Trump rule on health insurance leaves immigrants, companies scrambling for answers

Reuters | October 31, 2019

Nearly a decade after receiving U.S. citizenship, Guatemalan-born Mayra Lopez thought she had cleared all the hurdles for her parents to join her in the United States. Then on Oct. 4 U.S. President Donald Trump changed the rules she and others had been complying with: Trump signed a proclamation requiring all prospective immigrants to prove they will have U.S. health insurance within 30 days of their arrival or enough money to pay for “reasonably foreseeable medical costs.” The new requirement, part of Republican Trump’s hard-line policies on immigration, goes into effect on Nov. 3 and prospective immigrants are scrambling to figure out how to get the necessary coverage, navigating a complex healthcare bureaucracy that has, for the most part, not previously catered to those who are not yet in the country.

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Homeland Security Technology Consortium Names Candidates For $25,000 In Prizes

Homeland Security Technology Consortium | August 12, 2022

The Homeland Security Technology Consortium (HSTech), Advanced Technology International (ATI), and TechConnect today announced 17 finalists in the Security Innovation Challenge. These candidates will vie for $25,000 in prizes on September 29, 2022 when they pitch cutting-edge identity management technology before a room of corporate buyers, funders, and federal agencies in Washington, D.C. at Defense TechConnect Innovation Summit. Finalists also receive membership to HSTech, which supports the Department of Homeland Security in providing collaborative R&D and rapid prototyping capabilities critical to homeland security missions. "If you're capable and interested in making security and privacy-centric contributions for the betterment of the nation, there are no funding vehicles more powerful than HSTech's consortium-managed other transaction authority, The Security Innovation Challenge will bring together finalists which are 85% non-traditional, meaning they are new to government contracting. These are technology solutions our nation might never have found without HSTech engagement, and we're honored to help build that bridge between private-sector and government needs." -Matthew Laudon, Vice President - TechConnect Division, ATI. Challenge applicants represent privacy-centric solutions for both civilian and federal applications, especially in the areas of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML); cybersecurity platforms; data harmonization software; pattern recognition software; and real-time analytics platforms. Primarily more advanced technologies, 65% represent technology readiness level six (6) or higher; and 85% boast at least prototype development. "The Homeland Security Technology Consortium supports the security of our nation by addressing mission needs at the Department of Homeland Security and its partner agencies. Privacy-centric identity management technologies and processes remain critical capabilities across the federal enterprise, and we're excited to see what this group of innovators can show us in September." -Michael Dougherty, Executive Director of HSTech. About Homeland Security Technology Consortium: The Homeland Security Technology Consortium (HSTech) supports the collaborative R&D and rapid prototyping/piloting needs for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and its components. HSTech sources capabilities across the homeland security and national border security technology spectrum. About TechConnect: With 25+ years of experience connecting emerging technologies with unique funding and partnership opportunities, TechConnect boasts the most robust research and innovation network in the world. It employs a broad scope of tools to deliver top technologies, including open innovation programs, conferences, and open-access publications. Each year, TechConnect prospects, vets, and connects thousands of emerging technologies with corporate, investment, municipal, and national defense clients. TechConnect is a division of Advanced Technology International. About Advanced Technology International: ATI, a public-service nonprofit based in Summerville, S.C., builds and manages collaborations that conduct research and development of new technologies to solve our nation's most pressing challenges. Fueled by a community of experts from industry, academia, and government, ATI accelerates impact by using the power of collaboration to help the federal government quickly acquire novel technologies. ATI is a subsidiary of Analytic Services, Inc. (ANSER), a public-service research institute organized as a nonprofit corporation, which is dedicated to informing decisions that shape the nation's future.

