With Hiring Freeze Looming, OPM Launches Federal Cybersecurity Job Portal

Government Technology | January 13, 2017

With Hiring Freeze Looming, OPM Launches Federal Cybersecurity Job Portal
It might become useless for a lot of agencies soon, but the U.S. Office of Personnel Management has launched a Web portal for federal cybersecurity jobs.

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At the end of last year the government asked the Construction Leadership Council to identify actions to reduce the industry’s structural vulnerability to skills shortages, taking account of the Council’s wider work including that on business models and offsite housing. The Council welcomed this invitation. Our task is to be Ministers’ go-to source of senior industry advice on the sector’s major issues, and there is no more important question for construction than this one.


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GovOS Acquires Advanced Workflow Technology from Seliom

GovOS | January 14, 2022

GovOS, a leading provider of digital transformation solutions for local governments, announced today it has acquired Seliom's advanced business process automation and workflow platform in an asset purchase transaction. Seliom technology will be integrated into the suite of GovOS solutions so that local governments can use the highly customizable workflow processing functionality to enhance their digital capabilities and make life easier for employees and citizens. Seliom technology adds to the growing GovOS digital transformation platform with its elegant and detailed workflow automation capabilities. By replacing human-based workflows and rote decision-making, the product will effectively free government staff from routine, time-consuming tasks in lieu of tackling the more complex processes and decisions that require a human touch. "The ever-evolving landscape of local government requires the public sector to be more effective and more efficient in providing services to constituents," said Kevin Lafeber, President, GovOS. "As such, we continually evaluate opportunities that make GovOS solutions more useful for our customers. Seliom's next-gen workflow platform was an obvious product fit that will immediately benefit agencies using GovOS technology to accelerate digital transformation and effect real change in their communities." This new workflow functionality provides GovOS solutions with integrations to most popular ERP, CRM and HR systems, making it possible to maintain data continuity without replacing entire systems. The technology also enables validation of data/actions against a third-party data source, a next level solution integration requiring much less reliance on monolithic solutions. "We liked that Seliom was specifically engineered to streamline standardized and dispersed operations that consume time better spent elsewhere," said Chachi Camejo, Senior Vice President of Product, GovOS. "With these capabilities fully integrated, government staff can further automate processes to get more done with the same resources." GovOS workflow technology will become an integral part of the GovOS digital transformation platform, including Business Licensing, Online Civic Services, STR (Short-Term Rentals), Tax Filing, Records, Remote Applications, and much more. About GovOS GovOS is the leading digital transformation platform for local governments. Headquartered in Austin, TX, GovOS serves government agencies of all sizes across the United States. Through its secure and integrated suite of cloud-based solutions, governments can automate and streamline operations, provide seamless access to resources and information, and deliver cutting-edge digital services to businesses, residents and agencies.

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Veteran-Owned Startup Awarded Multi-Year Federal Task Order for Cybersecurity

Aquia Inc | January 04, 2022

Aquia Inc., a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business specializing in cloud and cybersecurity professional services, announced today that it has joined the RevaComm team on a five-year contract with Government Services Administration (GSA) supporting the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the Office of Information Technology's Continuous Authorization and Verification Engine (batCAVE) initiative. CMS is the largest agency in the federal government by expenditure and is responsible for the personally identifiable and personal health information for more than 177 million people. In partnership with RevaComm, Aquia will develop and lead the following programs for CMS: Platform Security: Aquia is responsible for security engineering and architecture in support of batCAVE Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) development, including guardrail development & integration, Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment (CI/CD) & pipeline security, and development of DevSecOps tooling & automation. These efforts will help to shift security left and ensure the security and compliance of cloud-based application environments for CMS Application Development Organizations (ADO)'s. Purple Team: Aquia will be providing joint offensive (Red) and defensive (Blue) cybersecurity capabilities, otherwise known as a Purple Team. This team will be focused on identifying, exploiting and remediating security vulnerabilities related to the batCAVE platform, ensuring a robust and resilient platform for CMS stakeholders. Compliance Automation: Aquia will use innovative technology to support and foster a culture of Continuous Compliance and Governance with the goal of moving towards a Continuous Authority-to-Operate (cATO) for batCAVE platform. David Maskeroni, Aquia's Chief Executive Officer, had this to say when discussing the batCAVE initiative, "This is a great opportunity to bring cloud-based application delivery to the Federal Civilian government, with security baked into the very heart of the initiative. We are very proud to be a critical member of this team." About Aquia Inc. Aquia Inc. is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business based in Millsboro, DE. Aquia is a developer-centric company founded in 2021 by military veterans with passion for the intersection of security/velocity and decades of experience driving transformational change across public sector, enterprise and top-tier technology companies. At Aquia, we value trust, accountability, transparency and diversity; and we've built these tenants into the DNA of our company.

