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Preliminary Note: The U.S. Department of Transportation recently released a long-awaited Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to modernize the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program regulations. This blog is part of a series looking at some of the significant proposed changes. A copy of all of the proposed changes can be found here: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2022/07/21/2022-14586/disadvantaged-business-enterprise-and-airport-concession-disadvantaged-business-enterprise-program.
A frequent area of frustration for DBEs is the interstate certification process (the process by which a DBE can get certified in a state other than their home state). This frustration stems from a slow-moving process with multiple requests for information that go beyond what is permitted by the rules.
Well, the USDOT shares those frustrations and has proposed sweeping changes to simplify the process. In analyzing its appeal decisions, the USDOT found that it reversed a whopping 77% of appeals involving denials of interstate certification. Of those reversals, 35% were because the certifier demand that the firm provide information that went beyond what is allowed in the current regulations, 49 C.F.R. § 26.85(c). Another 26% of those appeals involved certifiers who denied the application for interstate certification for no reason!
The proposed rules require the state where interstate certification is sought (State B) to accept the home state’s certification- establishing reciprocity. The required materials for an application for interstate certification are also greatly reduced- a cover letter, a copy of screenshot showing their company’s listing in their home state’s UCP DBE directory, and a signed Declaration of Eligibility.
State B will have 10 business days to verify the certification and grant interstate certification. This is also a big change, where currently an interstate certification application can drag on for months. Many companies apply for interstate certification to bid on a particular job or project. This new deadline will help those companies ensure that they will receive a timely response to their application.
Have thoughts or suggestions on the proposed PNW rules? You can make your voice heard by offering your comment here: https://www.regulations.gov/docket/DOT-OST-2022-0051/document.
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SAN FRANCISCO, July 13, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- HashiCorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: HCP), a leading provider of multi-cloud infrastructure automation software, today announced it has been chosen as the U.S. winner and a global finalist for the 2022 Microsoft Open Source Software (OSS) on Azure Partner of the Year Award. The company was honored among a global field of top Microsoft partners for demonstrating excellence in innovation and implementation of customer solutions based on Microsoft technology.
“HashiCorp is honored for the recognition by Microsoft as part of its OSS on Azure Partner of the Year Award,” said Burzin Patel, VP, Global Alliances, HashiCorp. “We are delighted to continue helping accelerate Azure adoption amongst our shared customers and community with our solutions for cloud infrastructure, security, and networking. Our work with Microsoft and the leading enterprises who rely on both Azure and HashiCorp will deliver value to their customers through the cloud.”
HashiCorp and Microsoft have partnered for several years on co-developing and supporting solutions for customers and community members on Microsoft Azure. Together, these efforts deliver a broad range of Azure-related solutions, including:
Infrastructure: Automating provisioning and security based on infrastructure and policy as code within a workflow that is consistent with HashiCorp Terraform on Azure.
Security: Building a zero trust security model by integrating Vault for identity and access management, secrets management, and server configuration with Azure Key Vault.
Networking: Connecting modern and legacy applications across hybrid environments using Consul and HCP Consul, a fully managed service on Microsoft Azure.
The Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards recognize Microsoft partners that have developed and delivered outstanding Microsoft-based applications, services and devices during the past year. Awards were classified in various categories, with honorees chosen from a set of more than 3,900 submitted nominations from more than 100 countries worldwide. The MSUS Partner Award program complements the global Microsoft Partner of the Year Award program and highlights U.S.-specific partner impact. HashiCorp was recognized for providing outstanding solutions and services in the OSS categories.
“I am honored to announce the winners and finalists of the 2022 Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards,” said Nick Parker, corporate vice president of Global Partner Solutions at Microsoft. “These partners were outstanding among the exceptional pool of nominees and I’m continuously impressed by their innovative use of Microsoft Cloud technologies and the impact for their customers.”
Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards are announced annually prior to the company’s global partner conference, Microsoft Inspire, which will take place on July 19-20 this year.
Additional details on the 2022 awards are available on the Microsoft Partner Network blog: https://blogs.partner.microsoft.com/mpn/congratulations-to-the-2022-microsoft-partner-of-the-year-awards-winners-and-finalists/. The complete list of categories, winners and finalists can be found at: https://partner.microsoft.com/en-us/inspire/awards.
HashiCorp is a leader in multi-cloud infrastructure automation software. The HashiCorp software suite enables organizations to adopt consistent workflows and create a system of record for automating the cloud: infrastructure provisioning, security, networking, and application deployment. HashiCorp’s portfolio of products includes Vagrant™, Packer™, Terraform®, Vault™, Consul®, Nomad™, Boundary, and Waypoint™. HashiCorp offers products as open source, enterprise, and as managed cloud services. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, though most of HashiCorp employees work remotely, strategically distributed around the globe. For more information, visit hashicorp.com or follow HashiCorp on Twitter @HashiCorp.
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Omron awards Airline Hydraulics for exceeding sales achievements, substantial investment in inventory, a new mobile technology showcase, and continued expansion into the South
Omron Automation Americas Recognizes Airline Hydraulics Corporation as 2021 Distributor of the Year
BENSALEM, Penn., July 14, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Airline Hydraulics Corporation (Airline), a leading distributor of industrial machinery and safeguarding products, is recognized by Omron Automation Americas (Omron) as a recipient of the 2021 Distributor of the Year Award, throughout North and South America. This award recognizes Airline's substantial investments in Omron's inventory, exceeding sales achievements, continued expansion with a new location in South Carolina, and Airline's mobile technology showcase of Omron products, the Tech Traveler. Omron recognizing Airline with this award proves Airline is a strategic partner and industrial customers have increased accessibility to local Omron inventory and technical support.
Peter Brouwer, Vice President of Sales for Omron, comments, "On behalf of Omron Automation Americas, I am very pleased to recognize Airline Hydraulics as our 2021 Distributor of the Year. Airline's innovation, investment, and commitment to our technology secured this award. They are a highly respected partner in the Americas market, supporting the growth of our brand and delivering superior support to customers. We look forward to many years, continuing to make our partnership stronger."
Mark Steffens, Airline CEO, adds, "Quality relationships take time, and after 30-plus years of being a partner to Omron, we are honored to accept 'Distributor of the Year' honors for 2021. We are thankful to have a partner closely aligned to our core values and must thank the Omron team members who have worked diligently to lay the groundwork for this mutual success."
For more information about Airline's inventory, expansion South and mobile technology showcase of Omron products, the Tech Traveler, visit Airline's Omron Automation webpage.
Airline Hydraulics Corporation, a 100% employee-owned company, serves all industries utilizing fluid power and machine automation. In business since 1949, Airline specifies, stocks, and supports high-end components from Omron, Bosch Rexroth, Eaton, HYDAC, SKF/Lincoln, SMC, Phoenix Contact, and hundreds of other leading manufacturers. Customers also rely on Airline, an ISO 9001 certified company, for custom engineering, manufacturing & assembly, service and repair, machine safeguarding, and other value-add services. With offices located throughout the Eastern regions of the U.S., Airline experts are ready to help industry leaders become more educated, competitive, and cost-effective in today's rapidly changing marketplace.
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Image 1: Omron Automation Americas Recognizes Airline Hydraulics Corporation as 2021 Distributor of the Year
Pictured on the left is Kenny Heidel (Omron) and Peter Brouwer (Omron) awarding Michael Schapoehler (Airline Hydraulics) and Mark Steffens (Airline Hydraulics) as 2021 Distributor of the Year.
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