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MUM Accounting Students First in World to Learn New Reporting System Required by US Government Agencies

Fairfield, IA (PRWEB) January 03, 2014

Accounting students at Maharishi University are gaining certification in a new worldwide standard for exchanging financial and accounting information that’s required by the US government as well as a growing list of international organizations. Maharishi U is the first university in the world to offer this certification training as an academic course.

"The government is increasingly expecting financial institutions to adopt this new standard, but there are very few accountants trained in this area," said accounting professor Andrew Bargerstock, PhD, CPA. "Our students are moving quickly to fill this void."

Extensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL)

The new standard, XBRL, or eXtensible Business Reporting Language, is a formal markup language with some similarities to computer programming that systematically defines business facts, values, contexts, units, and more in order to exchange financial information.

Common functions in many countries that make use of XBRL include regulators of stock exchanges and securities, banking regulators, business registrars, revenue reporting and tax-filing agencies, and national statistical agencies.

A Highly Marketable Skill

According to Dr. Bargerstock, the XBRL standard is rapidly spreading worldwide. In the U.S., both the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) require that all data reported to them use XBRL.

The Netherlands has adopted XBRL as a government-wide standard of reporting accounting and financial information. And in a recent report, the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) stated that "XBRL reporting has become an integral aspect of most registrants’ financial reporting infrastructures, and interactive data is more readily available to financial statement users than ever before."

"We want our students to be on the cutting edge," Dr. Bargerstock said. "This new system is very challenging to learn, but once an accountant is certified, he or she will be highly sought after by the many large institutions who are now having to prepare their data in this new way. This will give our students another credential that will make them attractive in the US and international job market."

Students, Faculty Earn Certification

XBRL International, (, which developed this new standard, offers testing to certify that accountants have mastered it. Dr. Bargerstock and six of his students have so far earned XBRL certification. According to XBRL International, Maharishi University of Management is the first university to offer XBRL instruction and certification as part of the curriculum. XBRL is offered as a one-credit course in MUM’s MBA Accounting program.

The MUM Accounting MBA

Maharishi University of Management offers an MBA for Accounting Professionals program that enrolls students from a variety of countries. They spend seven months on campus taking MBA courses, and then are placed in paid practicum positions around the US while completing their degree via distance education.

Track Record of Success

Dr. Bargerstock, director of the University’s MBA programs, received the 2009 Excellence in Lean Accounting Professor award from the Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI) at the Lean Accounting Summit. Since then, Dr. Bargerstock has published research articles in Management Accounting Quarterly and guided two Ph.D. students who won the Lean Accounting Student of the Year Award (2011, 2013) by LEI at the annual Lean Accounting Summit.

Dr. Bargerstock’s students have also placed in top 10 positions of the revolving CAPSIM business simulations CAPSIM business simulations. Every year since beginning the simulation as part of the MBA curriculum, MUM has placed student teams in the Top 10th percentile worldwide including #1 finishes in the world in 2011 and 2013. This online simulation addresses the need for accountants to become better acquainted with strategic thinking and decision-making in circumstances of uncertainty and in a team environment.

The XBRL training and certification adds to the growing list of skills MUM students have been developing, including their recent course in Data-Mining using the latest SPSS Modeler software and its application in business marketing.

"This combination of these three things—success is Business Simulations, understanding of Data Mining, and XBRL certification," said Dr. Bargerstock, "puts MBAs coming out of Maharishi University of Management in a whole new light with great potential for building long-term careers in the United States and internationally."

About the University

Founded in 1971, Maharishi University of Management (MUM) offers Consciousness-Based℠ Education, a traditional academic curriculum enhanced with self-development programs like the Transcendental Meditation® technique. Students are encouraged to follow a more sustainable routine of study, socializing and rest without the typical college burnout. All aspects of campus life nourish the body and mind, including organic vegetarian meals served fresh daily. Located in Fairfield, Iowa, MUM is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in the arts, sciences, humanities, and business. Visitors Weekends are held throughout the year. For more information, call the Admissions Office at 800-369-6480 or visit

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U.S. Federal Government Agencies Can Use RightAnswers Knowledge Management Platform on Amazon Web Services

Edison, New Jersey (PRWEB) November 11, 2013

Government agencies that need to comply with DIACAP, FedRAMP or FISMA standards can now use the RightAnswers Unified Knowledge Platform in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) GovCloud (US) Region.

RightAnswers, Inc., the #1 provider of cloud-based knowledge management and self-service solutions, has become an Advanced Technology Partner in the AWS Partner Network (APN). RightAnswers is available for immediate purchase via the AWS Marketplace.

