March 15, 2019: BlackBerry Ltd. has launched a Government Solutions office headquartered in Washington, D.C., in an effort to deepen its ties with the federal government. BlackBerry Government Solutions is a wholly-owned subsidiary that is scheduled to work to accelerate the company’s Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) initiatives. The company's federally-authorized crisis communication platform AtHoc protects more than 70 percent of federal employees. Retired Rear Adm. Robert E. Day, Jr., of the U.S. Coast Guard, who joined BlackBerry in 2016, has been named to lead the office, which is located at 800 North Capitol Street NW. The office has nine employees. Chief Executive Officer John Chen said the company is now uniquely positioned to help the U.S. government build and connect devices ranging from ATVs and drones to documents, e-mails and the data that flows between. BlackBerry, which celebrated its 35th anniversary last week, the week of March 3-9, 2019, currently provides security and data privacy for cabinet and federal departments, including the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the U.S. Department of Treasury and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.