ACS Announces Two New Registered Trademarks from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Assured Consulting Solutions, LLC (ACS) is pleased to announce full registration of trademarks for DeepGovernance® and iTBMa® with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Registered trademarks for DeepGovernance and iTBMa represent the culmination of months of advanced technology service delivery for our Federal customers. By harnessing the power of data, ACS provides its customers advanced data-driven tools and technologies that operate as a force multiplier.

ACS Partner Ryan Feeney described what the trademarks mean for the company and its customers. “Through these trademarks, ACS is recognized as a thought leader that embraces data as the essential and enduring element of the future of computing. DeepGovernance represents the way and means that ACS uses to help our customers make the transformative leap into becoming a data-centric organization,” Feeney said. “As for iTBMa, ACS recognized the power and value that Technology Business Management brings to CIOs, but further enhances TBM by providing

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Threat from nuclear weapons and missiles has grown since Trump entered office

The situation presents a broader challenge to the United States. The administration has heralded an era of “great power competition” with China and Russia, resulting in a competitive buildup that arms-control advocates warn is risking a full-blown arms race.

Russia is developing nuclear-armed underwater drones, nuclear-powered cruise missiles and other destabilizing weapons designed to penetrate U.S. missile defenses. China is ramping up its missile force and building out its nuclear capabilities with new nuclear submarines. And the United States is modernizing its own arsenal, while adding low-yield nuclear warheads to submarines and enhancing missile defenses. All the while, Iran and North Korea are advancing as threats.

The result is an escalatory cycle that experts say is threatening decades of progress controlling the world’s most dangerous weapons. A recent report from the Center for Strategic and International Studies warned that the decline of U.S. global influence and the rise of regional

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Blackstone Joins Rush to Miami With Office for Technology Staff

(Bloomberg) — Blackstone Group Inc. plans to open an office in the Miami area and hire about 215 workers as South Florida lures more finance and investment firms.



a flock of seagulls standing on a beach with a city in the background: An aerial drone view as beachgoers take advantage of the opening of South Beach on June 10, 2020 in Miami Beach, Florida.


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An aerial drone view as beachgoers take advantage of the opening of South Beach on June 10, 2020 in Miami Beach, Florida.

The location will mostly house back-office technology employees. Investment professionals won’t be based there, for now.

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South Florida has been actively recruiting firms including hedge funds, some of which are attracted to the state’s zero income tax. While Miami-Dade isn’t cheap by Florida standards, it can be a bargain compared to New York.

“Miami is a vibrant market with a pipeline of top talent from best-in-class technology programs and a large technology footprint,” Jennifer Friedman, a spokeswoman for Blackstone, said

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Real estate company opens new support center in Dauphin County; new office in Cumberland County

A real estate company has opened a new support center in Lower Paxton Township.

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage has opened the new center at 75 Shannon Road.

The new facility opened in August and relocated from Linglestown Road in Lower Paxton Township. The office features flat screen televisions, online transaction management systems, an on-site education center and more. The location will also enable training sessions to be broadcast to agents remotely.

“Agents have always served the communities in which they reside, and this location will allow us to better serve the agents who live and work in the Harrisburg region,” Tricia Como, sales director for the Harrisburg-area office said in a press release. “The agents in Harrisburg now have access to a high-tech, safe facility where they can receive focused administrative assistance, access to technology support and education.”

The office supports approximately 200 real estate agents.

The company has also

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Your office will look very different when you return. Here’s what is changing

Transforming workspaces into IoT-enabled ‘smart’ offices can ensure that physical workplaces remain relevant in the new hybrid working landscape, according to tech analysts.

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When offices do reopen, there are likely to be some big changes.

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Navigating the return to the office, whenever that might be, will a tricky matter for organizations. At the same time as businesses are looking to reduce the amount of physical office space they own, organizations will also have to grapple with the challenge of ensuring post-COVID workspaces remain valuable to both them and their employees.

According to a report by tech analyst Forrester, the dramatic increase in remote working has forced many organizations to begin rethinking their office strategy, and how they can maximize the strategic value of
physical workspaces in the post-COVID era.

