AWS Government, Education, & Nonprofits Blog

November 2018 Top Blog Roundup

It’s almost the end of the 2018 calendar year. Still, no signs of holiday fatigue for the public sector blog. Here are the biggest takeaways from November.

1.  Announcing ATO on AWS

At re:Invent, we announced the Authority to Operate (ATO) on AWS program, which provides resources to Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) who aspire to achieve a compliance authorization, such as FedRAMP, Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS), Payment Card Industry (PCI), Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS), and many other compliance programs. Read more.

2. Second AWS GovCloud (US) Region in the United States is Live

The new AWS GovCloud (US-East) Region is now available. The AWS GovCloud (US-East) Region joins GovCloud (US-West) as the second AWS GovCloud Region in the US, and the 19th AWS Region worldwide. Read more.

3.  How Serverless Is Solving Congress’ Full Voicemail Box Problem

Hearing “this voicemail box is full” on the other end of the phone line when trying to reach your member of Congress should not stop constituent voices from being heard. The U.S Congress has been facing this problem for a long time now, causing not only a challenge in community engagement, but also Congressional staff endless headaches. What if the solution was the use of a new serverless application? Article One is doing just that. Read more.

4.  Your Amazon Guide to Giving Tuesday

As your nonprofit developed its strategy for #GivingTuesday and is gearing up for end-of-year fundraising campaigns, Amazon can help support your organization to make this your most successful year yet. Read more.

5. To Our Veterans, Thank You for Your Service

Check out our Amazon vet interview over audio here.

AWS is committed to helping address high rates of veteran unemployment through our partnership with government and veterans’ organizations. We, along with other divisions of Amazon, have created a number of programs focused on providing employment resources, educational access, and wellness programs aimed at helping veterans transition after their years of service. Read more.

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AWS Public Sector Blog Team

AWS Public Sector Blog Team

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