NanoGraf, U.S. Department of Defense Partners, Receives $1.65M Funding to Develop Longer Lasting Batteries for Soldiers

NanoGraf | July 21, 2020

NanoGraf, an advanced battery material company, today announced that it has partnered with the U.S. Department of Defense to develop a longer-lasting lithium-ion battery, designed to provide U.S. military personnel with better portable power for the equipment they rely on to operate safely and effectively. The Department of Defense will provide NanoGraf with $1.65 million to develop silicon anode-based lithium-ion technology in a format compatible with all portable batteries, with a goal of enabling a 50-100 percent increase in runtime when compared to traditional graphite anode lithium-ion cells. The $1.65 million grant is provided by The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, a U.S. government program whose mission is to support scientific excellence and technological innovation through investment in research in critical American priorities for a strong national economy.

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GOVERNMENT FINANCE

Tyler Technologies Extends 17-Year Relationship for Digital Government and Payment Solutions in the State of Colorado

Tyler Technologies | January 05, 2022

Tyler Technologies, Inc. today announced that the Colorado Statewide Internet Portal Authority (SIPA), on behalf of the state of Colorado, has signed a contract extension for Tyler’s award-winning digital government and payments services. The one-year agreement extends the existing 17-year relationship between Colorado’s SIPA and Tyler’s subsidiary, NIC. In the state of Colorado, Tyler’s NIC Division currently provides more than 1,100 digital government services, working with 580 state and local government entities and securely processing more than 8 million transactions. Among those services is a multi-award-winning content management system hosting more than 400 websites for government partners, including the state’s official website, Colorado.gov. Additionally, Tyler recently signed a 10-year agreement with the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), Division of Professions and Occupations, for Tyler’s ETK Regulatory™ solution, its Socrata® insights solution for analytics, its mobile inspection solution, and NIC Payments™, an electronic payment solution. “The solutions we provide across the state of Colorado create smarter, safer, and stronger communities and meet residents’ growing demand for access to convenient, easy-to-use, and secure digital services,” said Elizabeth Proudfit, president of Tyler’s NIC Division. “We are thrilled to extend this trusted partnership and look forward to continuing to empower state and local governments in Colorado to drive impactful digital transformation.” About Tyler Technologies and NIC Acquired by Tyler Technologies on April 21, 2021, NIC is a leader in digital government solutions and payments, partnering with government to deliver user-friendly digital services that make it easier and more efficient to interact with government. NIC and Tyler are united in their mission to empower public sector entities to operate more efficiently and connect more transparently with their constituents and with each other. Tyler has more than 37,000 successful installations across more than 12,000 locations, with clients in all 50 states, Canada, the Caribbean, Australia, and other international locations. Tyler has been named to Government Technology's GovTech 100 list five times and has been recognized three times on Forbes' "Most Innovative Growth Companies" list.

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CYBERSECURITY

GuidePoint Security’s Jean-Paul Bergeaux Named Among the WashingtonExec Cyber Execs to Watch

GuidePoint Security | April 20, 2022

GuidePoint Security, a cybersecurity solutions leader enabling organizations to make smarter decisions and minimize risk, is proud to announce that the company’s Federal practice CTO, Jean-Paul Bergeaux, was named by WashingtonExec a Cyber Exec to Watch in 2022. WashingtonExec’s list highlights executives in both government and industry consistently staying one step ahead of adversaries, equipped with the technical know-how to safeguard systems and information. Jean-Paul has helped many of GuidePoint Security’s customers modernize their cybersecurity programs and architectures. He is passionate about helping agencies operationalize their cybersecurity tools and processes, and ultimately improving their overall security strategy and posture. Bergeaux’s vast knowledge of vendor solutions and emerging technologies is a true asset to both GuidePoint, our vendors and our customers.” Jim Quarantillo, Federal Partner, GuidePoint Security WashingtonExec selected Bergeaux as a Cyber Exec to Watch in 2022 because of the work he and his team are doing to help agencies on their journey to adopting a zero trust security model. By building an interactive demo environment based on multiple zero trust use cases and various OEM choices, as well as leading agencies through zero trust workshops, Bergeaux has helped customers shift from a theoretical to a practical zero trust approach. Bergeaux is an influential practitioner within the cybersecurity and federal government communities, through his numerous articles and blogs on the President’s Executive Order as well as follow-on guidelines around Zero Trust requirements. About GuidePoint Security GuidePoint Security provides trusted cybersecurity expertise, solutions and services that help organizations make better decisions that minimize risk. Our experts act as your trusted advisor to understand your business and challenges, helping you through an evaluation of your cybersecurity posture and ecosystem to expose risks, optimize resources and implement best-fit solutions. GuidePoint’s unmatched expertise has enabled a third of Fortune 500 companies and more than half of the U.S. government cabinet-level agencies to improve their security posture and reduce risk.