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Spin Systems Achieves AWS Government Competency Status

Spin Systems | September 29, 2022

Spin Systems, Inc. (SpinSys), announced today that it has achieved Amazon Web Services (AWS) Government Competency status. This designation recognizes that SpinSys provides solutions to—and/or has deep experience working with—government customers to deliver mission-critical workloads and applications on AWS. Achieving the AWS Government Competency differentiates SpinSys as an AWS Partner that possess deep domain expertise in one or more of the following core categories—Government Transportation, Facilities, Infrastructure Management, Justice and Public Safety, Public Healthcare, Financial and Fiscal Affairs, Citizen Services, National Security and Defense, Security and Compliance, and Open Data, and has developed innovative technology and solutions that leverage AWS services. To receive the designation, AWS Partners must possess deep AWS expertise and deliver solutions seamlessly on AWS. “SpinSys is proud to achieve AWS Government Competency status, We are committed to helping Government agencies achieve their goals by introducing disruptive solutions and modernizing legacy capabilities through the agility, breadth of services, and pace of innovation that AWS provides.” -Jamie Dahlum, Vice President, Government Solutions. AWS is enabling scalable, flexible, and cost-effective solutions from startups to global enterprises. To support the seamless integration and deployment of these solutions, AWS established the AWS Competency Program to help customers identify AWS Partners with deep industry experience and expertise. With in-depth experience in AWS technologies and cloud offerings, SpinSys is an Advanced Tier Consulting Partner with AWS certified professionals specializing in managing big data in the cloud. Expertise includes cloud migrations, legacy applications migration and modernization, master data management, cloud infrastructure management, and cost optimizations including on AWS GovCloud. Offering a wide range of services and products, the SpinSys approach is to support cloud strategies to secure data, systems, and infrastructure in every step of our client journeys. We bring Department of Defense (DoD) compliance frameworks including Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA), DoD Information Assurance Certification and Accreditation Process (DIACAP), Risk Management Framework (RMF), and Director of Central Intelligence Directives (DCID) to the enterprise. About Spin Systems: SpinSys provides a comprehensive range of cloud services including stabilizing, modernizing, and migrating legacy and complex enterprise applications, developing migration plans and roadmaps, creating solutions for Big Data problems, refactoring applications, and developing new cloud-based systems. SpinSys is an AWS Government competency partner and authorized reseller.

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Kraken Qualified to Sell Directly to Government of Canada under Pathway to Commercialization Program

KRAKEN ROBOTICS | September 13, 2022

Kraken Robotics Inc. (TSX-V: PNG, OTCQB: KRKNF), Canada’s Ocean Company, is pleased to announce that after successful completion of an Innovative Solutions Canada (ISC) Testing Stream contract with the Royal Canadian Navy earlier this year, Kraken has been among the first Canadian companies qualified to sell its innovation directly to the Government of Canada without further competition. This qualification for Kraken’s OceanVision™ solution is under Canada’s new Pathway to Commercialization framework1 initiated by ISC. While this approval does not have a value in of itself, direct purchases can be up to $8 million per contract and are available to all government departments. “Over the past year, Kraken has had significant interest in its technologies and services from various Canadian Government departments and agencies. We are excited to be able to offer the OceanVision service via ISC’s new PTC program to be an avenue for these departments and agencies to avail of our needed and innovative solutions. Potential applications of the OceanVision service could include habitat mapping and monitoring of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), high resolution seabed mapping for augmenting Route Survey applications in Port and Harbour Security, or even shipwreck search and survey for marine archaeological requirements. We see significant potential for this service here in Canada.” -Karl Kenny, Kraken President and CEO. About Kraken’s OceanVision Service: Kraken’s OceanVision service provides off the shelf, turnkey ultra-high resolution Synthetic Aperture Sonar (SAS) seabed imagery and bathymetry at an affordable price, delivering higher resolution, range, and area coverage rates (ACR). The increased range, resolution and associated higher ACR of SAS over traditional Side Scan Sonar and Multibeam Sonar systems significantly expands the capabilities of military, scientific, and commercial applications. Kraken’s OceanVision is capable of 2 cm x 2 cm Ultra High-Definition imaging at long ranges. Kraken’s OceanVision Service can provide significant benefits to government agencies, offering access to cutting edge technology “as needed”, without concern for equipment obsolescence, life cycle costs, or operator skill fade. As it relates specifically to the Government of Canada, Kraken’s OceanVision offers many advantages: Kraken’s technology greatly enhances image quality and significantly reduces the time of traditional seabed surveys due to its advanced world-leading technology. OceanVision assets can be deployed to assist in mapping areas of interest ahead of regular operations, with the image quality required to enable change detection and optimize revisit rates. This has the potential to provide the Government of Canada a competitive edge for detecting bottom objects in complex seabeds. The OceanVision service application can augment existing survey activities while simultaneously supporting nearshore hydrographic mapping and charting requirements on an annual basis with high-definition resolution, freeing up valuable Government assets for other mission critical functions. OceanVision provides online and offline data analysis capabilities, enabling users to leverage Kraken’s extensive experience in image processing, target detection, and bottom classification. ABOUT KRAKEN ROBOTICS INC: Kraken Robotics Inc. (TSX.V:PNG) (OTCQB: KRKNF) is a marine technology company dedicated to the production and sale of software-centric sensors, subsea batteries, and underwater robotic systems. The company is headquartered in Newfoundland with offices in Canada, U.S., Germany, Denmark, and Brazil. In July 2021, Kraken acquired PanGeo Subsea, a leading services company specializing in high-resolution 3D acoustic imaging solutions for the sub-seabed. PanGeo with offices in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Kraken. Kraken is ranked as a Top 100 marine technology company by Marine Technology Reporter.

