White House and DOD Announces Prime Airwaves for Commercial 5G Networks

White House | August 11, 2020

The White House today announced 100 megahertz of ideal midrange spectrum will be made available for commercial entities to deploy fifth-generation networks. Critics say the determination should be double that amount. “We have identified 100 megahertz of critically needed midband spectrum that can be made available for commercial 5G purposes,” Chief Technology Officer Michael Kratsios said. “Importantly, this particular part of the band, between 3450 and 3550 megahertz has been identified because it can be made available without sacrificing our nation’s great military and national security capabilities.”

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The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) issued its Statement 75, Accounting and Financial Reporting for Postemployment Benefits Other Than Pensions (“OPEB”). Many local governments offer retiree medical benefits that will be subject to new requirements through this statement. The Net OPEB Liability will now be reported on the face of the Statement of Net Position, similar to the Net Pension Liability recently added through GASB 68. GASB has prepared a summary of GASB 75, which provides a helpful introduction and detail on the statement’s changes. The GASB summary is available on the GASB web page at http://www.gasb.org. Go to the Statements of Governmental Accounting Standards and for each statement there is a summary and full text.


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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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Edge AI and Vision Alliance Announces 2022 Edge AI and Vision Product of the Year Award Winners

Edge AI and Vision Alliance | May 18, 2022

The Edge AI and Vision Alliance announced the 2022 winners of the Edge AI and Vision Product of the Year Awards. The Awards celebrate the innovation and achievement of the industry's leading companies that are enabling and developing products incorporating edge AI and computer vision technologies. This is the fifth year of our awards program and once again we were impressed with the number of high-quality entries across a broad range of product categories—from building-block technologies to ready-to-use solutions delivered directly to consumers and enterprises. The popularity of our awards program is a testament to the diversity and accelerating expansion of edge AI and vision technologies into virtually every industry." Jeff Bier, Founder of the Edge AI and Vision Alliance Entries are judged by an independent, expert panel on innovation, impact on customers and the market, and competitive differentiation. The winners and their reactions to their awards include: Best Edge AI Processor: Blaize—Pathfinder P1600 Embedded System on Module "Blaize is honored that the Edge AI and Vision Alliance's panel of independent industry judges selected our Blaize Pathfinder P1600 Embedded SoM as the Best Edge AI Processor in the 2022 Edge AI and Vision Product of the Year Awards. Our chip is a software-defined AI inference accelerator based on the Blaize Graph Streaming Processor (GSP) architecture with low power, low latency, and energy efficiency ideal for AI inferencing workloads at the Edge," said Dinakar Munagala, Co-founder and CEO, Blaize. Honorable Mention, Edge AI Processor: CEVA—NuePro-M This year the judges issued their first Honorable Mention for a Product of the Year Award in the Edge AI Processor category to recognize CEVA for its NuePro-M product. The independent panel of judges evaluated CEVA's entry on innovation, differentiation, market impact and customer impact. CEVA's entry received an impressive score and the judges recommended that CEVA receive this special recognition. Best Camera or Sensor: Luxonis—OAK-D-Lite "Our goal when we started Luxonis was to make Robotics Perception Easy. Our users have discovered that with OAK devices, they can just get to work solving their robotics problems— instead of fighting to integrate disparate hardware, firmware and software." said Brandon Gilles, CEO at Luxonis. "Luxonis has accomplished this with our OAK devices, which include the OAK-D-LITE, the 2022 Edge AI and Vision Product of the Year award winner in the Camera or Sensor category." Best Edge AI Software or Algorithm: Sequitur Labs—EmSPARK Security Site 3.0 "Edge AI is amazing… but only if it's secure. Sequitur Labs continues to lead the way in protecting AI models at the edge," said Phil Attfield, CEO at Sequitur Labs. "It's an honor to be recognized by the Edge AI and Vision Alliance. Thanks for the award!" Best Edge AI Developer Tool: Edge Impulse—EON Compiler "On behalf of the Edge Impulse team, we're honored to receive this year's Edge AI and Vision Product Award in the Edge AI Developer Tools category. We believe the EON Tuner represents a major breakthrough in the world of edge machine learning, by enabling you to find and select the best model for your application within the constraints of your target device in just a few clicks," said Jan Jongboom, Edge Impulse Co-Founder and CTO. "This provides developers and enterprises the confidence they need to build the optimal ML pipeline for their real-world vision solution." Best Automotive Solution: Synopsys—DesignWare ARC EV7xFS Processor IP for Functional Safety "We thank the Edge AI and Vision Alliance for recognizing the Synopsys ARC EV7xFS Processor IP with the 'Best Automotive AI Product of 2022' award. The Synopsys ARC EV7xFS processor family, the recently announced Synopsys ARC NPX6FS processor family, and Synopsys' comprehensive solution for automotive designs enable companies to create differentiated, safe, and secure SoCs while accelerating time to market," said John Koeter, Sr. Vice President of Marketing and Strategy for IP at Synopsys. Best Enterprise Edge AI End Product: Grabango—Grabango's Checkout-Free Technology "Grabango is honored to be recognized as a 2022 Edge AI and Vision Product of the Year winner." said Will Glaser, founder and CEO of Grabango. "Powered by advanced computer vision technology, Grabango's checkout-free solution offers a differentiated, technical approach to a seemingly simple problem—eliminating lines and saving shoppers time." Best Consumer Edge AI End Product: OrCam Technologies—OrCam Read OrCam Read is the first of a new class of easy-to-use handheld digital readers that supports people with mild to moderate vision loss, as well as those with reading challenges, to access the texts they need and to more effectively accomplish their daily tasks. All of OrCam Read's information processing—from its text-to-speech functionality implemented to operate on the edge, to its voice-controlled operation using the "Hey OrCam" voice assistant, to the natural language processing and natural language understanding-driven Smart Reading feature—is processed locally, on the device, with no data connectivity required. About the Edge AI and Vision Alliance The Edge AI and Vision Alliance is a worldwide industry partnership bringing together technology providers and end-product companies who are creating and enabling innovative and practical applications for computer vision and edge AI. Membership is open to any company that supplies or uses technology for edge AI and vision systems and applications.