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AT&T Offers Eligible Customers Low-Cost Broadband Through New Federal Program

AT&T Communications | January 10, 2022

What's the news? AT&T and Cricket Wireless opened enrollment today for the new federal Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), which lowers the monthly cost of broadband service for eligible customers and will help close the digital divide. Congress recently created the long-term $14 billion Affordable Connectivity Program, which replaces the temporary Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program. This investment will help ensure that substantially more Americans can afford the broadband connections they need for work, school, healthcare and more. Why is this important? Affordability is one of the key roadblocks to narrowing the digital divide. The ACP will provide eligible customers with federal benefits that can be applied to home internet or wireless services from AT&T and Cricket Wireless. What's new? Under the ACP, the maximum monthly benefit will change to up to $30 per month for eligible households. The monthly benefit will remain at $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Existing EBB customers will continue to receive monthly benefits of up to $50 per month through March 1. Households will also have new ways to qualify for ACP such as: receiving WIC benefits or having an income at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. You can find all eligibility requirements at acpbenefit.org. When does this change take effect? New customers can confirm eligibility with the National Verifier and enroll in the ACP today. EBB enrollment ended December 30, 2021. I'm currently receiving the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB). What do I need to do? Nothing right now. Your current benefit will remain the same through March 1. To receive ACP benefit after March 1, you may be contacted by the Universal Services Administrative Co. (USAC) to reverify your eligibility. If you qualified under the EBB COVID temporary loss of income criteria, the National Verifier will need to reverify your eligibility under different criteria prior to March 1. The main thing to remember is that the monthly subsidy will decrease from the EBB program's $50 maximum to up to $30 under the ACP on March 1 (there is no change to the Tribal benefit). I never participated in the EBB. How do I enroll in the ACP? Step 1 – You must first apply to the federal government's National Verifier at ACPBenefit.org to determine if you are eligible for ACP. Eligibility is determined by the federal government, not by AT&T. You may get approved online in just a few minutes, although it could take up to a few days if an application requires a manual review. Step 2 – Once approved, you will be able to order new AT&T Internet or prepaid wireless service, or have the benefit applied to your existing service. More details on the process will be available at att.com/acp. What AT&T and Cricket Wireless services are eligible for the benefit? You can find out details on which AT&T services are available by going to att.com/acp or to cricketwireless.com/ACP for information on Cricket Wireless plans. There you can find out about our home internet service, which is available in 21 states as well as our nationwide prepaid wireless services from Cricket Wireless and AT&T PREPAID. About AT&T Communications We help family, friends and neighbors connect in meaningful ways every day. From the first phone call 140+ years ago to mobile video streaming, we @ATT innovate to improve lives. AT&T Communications is part of AT&T Inc.

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Maplewood, New Jersey Pursues Digital Transformation

GovPilot | January 15, 2022

A transition from paper to digital processes is underway in Maplewood, New Jersey where local officials have sought greater efficiency in municipal operations and constituent services. The township recently partnered with GovPilot, a Hoboken, New Jersey based provider of cloud-based government management software. Officials from Maplewood are working with GovPilot to implement a number of digital services that aim to make operations more efficient and services more convenient for constituents. Officials are initially utilizing GovPilot for Health Inspections, Open Records Requests, Dog and Cat Licenses, Special Event Management, and non-emergency constituent concern reporting. The township will deploy GovPilot's Report-a-Concern feature which enables residents to report non-emergency concerns such as potholes or general code violations directly via a digital form on the city website, or through an app on their phone called GovAlert. The app, available to residents on Android and iOS devices is easy to use, and routes citizen concerns directly to the relevant municipal department so that the issue can be resolved quickly. Township Administrator Gerald Giaimis said, "I encourage residents to download the GovAlert app on their phones and help us keep Maplewood safe by instantly reporting issues that they come across so we can address them quickly. Convenient digital government services are essential to cost effective public safety and services, and we aim to be responsive to our residents." Giaimis added, "GovPilot offers a cost-effective solution that will make Maplewood's services and operations more responsive to, and aligned with the needs of our constituents. The ability to provide digital services and operations is critical to creating an efficient, livable, and convenient community for our residents and businesses." Michael Bonner, the founder and CEO of GovPilot said, "We are excited to work with Maplewood on its early stages of digital transformation. In partnering with local governments in New Jersey and across the country we have found that digital processes generate significant increases in efficiency and productivity that have a positive impact on local budgets, services, and constituent experience. We expect to see similar results in Maplewood." About GovPilot: GovPilot - named a GovTech 100 company for five consecutive years - is the leader in digital transformation for local governments. GovPilot's cloud-based platform was built with the sole purpose of enabling local governments to operate at their full potential by standardizing, digitizing, and unifying more than 100 operational and constituent service processes on one system.

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At the end of last year the government asked the Construction Leadership Council to identify actions to reduce the industry’s structural vulnerability to skills shortages, taking account of the Council’s wider work including that on business models and offsite housing. The Council welcomed this invitation. Our task is to be Ministers’ go-to source of senior industry advice on the sector’s major issues, and there is no more important question for construction than this one.

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