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CGI Federal readies customers for G-Invoicing federal mandate with new versions of its Momentum® ERP solution

CGI Federal | September 01, 2022

As federal agencies modernize their systems to process intragovernmental Buy/Sell transactions, CGI Federal has upgraded nearly 20 federal government clients in the past year to the latest versions of its ERP solution Momentum®, providing customers the functionality needed to comply with the latest federal mandates. This upgrade allows federal agencies to fully interact with the new U.S. Treasury Government-Invoicing (G-Invoicing) platform with full serviceability for their mission-critical operations, including creating and storing interagency agreements, creating orders, tracking performance and transferring funds. CGI Federal has worked closely with the U.S. Treasury Department since 2019 in the creation of the latest requirements and included this G-Invoicing functionality, along with operational updates to its Momentum customers across all supported releases. Momentum customers benefit from full automation of all G-Invoicing processes, including general terms and conditions integration, pull only and push/pull order integration models and full support of the related billing, collecting, payment, adjustment and accrual processes. The latest release also enhances the supporting Momentum functionality for reimbursable agreement management, including G-Invoicing components. "Implementing mandatory G-Invoicing processes creates a daunting challenge for many federal agencies, As we move forward in supporting our clients with G-Invoicing implementations to keep up with the October 1 federally-mandated deadline, we continue to enhance Momentum's functionality to best support evolving business processes. CGI Federal's Momentum product team proactively monitors Treasury post-mandate enhancements so that our built-for-government ERP solution continues to keep pace with future Treasury changes." -John B. Owens II, Senior Vice-President and Enterprise Solutions Group lead at CGI Federal. About CGI Federal: CGI Federal Inc., a wholly-owned U.S. operating subsidiary of CGI Inc., is dedicated to partnering with federal agencies to provide solutions for defense, civilian, healthcare and intelligence missions. Founded in 1976, CGI is among the largest IT and business consulting services firms in the world. With 88,500 consultants and other professionals across the globe, CGI delivers an end-to-end portfolio of capabilities, from strategic IT and business consulting to systems integration, managed IT and business process services and intellectual property solutions. CGI works with clients through a local relationship model complemented by a global delivery network that helps clients digitally transform their organizations and accelerate results. With Fiscal 2021 reported revenue of C$12.13 billion, CGI shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.A) and the NYSE (GIB).

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