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Red River Names Industry Veteran Brian Roach as Chief Executive Officer

Red River | May 21, 2022

Red River, a technology transformation company serving government and enterprise customers, announced that Brian Roach has been appointed Chief Executive Officer, effective May 31. Roach joins Red River from SAP North America, where he led the Regulated Industries practice in the United States. He oversaw the business’ strategy, operations, and customer relationships, partnering with federal, state, and local governments, as well as organizations in the higher education, aerospace and defense, healthcare, and utilities industries. “Brian is ideally suited to lead Red River into the future. He is an accomplished industry veteran with a deep understanding of our clients and markets. He also has a strong track record of building partnerships and bringing people together. This combination of experience and leadership is just what Red River needs in its next chapter of expanded growth.” Nana Banerjee,Red River Chairman Prior to SAP, Roach spent six years with Juniper Networks, where he led the National Government business unit, selling and delivering high-performance networking and security systems to U.S. government agencies. He has also had leadership roles at Microsoft, Lockheed Martin, and Unisys during his more than 20-year career. “This is an exciting time to join Red River,” said Roach. “Technology integration and modernization has never been more critical to organizations and Red River’s unique ability to combine cutting-edge solutions with unmatched engineering expertise has made it a distinct leader. I look forward to working with this talented team and our ecosystem of partners to deliver solutions tailored to customers across all segments.” Red River is a portfolio company of Cerberus Capital Management, a global leader in alternative investing. “Red River continues to meet the evolving needs of government agencies and businesses with its market-leading capabilities,” said Michael Sanford, Cerberus Senior Managing Director. “With the company’s exciting growth trajectory, it’s great to welcome Brian to this strong management team as Red River builds on its more than 25 years of leadership.” About Red River Red River brings together the ideal combination of talent, partners and products to disrupt the status quo in technology and drive success for business and government in ways previously unattainable. Red River serves organizations well beyond traditional technology integration, bringing more than 25 years of experience and mission-critical expertise in security, networking, data center, collaboration, mobility and cloud solutions.

