U.S. Justice Department issues subpoenas to automakers in California emissions probe

Reuters | November 08, 2019

The U.S. Justice Department has issued civil subpoenas to four major automakers, demanding that they disclose details on a deal struck with California in July to follow strict vehicle emissions standards, a source briefed on the matter said on Thursday. The Justice Department is carrying out an antitrust investigation into the voluntary agreement. It comes against a growing number of fights between the Republican White House and California on a number of fronts, including numerous environmental issues. The Trump administration in September issued a determination that California cannot set its own vehicle emission standards and zero-emission vehicle mandates and is investigating if the companies engaged in anti-competitive conduct in striking the deal.

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“Dodd-Frank” is shorthand for the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, whose chief co-sponsors on Capitol Hill were Senator Chris Dodd and Representative Barney Frank. These reforms -- which the President signed into law exactly five years ago today -- represent some the most sweeping financial reforms made since the Great Depression.

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“Dodd-Frank” is shorthand for the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, whose chief co-sponsors on Capitol Hill were Senator Chris Dodd and Representative Barney Frank. These reforms -- which the President signed into law exactly five years ago today -- represent some the most sweeping financial reforms made since the Great Depression.

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Cygnus Technologies and Carahsoft Announce CloudStack Offering to Deploy Zero Trust Data Management Capabilities

Cygnus Technologies | September 18, 2021

Carahsoft Technology Corp., The Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider®, and Cygnus Technologies, a cloud-focused technology reseller and services provider, today announced the availability of CloudStack, a turnkey cloud services stack that enables Federal, State and Local Government agencies and Public Sector organizations to rapidly deploy scalable zero trust data management capabilities. CloudStack is designed for rapid deployment to manage, migrate and secure mission critical data which is created, shared and consumed across edge, cloud, data center and hybrid environments. The solution stack leverages an API-first, platform agnostic architecture for maximum development flexibility, allowing Public Sector customers to select their compute, storage, data protection, application, infrastructure monitoring, networking and zero trust security components from a flexible configuration menu. This speeds the deployment of foundational cloud services technologies that can be managed either internally or by a third party as a service. We are proud to offer a solution that will enable the Public Sector to revolutionize how it handles and protects its data. We are also thrilled to collaborate with vendor, services and reseller partners across the channel to make CloudStack responsive to the requirements of customers’ highly complex missions and environments. Maryam Emdadi, Vice President at Carahsoft Under the partnership agreement, Carahsoft will serve as the lead distributor for CloudStack, and Cygnus Technologies will provide installation and configuration services. Hardware and ancillary software is supplied by Carahsoft’s vendors, including: Cygnus is proud to partner with Carahsoft to introduce this Capabilities Bundle from our Constellation Solutions Portfolio. CloudStack is a modular commercial cloud services capability designed for Public Sector, DoD and Intel customers who need highly secure configuration options to meet their mission requirements. Chris Prophett, Managing Partner, Cygnus Technologies CloudStack is delivered as a fully assembled, crated and ready-to-configure system. This offering is available through Carahsoft’s Cloud Purchasing Program (CPP) and the company’s reseller partners. Through CPP, customers can purchase cloud products and services on a monthly or prepaid basis to match their mission and usage needs. By offering an online portal and pay-as-you-go option, CPP is suited to Government agencies and Public Sector organizations seeking to avoid the costs and vendor lock in of the traditional procurement process. More information is available on Carahsoft’s dedicated CPP resource center. CloudStack is available to the Public Sector through Carahsoft’s NASA SEWP V contracts NNG15SC03B and NNG15SC27B and the company’s NASPO ValuePoint, NCPA and The Quilt cooperative purchasing contracts. About Carahsoft Carahsoft Technology Corp. is The Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider®, supporting Public Sector organizations across Federal, State and Local Government agencies and Education and Healthcare markets. As the Master Government Aggregator® for our vendor partners, we deliver solutions for Cybersecurity, MultiCloud, DevSecOps, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Open Source, Customer Experience and more. Working with resellers, systems integrators and consultants, our sales and marketing teams provide industry leading IT products, services and training through hundreds of contract vehicles. About Cygnus Technologies As a value added reseller, the Cygnus Technologies team brings deep experience advising Public Sector agencies on all technology aspects of their respective Cloud Adoption journeys. We work to earn our customers’ trust by focusing on their business needs, and by helping them drive operational excellence by executing more efficiently and cost effectively against their Mission Objectives as they embrace the Cloud.

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BlackBerry Strengthens Security Portfolio for Government and Regulated Industries, By Achieving NIAP Certification for BlackBerry UEM

BlackBerry Limited | September 18, 2020

BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) today announced that BlackBerry® Unified Endpoint Manager (BlackBerry UEM) has achieved certification from the National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP), a U.S. government initiative which oversees the evaluation of commercial cybersecurity products for use in U.S. national security systems. The NIAP certification further strengthens BlackBerry's portfolio of certified security solutions for the government sector, as well as regulated industries that have similarly stringent security requirements. The government offering includes NIAP-certified BlackBerry SecuSUITE® for Government for secure voice and FedRAMP-authorized cloud versions of BlackBerry® AtHoc® crisis communication, BlackBerry® Protect endpoint security, and BlackBerry® Government Mobility Suite endpoint management.

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Kwizcom has been approved as a Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider for the U.S. Government

KWizCom | March 24, 2021

KWizCom, a global leader in the development of SharePoint Forms and Workflows, as well as other SharePoint web sections and applications for Microsoft 365, is pleased to announce that their Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) for Microsoft Cloud for US Government has been approved. The Microsoft Cloud for Government is a comprehensive portal for US government public sector agencies. The portal is designed exclusively for federal, state, and local governments to comply with the US government's stringent protection and enforcement regulations. The US government agencies will also take advantage of the KWizCom's Microsoft 365 applications accessible via the system, in addition to being able to transfer their existing system to a cloud-based system to improve efficiency, reliability, and minimise costs. Via the Cloud Solution Provider programme (CSP) for Microsoft Cloud for US Government, KWizCom will now offer Microsoft cloud solutions and services to federal, state, local, and tribal agencies in the United States. About the company’s most recent achievement KWizCom’s Product Group Manager Nimrod Geva said, “We are happy to answer many of our US government customers’ requirements, by being able to provide our apps to customers who are switching to the Microsoft Government cloud.” About KWizCom Corporation Since 2005, KWizCom has provided innovative solutions and services to make SharePoint even better for over 10,000 companies worldwide. KWizCom's solutions and services expand Microsoft SharePoint out-of-the-box capabilities, streamline workflow, maximize efficiency and enhance over-all productivity for hundreds of thousands of users. KWizCom, a Gold Certified Microsoft Partner, is headquartered in Toronto, Canada.

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