The Federal Government has mandated that its agencies should migrate to cloud-based software and services, to save costs on computer and networking equipment and maintenance and to enable faster deployment of computerized systems and services.

RightAnswers on the AWS Marketplace allows government agencies to manage their knowledge and provide self-service while adhering to strict government regulations in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region.

“By residing in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region, the cloud-based RightAnswers knowledge management platform is available to more government agencies. By moving to the cloud, agencies will reduce infrastructure and operational costs, something the U.S. government is eager for them to pursue,” explained Alan Demsky, Vice President of Federal Systems, RightAnswers.

Government agencies are already using the cloud-based RightAnswers Unified Knowledge Platform to improve the service they provide. RightAnswers proactively prepares government departments for change, to keep pace with agency developments and new policies and regulations.

The RightAnswers platform integrates seamlessly with their existing support systems, providing a deeper knowledge experience from the agent’s desktop. Government employees and citizens can quickly find answers to their questions, reducing the number of calls to the service center and decreasing call wait times.

See our website for more information on RightAnswers solutions for the Federal Government or request a demo at

About RightAnswers

RightAnswers is the #1 provider of cloud-based knowledge management and web self-service for optimizing customer service and IT support. Our 500 clients around the globe use RightAnswers seamlessly integrated with their CRM, ITSM or other customer service software, to provide stellar support experiences while saving millions of dollars a year. For more information, visit

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Congressman Darrell Issa & David Williams, Inspector General of USPS, to Keynote at Predictive Analytics World for Government 2013

Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) July 18, 2013

Where do the Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the Inspector General of the USPS, IRS and Treasury officials, the Army, the Navy and the Chief Actuary of VA find common ground? At Predictive Analytics World for Government (PAW-GOV), September 18-19, 2013 in Washington, DC.

The agenda and speakers for this industry leading and only vendor-neutral analytics conference for government have been confirmed. Last year, 500+ attendees came together for this established networking event, a figure that looks to be increased in 2013.

Unlike general conferences, PAWGOV is specifically designed to help government leaders, analysts and program managers understand how they can apply predictive analytics more efficiently and effectively. On the agenda are hot button topics such as fraud detection using predictive analytics, extracting intelligence from big data, staff forecasting, text analytics and mining unstructured data, open data and data transparency legislation (DATA Act), DODs Data to Decisions big data initiative, SECs use of analytics to detect fraud and insider trading, building an analytics capability in the Federal government, how to overcome obstacles to analytics and how to get ROI from data analytics.

Leading the charge are PAWGOVs two keynote speakers:


Corporate Whistleblower Center Targets Federal Contractors Over Billing The Federal Government And The Urge Insiders To Call Them About Whistleblower Reward Programs

(PRWEB) July 23, 2013

The Corporate Whistleblower Center is urging a whistleblower with significant proof any type of contractor providing services to federal government that is also involved in multi million over billing, or fraud to call them about what could be extremely lucrative whistleblower rewards, provided the over billing, or fraud is in the millions of dollars. The types of contractors could be defense contractors, shipyards, transportation contractors, maritime contractors, environmental super fund clean up contractors in places like Hanford, Washington, federal highway contractors, low income housing contractors, Internet universities, food service contractors, food procurement contractors, security contractors, high tech contractors providing computer programing services to federal agencies, school lunch program contractors, wind, or solar power contractors, or banks, or mortgage servicing companies defrauding the federal government on FHA, or VA mortgages. The Corporate Whistle Blower Center says, "We know there are thousands, if not tens of thousands of US citizens, who possess the full set of party pictures on their employer defrauding, and or over billing the federal government, and aside from being the patriotic thing to do, stepping forward could produce a substantial whistleblower reward, provided the wrongdoing is in the millions of dollars, and the proof is well documented, and is is very easy to prove." http://CorporateWhistleblowerCenter.Com

Simple rules for a whistleblower from the Corporate Whistleblower Center:

Do not go to the government first, if you are a major whistleblower. The Corporate Whistleblower Center says, "Major whistleblowers frequently go to the federal government thinking they will help. Its a huge mistake. Frequently government officials could care less, or they are incompetent."
Do not go to the news media with your whistleblower information. Public revelation of a whistleblower's information could destroy any prospect for a reward.
Do not try to force a government contractor, or corporation to come clean to the government about their wrongdoing. The Corporate Whistleblower Center says, "Fraud is so rampant among federal contractors, that any suggestion of exposure might result in an instant job termination, or harassment of the whistleblower. We say, come to us first, tell us what type of information you have, and if we think its sufficient, we will help find the right law firms, to assist in advancing your information."

