U.S. outlines strong support for self-driving cars at CES

Reuters | January 08, 2020

U.S. outlines strong support for self-driving cars at CES
The Trump administration on Wednesday signaled strong support for self-driving vehicles as it released new guidance from federal agencies at the annual CES tech conference. U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao unveiled the administration’s latest principles for autonomous vehicles — dubbed 4.0, which she says unifies autonomous efforts across 38 U.S. departments and agencies. The proposal was first reported earlier Wednesday by Reuters.

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Noblis Launches RunGrants™ to Help Federal Agencies Modernize the Grants Management Lifecycle

Noblis | September 27, 2021

Noblis, Inc., a leading provider of science, technology and strategy services to the federal government, today announced the launch of its RunGrants™ solution to automate, streamline and expedite the grants management process from end-to-end. A Cloud-based grants solution, it centralizes relevant data to improve decision making and can be configured to meet unique agency and mission needs. RunGrants is the third offering announced within Noblis' Run solutions suite which helps government agencies and clients employ automation and analytics to streamline complex workflows, expedite and improve decision making and achieve broader IT modernization goals. "Funding from federal grants programs powers a wide range of critical public and private initiatives. Prioritizing and funding these initiatives to ensure that the most critical needs are met at the right time and in the best interest of the public can be challenging. RunGrants was developed with this in mind. It provides a clear, modern and user-friendly method for submitting and tracking grant applications to help stakeholders on both sides of the process from application submission, to evaluation, to selection." Mile Corrigan, senior vice president, Noblis' Federal Civil Solutions For more than a decade, Noblis has been helping to automate the federal grants lifecycle. With RunGrants, this expertise translates to a cloud-based solution that is: Automated – Delivers speed and accuracy improvements while reducing the need for management intervention in a highly secure platform. Standards-Based – Consolidates data for greater interoperability and support for modernization goals. Flexible – A low-code framework to easily customize for workflows, reports and functionality to match each agency's unique environment. Data-Driven – Gives managers and agency leadership deep insight into every aspect of the grants process for better awareness and decision making. Cost-Effective – Software-as-a-Service model means predictable costs, regular maintenance and improvements that keep up with evolving demands and a streamlined acquisition process. About the Run with Noblis Solutions Suite The Run with Noblis solutions suite addresses the evolving needs of federal agencies with the speed, performance and scale of digital solutions that create insights, automate workflows, streamline processes and drive greater outcomes. Learn more at noblis.org/run. About Noblis Noblis is a dynamic science, technology and strategy organization dedicated to creating forward-thinking technical and advisory solutions in the public interest. We bring the best of scientific thought, management and engineering expertise together in an environment of independence and objectivity to deliver enduring impact on federal missions. Noblis works with a wide range of government clients in the defense, homeland security, intelligence, law enforcement and federal civil sectors. Together with our subsidiaries, we tackle the nation's toughest problems and apply advanced solutions to our clients' most critical missions.

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Carahsoft and Coupa Collaborate to Deliver Spend Management Solutions to the Public Sector

Carahsoft | September 24, 2021

Carahsoft Technology Corp., The Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider®, today announced a strategic partnership agreement with Coupa, a leader in Spend Management. Under the agreement, Coupa’s Spend Management platform will be available to the public sector through Carahsoft’s NASA Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP) V contracts, Information Technology Enterprise Solutions – Software 2 (ITES-SW2), OMNIA Partners, as well as through Carahsoft’s network of reseller partners. “With a significant opportunity in the public sector, building the right strategic partnerships to accelerate innovations, growth and customer value are key. We are excited to work with Carahsoft to accelerate the value that Coupa delivers in the public sector.” Rob Glenn, Executive Vice President for Global Sales at Coupa Coupa has been supporting a growing list of federal entities such as the US Postal Service by enabling these organizations to gain visibility and control over their spend to increase efficiency and reduce risk. With Coupa, organizations can leverage a single, intuitive user interface for their transactional spend activities across procurement, invoicing, expense reporting, and pay. Coupa further leverages this transactional core to enable additional critical processes across spend analysis, supply chain planning and design, strategic sourcing, inventory management, contract management, contingent workforce management, suppliers and risk, and treasury management. Coupa’s unified Spend Management platform has been designed to support the unique needs of public sector agencies. In addition to Coupa Spend Management for federal being FedRAMP in process, Coupa offers open public sourcing events, expense reporting and management, and supplier classification for millions of suppliers to identify minority, veteran, or women-owned businesses. Additionally, Coupa can help agencies reduce supply chain disruptions to ensure resources are deployed to help public sector agencies fulfill their mission. “Spend management is critical to improving procurement architecture and monitoring expenses is crucial to an agency’s success,” said Harjeet Khalsa, Carahsoft Manager who leads the Coupa relationship. “In order for agencies to effectively manage their spend, they must have full visibility over their transactional activities to maintain control of their purchases. We look forward to working with Coupa and our reseller partners to provide the public sector with a cloud-based all-in-one platform that enables agencies to better manage resources across regions, driving improved adherence to budgets.” Coupa’s platform is now available through Carahsoft’s SEWP V contracts NNG15SC03B and NNG15SC27B, ITES-SW2 Contract W52P1J-20-D-0042 and OMNIA Partners Contract #R191902. 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 Engagement, 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.

