White House Takes Risk Directing IRS to Un-Furlough Staff to Process Tax Refunds

Government Executive | January 08, 2019

Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney has on several occasions contrasted the Trump administration’s handling of government shutdowns with what he characterizes as the Obama approach of “weaponizing” the lapses in services to make the pain more visible. On Monday, that line was repeated by Russell Vought, Mulvaney’s replacement as White House budget director, as he told reporters that “tax refunds will go out.  They will not be non-excepted activities.  That’s something that we will be sending out guidance on that we’re fixing from past administrations.”

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Donald Trump continues the debate over whether using the phrase 'radical Islam' impacts the fight against ISIS. President Obama recently called the focus on phrasing a political distraction and warned against isolating Muslim-Americans.

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Donald Trump continues the debate over whether using the phrase 'radical Islam' impacts the fight against ISIS. President Obama recently called the focus on phrasing a political distraction and warned against isolating Muslim-Americans.

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Tallcree Tribal Government partnering with TELUS and the CRTC to bring wireless connectivity to residents for the first time

TELUS | September 02, 2022

Today, Tallcree Tribal Government, TELUS and the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) are celebrating the commitment to bring wireless connectivity to Tallcree First Nation in Northern Alberta for the very first time. With a wireless connection, small businesses can thrive and compete both locally and globally, families can stay connected to loved ones who live out of town, young people can stay in their hometowns longer and participate in distance education, and perhaps most critically, a wireless connection provides a lifeline to call for help in the event of an emergency. This commitment was achieved after the CRTC approved funding for TELUS to build two new cellular sites in Tallcree First Nation through the CRTC Broadband Fund. This project is currently underway and is expected to be complete by late 2024. “We are pleased to announce to the communities of North and South Tallcree this tremendous opportunity for our people, We have been awaiting this announcement since 2019. Chief and Council and our Administration have worked in partnership with TELUS Wireless Services and the CRTC on this project for several years. This project opens up greater opportunity for our members in these communities. It brings the world to our doorstep and allows our communities to broaden their networks. We are pleased to be working with TELUS in this partnership and are extremely grateful to Brian Bettis and his team at TELUS for working so very hard on this project and extremely grateful to the CRTC for recognizing the importance of these communication tools that help our communities to remain connected. This project will provide the opportunities to our people that other communities have closer to larger centres and the Chief and Council encourage our communities to take full advantage of the services.” -Chief Rupert Meneen of Tallcree Tribal Government. This partnership builds upon TELUS’ commitment to bring world-class connectivity to communities across the province, providing the technological backbone for economic recovery and strength well into the future. Since 2000, TELUS has invested $220 billion nationally in network infrastructure, operations and spectrum, including more than $55 billion in technology and operations in Alberta. “TELUS is committed to ensuring everyone can thrive in our digital world, no matter where they live, We are proud to work alongside Tallcree First Nation and the CRTC to bring wireless connectivity to Tallcree First Nation members. This is part of our ongoing commitment to enable rural and Indigenous communities across the province, equipping residents and businesses with the speeds and coverage they need to connect to the people and information that matter the most.” -Tony Geheran, Executive Vice-President and Chief Operations Officer, TELUS. About Tallcree First Nation: The communities of North and South Tallcree are situated along the Highway 88 corridor; 45 km and 78 km respectively; south of Fort Vermilion, Alberta. There are approximately 500 people residing in these two communities. Leadership of this First Nation is comprised of Chief Rupert Meneen, Councilwoman Kathleen Auger, Councilman John Laboucan, Councilman Terence Meneen and Councilman David Bow-Noskiye. About TELUS: TELUS (TSX: T, NYSE: TU) is a dynamic, world-leading communications technology company with $17 billion in annual revenue and 17 million customer connections spanning wireless, data, IP, voice, television, entertainment, video, and security. Our social purpose is to leverage our global-leading technology and compassion to drive social change and enable remarkable human outcomes. Our longstanding commitment to putting our customers first fuels every aspect of our business, making us a distinct leader in customer service excellence and loyalty. The numerous, sustained accolades TELUS has earned over the years from independent, industry-leading network insight firms showcase the strength and speed of TELUS’ global-leading networks, reinforcing our commitment to provide Canadians with access to superior technology that connects us to the people, resources and information that make our lives better. TELUS Health is Canada’s leader in digital health technology, improving access to health and wellness services and revolutionizing the flow of health information across the continuum of care. TELUS Agriculture provides innovative digital solutions throughout the agriculture value chain, supporting better food outcomes from improved agri-business data insights and processes. TELUS International (TSX and NYSE: TIXT) is a leading digital customer experience innovator that designs, builds, and delivers next-generation solutions, including AI and content moderation, for global and disruptive brands across high-growth industry verticals, including tech and games, communications and media and ecommerce and FinTech. TELUS and TELUS International operate in 28 countries around the world. Driven by our determination and vision to connect all citizens for good, our deeply meaningful and enduring philosophy to give where we live has inspired TELUS, our team members and retirees to contribute more than $900 million, in cash, in-kind contributions, time and programs, and 1.8 million days of service since 2000. This unprecedented generosity and unparalleled volunteerism have made TELUS the most giving company in the world. Together, let’s make the future friendly.

