Walmart's Mexico unit pays scaled-down tax of $358 million after government talks

Walmart | May 26, 2020

Walmart de Mexico paid $358 million in taxes after talks with the Mexican government over an even larger sum authorities had aimed to charge the retailer for the sale of a restaurant chain, the company said on Monday. The pact comes as President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador seeks to tighten tax enforcement in a country with the lowest take in the 36-nation Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. On Monday, Lopez Obrador said collection was up this year from the first five months of 2019.

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Media reports indicate the Trump Administration will propose freezing existing federal fuel economy standards for cars and SUVs at 2020 levels, thereby undoing fuel economy increases for model years 2022 to 2025 set by previous administrations. Energy Innovation’s modeling predicts that freezing these standards would damage the U.S. economy, costing a total of $450 billion (real 2018 U.S. dollars, discounted at three percent annually) through 2050.

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Media reports indicate the Trump Administration will propose freezing existing federal fuel economy standards for cars and SUVs at 2020 levels, thereby undoing fuel economy increases for model years 2022 to 2025 set by previous administrations. Energy Innovation’s modeling predicts that freezing these standards would damage the U.S. economy, costing a total of $450 billion (real 2018 U.S. dollars, discounted at three percent annually) through 2050.

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Deloitte and Dcode Renew Partnership to Drive Tech Innovation in Federal Market

Deloitte | January 14, 2021

Today Deloitte and Dcode announced a restored yearly collaboration to bring top arising tech from the private area to government offices. Through Dcode's governmentally engaged quickening agent for arising tech and set-up of government contributions to improve mission results, Deloitte draws in with forefront tech organizations and forward-inclining government pioneers to encourage matchmaking, joining openings, and enduring upgrades to the public authority's tech stack. "The emerging tech ecosystem can be a powerful source of innovation for government agencies. We're excited to continue working with Dcode to help tech companies apply solutions to government missions and accelerate transformative value for our clients," said Mike Isman, Managing Director, Deloitte Consulting LLP. The U.S. government has the chance to put a portion of the $90 billion dollars spent on tech in FY2021 towards acquiring the best arising tech organizations. Exploring and confirming the correct business tech arrangements that are prepared to scale in the government market is critical to surveying danger and preparing tech organizations to succeed. "We work with emerging tech companies, the U.S. government, and key collaborators like Deloitte to bring top tech onto contract and into government missions," said Dcode CEO Meagan Metzger. "If government contractors, systems integrators and other firms can get better commercial tech onto federal contracts then it will drive substantive government innovation in this shifting landscape." As Dcode works out its local area stage, Nexus, in light of expanding request from arising tech organizations, funding speculators, and the U.S. government, Deloitte will be a central member in supporting the development of the public authority advancement environment. About Dcode Dcode connects the tech industry and government to drive commercial innovation in the federal market. We help emerging tech companies, federal agencies, and industry partners understand each other and work together to improve the government with better tech. Dcode has worked with more than 100 tech companies and hundreds of government organizations, generating more than 200 new implementations of commercial technology in government and millions in federal contracts. 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.

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iDirect Government’s Evolution platform has been Enhanced with Information Assurance and Cybersecurity

iDirect Government | November 05, 2020

iDirect Government (iDirectGov), a leading provider of satellite communications to the military and government, today announced that the Evolution® platform has been enhanced with information assurance (IA) and cybersecurity as a part of a multi-layered approach to security. Two main technology advancements in Evolution 4.2.2.0 include SHIELD, a security service for remotes, and Communication Signal Interference Removal (CSIR™), a real-time streaming technology to mitigate interference. These enhancements are fully integrated across iDirectGov’s 9-Series satellite modems. To address vulnerabilities in satellite modems, SHIELD provides periodic IA security updates for the 9-Series modems. These remote-side packages are created using the same capability that the Defense Information Systems Agency's (DISA’s) Assured Compliance Assessment Solution (ACAS) recognizes. When installed, SHIELD addresses vulnerabilities based on the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) and Nessus ID database on the satellite modem and delivers IA posture across the SATCOM network.

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Makpar Introduces Innovation Lab to Launch New Products and Services for Government

Makpar | May 26, 2021

Makpar Corporation, an experienced solutions-orientated contractor focused on modernizing IT solutions for the federal government, today announced that it has released its Makpar Innovation Lab, which aims to enhance mission success for the government via modern-day innovations. By testing and developing the modern emerging technologies, the new Makpar Innovation Lab aims to introduce new services and products to its government customers – to enhance solutions at the same time as deepening data analytics, to add significant context and power to data-driven decisions. “With the new Makpar Innovation Lab, we aim to constantly refine our solutions to best meet new and emerging government IT needs,” stated Tariq Islam, Director of Technology and Solutions at Makpar. “From tackling big data problems to the usage of pattern analysis and AI, we aim to constantly develop solutions that make data relevant, timely, and actionable for the government.” About Makpar Makpar is an experienced solutions-orientated federal government contractor focused on IT infrastructure modernization. Since 2009, the organization has provided mission-critical, modern technology for federal agencies looking for enterprise-wide solutions. Our capabilities encompass cybersecurity, data strategy, cloud migration, IT project management, application development, and agile transformation. Recognition and awards include the 2019 SBA Region three Subcontractor of the Year award, listing on Fortune’s Best Small and Medium Workplaces, and multi-year certifications as a Great Place to Work.

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