VENMO AND CASHAPP PROPOSE DELIVERING GOVERNMENT STIMULUS PAYMENTS

VENMO | April 01, 2020

With the ability to pay and receive payments from the comforts of your mobile phone, online payment services Venmo and CashApp want to help stimulate the quickness of receiving the stimulus checks the government has just authorized, according to CNN.

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The UK needs to make major strategic infrastructure decisions over the next few years (NAO, 2013a; HMT, 2013). 1 The challenges come from climate change and energy security requirements (e.g. the UK is committed to a legally binding EU target to meet 15% of its energy demand from renewable sources by 2020, and to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% in the domestic Climate Change Act 2008); compliance with policies aimed at protecting public health and the environment (e.g. water companies are required by the EU’s Water Framework Directive to meet environmental quality standards); maintenance and replacement of existing infrastructure.


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GOVERNMENT FINANCE

City of Peekskill, NY selects Springbrook Software's cloud based Cirrus fully integrated local government ERP financial platform

Springbrook Software | December 21, 2021

Springbrook Software, a leading cloud-based ERP platform provider for local government agencies today announces that the City of Peekskill, New York has selected Springbrook's Cirrus Cloud platform to run its agency's entire financial and administrative operations. The City selected Springbrook over another regional software provider as part of a modernization initiative. Peekskill acquired Springbrook's Finance, Property Tax, Payroll, Fixed Assets, Purchase Orders and Accounts Receivable modules. All modules are delivered on a single, integrated platform which enables data to flow accurately and in real-time across all departmental units within the City, thereby ensuring accuracy, efficiency and transparency of information. "We started down the path of selecting an ERP system that enabled us to run our municipality from a single platform and found, through trial and error with another vendor, that Springbrook was the best alternative in the marketplace. We needed to get all our data into one single platform, and Springbrook's modern, cloud based Cirrus solution was the right answer for us." Matt Alexander, Finance Director for the City of Peekskill "The efficiency, data security and scalability of Springbrook's software means our entire back-office process is in sync," he added. "This accuracy and speed will help us respond to our commissioner requests and citizen needs with confidence." "The City of Peekskill's modernization vision is something that many local governments across the country are going through right now. A vital part of becoming a 21st century-ready city includes modernizing the technology backbone from which the city runs its core functions. Springbrook is proud to help the City of Peekskill make that transformation a success" said Robert Bonavito, CEO of Springbrook. About The City of Peekskill, NY The City of Peekskill is a thriving, historic community located on the banks of the Hudson River. Just under one hour north of New York City, Peekskill is culturally and economically vibrant, and it is blessed with abundant natural resources due to its location on the river and at the gateway to the Hudson Highlands. About Springbrook Software Springbrook Software is the country's leading cloud-based finance and administration software provider designing solutions specifically for small to medium sized local government agencies. More than 1700 cities, towns and districts from coast to coast use our suite of modern, high-performance solutions to manage their finances, payroll, utility billing and collect citizen payments. Springbrook is headquartered in Portland, Oregon, with regional presence in Washington, New York and Massachusetts.

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EMERGING TECHNOLOGY

Aminad and Axiom Sponsor Veteran-Owned Emerging Firms for Public Spend Forum's GovMarket Growth Hub

Public Spend Forum | May 19, 2022

Public Spend Forum (PSF), a market intelligence data, advisory and community platform for public sector buyers and diverse/emerging suppliers, is excited to announce a sponsorship by Aminad Consulting and Axiom Consultants for its GovMarket Growth Hub, specifically focused on Veteran-Owned Firms. Both Axiom and Aminad are fast growing, minority-owned small businesses that serve multiple federal agencies through their expertise driven consulting services in operations and technology. They join a growing list of sponsors and large corporate clients supporting emerging and diverse small businesses through Public Spend Forum's Growth Hub. The Growth Hub is focused on helping diverse and underserved businesses accelerate innovation and growth so they can become more resilient, create more jobs in their communities and drive more impact for government missions. "We're excited to see two amazing small businesses supporting our veterans and giving back through these sponsorships," said Raj Sharma. "They are really setting an example of leadership and how we can all work together to create positive impact for government and small businesses." As part of the sponsorships, up to 20 Veteran-Owned Companies will join Public Spend Forum's Growth Hub and get: Membership into PSF's Open Global Community including its Buyer/Supplier Councils AI-enabled Opportunity and Customer Matching subscription, through PSF's GovShop market intelligence platform Access to strategy, sales and human performance coaching designed to help small businesses accelerate their growth Veteran-owned companies focused broadly within the IT sector, especially bringing AI, cloud computing and cyber solutions are encouraged to apply through a simple, three question application process. Aminad Consulting believes deeply in the power of small business, as well as the high potential of Veteran-Owned businesses. Any opportunity to provide coaching and mentorship to those communities fulfills Aminad's vision of unlocking full potential and making lasting and positive impacts on people's lives." Lido Ramadan, Founder and President of Aminad Consulting "Axiom Consultants believes in Paying It Forward. As we receive mentorship from PSF's network of leaders and experts to help shape us as business leaders and catapult our company to the next level, we would like to pass on our lessons learned and nurture emerging younger companies who have high-potential of growth," said Bhavana Rakesh, CEO of Axiom Consultants. About Public Spend Forum Public Spend Forum (PSF) is a market intelligence data, community and advisory platform to help government buyers and emerging/diverse small businesses connect, collaborate and accelerate impact together. Our purpose is to accelerate impact for government missions while driving growth for diverse and emerging small businesses by lowering barriers, increasing market visibility and enabling access. We do this through AI-enabled market data, growth and market intelligence advisory services, and an open buyer/supplier community. About Aminad Consulting Aminad is an innovative small-business management consulting firm dedicated to generating realistic and implementable change. We work with Federal agencies, with a specific focus on the Department of Defense, and we have a track record of delivering results within the Federal government. About Axiom Consultants To accelerate their mission with actionable insights, organizations must embrace intelligent, tech-enabled systems across every facet of their business. Axiom Consultants thrives in developing purposeful solutions that are customer-focused and mission-driven, modernizing and accelerating innovation for our Federal Customers. Our solutions are based on a culture of quality and continuous improvement. Axiom takes center stage with best-in-class, data-driven solutions. Axiom enables its clients to improve their IT modernization capabilities by rendering top-of-the-line consultancy services to adopt emerging technologies, Cloud, cybersecurity, business transformation, and other solutions.

