U.S. appeals court asks why Facebook encryption order should stay sealed

Facebook | April 29, 2020

Federal appeals court judges asked prosecutors on Tuesday why a lower court could seal a ruling that absolved Facebook from having to wiretap a criminal suspect using one of the company’s encrypted services. All three members of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reviewing the matter had tough questions for the U.S. Justice Department’s support for secrecy in a rare higher-court examination of the government’s power to compel technical assistance. The hour-long oral arguments came in an attempt by the American Civil Liberties Union to force into view at least the legal reasoning from the lower judge who declined to hold Facebook in contempt of court.

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Recruiting the nation’s best and brightest into the US Federal Government is a mission-critical function of national security importance. In practice, the recruitment process is dysfunctional. It evidences silence, rigidity, isolation, and denial by all involved. The facts: Less than half of the federal workforce (42%) expresses confidence in the government’s ability to recruit people with the “right skills”.


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Knightscope Deploys K5 Autonomous Security Robot (ASR) in California Park

Knightscope | June 01, 2022

Knightscope, Inc., a developer of advanced physical security technologies focused on enhancing U.S. security operations, announced the deployment of a K5 Autonomous Security Robot (ASR) in a popular northern California park. A parks and recreation organization that serves a large, densely developed suburban population will be using the ASR to patrol the area with specific mission of protecting the quality of life and environment of the community. The Huntington Park, California, chief of police recently participated in a webinar on the introduction of robots into the federal government where he relayed his success using an ASR in a public park. According to the new client, the chief’s experience contributed to the decision to select Knightscope as an integral part of their security program. About Knightscope Knightscope is an advanced security technology company based in Silicon Valley that builds fully autonomous security robots that deter, detect and report. Knightscope’s long-term ambition is to make the United States of America the safest country in the world.

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CNSI Announces New Board of Directors Following Carlyle Acquisition

CNSI | June 14, 2022

CNSI, a leading provider of innovative healthcare technology products and solutions, announced the formation of its new Board of Directors, following the company's acquisition by investment funds affiliated with global investment firm Carlyle in December 2021. The Board includes several industry leaders with extensive experience in government technology and healthcare, including: Donna Morea (Chair), Lawrence B. Prior III, Penny Thompson, and Tom Weston. As a Carlyle portfolio company, CNSI is very pleased to be working with the outstanding team of health and IT industry experts who have joined our new Board of Directors. I am excited for the journey ahead as we work together to further strengthen CNSI's market-leading products and solutions while also accelerating key investments that will help us bring even greater value and innovation for our state and federal healthcare clients." Todd Stottlemyer, CEO, CNSI Donna Morea serves as Board Chair; she is the former President of CGI, where her clients included many of the world's largest and most complex organizations in federal, state and local government, healthcare, and financial services. Since 2016, she has served as an Operating Executive with Carlyle, advising portfolio companies on strategic and growth initiatives. Morea also serves as a Trustee of Inova Health System, the largest healthcare system in Northern Virginia, and she is a Chair Emerita of the Northern Virginia Technology Council, which is the nation's largest technology council. "Having worked with Todd Stottlemyer and other CNSI executive leaders throughout my career, I know the team's drive and commitment to be a trusted partner to their clients, a best place to work, and a good corporate citizen within the community," said Morea. She added, "With exceptional products, people, and processes already in place, CNSI is poised for tremendous growth, and I'm looking forward to helping them maximize their full potential." In addition to Morea and Stottlemyer, CNSI's Board of Directors includes the following members: Dayne Baird – Managing Director at Carlyle, who leads the firm's efforts in the government services sector. Michael Echemendia – Vice President at Carlyle, with a focus on investments in the aerospace, defense, and government services sectors. Michael Gozycki – Managing Director at Carlyle, with a focus on a broad range of growth, middle market, and large cap technology investments. Lawrence B. Prior III – Carlyle Operating Executive, with a focus on government services, and the former CEO of CSRA Inc. Penny Thompson – Healthcare Advisor and former Chair, MACPAC Commission; former CMS Deputy Director, Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services. Tom Weston – Former Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, ECS Federal, LLC. AboutCNSI CNSI delivers a broad range of health information technology enterprise solutions and customizable products to a diverse base of state and federal agencies in the United States. CNSI aligns, builds, and manages innovative, high-quality, cost-effective solutions that help clients achieve their mission, enhance business performance, reduce costs, and improve the health of individuals and communities. Headquartered in McLean, Virginia with a major technology center in Chennai, India, CNSI employs a world-class team of technologists, program managers, and subject matter experts with large-scale, mission-critical information technology implementation experience.

