White House claims Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s drug-pricing bill would result in 100 fewer drugs over a decade

CNBC | December 03, 2019

Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s sweeping drug-pricing bill would result in as many as 100 fewer drugs hitting the U.S. market over the next decade, the White House claimed in a report Tuesday. The White House, citing an analysis from the Council of Economic Advisers, an agency within the executive office, also said Pelosi’s bill would lead to worse health outcomes and cost the U.S. economy $1 trillion per year over that time period. The report from the administration, which has some health policy analysts scratching their heads, suggests far greater consequences than other estimates for both the drug industry and American consumers if the bill is enacted.

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Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States: “It is safer to have the whole people respectably enlightened than a few in a high state of science and the many in ignorance.” Jefferson felt that a real democracy requires an educated populace, who can better participate in the issues of the day. From nps.gov: “He believed ignorance to be the enemy of freedom, and he wanted to correct what he considered to be the defects of educational institutions modeled on European settings and curriculum.” [For more about Jefferson’s thoughts on education and plan for the University of Virginia President Obama, our current and 44th president, had said in Aug 2010, at the University of Texas in Austin, “The single most important thing we can do is to make sure we’ve got a world-class education system for everybody. That is a prerequisite for prosperity. It is an obligation that we have for the next generation.

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Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States: “It is safer to have the whole people respectably enlightened than a few in a high state of science and the many in ignorance.” Jefferson felt that a real democracy requires an educated populace, who can better participate in the issues of the day. From nps.gov: “He believed ignorance to be the enemy of freedom, and he wanted to correct what he considered to be the defects of educational institutions modeled on European settings and curriculum.” [For more about Jefferson’s thoughts on education and plan for the University of Virginia President Obama, our current and 44th president, had said in Aug 2010, at the University of Texas in Austin, “The single most important thing we can do is to make sure we’ve got a world-class education system for everybody. That is a prerequisite for prosperity. It is an obligation that we have for the next generation.

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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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DLT Solutions Launches Cloud Navigator Website With Online Assessment for Partners

DLT Solutions | October 01, 2021

DLT Solutions, LLC., a wholly owned subsidiary of Tech Data Corporation, and part of the TD SYNNEX™ family, announced today that it has launched CloudNavigator.com, a new resource to help information technology (IT) solution providers grow their United States (U.S.) public-sector cloud business. CloudNavigator.com is another entry point for solution providers to engage with DLT and its Cloud Navigator Program. The website includes a brief online assessment which gives solution providers actionable insights into their cloud readiness and next steps to take to enhance their cloud offerings and services. "Finding the right path to cloud solutions in the U.S. public sector is complex and multifaceted. CloudNavigator.com offers an easy online assessment tool, which is powered by DLT's more than 30 years of experience in the U.S. public sector, to help solution providers get actionable information and a step-by-step plan to accelerate their cloud business." Chris Wilkinson, president, DLT Solutions DLT's Cloud Navigator Program helps solution providers expand their market reach and makes it easier for their U.S. public-sector customers to migrate to the cloud. Once a solution provider takes the assessment on CloudNavigator.com, and receives their results, they can take advantage of the Cloud Navigator Program and gain access to support for their U.S. government customers. "Cloud technology in the U.S. public sector is evolving rapidly and continues to drive digital transformation efforts across U.S. government organizations. DLT's Cloud Navigator Program and its new assessment tool at CloudNavigator.com allows small to large solution providers to enhance and grow their U.S. public-sector cloud business at any stage, while providing their U.S. government customers with the benefits and services they need to reduce costs, improve service delivery and increase productivity across their entire organization." Andre Van der Post, vice president of next-gen solutions sales, DLT Solutions About DLT Solutions DLT Solutions is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tech Data and part of the TD SYNNEX family. DLT is the premier government solutions aggregator that specializes in understanding the IT needs of the U.S. federal, state, local and education markets. We help simplify the process for independent software vendors, federal systems integrators and value-added resellers doing business in the U.S. public sector. TD SYNNEX is a leading global distributor and solutions aggregator for the IT ecosystem. We're an innovative partner helping more than 150,000 customers in 100+ countries to maximize the value of technology investments, demonstrate business outcomes and unlock growth opportunities. Headquartered in Clearwater, Florida, and Fremont, California, TD SYNNEX' 22,000 co-workers are dedicated to uniting compelling IT products, services and solutions from 1,500+ best-in-class technology vendors. Our edge-to-cloud portfolio is anchored in some of the highest-growth technology segments including cloud, cybersecurity, big data/analytics, IoT, mobility and everything as a service. TD SYNNEX is committed to serving customers and communities, and we believe we can have a positive impact on our people and our planet, intentionally acting as a respected corporate citizen. We aspire to be a diverse and inclusive employer of choice for talent across the IT ecosystem.

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SemanticBits Will Be Acquired by ICF

ICF | June 10, 2022

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