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GOVERNMENT BUSINESS

GovernmentCIO Announces Corporate Rebrand to GovCIO

GovCIO | January 20, 2022

GovernmentCIO, a leading provider of high-end technology and digital services to federal agencies, announced Thursday it is rebranding the company as GovCIO. The move reflects the company's accelerated growth, expansion into new agencies, and increased service offerings. The rebrand underscores how GovCIO is modernizing its approach and practices to better reflect its new goals and momentum while still retaining its core mission and values. GovCIO has updated its logo and will launch a website redesign in March as part of the rebrand rollout this year. This evolution of the brand follows last year's acquisition of Salient CRGT (SCRGT), a leading provider of data analytics, cloud, agile development, cybersecurity, and infrastructure solutions to national security, health, and civilian agencies. The combined company now has more than 2,600 employees and an annual revenue exceeding $700 million. "We've expanded both our footprint across the defense, health and civilian spaces, and the breadth of capabilities we can offer customers. The new name represents both where the company has been as well as where the company is going," said GovCIO CEO Jim Brabston. The integrated GovCIO better positions the company across the government marketplace. Company leaders evaluated what GovCIO was at the start, what it is today, and where it wants to go in the future. Through this process, they have made sure to stay true to GovCIO's roots and core founding mission of transforming government IT. GovCIO will continue to use IT to transform how government serves citizens while supporting each agency's unique mission. Employees will create solutions that optimize how its customers operate so they can focus on what really matters — their customers. Visit www.govcio.com to explore the new brand and capabilities. About GovCIO: GovCIO is a rapidly growing provider of advanced technology solutions and digital services to the federal government. In the 11 years since its founding, GovCIO has become a leading prime contractor supporting the mission of federal agencies, including the Departments of Defense, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Justice, Veterans Affairs, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, United States Patent and Trademark Office, Government Accountability Office, and the Internal Revenue Service. GovCIO's core capabilities are in cybersecurity, digital services, data analytics, digitization, DevSecOps, and IT modernization.

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GOVERNMENT BUSINESS

Intuit Responds to Complaint from U.S. Federal Trade Commission

Intuit | March 29, 2022

Intuit Inc., the global technology platform that makes TurboTax, QuickBooks, Mint, Credit Karma and Mailchimp, announced that it will vigorously challenge a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC). In its filing, the FTC inaccurately alleges Intuit’s advertising practices directed consumers who were eligible for free tax filing software from TurboTax or the IRS Free File Program to the company’s paid tax preparation products. The facts say otherwise. The FTC’s arguments are simply not credible. Far from steering taxpayers away from free tax preparation offerings, our free advertising campaigns have led to more Americans filing their taxes for free than ever before and have been central to raising awareness of free tax prep. Over the past eight years, TurboTax products have helped nearly 100 million Americans file their taxes for free, and our most recent free advertising campaign has only accelerated the use of TurboTax free offerings, driving approximately 60% growth from 11 million free filers in 2018 before the campaign launched to more than 17 million free filers in 2021.” Kerry McLean, executive vice president and general counsel of Intuit In fact, Intuit has always supported consumers filing for free as a founding member of the IRS Free File program and in our other practices. The FTC’s complaint fails to acknowledge the reality that Intuit was, at all times, in compliance with the IRS requirements. “The fact that Intuit complied with the rules and regulations of one government agency, but is now being targeted by another, demonstrates a significant disconnect. With the FTC’s action, companies will be much less willing to enter into public-private partnerships with the government that benefit consumers,” said McLean. Intuit continually sought and continues to seek ways to increase the number of taxpayers that file using its free tax preparation products. Last tax season alone, Intuit delivered 17 million free tax filings, the most in the industry. Intuit helped the IRS Free File organization far exceed its stated goals of making free tax preparation available to 70% of filers. Today, free tax preparation is currently available to 100% of American taxpayers. That program, created and governed by the IRS, established marketing requirements for all participants. As a longtime advocate for tax simplification and taxpayer access to free tax preparation, the facts of the case do not support the FTC’s claims. “While it is disappointing that the FTC chose to file this lawsuit, we look forward to presenting the facts in court and are confident in the merits of our position,” said McLean. In its decision to file a claim against Intuit, the FTC commissioners were not unanimous. About Intuit Intuit is the global technology platform that helps consumers and small businesses overcome their most important financial challenges. Serving more than 100 million customers worldwide with TurboTax, QuickBooks, Mint, Credit Karma, and Mailchimp, we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to prosper. We never stop working to find new, innovative ways to make that possible. Please visit us for the latest information about Intuit, our products and services, and find us on social.

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The UK needs to make major strategic infrastructure decisions over the next few years (NAO, 2013a; HMT, 2013). 1 The challenges come from climate change and energy security requirements (e.g. the UK is committed to a legally binding EU target to meet 15% of its energy demand from renewable sources by 2020, and to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% in the domestic Climate Change Act 2008); compliance with policies aimed at protecting public health and the environment (e.g. water companies are required by the EU’s Water Framework Directive to meet environmental quality standards); maintenance and replacement of existing infrastructure.

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