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Ping Identity Partners with Carahsoft to Bring Identity Security Solutions to Government Customers

Ping Identity | February 16, 2022

Ping Identity , the Intelligent Identity solution for the enterprise, today announced a distribution partnership with Carahsoft Technology Corp., The Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider®, to help U.S. Federal Government agencies modernize the nation's cybersecurity defenses with advanced identity, credential, and access management (ICAM) capabilities. Under the agreement, Carahsoft will serve as Ping Identity's Master Government Aggregator®, making the company's industry leading identity security solutions available to the Public Sector through Carahsoft's reseller partners and its GSA Multiple Award Schedule (MAS), NASA Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP) V, Information Technology Enterprise Solutions – Software 2 (ITES-SW2), and OMNIA Partners contract. Carahsoft's technological expertise and understanding of the government procurement process will help Public Sector organizations consider, select and implement Ping Identity's best-in-class ICAM solutions at the best possible value. The partnership will make it more efficient for Federal customers and channel partners to work jointly through the procurement process. "Partnering with a top-ranked GSA Schedule Contract holder will enable Ping Identity to grow our government business, making us a more valued resource and trusted advisor to government agencies seeking to modernize their cybersecurity defenses. Carahsoft strengthens our capabilities with a dedicated sales and marketing team and vast network of reseller partners and service providers who proactively promote and deliver critical identity security solutions to government IT organizations." Beth Drew, vice president channel sales at Ping Identity The 2021 Executive Order on Improving the Nation's Cybersecurity requires bold changes to be made in federal agencies to adopt security best practices, prioritize cloud migration, and make significant investments in Zero Trust security. Ping Identity and Carahsoft can now help agencies modernize and centralize their siloed, legacy ICAM systems, which paves the way for a Zero Trust security strategy, accelerated cloud transformation, secure telework, and seamless interoperability across agencies and enterprises. "With the addition of Ping Identity to our portfolio, Public Sector agencies now have access to an innovative ICAM solution that meets identity challenges across agencies and citizen initiatives," said Richard Maigue, sales director who leads the Ping Identity team at Carahsoft. "We look forward to working with Ping Identity and our resellers to provide simple and secure cloud identity management to our joint government customers." Ping Identity's software is available through Carahsoft's GSA Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) GS-35F-0119Y, SEWP V contracts NNG15SC03B and NNG15SC27B, ITES-SW2 Contract W52P1J-20-D-0042, and OMNIA Partners Contract #R191902. 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 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. About Ping Identity Ping Identity delivers intelligent identity solutions for the enterprise. We enable companies to achieve Zero Trust identity-defined security and more personalized, streamlined user experiences. The PingOne Cloud Platform provides customers, workforce, and partners with access to cloud, mobile, SaaS and on-premises applications across the hybrid enterprise. Over half of the Fortune 100 choose us for our identity expertise, open standards, and partnerships with companies including Microsoft and Amazon. We provide flexible identity solutions that accelerate digital business initiatives, delight customers, and secure the enterprise through multi-factor authentication, single sign-on, access management, intelligent API security, directory, and data governance capabilities. For more information, please visit www.pingidentity.com.

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The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) issued its Statement 75, Accounting and Financial Reporting for Postemployment Benefits Other Than Pensions (“OPEB”). Many local governments offer retiree medical benefits that will be subject to new requirements through this statement. The Net OPEB Liability will now be reported on the face of the Statement of Net Position, similar to the Net Pension Liability recently added through GASB 68. GASB has prepared a summary of GASB 75, which provides a helpful introduction and detail on the statement’s changes. The GASB summary is available on the GASB web page at http://www.gasb.org. Go to the Statements of Governmental Accounting Standards and for each statement there is a summary and full text.

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