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GOVERNMENT BUSINESS

SuperCom Launches New $1 Million Project in Central Coast California

SuperCom | January 18, 2022

SuperCom , a global provider of secure solutions for the e-Government, IOT and Cybersecurity sectors, announces today that its fully-owned subsidiary, Leaders in Community Alternatives (LCA), has launched a new project with a probation department in Central Coast California to provide rehabilitative services. This launch reflects the progression of an award in this county previously announced, and the successful completion of county approval process well as contract negotiations and execution. This project, which also has an emphasis on employment services for women, supports those reentering the community from periods of incarceration by providing evidence-based and individualized services that contribute to a reduction in recidivism. This new project is valued at approximately $1 million over a term of three years, or approximately $340,000 per year. "We are pleased to continue our momentum into 2022 with another new project launch, this time in California with an existing customer, further validating the value of our offerings and the strength of our long-term customer relationships. We attribute this new project also to our successful track record of creating customized programs that best suit the needs of public agencies related to reducing recidivism, improving outcomes, and ultimately changing behavior," commented Ordan Trabelsi, President and CEO of SuperCom. "Looking forward, we expect to win more multi-year government projects with both new and existing customers globally which will add on to our annual recurring revenues." Ordan Trabelsi, President and CEO of SuperCom About SuperCom Since 1988, SuperCom has been a global provider of traditional and digital identity solutions, providing advanced safety, identification and security solutions to governments and organizations, both private and public, throughout the world. Through its proprietary e-Government platforms and innovative solutions for traditional and biometrics enrollment, personalization, issuance and border control services, SuperCom has inspired governments and national agencies to design and issue secure Multi-ID documents and robust digital identity solutions to its citizens and visitors. SuperCom offers a unique all-in-one field-proven RFID & mobile technology and product suite, accompanied by advanced complementary services for various industries including healthcare and homecare, security and safety, community public safety, law enforcement, electronic monitoring, livestock monitoring, and building and access automation.

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GOVERNMENT BUSINESS

DOJ joins whistleblower case against EHR vendor Modernizing Medicine and co-founder

Phillips & Cohen LLP | March 26, 2022

The US Department of Justice has filed notice that it intends to join a whistleblower lawsuit filed by Phillips & Cohen LLP against Modernizing Medicine and a co-founder alleging serious violations of the False Claims Act involving the company's electronic health records (EHR) software and illegal kickbacks to physicians. ModMed sells a cloud-based electronic health records (EHR) system, through subscription services, to specialty medical practices, including, gastroenterology, orthopedics, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, pain management, plastic surgery, rheumatology, urology and dermatology practices. Medical practices use the software for clinical documentation, prescribing medications, telemedicine, billing and more. The "qui tam" (whistleblower) complaint was filed under seal in 2017 by Phillips & Cohen LLP on behalf of a former ModMed executive. The case became public yesterday when a federal district court in Vermont lifted the seal. DOJ filed a notice of partial intervention on March 15 and is continuing to investigate the allegations. The government is expected to file its complaint against ModMed, specifying what charges it is making against the EHR company, in the next 90 days or so. The complaint names as defendants ModMed, based in Boca Raton, Florida, and its CEO Daniel Cane. A founder of ModMed, Cane previously founded the educational software company, Blackboard.com, which he later sold. The "relator," or whistleblower, in the False Claims Act case is Amanda (Mandy) Long. She was recruited as a product director by Cane in 2014 and was promoted multiple times, eventually becoming Vice President of Product Management. She resigned in 2017. I am pleased the Justice Department recognizes the seriousness of this matter and is intervening in the case after investigating my allegations." Amanda (Mandy) Long The False Claims Act and the government's investigation The False Claims Act empowers whistleblowers to file qui tam lawsuits to sue entities that are defrauding the government. The law requires that the cases be filed under seal. The government then investigates the allegations and decides whether to join the case before it is made public. Whistleblower rewards under the False Claims Act range from 15% to 25% of any recovery resulting from allegations in which the government intervenes and 25% to 30% of any recovery resulting from allegations in which the whistleblower pursues without government intervention. Long and her attorneys expressed appreciation to the government for its quick response to her qui tam complaint. In particular, they thanked US Attorney Nikolas Kerest of the District of Vermont, Assistant US Attorney Owen C.J. Foster, Assistant US Attorney Lauren Lively, DOJ Civil Frauds Assistant Director Edward Crooke, DOJ Trial Attorney Kelley C. Hauser and DOJ Trial Attorney Sarah A. Hill. The US Attorney's Office for the District of Vermont has been at the forefront in pursuing fraud and kickbacks cases against EHR companies. They have settled cases with eClinicalWorks ($155 million settlement), Practice Fusion Inc. ($145 million settlement) and Greenway Health LLC ($57.5 million settlement). The office also played a key role in the federal government's $8 billion global settlement with Purdue Pharma for civil and criminal violations including allegations Purdue paid kickbacks to Practice Fusion for designing medical software to influence physicians to prescribe its highly addictive opioid pills. Colette G. Matzzie, a whistleblower attorney and partner at Phillips & Cohen, and co-counsel Tristram J. Coffin, a partner at Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC, represent Long in the qui tam case. Colette G. Matzzie represented whistleblowers in three other qui tam cases against EHR companies that have settled. They include the ground-breaking case against eClinicalWorks, which alleged the EHR vendor engaged in civil fraud and illegal kickback schemes, and a qui tam case against CareCloud, which also alleged kickbacks paid to healthcare providers to boost sales ($3.8 million settlement). Tristram J. Coffin is the head of Downs Rachlin Martin's white-collar group and was the US Attorney for the District of Vermont under President Obama. In addition to representing Long in this qui tam case, he and Downs Rachlin Martin served as local counsel with Phillips & Cohen in the eClinicalWorks case.

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