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Women-Led Venture Firm Dcode Capital Makes Two Investments to Drive Stronger Urban Resilience and Data Usage in Government

Dcode Capital | June 20, 2022

Dcode Capital, the affiliated investment arm of Washington D.C.-based federally-focused accelerator Dcode, announced it has invested in two high-growth, commercially successful technology companies with the potential to transform the U.S. government: UrbanFootprint, the world’s first Urban Intelligence platform, and Tamr, the leading cloud-native data mastering solution. In failing to adopt commercial technology, the federal government wastes billions of dollars and misses key opportunities to better serve Americans. We believe Dcode Capital is well positioned to bridge the gap between the private and public sector and to connect this market to the innovative platforms needed to modernize it. Dcode Capital joined UrbanFootprint’s $25 million Series B round as a new investor. Through this partnership, Dcode Capital will support UrbanFootprint in its mission to deliver intelligence to federal decision makers on critical challenges like food security, climate risk, energy security, urban mobility, and healthcare preparedness. We’ve been fortunate to work with UrbanFootprint for over a year, and the team and technology are fantastic. UrbanFootprint will enable the government to make better-informed decisions in allocating resources for a more equitable and sustainable future.” Meg Vorland, Manager at Dcode Capital "We're thrilled to have Dcode Capital join our Series B,” said Joe DiStefano, CEO of UrbanFootprint. “They are uniquely positioned to accelerate us into the federal market and enable better decision-making on critical infrastructure investments. Prior to Dcode’s investment, we had been working together for a year. This model established solid relationships and gave us great confidence to expand our partnership." Dcode Capital also joined Tamr’s latest round and will continue to help the company’s expansion across the federal market. Tamr was the first-ever winner of a Phase 5 award from the Department of Homeland Security’s Silicon Valley Innovation Program. Their technology helped to solve a critical problem – how to combine government datasets to identify suspicious travelers quickly. “Already an industry-disruptor, Tamr provides a novel way for government organizations to unify and master high volumes of data, a perennial problem,” said Dcode Capital Manager Rebecca Gevalt. “We’re thrilled to support this essential and ground-breaking technology across many important applications in the public sector.” Since its founding in 2016, the Dcode accelerator has helped more than 100+ venture-backed technology companies scale in the federal market. Dcode connects tech companies of all stages with civilian, DoD, and Intelligence Community organizations to improve government engagement with private sector innovation. Dcode Capital launched from the Dcode accelerator in 2019 primarily to invest in companies that graduated from Dcode’s programming. Dcode Capital also has invested in DroneSeed, HYAS, Hyperscience, Stardog, StreamSets, and Trifacta. StreamSets and Trifacta were acquired earlier this year, and Hyperscience is valued at over $1B. Dcode Capital’s close partnership with Dcode’s stage-agnostic federal go-to-market (GTM) programming generates consistent deal flow of promising tech companies, provides a valuable ability to conduct diligence on these companies, and supports all aspects of Dcode Capital’s portfolio companies’ federal GTM. “We make the federal market easy for tech companies, and the startup landscape accessible to the federal market,” said Dcode Capital Manager Meagan Metzger. “We’re thrilled to add UrbanFootprint and Tamr to our portfolio as we tackle the problem from both sides and advance this infrastructure into the future.” About Dcode Capital and Dcode Dcode Capital invests alongside leading venture firms in high-growth technology companies in areas that are of high priority across the U.S. government. These companies have the potential to dramatically improve the way the federal government serves and protects the American people. Dcode Capital launched from Dcode, an advisory firm that accelerates stage-agnostic venture-backed tech companies into the federal market and teaches the federal government how to find and contract with innovative tech companies. The Dcode accelerator seeks to successfully connect tech companies to the $500B federal market. About UrbanFootprint UrbanFootprint is the world's first urban intelligence platform — a comprehensive urban, climate, and community resilience data system that serves mission-critical insights to the institutions that are rebuilding, financing, and insuring the world's physical and social infrastructure. UrbanFootprint’s data and web-based geospatial software unifies previously siloed climate, environmental, urban, socio-economic, and customer data and helps governments, utilities, financial institutions, and urban planners answer fundamental resource questions — where to invest, where to deploy resources, and where to optimize for risk, return, resilience, and community. In 2022, UrbanFootprint was named to both the Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies list and the GovTech 100 list for the second year in a row, and in 2021 was also awarded Inc.’s Best in Business Awards and Fast Company’s Innovation by Design Awards. About Tamr, Inc. Tamr is the leading cloud-native machine learning based data mastering company that accelerates data-driven business outcomes for large organizations. Industry leaders like Toyota, Societe Generale, and Novartis trust Tamr to manage their enterprise data as an asset. Tamr’s unique approach of using human-guided machine learning algorithms to accelerate data mastering projects lets the world’s largest organizations enhance their data operations, rapidly activate latent data, and increase the velocity of business outcomes through data-driven insights. With a co-founding team led by Andy Palmer (founding CEO of Vertica) and Mike Stonebraker (Turing Award winner) and backed by investors including NEA and Google Ventures, Tamr is transforming how companies get value from their data.