The success of these plans will largely hinge on making sure workers feel safe when they return to their

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Lucrative contracts coming soon from US Army’s enterprise information systems office

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Army’s enterprise information systems office expects to release requests for proposals for several highly lucrative contracts in the next few months, a top official has announced.

At an AFCEA Belvoir event last week, Ross Guckert, program executive officer at Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems, laid out the office’s top four highest value contracts for the upcoming quarter, including multi-award contract for IT services valued up to $10 billion.

That contract, called Information Technology Enterprise Solutions-4 Hardware, has a base period of five years with five one-year options. According to industry day slides from July, the office plans for 17 awardees. A draft RFP will be released in the first quarter of fiscal 2021, which started Oct. 1. The final RFP is slated for release in the second quarter of fiscal 2021.

ITES-4H will provide the Army with IT services such as client, servers, storage and

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Quantitative Scientific Solutions Awarded SBIR Contract by Office of Naval Research

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Photos Show Why Miami Public Schools Could Be the Next Ron DeSantis Coronavirus Debacle

MIAMI—Last week, a few days before Donald Trump revealed he came down with COVID-19, Karla Hernandez-Mats went on a coronavirus safety fact-finding mission in South Florida schools ahead of their reopening on Monday.The president of United Teachers of Dade, the local teachers union, Hernandez-Mats said she and her colleagues conducted surprise inspection visits at 17 Miami-area schools that suggested administrators were still scrambling to put safety measures in place.At Miami Springs Senior High, one of the 17 schools inspected, administrators initially refused to allow her colleague, United Teachers of Dade First Vice-President Antonio White, to enter the building and called a police resource officer on him, the union officials told The Daily Beast.“When administrators act like that, their schools are usually not prepared,” White said in an interview. “That was the case at

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Texas Attorney General Is Accused by Top Aides of Abusing His Office

“The complaint filed against Attorney General Paxton was done to impede an ongoing investigation into criminal wrongdoing by public officials including employees of this office,” the statement said. “Making false claims is a very serious matter and we plan to investigate this to the fullest extent of the law.”

Mr. Paxton, one of the state’s highest-profile elected officials, casts himself as a conservative warrior. He appears often on Fox News and boasts of close ties to the president. Texas is leading the latest major challenge to the Affordable Care Act to reach the Supreme Court. In recent weeks, he has pushed to stop a county clerk from sending out unsolicited ballots, as he raised concerns about election fraud, and has challenged various coronavirus restrictions local governments have imposed.

The complaint is the latest turbulence affecting the Republican Party in Texas, which has a monopoly on statewide offices and controls both

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Google abandoning a new Dublin office signals change

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When Google announced last month it was pulling the plug on a lease for a new office space in Dublin, Ireland, it set off alarm bells.

Google is a large presence in Dublin’s “Silicon Docks,” where it holds its European headquarters, a part of the city around the docklands area where a who’s who of Big Tech are located, including Facebook, Twitter and Airbnb.

But during the coronavirus pandemic and with the need for remote working, questions are being raised about the viability of large office spaces. Google said it remains committed to Dublin — where it has over 8,000 workers — and has purchased two more buildings that it still plans to fill.

The commercial property market in Dublin slumped in the second quarter as the country was in the depths of lockdown, according to real estate firm CBRE, which reported just 15

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Facebook moderators at Accenture are being forced back to the office, and many are scared for their safety

Facebook moderators employed by third-party contracting firm Accenture and based in Austin, Texas are being forced to return to the office on October 12th, The Verge has learned.

Employees, almost all of whom are contractors, were instructed of the new policy at a company-wide town hall meeting today, say multiple people familiar with Accenture’s plans. Accenture, which has allowed its workforce of hundreds of moderators to work from home since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, has not given the employees a reason for why they must return to the office. Accenture did not take questions at the town hall meeting, telling concerned employees that it would schedule a second call to answer COVID-specific questions regarding matters like sick leave and time off. High-risk workers are being asked to make alternate arrangements, and will not have to come in.

Facebook has an estimated 15,000 paid contractors almost entirely employed by

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