Federal Government

Black & Veatch to Support Development of U.S. Renewable Energy Expertise and Technology Exports

Thursday, May 13, 2021 - 4:30pm

b'Black & Veatch has further expanded its contribution to global decarbonization, and the export of U.S. renewable energy expertise, through the appointment of Sean Tilley to the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee (REEEAC).\nTilley is the company\xe2\x80\x99s Global Technology Portfolio Manager for Renewable Energy within Black & Veatch\xe2\x80\x99s Power Business.

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  • b'Black & Veatch has further expanded its contribution to global decarbonization, and the export of U.S. renewable energy expertise, through the appointment of Sean Tilley to the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee (REEEAC).\nTilley is the company\xe2\x80\x99s Global Technology Portfolio Manager for Renewable Energy within Black & Veatch\xe2\x80\x99s Power Business.
  • REEEAC is the U.S. Department of Commerce committee advising Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondon on the development and administration of programs and policies to expand the export competitiveness of U.S. renewable energy and energy efficiency products and services.\n\xe2\x80\x9cDecarbonization is highly skilled and technology led; a move away from the commoditization of power engineering seen in recent years.
  • This makes it an arena in which the U.S. can have a strong presence,\xe2\x80\x9d said Mario Azar, president of Black & Veatch\xe2\x80\x99s global power business.
  • Since 1915, we have helped our clients improve the lives of people around the world by addressing the resilience and reliability of our most important infrastructure assets.

Carnegie Reporter Magazine’s Spring 2021 Edition, “Future of Learning and Democracy,” Explores Education’s Role in Fortifying Our Democracy

Thursday, May 13, 2021 - 11:00am

b'Education is the bedrock of our democracy, ensuring opportunity for all, an engaged citizenry, and a fair and representative government.

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  • b'Education is the bedrock of our democracy, ensuring opportunity for all, an engaged citizenry, and a fair and representative government.
  • These foundational ties are explored in the \xe2\x80\x9cFuture of Learning and Democracy,\xe2\x80\x9d the theme of the Spring 2021 edition of Carnegie Reporter magazine, the flagship publication of the philanthropic foundation Carnegie Corporation of New York.
  • View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210513005029/en/\nThe Spring 2021 edition of Carnegie Reporter magazine, dedicated to the \xe2\x80\x9cFuture of Learning and Democracy,\xe2\x80\x9d explores the evolving demands on our education system and why it matters for the strength of our democracy.
  • In keeping with this mission, the Corporation\xe2\x80\x99s work focuses on the issues that Carnegie considered of paramount importance: education, international peace, and a strong democracy.

Axonius Cybersecurity Asset Management Platform Now Available on DLT Solutions GSA Schedule

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 - 2:03pm

b'Axonius, the leader in cybersecurity asset management , today announced that its Cybersecurity Asset Management Platform is now available through the DLT Solutions General Services Administration (GSA) Multiple Award Schedules (MAS), one of the largest and most widely used acquisition vehicles in the federal government.

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  • b'Axonius, the leader in cybersecurity asset management , today announced that its Cybersecurity Asset Management Platform is now available through the DLT Solutions General Services Administration (GSA) Multiple Award Schedules (MAS), one of the largest and most widely used acquisition vehicles in the federal government.
  • These regulations, including the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency\xe2\x80\x99s Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation Program (CDM) , require organizations to identify and maintain an up-to-date asset inventory.
  • Its Cybersecurity Asset Management Platform is listed on the CDM Approved Projects List and the NASA Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement list , and is fully deployed in many federal environments, one encompassing more than 3.5 million devices.
  • By seamlessly integrating with over 300 security and management solutions, Axonius is deployed in minutes, improving cyber hygiene immediately.

Smart Grid Customer Education Symposium 2021 to Showcase Nation’s Energy Game Changers

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 - 2:00pm

b'The Smart Grid Customer Education Symposium announced today its stellar lineup of speakers for the 2021 event taking place on June 8th and 9th virtually.

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  • b'The Smart Grid Customer Education Symposium announced today its stellar lineup of speakers for the 2021 event taking place on June 8th and 9th virtually.
  • This year\xe2\x80\x99s event will also feature an interactive workshop with the U.S. Department of Energy focused on improving collaboration and communication between industry and the Federal government.\nTo learn more and register for the event, visit www.smartgridcustomereducation.com .\nFor more than ten years, the Smart Grid Customer Education Symposium has shed a spotlight on the role customers play in the adoption of smart grid and advanced technologies in the energy and utilities industries.
  • The Symposium is produced by SmartEnergy IP, a division of SmartMark Communications, LLC.
  • Learn more at www.smartgridcustomereducation.com .\nView source version on businesswire.com: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210512005137/en/\n'

Visa Launches U.S. Spending Momentum Index—A New Way to Gauge the Economic Health of U.S. Consumers

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 - 12:00pm

Spending Momentum Index (SMI), an economic indicator designed to be a timely gauge of the health of consumer spending.

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  • Spending Momentum Index (SMI), an economic indicator designed to be a timely gauge of the health of consumer spending.
  • At its current level, the Visa SMI implies that 65 percent of consumers are now spending more than they did a year ago, while only 35 percent are spending the same or less.
  • Even compared to April 2019, which was not affected by the pandemic and lockdowns, 51 percent of consumers are spending more.
  • When the Visa SMI rises above 100, the consumer spending momentum is strengthening and when it falls below 100, the spending momentum is weakening as fewer consumers are spending more relative to the previous year.

