Pentagon Seeks Pitches for 5G-Enabled Virtual Reality Projects

The Defense Department | March 18, 2020

The Defense Department recently revealed it’s working with the National Spectrum Consortium through an other transaction agreement to strategically test and pioneer applications of fifth-generation wireless technology at four domestic military bases. The agency outlined its aims in December to publish four separate requests for prototype proposals that solely the consortium’s more than 300 members would be eligible to respond to. Each RPP would encompass different military installations that NSC members could support to help Defense officials experiment with emerging 5G use cases. Since then, and over the last couple weeks, the agency rolled out three of the four requests—and the most recent launched Monday. Upon that release, a consortium spokesperson offered Nextgov a brief update on the requests published so far, a glimpse into what’s to come and details around the ultimate aims of the effort.


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Ceres calls on the U.S. government to strengthen the federal procurement process

Ceres | January 17, 2022

In response to the federal government's request for comments on draft regulations that would revise the federal procurement process to factor in sustainability in government purchasing, Ceres submitted recommendations that would help reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) while incentivizing zero-carbon innovation. The U.S. government is the world's largest purchaser of products and services, spending around $665 billion in 2020. Last year, President Joe Biden called the climate crisis a challenge that would require a "whole-of-government approach, and followed up on this statement by issuing an Executive Order and sustainability plan in December 2021. It outlined targets for federal climate-focused procurements that would significantly reduce carbon emissions from large federal vendors. In its recommendations, Ceres is calling on the government to: Require major suppliers demonstrate a commitment to Paris climate targets, including annually disclosing GHG emissions and a science-based plan for reducing those emissions to net zero by 2050 or sooner. Deliver substantial reductions in the government's own GHG emissions; achieve mass commercialization of products essential to meeting Paris climate targets; and address long-standing racial and social inequities resulting from climate. Institute a new competitive bidding process focused on high-priority, zero-carbon products to reward and incentivize technological innovations and cost reductions in these products. Utilize federal grants and loans to reduce GHG emissions through the procurement program, with a focus on large-scale grant funding authorized by the new bipartisan infrastructure law. "If we want to avoid the worst impacts of the climate crisis, we need to produce substantial greenhouse gas emissions reductions by 2030. With our recommendations, the new sustainability-focused federal procurement program can help to make dramatic progress on climate change, fuel bold innovation, create new green jobs, and promote environmental justice," said Steven M. Rothstein, Managing Director of the Ceres Accelerator for Capital Sustainable Markets at Ceres. "We look forward to working with the administration, investors, companies and other stakeholders to improve the program and ensure quick and successful implementation."

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iQor Earns Government Safety Seal in Santa Rosa

iQor | April 07, 2022

The Philippines Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has recognized iQor Santa Rosa with the Government Safety Seal Certification for the BPO sector in the province of Laguna. This is the second such certification for iQor, which was the first BPO to receive this recognition in Region 4A (Calabarzon Region) when iQor Dasmarinas received the certification. Companies in the manufacturing, utilities, and business process outsourcing (BPO) industries are eligible for the certification based on compliance with government health and safety standards. This is the second iQor contact center the Philippines government has recognized with a Safety Seal Certification. It celebrates the importance we place on ensuring the health and safety of our employees. Our teams are committed to working together to create a safe and rewarding work environment that employees look forward to being a part of each day.” Gary Praznik, iQor President and CEO iQor, a managed services provider of customer engagement and technology-enabled BPO solutions, is committed to complying with all government health and safety standards to safeguard employees and to deliver consistent and reliable service to clients. With the power of technology and automation, iQor distributes the health checklist and monitors vaccination status to ensure only those who are vaccinated enter iQor facilities. “iQor has ongoing investments to create safe work environments,” said Fleurette Navarro, iQor senior vice president of global recruitment and Philippines human resources. “We collaborate throughout our organization to create excellent experiences for our employees. This certification recognizes the work we have done from the start of the pandemic to adhere to health and safety protocols to ensure the wellbeing of all employees.” The certification was presented to iQor by Attorney Nepomuceno A. Leaño, II, OIC assistant regional director DOLE IV-A; and Deah Celeste Tercias, senior labor employment officer, DOLE Laguna. iQor has 16 contact centers in the Philippines archipelago in Cavite, Davao, Iloilo, Laguna, Negros Occidental, Pampanga, and Quezon City. About iQor iQor is a managed services provider of customer engagement and technology-enabled business process outsourcing (BPO) solutions comprised of 35,000 amazing employees spanning 10 countries. We are passionate about delivering an outstanding omnichannel customer experience for brands across the globe. Harnessing intelligent CX technology that can scale teams anywhere, our BPO solutions create happy employees and delighted customers. Our irresistible culture results in a smile with each interaction to create optimal customer experiences. We enable diverse teams to scale our BPO digital solutions from local to global to create the CX experience brands demand to win and keep customers.

