innovative cyber fusion solutions for all-source, technical, tactical, and operational threat response automation and threat intelligence sharing. The company empowers enterprises to adapt to the evolving threat landscape is utilizing the advances in ML, AI, Security Automation and Orchestration Technologies. The Cyber Fusion solution from Cyware combines SOAR and TIP technology, which makes it easier for security teams that work in separate groups to work together. Many government agencies, businesses, and MSSPs use the company. It also offers platforms for sharing threat intelligence for the majority of ISAC organizations around the world.

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LaunchDarkly Federal Feature Management Program Authorized by FedRAMP

Launchdarkly | January 25, 2023

On January 24, 2023, LaunchDarkly, a feature management platform, received moderate impact authorization from the FedRAMP (Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program) for its LaunchDarkly Federal solution, with endorsement from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). For years, LaunchDarkly has worked directly with US government agencies to drive innovation and increase resiliency in their software deployments. Many government organizations now use the platform to manage feature releases and deployments across their agencies and infrastructures. Customers can use the LaunchDarkly Federal solution to perform targeted rollouts efficiently, significantly improve release experiences, and confidently deploy new technology to millions of users. LaunchDarkly Federal supports connected and disconnected operations and is the market's first feature management platform to receive FedRAMP authorization. It is now better positioned to provide the public sector with an enterprise-class feature management solution that enables government agencies and their private sector partners to safely modernize and migrate applications while maintaining exceptional control. This authorization comes at a crucial time when government agencies strive to operate in the safest environments possible in the face of rising cyber security concerns. The platform is uniquely positioned to assist these agencies as they advance their DevSecOps initiatives to incorporate Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery (CI/CD). LaunchDarkly's commitment to enhancing the privacy and security of its platform is furthered by its FedRAMP authorization at a moderate impact level. The company has also confirmed that its platform supports HIPAA compliance, offering healthcare providers that adhere to strict privacy regulations with the confidence and capabilities they need to innovate continuously with less risk. About LaunchDarkly Founded in 2014 and based in Oakland (California), LaunchDarkly is a scalable feature management program. Feature management enables development teams to innovate rapidly by fundamentally altering how software is delivered to customers. DevOps teams can accelerate their journey to the cloud, standardize safe releases at scale, and collaborate more effectively with business teams with the ability to gradually release new software features on any platform to any segment of users. Currently, the platform deploys 20 trillion feature flag peaks daily, and this number continues to rise. LaunchDarkly is on the Forbes Cloud 100 list, Enterprise Tech 30 list, and InfoWorld's 2021 Technology of the Year list.

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