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SecurityScorecard Partners with The National Association of Counties to Improve Cybersecurity Posture of Local Governments Across the U.S.

SecurityScorecard | July 19, 2022

In its ongoing effort to improve the security posture of federal, state and local government agencies, SecurityScorecard, the global leader in cybersecurity ratings, today announced a partnership with The National Association of Counties (NACo). Through this partnership, U.S. county governments will gain access to SecurityScorecard’s cybersecurity ratings platform to monitor and improve cybersecurity risk. NACo successfully piloted SecurityScorecard’s cybersecurity ratings platform, which involved 38 counties. SecurityScorecard’s platform is now available in the NACo County Tech Xchange, an online portal that connects more than 800 county CIOs, IT directors, CISOs and other county IT leadership. The portal provides resources that enable counties to improve their technology infrastructure. “We are committed to helping government entities in keeping their communities secure,” said Sachin Bansal, Chief Business and Legal Officer, SecurityScorecard. SecurityScorecard collects and analyzes global threat signals that give organizations instant visibility into the security posture of vendors and business partners as well as the capability to do a self-assessment of their own security posture. The technology continuously monitors 10 groups of risk factors to instantly deliver an easy-to-understand A-F rating. “Working with SecurityScorecard will enable us to improve the overall health of county networks and provide immediate access to information about cyber threats and risks, not only for county networks but also for third-party partners,” said Rita Reynolds, CIO of NACo. “This expansive approach offers sophisticated, real-time data that enhances counties’ capacity to monitor and protect critical assets.” In recent months, SecurityScorecard has established partnerships with the New York Department of Financial Services and U.S. state banking regulators via the Conference of State Banking Supervisors. In addition, SecurityScorecard has significantly increased its work with multiple congressional committees, federal and state agencies, and local authorities and meets regularly with government agencies for policy and operational collaboration, including threat intelligence briefings for major government agencies. SecurityScorecard is a founding member of the Institute for Security & Technology and the only security ratings provider to participate in the Institute’s cross-industry Ransomware Task Force. SecurityScorecard will participate in the NACo 2022 Annual Conference being held July 21 – 24. This is the largest meeting of county officials who will collaborate on NACo’s federal policy agenda, share proven practices and strengthen knowledge to help improve residents’ lives and the efficiency of county government. For more information on the SecurityScorecard cybersecurity ratings platform or to request a demo, please visit www.securityscorecard.com. About SecurityScorecard Funded by world-class investors including Evolution Equity Partners, Silver Lake Waterman, Sequoia Capital, GV, Riverwood Capital, and others, SecurityScorecard is the global leader in cybersecurity ratings with more than 12 million companies continuously rated. Founded in 2013 by security and risk experts Dr. Aleksandr Yampolskiy and Sam Kassoumeh, SecurityScorecard's patented rating technology is used by over 30,000 organizations for enterprise risk management, third-party risk management, board reporting, due diligence, cyber insurance underwriting, and regulatory oversight. SecurityScorecard is the first cybersecurity ratings company to offer digital forensics and incident response services, providing a 360-degree approach to security prevention and response for its worldwide customer and partner base. SecurityScorecard continues to make the world a safer place by transforming the way companies understand, improve and communicate cybersecurity risk to their boards, employees and vendors. Every organization has the universal right to their trusted and transparent Instant SecurityScorecard rating.NACo successfully piloted SecurityScorecard’s cybersecurity ratings platform, which involved 38 counties. SecurityScorecard’s platform is now available in the NACo County Tech Xchange, an online portal that connects more than 800 county CIOs, IT directors, CISOs and other county IT leadership. The portal provides resources that enable counties to improve their technology infrastructure. “We are committed to helping government entities in keeping their communities secure.” -Sachin Bansal, Chief Business and Legal Officer, SecurityScorecard. SecurityScorecard collects and analyzes global threat signals that give organizations instant visibility into the security posture of vendors and business partners as well as the capability to do a self-assessment of their own security posture. The technology continuously monitors 10 groups of risk factors to instantly deliver an easy-to-understand A-F rating. “Working with SecurityScorecard will enable us to improve the overall health of county networks and provide immediate access to information about cyber threats and risks, not only for county networks but also for third-party partners, This expansive approach offers sophisticated, real-time data that enhances counties’ capacity to monitor and protect critical assets.” -Rita Reynolds, CIO of NACo. In recent months, SecurityScorecard has established partnerships with the New York Department of Financial Services and U.S. state banking regulators via the Conference of State Banking Supervisors. In addition, SecurityScorecard has significantly increased its work with multiple congressional committees, federal and state agencies, and local authorities and meets regularly with government agencies for policy and operational collaboration, including threat intelligence briefings for major government agencies. SecurityScorecard is a founding member of the Institute for Security & Technology and the only security ratings provider to participate in the Institute’s cross-industry Ransomware Task Force. SecurityScorecard will participate in the NACo 2022 Annual Conference being held July 21 – 24. This is the largest meeting of county officials who will collaborate on NACo’s federal policy agenda, share proven practices and strengthen knowledge to help improve residents’ lives and the efficiency of county government. About SecurityScorecard- Funded by world-class investors including Evolution Equity Partners, Silver Lake Waterman, Sequoia Capital, GV, Riverwood Capital, and others, SecurityScorecard is the global leader in cybersecurity ratings with more than 12 million companies continuously rated. Founded in 2013 by security and risk experts Dr. Aleksandr Yampolskiy and Sam Kassoumeh, SecurityScorecard's patented rating technology is used by over 30,000 organizations for enterprise risk management, third-party risk management, board reporting, due diligence, cyber insurance underwriting, and regulatory oversight. SecurityScorecard is the first cybersecurity ratings company to offer digital forensics and incident response services, providing a 360-degree approach to security prevention and response for its worldwide customer and partner base. SecurityScorecard continues to make the world a safer place by transforming the way companies understand, improve and communicate cybersecurity risk to their boards, employees and vendors. Every organization has the universal right to their trusted and transparent Instant SecurityScorecard rating.

