Businesswire | July 28, 2023
BRP Group, Inc. today announced the establishment of its newest national Center of Excellence (“COE”) — Government Contracting (“GovCon”) – to join the firm’s expanding portfolio of specialty practices.
The new practice launch is part of BRP Group’s intentional strategy of leveraging the deep expertise of its national network of risk management and insurance partnerships, and their experts and specialists, to make a greater difference for their clients’ business needs regardless of geographic location.
BRP Group’s GovCon COE team is comprised of knowledgeable insurance experts with broad experience advising clients who operate in the government contracting space. This COE is specifically structured to support federal contracting clients with property and casualty, employee benefits and retirement insurance solutions, GovCon M&A due diligence and in-house compliance specialists.
“Our new Government Contracting (GovCon) Center of Excellence (COE) is an expansion of BRP Group’s specialized solutions and capabilities that work to meet the unique needs of current and prospective clients. By combining the expertise from our two partner firms, Armfield, Harrison & Thomas (AHT) and The Capital Group, we are excited to bring this additional practice to the marketplace,” said Dan Galbraith, BRP Group’s Chief Operating Officer. “Not only do government contractors encounter typical risk management and insurance issues, they also navigate unique challenges associated with conducting business within a rapidly-evolving, highly-regulated environment. With more than 25 years of experience and a proven track record of designing specialized insurance coverage for these complex business and regulatory conditions, our dedicated colleagues, led by BRP Group’s Senior Director of Sales Kevin FitzPatrick, keep clients protected, in compliance and proactively prepared to mitigate risk and manage costs.”
The GovCon COE focuses on addressing the unique needs and challenges of clients in the hyper- competitive federal contracting space that are best solved by a unified team approach. The GovCon COE helps federal contractors navigate these mission critical areas:
Controlling fringe expenses to keep competitive Wrap Rates
GovCon Employee Benefits Benchmarking - designing programs that help improve employee attraction and retention.
Risk Management Strategy
Defense Base Act (DBA) Coverage
Cyber Liability Insurance
Service Contract Act (SCA) Compliance and Strategy
401K plan development and administration
In addition, the GovCon COE has integrated two key programs:
GovTech™: The Government Technology Insurance Company offers robust commercial insurance policies that flow down the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) framework and provides easy access to GovCon insurance subject matter experts at premiums that accurately reflect the exposures.
GovConHealth: Provides go-to-market strategies to federal contractors to help them control employee benefits expenses. The initiative is powered by a unique and proprietary consortium-funded stop-loss arrangement that bands together high-performing federal contractors to safely and conservatively partially self-fund their employer-based healthcare.
ABOUT BRP GROUP
BRP Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: BRP) is an independent insurance distribution firm delivering tailored insurance and risk management insights and solutions that give our Clients the peace of mind to pursue their purpose, passion and dreams. We are innovating the industry by taking a holistic and tailored approach to risk management, insurance, and employee benefits, and support our Clients, Colleagues, Insurance Company Partners and communities through the deployment of vanguard resources and capital to drive our growth. BRP Group represents over 1.3 million clients across the United States and internationally. For more information, please visit www.baldwinriskpartners.com.
Globenewswire | July 14, 2023
Astera Software, a leading provider of no-code data integration and management solutions, and Carahsoft Technology Corp., The Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider® announced a partnership today. Under the agreement, Carahsoft will serve as Astera’s Master Government Aggregator®, making the company’s wide range of data management solutions available to the Public Sector through Carahsoft’s reseller partners, NASA Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP) V, Information Technology Enterprise Solutions – Software 2 (ITES-SW2), National Cooperative Purchasing Alliance (NCPA) and OMNIA Partners contracts.
"We are thrilled to partner with Carahsoft and its reseller partners to streamline access for agencies to procure our no-code data management stack and expand our presence in the Public Sector,” said Todd Humphrey, Head of Sales at Astera. “We look forward to helping Public Sector agencies leverage our suite of unified, code-free, easy-to-learn data management solutions to bridge the data-to-insight gap.”
