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Culture can mean engagement and branding but starts as the “Right Thing to Do.”

Want to better understand how happy employees can lead to long-term success, why it is okay to let employees know the sky is the limit, or how CEOs play a key role in both corporate culture and social media branding? Or simply want advice to help you cement your own corporate culture? Check out this recent interview with RIVA Solutions’ CEO Naveen Krishnamurthy and its Executive Vice President of Growth, Farrell O’Neill Proffitt. As to why the Alpacas…we still have no idea. Many thanks to RIVA Solutions and OrangeSlicesAI for being such an awesome model and sharing your insight with the GovBrewCrew!
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Executive Order adds supply chains, cybersecurity, data to CFIUS risk factors

POTUS signed an executive order formalizing a list of risks to be considered when weighing approval of foreign investments in the U.S. Under the order, the cross-agency Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States must consider impacts on critical supply chains, cybersecurity threats, risks to sensitive data and other evolving national security concerns when reviewing covered transactions.
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Polaris RFPs Round 2.

GSA released RFPs for the HUBZone and SDVOSB pools of the Polaris. GSA said Friday it will accept proposals through Nov. 4 for SDVOSB and HUBZone pools of Polaris. Our only question is how much back and forth will there be with industry and Government on this one?
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Empowering field commanders to make decision key to future combat

To win a war with an adversary such as China, lower-level commanders need to be empowered in the field to make more decisions and not face adverse consequences when those decisions do not succeed, allied leaders agree.
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USAF acquisitions fraud investigation disclosed.

Batten down ye hatches, buccaneers! The Air Force revealed that it’s been engaged in a nearly two-year procurement fraud investigation. The Office of Special Investigations has provided few details about the inquiry.¬† Panning out for a wide angled view: the Justice Department was publicly handling nearly 80 major defense fraud and bribery cases as of April, five of which involve the Air Force.¬†From 2013 to 2017, the federal government recovered more than $6.6 billion from defense contracting fraud cases, according to the GAO.
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What percent of enlisted men and women are Hispanic?

Fast facts: So the data is a bit old (from 2019…can’t seem to find more recent data), there were 21.39% active duty enlisted Hispanic women and 17.9% active duty enlisted Hispanic men. How does that correlate to US populations? 18.7% of the total US population (men and women) were Hispanic in¬†2020.

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NSA help wanted: 2,000 cyber and IT qualified personnel needed. 

With more data than ever to analyze, NSA officials are urgently trying to hire 2,000 personnel with cyber security and IT qualifications by the end of 2022, but the security clearance requirements, among other realities, are hampering the effort. Crimping new pirate crew is being frowned upon by other agencies.
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DoD & IC considering indemnifying commercial space providers.

At the Intelligence¬†& National¬†Security¬†Summit¬†Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks said that the department, including the Pentagon‚Äôs Intelligence Community partners, is looking at the possibility of indemnifying commercial space firms that become targets in conflict due to their support for US national security goals. ‚ÄúIt does require us to think about how we contract effectively, to include issues like indemnification,‚ÄĚ she told the Intelligence and National Security Summit co-sponsored by the Intelligence National Security Alliance (INSA) and the AFCEA. ‚ÄúThat is absolutely on the table.‚ÄĚ
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Inflation Reduction Act language could hamper IRS hiring efforts.

Did you actually think that the IRS was going to quickly ramp up its hiring efforts, on the heels of the signing of the Inflation Reduction Act into law, to hire and onboard tens of thousands of agents, to enable IRS to meet congressional revenue goals? Well, think again! Due to the stripping of language from the legislation by the Senate, those sons of biscuit eaters, IRS officials will not have the same flexibility to make new hires that they were initially to be given in the legislation.
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 USCIS application support center contract pre-proposal conference.

The pre-proposal conference will be on September 29 from 9 am to 12 pm. You need to register to attend. This contract involves the following tasks: Biometric and Biographic Capture, Identity Verification, Mobile Route Support, Scheduling, Data Entry, resubmissions of prints, electronic support of ink cards, facility observation support and Program Management Support, including Facilities Leasing and Maintenance. Pirate carousing is probably not on the docket.
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Antenna Research Associates has acquired SI2 Technologies.

Antenna Research Associates has acquired military communications and signal management systems builder SI2 Technologies to create a technology innovation center that will serve defense customers. North Billerica, Massachusetts-based S12 will operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary of ARA and the two entities will collaborate across various business operations within the U.S. and Europe.
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Intuitive Machines going public through a SPAC deal.

Intuitive Machines, LLC, a space exploration, infrastructure, and services company founded in 2013, and Inflection Point Acquisition Corp. (Nasdaq: IPAX, IPAXU, IPAXW) (‚ÄúInflection Point‚ÄĚ), a SPAC, announced that they have signed a definitive business combination agreement that will result in Intuitive Machines becoming publicly listed.¬†Upon the closing of the transaction, the combined company will be named Intuitive Machines Inc., and its securities will be listed on Nasdaq.
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Shower thoughts ūüöŅ

What’s the difference between Hispanic and Latino?

Hispanic and Latino are often used interchangeably though they actually mean two different things. Hispanic refers to people who speak Spanish and/or are descended from Spanish-speaking populations, while Latino refers to people who are from or descended from people from Latin America.
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GenZ never learned to read cursive…how will they interpret the past?

In 2010,¬†cursive was omitted from the new national Common Core standards for K‚Äď12 education.¬†Handwriting instruction had already been declining as laptops and tablets and lessons in ‚Äúkeyboarding‚ÄĚ assumed an ever more prominent place in the classroom.¬†¬†Now in college, those writing-impaired students represent the vanguard of a cursiveless world. There was some battle that happened when cursive was eliminated in 2010, and some states (20 of them) have kept up the good fight looking for some sort of cursive instruction.¬†Yet the decline in cursive seems inevitable. Some side-effects: College history students can’t read old manuscripts. English majors can’t read comments that professors hand write on their essays. Children can’t read notes their grandparents write to them in birthday cards and need their parents to “translate” for them.¬†
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