The Corporate Whistleblower Center wants to emphasize there are high quality whistleblowers in every state including California, New York, Florida, Texas, Massachusetts, Maryland, Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, Missouri, Michigan, Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska. Any type of insider, or employee, who possesses significant proof of their employer, or a government contractor fleecing the federal government is encouraged to contact to Corporate Whistleblower Center anytime at 866-714-6466, or they can contact the group via their web site at http://CorporateWhistleBlowerCenter.Com


Crowd Sourcing Apps Help Government Contractors Cope with Cuts

Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) January 30, 2013

9Lenses announced the release of five landmark crowd-sourcing applications to reduce the uncertainty faced by government contractors.

Federal service providers face uncertainty on nearly every front. Budgets are uncertain, contract renewals are up in the air, and regulatory modifications are making it increasingly difficult to decide how to invest scarce resources, notes Edwin Miller, 4 time-CEO and Founder of 9Lenses. Contractors trying to win more bids with fewer resources, and thats placing a lot of strain on the C-suites strategic abilities. I wanted to help, so we developed our GovCon suite which allows executives to leverage the knowledge thats already in their company to mitigate risk, and improve win-rates.

Every app reduces uncertainty by linking executives to insight from stakeholders across every part of their company. Here are the apps:


Upcoming Avatier Blogs Focus on Risk Management for the Cloud and Government BYOD

San Ramon, California (PRWEB) November 05, 2012

Avatier Corp., a leading provider of identity access management (IAM) software, announced today that the Avatier Blog site will cover the following topics this week:

Governance for Government BYOD

After four years of increased government spending on mobile technology, 2012 has seen a dip in expenditure, likely due to an increase in the practice of Bring Your Own Device or BYOD. This blog will look at how government needs to apply a platform of Identity and Access Management for user provisioning to establish governance of BYOD and enhance cyber security.

Risk Management Compliance for the Cloud

Ernst & Young recently reported a 31% increase in related security incidents over the past year with cloud computing security issues being a major concern for CIOs. The blog looks at some measures that should headline every organizations compliance management efforts.

The Avatier Blog serves as a resource for organizations to find commentary on the latest IT security news and solutions for User Provisioning, Password Management, Compliance Governance and Risk Analytics. The Avatier Blog can be found at

About Avatier

Avatier is the most innovative identity and access risk management solutions company in the world. The company invented the worlds first business service catalog in the form of an IT Store with automatic workflow, and its award-winning products are deployed worldwide across 16 vertical markets and hundreds of organizations with millions of managed user identities. The companys Identity and Access Risk Management (AIMS) suite incorporates products for user provisioning, password management, compliance governance and risk intelligence. All solutions represent the quickest time to value and the best operational efficiencies in the industry because of their innovative use of graphical configuration versus complex coding and scripting. Avatier is based in San Ramon, Calif., and is privately held. For more information on Avatier Corporation, go to or call 800-609-8610.


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Fusion PPT Announces New Federal Cloud Computing Book Focused on Strategy and Execution within Government

Vienna, VA (PRWEB) December 13, 2012

Fusion PPT, a recognized cloud computing strategy and technology firm announced today that author Michael Biddick, CEO of Fusion PPT and contributing editor at InformationWeek magazine has been working in government Cloud Computing since 2009. In this book published by Cavalier Trail Books, Federal Cloud Computing: A Practical Approach to Strategy and Execution within Government Michael taps that experience in the first book focused exclusively on government Cloud Computing.

The movement to adopt cloud computing within government is resolute. With federal IT spending nearing $ 80 billion per year and increasing reliance on technology, agencies need to seek ways to deliver IT services more efficiently. Despite the avocation of cloud computing, there are clear issues that need to be resolved around security, privacy, culture, and acquisition reform. Federal Cloud Computing is a concise, practical guide that can help government IT leaders develop and fully execute a strategy around cloud computing for their agencies.

Michael Biddick is the CEO of Fusion PPT; a Washington D.C. consulting firm that specializes in Cloud Computing. He has also been a contributing editor with InformationWeek magazine since 2007 and has published over 60 articles on Cloud Computing and improving IT efficiency. Over nearly 20 years, Michael has worked with hundreds of government and international commercial organizations providing expertise around IT service management.

The book is available on online at, Barnes & Nobel as well as independent brick and mortar book stores nationwide. For more information about the book click here.


Government Weather Forecasters Reverse Mild Winter Forecast in line with Melita Weather Associates, INC Cold Winter Forecast

Durango, Colorado (PRWEB) November 26, 2012

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Janna Lewis Moves Intellectual Property and Government Contracts Practice to Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs, Colorado (PRWEB) November 14, 2012

Holland & Hart LLP is pleased to announce Intellectual Property and Government Contracts attorney Janna Lewis has moved her practice to the firms Colorado Springs office. Lewis was previously based out of Holland & Harts Salt Lake City office.