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State of Wisconsin Selects Unisys to Provide Cloud-Based Contact Center Solution

Unisys Corporation | September 23, 2021

Unisys Corporation (NYSE: UIS) today announced that it has signed an agreement with the State of Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD), a new Unisys client, to provide a cloud-based contact center solution that will improve the experience of how citizens interact with government. Signed in the second quarter, the new platform provides the DWD with the scalability and flexibility to address the constantly-evolving needs of government programs. The solution better connects citizens to various government programs, including unemployment insurance, employment and training, and worker's compensation. It will further allow the DWD to enhance its existing communication channels, including chat and text, as well as provide the ability to better monitor interactions and enhance real-time reporting. It will also position the agency to advance its roadmap for the next generation of digital user experience and robotic process automation and artificial intelligence tools. DWD is working to systematically modernize and upgrade Wisconsin's unemployment insurance program with a laser focus on improving the customer experience. The Unisys web-based delivery system is one component of that effort, leveraging the benefits of the cloud to improve timeliness and effectiveness in connecting people with the services they need. DWD Secretary-designee Amy Pechacek As part of the agreement, Unisys will provide the NICE CXone contact center solution, a leading global cloud customer experience platform. CXone is also integrated with Unisys' InteliServe™️ platform, which is powered by automation and AI and transforms the traditional workplace into an intelligent platform that delivers a frictionless employee experience. "Our extensive expertise in both cloud and digital workplace solutions has uniquely positioned us to understand and create a tailored approach for the DWD," said Shawn Kingsberry, vice president and global head of Public Sector at Unisys. "We are hyper-focused on providing the innovation and leading technologies that will deliver a better user experience for our clients. By doing so, we can help our clients adapt to the changing demands of the market and achieve the right outcomes for their organizations." Leading global analyst firm NelsonHall recently named Unisys a leader in cognitive and self-healing IT infrastructure management services and has also named Unisys a Leader in the vendor evaluation for Cloud Infrastructure Brokerage, Orchestration & Management. More than 200 government agencies worldwide use Unisys solutions. For more information on Unisys' Public Sector solutions, click here. About Unisys Unisys is a global IT solutions company that delivers successful outcomes for the most demanding businesses and governments. Unisys offerings include digital workplace solutions, cloud and infrastructure solutions, enterprise computing solutions, business process solutions and cybersecurity solutions.

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Scale Computing Continues to Deliver High-Performing, Scalable Edge Computing and IT Infrastructure to the Government Sector

Scale Computing | September 22, 2021

Scale Computing, a market leader in edge computing, virtualization, and hyperconverged solutions, today announced ongoing momentum with customers in the public sector. The company’s HC3 Edge and IT infrastructure solutions continue to enable municipal institutions of all sizes to optimize operations with self-healing, automated infrastructure for all applications while protecting sensitive government data. In today’s world, IT management is tasked more than ever with simplifying infrastructure and delivering solutions to employees and citizens that mitigate risks in a whole new way. IT departments need to ensure that hardware and software are reliable, remotely accessible, and protected against cyberthreats. Scale Computing meets the complicated IT infrastructure demands of state and local governments. 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