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Carahsoft Receives Exclusive 2022 BlackBerry NALA Distributor Partner of the Year Award at BlackBerry Partner Cybersecurity Sales

Carahsoft | April 19, 2022

Carahsoft Technology Corp., the Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider announced that it has been named the 2022 BlackBerry NALA Distributor of the Year. On April 5-6, 2022, BlackBerry hosted a virtual partner sales event with the theme “The Power of…”, which highlighted the power of partnership and vision, joint market opportunities, and technical strategy. The virtual event attracted more than 300 global solution providers, MSSPs, and distributors. We value our long-standing partnership with Blackberry and are honored to be named the Distributor Partner of the Year for North America and Latin America for 2022.” Michael Shrader, Vice President of Innovative and Intelligence Solutions at Carahsoft BlackBerry recognized winners in four categories, and three regions representing North America and Latin America; Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA); and Asia-Pacific (APAC). Award winners were selected from among the thousands of BlackBerry partners based on their commitment to innovation and differentiation of BlackBerry cybersecurity products and brand in the market. The award winners also align with BlackBerry’s strategy and commitment to driving exponential new business growth. “We are thrilled to honor these outstanding partners and extremely proud to work with the Carahsoft team to ensure our customers are both secure and protected amidst a threat landscape that continues to increase in both scale and complexity. We look forward to building on our shared success in the months and years to come.” Colleen McMillan, Vice President, Global Channel Sales, Cybersecurity. About Carahsoft Carahsoft Technology Corp. is The Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider, supporting Public Sector organizations across Federal, State and Local Government agencies and Education and Healthcare markets. As the Master Government Aggregator for our vendor partners, we deliver solutions for Cybersecurity, MultiCloud, DevSecOps, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Open Source, Customer Experience and Engagement, and more. Working with resellers, systems integrators and consultants, our sales and marketing teams provide industry leading IT products, services and training through hundreds of contract vehicles.

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National Tech Industry Association Pleased to See Serious Investments on Cyber and Digital Government in Federal Budget 2022

Technation | April 11, 2022

Technation, Canada’s leading technology association, is pleased to see increased investments in cyber and digital government in 2022 Federal Budget. The Association has long advocated for government to significantly enhance federal investments in cyber security as Canada’s current level of investment is not sufficient to secure our economy, critical infrastructure, or government enterprises. Technation is pleased to see the commitment of $875.2 million over 5 years to address cyber threats. Cybercrime (ransomware) and nation state actions are the two most prevalent threats to our country right now. The need to prioritize cyber security measures – for government, businesses and individuals alike – is critical. This additional funding will help the Government of Canada secure its own enterprise and lead by example. However, the Government of Canada must also improve collaboration with Canada’s tech sector, infrastructure, and reporting mechanisms. Just spending money will not be enough; Government also needs to mobilize the innovation potential of our strong domestic industry, especially leading-edge Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in cyber. While we appreciate the Budget 2022 proposes to provide $17.7 million over five years for the Communications Security Establishment (CSE) to establish an academic research programs on cutting-edge technologies, the tech sector would rather see a program to allow Canadian scale-up cyber companies to supply the government. Contracts are more important to our cyber industry than grants. While we appreciate the commitment to accelerating and expanding digital government services to Canadians and COVID-19 has demonstrated this is critical, we do have concerns over the continued expansion of the Canadian Digital Service (CDS). We look forward to clarification of CDS’s responsibilities with respect to the services it provides, especially relating to other jurisdictions in Canada. We are pleased to see $30 million over four years for the Coordinated Accessible National Health Network (CAN Health Network) for made-in-Canada technologies, building upon the CAN Health Network and the expansion to Quebec, the Territories, and Indigenous communities. While we are pleased to hear the additional measures to help bring high-skilled immigrants to Canada, the tech sector needs workforce development as a national priority. This includes a meaningful focus on the talent crisis that exists now; clearly identified ways to recruit international tech talent; and investment into remote learning opportunities. Finally, a focus on ensuring the development of leading-edge tech like cybersecurity and AI talent as a strategic priority. We are pleased to see both the additional funding to the innovation clusters as well as the new innovation agency. Canada’s tech sector is an economic engine that will create jobs of today and tomorrow. However, for both the clusters, the new agency as well as initiatives to grow the semi-conductor capacity in Canada, it is critical that industry is at the table with government and especially the design of this new agency is done in a collaborative approach that includes tech industries of all sizes. However, we do have some concerns including the continued introduction of a Digital Services Tax. Canada has seen increased threats of action from Washington and should not be surprised if this comes to fruition. This can be avoided by working with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) multilateral process. Canada must have the right digital, data, and technology-driven policies in place that can support Canadian businesses and ensure they succeed in the new global economy. The Government of Canada needs to enhance engagement with industry-experts to develop a focused approach for industry/ government collaboration and tech policy co-creation. The government should aggressively target growing Canada’s digital and data-driven economy through a clear, integrative national strategy. This means a coherent approach that combines Canada’s digital transformation agenda with an economic development lens fueled by Canada’s innovative technology businesses that are creating the jobs of today, and tomorrow. Given the uncertain times Canada and the world is facing right now, it makes sense that this Federal Budget has focused on key issues like increasing defence spending or bolstering the rising housing crisis. We are pleased that this Budget saw significant cyber investment that will help keep the nation secure. However, we must not underestimate the critical role the technology sector is and will continue to play in managing the uncertainty.” Angela Mondou, President & CEO, Technation

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