AHF: Ten Ways WHO Catastrophically Failed the World

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 - 10:27pm

Vaccinations are ramping up, but much too slowly in many parts of the world \xe2\x80\x93 and countries like India are on \xe2\x80\x98fire,\xe2\x80\x99\xe2\x80\x9d said AHF President Michael Weinstein.

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  • Vaccinations are ramping up, but much too slowly in many parts of the world \xe2\x80\x93 and countries like India are on \xe2\x80\x98fire,\xe2\x80\x99\xe2\x80\x9d said AHF President Michael Weinstein.
  • \xe2\x80\x9cCoordinated international efforts to control COVID-19 have been virtually non-existent, raising the question\xe2\x80\x94why was the world so unprepared for this pandemic?
  • WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus ultimately bears responsibility for WHO\xe2\x80\x99s actions, or lack thereof, from the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Working with COVAX , they failed to garner the resources necessary to guarantee vaccine access for the developing world, failed to advocate for essential patent waivers, and failed to provide effective guidance on minimum standards or side effects.

Black Voices for Black Justice Fund Announces Third Round of Awards to Expand the Impact of Black Activists Advancing Racial Justice

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 - 7:12pm

b"The Black Voices for Black Justice Fund today announced its third round of awardees, including Black leaders in Chicago, Charlotte, Los Angeles, Miami, Orlando, Philadelphia, Seattle and Washington, DC.

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  • b"The Black Voices for Black Justice Fund today announced its third round of awardees, including Black leaders in Chicago, Charlotte, Los Angeles, Miami, Orlando, Philadelphia, Seattle and Washington, DC.
  • All awardees are being recognized for their leadership in changing systems of oppression, violence and inequality.
  • He began his career as a teacher through an alternative certification program for Black men in 1992.
  • I\xe2\x80\x99ve stepped into the role of CEO at EdLoC after the unexpected passing of my friend and former boss, Layla Avila.

Advanced Clean Energy Storage Project Invited to Submit Part II Application for up to $595 Million Financing from U.S. Department of Energy for Proposed Hydrogen Hub and Long-duration Renewable Energy Storage Project

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 - 4:05pm

The green hydrogen hub is part of a broad effort to support decarbonization efforts across the western U.S.

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  • The green hydrogen hub is part of a broad effort to support decarbonization efforts across the western U.S.
  • The hydrogen would be stored in the Advanced Clean Energy Storage Project\xe2\x80\x99s salt caverns, which are natural geological formations providing safe, reliable, and cost-effective bulk storage of hydrogen.
  • By comparison, a U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) 2020 report estimates the current installed base of battery energy storage across the U.S. at 1.2 GWh.
  • Energy storage solutions include green hydrogen and battery energy storage systems.

Spire Providing Arctic Intelligence

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 - 12:00pm

b"As new trade routes begin to emerge and competition intensifies in the Arctic, Spire is providing data to inform decisions on critical issues around climate change, navigation, and transportation within the region through its comprehensive data and weather forecasting services.\nResearch shows that Arctic warming is resulting in shrinking sea ice and changing ocean circulation and weather patterns.

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  • b"As new trade routes begin to emerge and competition intensifies in the Arctic, Spire is providing data to inform decisions on critical issues around climate change, navigation, and transportation within the region through its comprehensive data and weather forecasting services.\nResearch shows that Arctic warming is resulting in shrinking sea ice and changing ocean circulation and weather patterns.
  • This enables Spire to map sea ice coverage and delineate the marginal ice zone (MIZ), a transitional region between open sea and dense drift ice.
  • This information can be used to inform navigation plans that avoid sea ice, which Spire expects may become increasingly important as governments and companies in the private sector begin to consider the Arctic as a more viable transit route.\nSpire also provides near real-time vessel tracking capabilities in the Arctic through satellite, terrestrial, and Dynamic\xe2\x84\xa2 AIS data.
  • Through its combination of global vessel tracking data, satellite observations of sea ice, plus weather forecasts of temperature, wind, and other ocean variables, Spire seeks to provide an all-in-one Arctic intelligence solution that gives operators in the Arctic confidence and clarity in this remote area and in uncertain conditions.\n\xe2\x80\x9cThe Arctic is a critically important region for the global economy, but it\xe2\x80\x99s traditionally difficult to observe and track developments there,\xe2\x80\x9d said Keith E. Johnson, Vice President and General Manager, Government Solutions.

More Citizens are Accessing Social Services and Want Proactive and Personalized Experiences, Accenture Report Finds

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 - 8:59am

b'A new report from Accenture (NYSE: ACN) found that many citizens have acquired significant new caregiving responsibilities at home during the pandemic, yet most are unaware of what social services are available to them.\nThis press release features multimedia.

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  • b'A new report from Accenture (NYSE: ACN) found that many citizens have acquired significant new caregiving responsibilities at home during the pandemic, yet most are unaware of what social services are available to them.\nThis press release features multimedia.
  • View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210511005106/en/\nCitizens want more proactive and personalized services from their social services agencies (Photo: Business Wire)\nThe report , \xe2\x80\x9cSocial Services: Lead with Impact ,\xe2\x80\x9d found that while more than half (57%) of citizens surveyed said that the response of their social service agencies to the COVID-19 pandemic has been strong, the majority (89%) said they lack sufficient guidance on what social services they are eligible to access.
  • We embrace the power of change to create value and shared success for our clients, people, shareholders, partners and communities.
  • Accenture and its logo are registered trademarks of Accenture.\nView source version on businesswire.com: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210511005106/en/\n'