With Astera’s user-friendly, high-performing suite of products - Centerprise Data Integrator, ReportMiner, Data Warehouse Builder, API Management, and EDIConnect, Government agencies can unlock valuable insights from their data stores to optimize operational efficiency, increase productivity, improve resource allocation, and drive success. Astera’s robust range of scalable solutions is designed to help organizations build and automate dynamic data pipelines from source to destination. From data extraction, preparation, transformation and validation to integration and warehousing, Astera can automate the entire data journey for its users.
“With the addition of Astera to our solutions portfolio, our customers will be able to manage their data more efficiently, reduce the time and cost associated with data management, and improve overall efficiency,” said Andres Azcuna, Sales Director who leads the Astera Team at Carahsoft. “We look forward to working with Astera and our reseller partners to help agencies make data-driven decisions and rapidly solve critical business challenges.”
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 Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Cybersecurity, MultiCloud, DevSecOps, Open Source, Customer Experience 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.
Astera is a data management solutions provider based in Westlake Village, California that offers solutions to radically simplify the process of building and executing data pipelines, data warehouses and manage enterprise-wide data management needs.
PR Newswire | August 08, 2023
Quzara LLC, a leading innovator in Managed Detection & Response (MDR) and Security Operations Center as a Service (SOCaaS), is thrilled to announce that its pioneering solution, Cybertorch™, has been selected by the GSA FedRAMP® PMO to pursue a Provisional Authority to Operate (P-ATO) from the Joint Authorization Board (JAB) at the High Impact Level. This milestone marks a significant advance in Quzara's unwavering commitment to providing state-of-the-art SOCaaS/MXDR solutions for both OT and IT to the government sector and their contractors.
Saif Rahman, CEO of Quzara, expressed his enthusiasm about the achievement: "Being selected for the FedRAMP JAB prioritization is a testament to our team's hard work and dedication. This represents a significant step forward in our mission to bring our high-standard, 24/7, US Citizen Security Operations to the government sector. I want to extend my sincere thanks to our devoted team and partners whose tireless efforts have made this accomplishment possible."
The importance of the FedRAMP JAB prioritization is substantial. This recognition places Quzara's Cybertorch™ in a position of enhanced trust and visibility within the federal government. Cybertorch™'s unique MDR approach, blending AI-driven insights with human expertise, ensures robust, around-the-clock security operations, all managed by US citizens has demonstrated government-wide demand as a Cloud Service Offering.
Moving into the FedRAMP JAB process is another exposition of Quzara's commitment to stringent security standards and reflects the company's broader dedication to fortifying information security in today's complex digital landscape.
As Quzara continues to evolve and expand its capabilities, its focus remains firm: to provide the most secure, compliant, and robust security solutions to its clients.
Quzara, LLC wishes to underline that this achievement does not imply government endorsement of the company, its products, or its services.
FedRAMP is a government-wide program that promotes the adoption of secure cloud services across the federal government by providing a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services.
About Quzara LLC
Quzara LLC is a leader in Managed Detection & Response (MDR) and Security Operations Center as a Service (SOCaaS). Based in Reston, VA, Quzara is committed to providing top-tier security solutions to the government sector and their contractors for OT and IT. With its flagship solution, Cybertorch™, Quzara is setting new industry standards.
Emerging Technology, Government Business
Globenewswire | July 04, 2023
The Government of Canada has announced its intent to lead the fight against cancer at home and around the world with funding announced today that will support the development of a medical isotope ecosystem in Canada. The partnership includes Indigenous communities, Ontario’s nuclear industry, and leading research facilities, academics, and firms working to commercialize novel therapies.
As part of the funding announced today at the Bruce Power Visitors’ Centre, the Saugeen Ojibway Nation (SON) will take the next step in their partnership with Bruce Power to jointly produce, advance and market new isotopes in support of the global fight against cancer, while also working together to create new economic opportunities within the SON territory.
This funding will ultimately enable a pan-Canadian consortium – the Canadian Medical Isotope Ecosystem (CMIE) – to advance and accelerate the development of the next generation of novel medical isotopes and technologies. The CMIE will position Canada as a leader across all stages of the isotope production cycle, most importantly to ensure cancer patients and health care professionals have access to the critical isotopes they need, when they need them.
