White House Finalizes 1.9 Percent Pay Raise for Civilian Feds

Government Executive | March 28, 2019

President Trump on Thursday signed an executive order authorizing a 1.9 percent pay increase for federal employees this year, retroactive to January, ending six weeks of waiting and speculation about when the measure would be implemented. On Feb. 15, Trump enacted a spending package to keep the government open through September that included a 1.4 percent across-the-board pay increase for civilian federal workers and an average 0.5 percent increase in their locality pay for this year. The provision was retroactive to the first pay period of the year, which began Jan. 6.

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Nok Nok and UberEther Partner to Deliver Phishing-Resistant MFA Fedramp-Certified IAM Solutions to Protect the US Federal Government and its Supplier

nok nok | November 30, 2022

Nok Nok, a leader in FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) authentication solutions and a founder of the FIDO Alliance, today announced it is partnering with UberEther, a leading provider of identity and access management solutions to the federal government. Together they will extend FedRAMP certification of UberEther's IAM Advantage platform with innovative cybersecurity capabilities requested by some of the world’s highest-profile agencies and organizations. FedRAMP’s standards-based approach to security assessment and authorization enables federal agencies, customers, and their suppliers to transition from insecure legacy IT infrastructure to mission-enabling, secure, and continuously-monitored cloud solutions with an increased focus on securing and protecting federal information. UberEther’s IAM Advantage model is FedRAMP High and DoD Impact Level 5 ready, which means that even the most closely monitored companies can run their identity in the cloud more securely, efficiently, and effectively. Once UberEther is fully FedRAMP authorized, it will have one of the only private-tenant, cloud identity solutions available in the federal marketplace that government agencies use to find compliant, FedRAMP-approved cloud services. This designation builds on UberEther’s highest commitment to security standards. “Nok Nok is very honored to partner with UberEther to deliver trusted IAM solutions to the largest government agencies with built-in next-level MFA that meets the highest levels of security, Nok Nok’s FIDO authentication solutions add key features and benefits per the federal mandate in the White House’s 2021 Cybersecurity Executive Order that defines how the government will lead by example in adopting best of breed cybersecurity capabilities. Nok Nok and UberEther’s partnership adds new innovation to mandated FedRAMP solutions that enables government agencies and their supplier networks to become phishing-resistant and therefore more secure, while also becoming easier to use.” -Phillip Dunkelberger CEO Nok Nok. At UberEther, we're extremely excited to be working with Nok Nok on this opportunity to bring phishing-resistant credentials to the federal government, said Matt Topper, President and CEO, UberEther. We're not only focused on enabling citizens and partners of the federal government to connect to services more securely, but we're also enabling service members, civilians, government employees, and contractors to work with mission-critical systems more easily. We all know that zero trust is the future of security within the federal government and worldwide, and identity is the first pillar of zero trust that we need to protect the nation. With Nok Nok inside, government agencies and their suppliers will be able to offer more secure sign-in and a great user experience that's better than anything we've been able to provide before, continued Topper. “I am excited about the future that Nok Nok and UberEther are creating. With FIDO passkeys built into device hardware and software applications, and now FedRAMP standards incorporating phishing-resistant MFA, we are keeping our nation’s networks safe along with the agencies, partners, civilians, and government employees who use these networks”. -Robert Lentz, a member of Nok Nok’s Board of Advisors and who served our nation as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense and the first Chief Information Security Officer for the Department of Defense. About UberEther: UberEther effectively builds and efficiently runs the security, identity, and access management services that protect many of our nation’s most critical assets. Identity is the core foundation for secure services in every organization, and we pride ourselves on protecting it. Our established and dependable UberEther team delivers identity solutions for some of the most trusted government agencies and supplier networks. Since 2009, the UberEther team has been building simple, secure, sustainable customer solutions for local and Federal Government agencies and within the Intelligence Community. We are passionate about using technology to solve problems, and we use this passion to prove innovative solutions on our own time before bringing these innovations to our customers. Our diverse background of development, integration, and operations skills allows our team to take into account all aspects of a solution and ensure that what works great in the lab will excel in production. About Nok Nok: Nok Nok is a global leader in passwordless customer authentication. Delivering the most innovative FIDO solutions for the authentication market today, Nok Nok empowers global organizations to dramatically improve their user experience and security, and reduce operating expenses while meeting the most advanced privacy and regulatory requirements. The Nok Nok™ S3 Authentication Suite integrates into existing security environments to deliver proven, FIDO-enabled passwordless customer authentication. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, California, the company has delivered unique inventions and innovations protected by a robust global patent portfolio. As a founder of the FIDO Alliance and an innovator of FIDO standards, Nok Nok is an expert in next-level, multi factor authentication. Global customers trust their customer authentications with Nok Nok’s S3 Suite for their user registrations, sign-ins, and payment confirmations. Nok Nok’s customers and partners include Verizon, Intuit, T-Mobile, BBVA, NTT DOCOMO, NTT DATA, MUFG Bank, AFLAC Japan, Standard Bank, Fujitsu Limited, and Hitachi.