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Xage Draws Chevron Backing to Accelerate Zero Trust Adoption in Energy

Xage Security | July 15, 2022

Xage, the zero trust cybersecurity company, today announced investment from Chevron Technology Ventures to further accelerate the use of zero trust in protecting energy and other critical infrastructure from cyber threats. The additional capital extends Xage’s series B venture capital financing for a second time in the last two months, bringing Xage’s total financing to-date to $62M. “Xage’s zero trust security has the potential to expand corporate security standards to environments that increasingly are connected to one another. The technology can provide critical support to cybersecurity and digital transformation needs, This is the latest investment from our Core Energy Fund 7, which focuses on operational enhancement, digitalization and lower carbon technologies.” -Jim Gable, Vice President, Innovation and President of Technology Ventures at Chevron. Xage’s Fabric is specifically designed to bring a zero trust security model to complex environments without requiring an equipment overhaul. The Fabric overlays every machine, app, and data point within an operation to impose granular control over all digital interactions. In addition to the company's Identity & Access Management (IAM), Zero Trust Remote Access, and Dynamic Data Security solutions, Xage recently released a novel multi-layer, multi-factor authentication (MFA) capability designed specifically for real-world operations to block MFA hacks caused by “MFA bombing” and human error. “With Chevron participating in our series B, we’re able to accelerate our impact on energy companies and other critical infrastructure organizations to prevent hacks while building efficiencies and enhancing collaboration, We recently found that 88% of industrial cybersecurity leaders are taking steps to adopt zero trust, and 55% are reporting that zero trust is accelerating digital transformation. It’s our job to make sure these efforts are expedited, and expanded support from investors with deep knowledge of the energy sector will help us achieve that.” -Duncan Greatwood, CEO of Xage. Chevron Technology Ventures joins a growing number of energy sector investors backing Xage. The venture arm of Saudi Aramco invested in Xage’s series A and B; and more recently, Piva Capital, a venture capital firm investing in technologies ushering in a new industrial era, led Xage’s series B, with SCF Partners and Overture Climate Fund joining the round in May. About Xage- Xage is the first and only zero trust real-world security company. The Xage Fabric accelerates and simplifies the way enterprises secure, manage and transform digital operations across OT, IT, and cloud. Xage solutions include Identity & Access Management (IAM), remote access, and dynamic data security, all powered by the Xage Fabric. About Chevron Technology Ventures- Chevron Technology Ventures (CTV) pursues technologies and new business solutions that have the potential to enhance the way Chevron delivers affordable, reliable, and ever-cleaner energy.

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