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MetLife Names Chris Rosello Head of Federal Government Relations

MetLife | June 21, 2022

MetLife, Inc. announced that Chris Rosello will join the company as vice president and head of Federal Government Relations, effective July 5, 2022. He will lead the team responsible for representing MetLife’s interests before key federal stakeholders. Rosello will be based in Washington, D.C., and report to Susan Greenwell, senior vice president and head of Global Government Relations. A strong legislative strategy is essential to creating a policy environment that brings value to our customers. With his deep experience developing and implementing legislative strategies for a wide range of financial issues, Chris will play a critical role in strengthening our ability to advance MetLife’s policy advocacy initiatives.” Susan Greenwell, senior vice president and head of Global Government Relations Rosello joins MetLife from HSBC, where he most recently served as executive vice president and head of U.S. Public Affairs and led the planning, coordination and execution of the bank’s federal, state and regulatory strategy. Prior to joining HSBC in 2017, Rosello was senior vice president of Federal Government Relations at Wells Fargo, where he coordinated with internal business partners to implement Dodd-Frank Act provisions. Previously, he served in multiple roles in the U.S. Treasury Department, including as Acting Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs. He has also served in roles with the U.S. House Financial Services Committee and in the office of a Member of Congress. Rosello holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Albany State University (State University of New York) and a master’s degree in government from The Johns Hopkins University. About MetLife MetLife, Inc, through its subsidiaries and affiliates, is one of the world’s leading financial services companies, providing insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management to help individual and institutional customers build a more confident future. Founded in 1868, MetLife has operations in more than 40 markets globally and holds leading positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

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Recruiting the nation’s best and brightest into the US Federal Government is a mission-critical function of national security importance. In practice, the recruitment process is dysfunctional. It evidences silence, rigidity, isolation, and denial by all involved. The facts: Less than half of the federal workforce (42%) expresses confidence in the government’s ability to recruit people with the “right skills”.

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