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EMERGING TECHNOLOGY

SuccessKPI Achieves FedRAMP Authorization

SuccessKPI | December 12, 2022

SuccessKPI, Inc., a cloud-native contact center customer experience insight and action platform provider, today announced that they have achieved FedRAMP authorization at a moderate impact level through the Joint Authorization Board (JAB). FedRAMP (Federal Risk Authorization Management Program) is a United States federal government program providing a standardized methodology for security assessment, authorization, and monitoring of cloud products and services. The JAB provides authorization for certified cloud platforms for use by government agencies. "SuccessKPI is an essential part of our cloud-based Contact Center as a Service (CCaaS) analytics offerings. Their suite of AI and ML powered solutions help us collaborate with our partners to drive operational efficiencies and improve the citizen experience." -Andy Beamon, Senior Vice President, Total Experience Technologies, Maximus. Maximus is a leader in government customer engagement center practices, offering omni-channel technologies and professional consulting services to improve the customer experience through automation and operational performance. Maximus moves people forward and enables successful mission outcomes. As agency missions continue to require increased levels of service for citizens, faster decision making, and decisive action on the front lines, the SuccessKPI platform brings a full suite of tools to meet these challenges. The SuccessKPI platform combines a business intelligence layer, data lake architecture, speech and text analytics, quality management, and automation tools specially designed for large customer engagement centers. "We are delighted to continue to expand our partnership with Maximus to support government digital transformation, FedRAMP authorization serves as further validation of our joint commitment to our Federal customers." -David Rennyson, President and CEO of SuccessKPI. About SuccessKPI: SuccessKPI is a revolutionary on-demand experience analytics software provider enabling organizations to utilize artificial intelligence and automation to improve business outcomes and transform customer experiences. SuccessKPI's insight and action platform removes the obstacles that agents, managers, and executives encounter in delivering exceptional customer service. We are trusted by some of the world's largest government, BPO, financial, healthcare, and technology contact centers in the United States, Europe, and Latin America. About Maximus: As a leading strategic partner to governments across the globe, Maximus helps improve the delivery of public services amid complex technology, health, economic, environmental, and social challenges. With a deep understanding of program service delivery, acute insights that achieve operational excellence, and an extensive awareness of the needs of the people being served, our employees advance the critical missions of our partners. Maximus delivers innovative business process management, impactful consulting services, and technology solutions that provide improved outcomes for the public and higher levels of productivity and efficiency of government-sponsored programs.

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CYBERSECURITY

NASPO Adds Fidelis Cybersecurity Platforms to Its ValuePoint Contracts

Fidelis Cybersecurity | February 02, 2023

National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO), has recently added Fidelis Cybersecurity platforms to its existing ValuePoint contracts with Carahsoft Technology Corporation, providing cyber defense solutions to associated Education institutions, States, and Local Governments. Its integrated cloud security platform helps customers delve deeper into their digital environments, detect, and respond to threats faster, improve threat detection, enable continuous risk assessment, and ensure compliance and security. Alex Whitworth, Sales Director leading the Fidelis team at Carahsoft, said, “The addition of Fidelis’ platforms to this contract creates new opportunities for NASPO members to protect their critical operations and safeguard sensitive Government data. “Fidelis’ cybersecurity solutions exceed standard threat protection by enabling proactive cyber defense across cloud environments and on-premises. We look forward to working with Fidelis and our reseller partners to make it easier for our joint customers to acquire this advanced technology.” (Source – Business Wire) Dale McCloskey, Senior Vice President, Federal Sales at Fidelis Cybersecurity, said, “Universities and State and Local agencies are under a continuous barrage of attacks. We are excited to expand our partnership with Carahsoft and enable NASPO’s State and Local agency and higher education customers to shift to proactive cyber defense with integrated Deception, XDR and cloud security and compliance platforms to better protect their hybrid environments from advanced threat actors.” (Source – Business Wire) About Fidelis Cybersecurity Fidelis Cybersecurity is a cyber defense provider for modern IT, serving cyber threat detection, withdrawal, response, compliance, and cloud security. It offers dynamic cyber terrain mapping, multi-facet context, and risk assessment. It reduces attackable surfaces, threat detection, incident response, and automated exposure prevention, providing professionals with context, speed, accuracy, and portability security to the top government agencies, enterprises and commercials that trust it globally. In addition, it secures production assets from adversaries with decoys, countering ongoing attacks and gathering intelligence to prepare for future attacks.

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