U.S. senators question Amazon on coronavirus safety at warehouses

Amazon | March 21, 2020

Four Democratic U.S. senators on Friday expressed concern in a letter to Amazon.com Inc Chief Executive Jeff Bezos that the world’s largest online retailer has not given enough support to warehouse staff during the coronavirus outbreak, according to a copy of the message seen by Reuters. The lawmakers, led by Cory Booker and including presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, pointed to a news report that said disinfectant wipes and sanitizers were in low supply at Amazon facilities. The letter said workers risked poor performance ratings if they took sufficient time to wash their hands after coughing or sneezing on the job, also citing a news report.

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U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz spoke at a Pride Month celebration at DOE. While acknowledging the tragedy at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, he called on people to move forward. He praised the progress of LGBT community in marriage equality and said he looked forward to more. "Continuing prejudice, bigotry, and sometimes violence are unequivocally unacceptable. It's true throughout society and, for us, it starts in this department. Gender, race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation: We welcome diversity and we pledge a supportive workplace for all," he said.

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U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz spoke at a Pride Month celebration at DOE. While acknowledging the tragedy at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, he called on people to move forward. He praised the progress of LGBT community in marriage equality and said he looked forward to more. "Continuing prejudice, bigotry, and sometimes violence are unequivocally unacceptable. It's true throughout society and, for us, it starts in this department. Gender, race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation: We welcome diversity and we pledge a supportive workplace for all," he said.

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Sigma Defense Announces Acquisition of Sub U Systems to Deliver Enhanced C5ISR and JADC2 Capabilities

Sigma Defense | May 18, 2022

Sigma Defense Systems LLC, a portfolio company of Sagewind Capital and leading provider to the national security community, announced it has acquired Sub U Systems. Founded in 2008, Sub U Systems is a leading manufacturer of deployable tactical edge-of-network route, switch, and computing technology for commercial, government, and military use. The acquisition of Sub U Systems strengthens the Sigma Defense portfolio, expanding its existing capabilities for C5ISR, JADC2 and tactical SATCOM communications to deliver a more robust portfolio of solutions tailored to specific use cases. Together, Sigma Defense and Sub U Systems are positioned to deliver a broad range of software applications via a common hardware platform to include ISR relay, edge computing, AI/ML and analytics at the edge. Sigma Defense’s operating model, process maturity and management experience will further strengthen Sub U Systems’ product capabilities. The acquisition of Sub U aligns with our vision of autonomously connecting people, systems and data with an integrated hardware and software approach to communications. We are very excited to be able to deliver a platform that will support leading edge solutions such as artificial intelligence and machine learning and analytics at the edge delivering sense, make sense and act capabilities supporting the DoD vision for JADC2. Sub U not only accelerates our vision for the future, but their customers will recognize immediate benefits through our ability to scale and deliver more in the way of engineering resources, manufacturing output and program management.” Matt Jones, CEO of Sigma Defense “Sigma Defense is a natural fit for Sub U Systems’ tactical communications and IP networking solutions,” said Keir Tomasso, President and Founder of Sub U Systems. “Our history of innovative product design and development of customized communications solutions will bring new capabilities to the Sigma Defense portfolio. Sub U customers will benefit from the experience of the Sigma Defense management team and their ability to scale and deliver system and solutions in support of customer’s unique requirements. I am very proud of what we have accomplished and the entire Sub-team looks forward to bringing our innovative approach to Sigma Defense.” Mr. Tomasso will continue to oversee Sub-U Systems operations and develop new solutions for growth. About Sigma Defense Sigma Defense Systems LLC is a leading technology company serving the Department of Defense (DoD) providing systems and services for Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance since 2006. The company’s software-focused approach to tactical communications accelerates information collection and sharing for faster decision making and better mission outcomes. Customers turn to Sigma Defense for engineering, program management, and data logistics services for technical solutions that encompass ground, air, and space-based systems and sensors and network and satellite communications. Sigma is headquartered in Perry, GA with satellite offices both CONUS and OCONUS. About Sub-U Sub U Systems (SUB-U) designs and manufactures software and hardware-based IP routers, switches, computers, integrated IP-based appliances, and Software Definable Network Appliances (SDN‑A), for the commercial, public safety, and defense markets. As NSA Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSfC) experts, SUB-U delivers secure, high-performance products that meet the most stringent environmental requirements where ruggedization, size, weight, and power are critical. SUB-U also provides a full range of specialized support services in the form of custom design engineering and communications solution engineering support services.

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Treasury Board Secretariat on behalf of Ontario Ministry of Finance Awards Key Mission-Critical

Fairfax Software | January 17, 2022

Fairfax Software is pleased to announce that it has been recently awarded a contract by the Ontario Government to provide: comprehensive software solution for payment processing (electronic and paper-based), image processing of paper for non-remittance forms, and full-service data entry. This contract was awarded to Fairfax Software following rigorous competitive procurement undertaken by the Treasury Board Secretariat on behalf of Ministry of Finance (MOF). Fairfax Software will implement and integrate the latest version of its Quick Modules 5.0 software suite, which provides a single platform designed to process all of MOF's 5.9 million annual inbound mail and electronic transactions for payment processing and data capture. This comprehensive solution will support all 126 business programs across 16 client ministries and will include technical and operational training. Fairfax Software's extensive solution will also cover and support approximately 90 new and existing interface files with 15 separate systems. The contract calls for design and implementation over eighteen-month period, a phased rollout of twenty-four months, and a full operation period of three and half years but has the potential for a 15-year term. Fairfax Software's solution is unique by providing an efficient approach with a streamlined single platform of imaging, remittance processing, data capture, monitoring, and reporting for all payment types while balancing, reconciling, and depositing the daily fund receipts. Many technical features and business benefits associated with the implementation of the Quick Modules 5.0 system have solidified Fairfax Software as an industry leader. The Fairfax Software award-winning solution Quick Modules 5.0 was built from the ground up to process real-life payment data and electronic transactions, along with all its associated attachments, with or without remittance, all in one single workflow under one common Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) SQL Server database. This paradigm, which was invented and commercialized by Fairfax Software, has become a staple in U.S.-based state and commercial payment front-end processing for the last decade or more. More U.S. state tax and revenue agencies have adopted this paradigm than not. "We are delighted to have earned this contract and honored to serve the Ontario Government. Our single platform solution will streamline the Ministry's workflow in the most efficient way possible and in an enterprise-wide capacity." Michael Minter, Vice President of Sales and Marketing stated: "Our award-winning Quick Modules solution has met and exceeded the competitive scrutiny of the Ontario Government's procurement process. Once again, we have proven that our solution is the best on the market for processing incoming mission-critical data." Steve Chahal, President and Chief Executive Officer of Fairfax Software Fairfax Software has been providing state-of-the-art data capture and remittance processing solutions to state government clients, and more specifically state revenue clients since 1994 and with this award extends its solution footprint abroad. Fairfax Software's solutions, based on the signature product Quick Modules, are now the de-facto engine powering the payment and data capture processes in thirty-three (33) different U.S. states and forty-three (43) state agencies. Fairfax Software is capitalizing on its success in the United States' marketplace and expanding its award-winning software into the Canadian market. Fairfax Software has recently announced that it is henceforth offering to host its mission-critical state government solutions in its secure and encrypted cloud on Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure with several state governments having adopted it.

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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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