“Canada is a world leader in medical isotope research and production, and Bruce Power is proud to be among the innovative companies that places Canada at the forefront of nuclear medicine,” said Mike Rencheck, Bruce Power’s President and CEO. “We are honoured to partner with the Saugeen Ojibway Nation to market isotope production and thank the federal government for its support in leveraging this historic opportunity, while creating sustainable economic benefits within the SON territory.”
The Hon. François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, advanced the funding to support projects that strengthen Canada’s leadership position in research, development and production of medical isotopes and pharmaceuticals.
“Our government is proud to partner in the creation of the Canadian Medical Isotope Ecosystem, which includes support for the SON First Nations communities’ partnership with Bruce Power to innovate in the fight against cancer,” said Minister Champagne. “The pandemic has shown us how important it is to have strong domestic production of pharmaceuticals, and we are delivering on our commitment to providing Canadians with the best therapies they need to care for their health. With this investment, we are making our country a major player in the global biomanufacturing and life sciences industry while creating good jobs for Canadians and stimulating the local economy.”
Pam Damoff, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety and the Member of Parliament for Oakville North-Burlington, has been a strong advocate for Canada’s medical isotope sector, and announced the funding on behalf of Minister Champagne at today’s event.
“With this investment in the creation of the Canadian Medical Isotope Ecosystem, the Government of Canada is taking another major step towards building resiliency in our domestic medical production capabilities, which will help to ensure the health and safety of Canadians in the event of any potential future global supply chain disruptions,” said Damoff. “This investment will not only grow the economy, as the Ecosystem is expected to attract over $75 million in investment, and create or maintain over 600 highly skilled, well-paying jobs, but also contribute to economic reconciliation with the Saugeen Ojibway Nation.”
Bruce Power partnered with the SON in 2019 in an historic collaboration for the marketing of current and new isotopes produced through the first-of-a-kind Isotope Production System (IPS) that was installed at Bruce Power in 2022. The partnership, named Gamzook’aamin aakoziwin, which translates to ‘We are Teaming Up to Fight the Sickness,’ includes a revenue-sharing program that provides a direct benefit to the community.
“Today marks another important milestone in the Gamzook’aamin Aakoziwin partnership between Bruce Power and the Saugeen Ojibway Nation,” said Chief Veronica Smith, Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation. “By working together, patients around the world have access to cancer-fighting treatments made possible through medical isotope production.”
“We are proud to be part of this innovative project, which will deliver benefits beyond the local community, to people across the world in the global fight against cancer,” said Chief Conrad Ritchie, Chippewas of Saugeen First Nation.
The Made-in-Ontario IPS, designed and installed by Isogen (a joint venture between Framatome and Kinectrics) at Bruce Power, irradiates ytterbium-176 to produce lutetium-177, which is then transported to ITM’s manufacturing facility in Germany for processing of pharmaceutical-grade, non-carrier-added lutetium-177 (n.c.a. lutetium-177) and used in various clinical and commercial radiopharmaceutical cancer treatments.
“With commercial production of lutetium-177 well underway at Bruce Power, physicians and their patients worldwide now have access to a new, dependable, large-scale supply of lutetium-177 for their cancer treatments,” said John D’Angelo, Chair, Isogen Corp.
The funding announcement was made possible through Innovation, Science and Economic Development’s Strategic Innovation Fund, which provides major investments in innovative projects that will help grow Canada’s economy for the well-being of all Canadians. The investment will help develop Canadian technologies and support advancements in Canada’s medical isotope industry, supporting projects at Bruce Power, TRIUMF, Centre for Probe Development and Commercialization, McMaster Nuclear Reactor, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories and BWXT Medical.
About Bruce Power
Bruce Power is an electricity company based in Bruce County, Ontario. We are powered by our people. Our 4,200 employees are the foundation of our accomplishments and are proud of the role they play in safely delivering clean, reliable nuclear power to families and businesses across the province and life-saving medical isotopes around the world. Bruce Power has worked hard to build strong roots in Ontario and is committed to protecting the environment and supporting the communities in which we live. Formed in 2001, Bruce Power is a Canadian-owned partnership of TC Energy, OMERS, the Power Workers’ Union and The Society of United Professionals.