As an active member of the firms Government Contracts practice, Lewis will focus on driving growth in the Colorado Springs market, as well as maintaining her Salt Lake City client base.

Lewis structures and negotiates licensing and technology deals within the commercial and the government sectors, providing her clients with practical, innovative, and cost-effective solutions.

Lewis also regularly assists clients in developing and optimizing their intellectual property portfolios. She conducts risk assessments for complex multi-party licenses and tiered government contracts. She also represents clients in government contract bid protests at the agency level and before the Court of Federal Claims.

Her clients hail from a variety of industries, including software, computer hardware, aerospace, communications, mobile devices, medical devices, entertainment, and renewable energy.

Lewis is a Certified Licensing Professional by the International Licensing Executives Society, as well as a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (Licensing and Management of IP Assets Committee, Anti-Counterfeiting and Anti-Piracy Committee), the American Bar Association (Forum Committee on Air and Space Law), the International Bar Association (Space Law, Technology Law, Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Committees), the Women Tech Council (Education Committee and Advisory Board member), and Women in Aerospace.

Lewis holds a J.D. from the S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah, a B.S. from Southern Utah University, and is pursuing a graduate certificate in International Security from Stanford University.

About Holland & Hart

With its firm-wide resources, local presence and coordinated efforts, Holland & Hart LLP delivers integrated legal solutions to regional, national and international clients of all sizes.

Since its inception in 1947, Holland & Harts more than 400 lawyers have consistently been recognized by leading national and international peer and industry review organizations for innovation and dedication to the practice of law.

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Large Corporations Awarded Billions in Small Business Government Contracts in 2011

St. Petersburg, FL (PRWEB) February 29, 2012

The American Small Business League (ASBL) has reported that 72 of the federal governments top 100 small business contractors were some of the worlds largest companies. Corporations like Apple, GE and Bank of America received $ 16.4 billion in small business government contracts during the 2011 fiscal year, a 20 percent increase over the previous fiscal year. Due to a combination of policy loopholes, human error and mis-categorization, many small businesses are not being awarded the government contracts set aside specifically for smaller companies.

Federal mandates are in place that require the federal government to set aside at least 23% of all contracting dollars to be awarded by small businesses. In order for the government to comply with the mandates, more companies capable of handling these federal contracts must complete their CCR registration and ORCA filing immediately. Every year, the federal government falls short of its procurement goal. In 2009, only 22% of the $ 442 billion set aside for small businesses was awarded to small businesses, according to US Federal Contractor Registration.

There are not enough qualified, properly registered businesses, said Dan Driscoll, treasurer at US Federal Contractor Registration. If there were, the government wouldnt have a problem meeting that goal.

In order to bid on and be awarded government contracts, businesses must obtain a DUNS number and must complete CCR and ORCA registration. Successful contractors also develop aggressive government marketing plans which include the creation of a profile on government websites such as the SBAs Dynamic Small Business Search and automated bid notifications to their email. Eric Knellinger, President of US Federal Contractor Registration, is strongly encouraging small businesses to ensure their registration is complete and correct so they don't miss out on the new opportunities available in government contracting.

Unfortunately, many vendors who try to complete their CCR registration on their own run into problems. The Georgia Tech Procurement Assistance Center has reported that nearly 20% of all current CCR records contain errors or omissions. When errors are present in a business records, the government contract will most certainly be awarded to a company with all of their checks and balances in place. This makes it even more possible for large companies with proper paperwork to move in on contracts set aside for small businesses.

To help small businesses avoid costly errors, US Federal Contractor Registration is offering a free evaluation and review of vendors government registration, including their CCR registration CCR registration and ORCA filing. During the evaluation, a Placement Specialist will review the companys government contractor registration to ensure it is complete, contains the correct information and is optimized to help them win government contracts. To receive this free evaluation, interested businesses should contact the toll free Contractor Helpline at (877) 252-2700 ext 1. Placement Specialists can also prepare a free government contracting profitability assessment to help business owners review government spending trends within their industry and identify current contracting opportunities.

US Federal Contractor Registration is a third party registration firm that has helped thousands of businesses complete their CCR registration and bid on contracts. US Federal Contractor Registration pairs businesses with a dedicated case manager who helps them every step of the way from initial registration to bidding on contracts. To request a free evaluation and assessment by a Placement Specialist for your business, call the Contractor Helpline at (877) 252-2700 ext 1 or visit our website at


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