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From the desk of Elizabeth Moon...

April 2021

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An employer's guide to COVID-19 for employees: Can employers mandate it?


Employers and business leaders must decide how to handle COVID-19 vaccinations for employees. It’s a hot-button issue that’s complicated by an array of factors. And, as with so many issues businesses have faced during the pandemic, there are no easy answers.

There are several general points worth contemplating when considering your company’s best course of action.

In this article, we will:

  • Provide links to federal guidelines on the topic
  • Consider possible pros and cons of requiring vaccines for employees
  • Outline four common approaches
  • Explore exceptions employees may seek to vaccination mandates
  • Identify five potential legal issues related to the topic

Keep reading here: 

November 2020

What is a PEO – and how can it help your business?

This is a complete guide to professional employer organizations (PEOs). 

In this guide you’ll learn everything there is to know about PEOs – companies that can work with your organization to provide comprehensive and affordable payroll, benefits and human resource services through a business-to-business relationship called “co-employment.”

We’ll cover:

  • What is a PEO?

  • Why businesses use PEO services

  • How PEOs operate

  • What it means to be a certified PEO

If you want to learn what a PEO is and whether it’s a good option for managing your company’s human resources (HR), this guide is for you. Keep reading here:

August 2020

Everyone likes to be recognized for their efforts – whether it’s a very public kudos or a hand-written note discreetly mailed to their home. In fact, employee recognition is considered one of the top ways to motivate people to do their best work and increase productivity.

According to the Society of Human Resource Management ,79 percent of employees say recognition makes them work harder and 78 percent say recognition makes them more productive and better equipped to handle change.

In today’s business world where more and more companies are shifting to a remote workforce and spending less time interacting face-to-face, finding new ways to reward your employees is more important than ever.

Here are 10 ideas to reward your remote employees and help them stay motivated to do their best work yet.

June 2020

Developing a mindset of resilience during changes and crises

When your organization goes through unstable or challenging times, it’s critical that everyone on your team adopt a mindset of resilience.

A mindset of resilience is:

The capacity to continue to develop despite disruption – for example, being able to adapt to changing circumstances, incorporate new behaviors and follow new processes

The ability to let go of what makes you comfortable

A tolerance for ambiguity

May 2020

How to build a successful work-from-home program: 4 steps

Say your best talent is out of commuting range. Or, a new parent wants to work from home for a couple of years. Or, maybe teleworking was thrust upon your company during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Today, more than ever before, it’s important for business leaders to understand how to setup a successful remote work program. It requires deliberation, planning and, likely, some investment in technology.

Here’s what you need to know to build a successful work-from-home program.

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Small Business News

Naval Surface Warfare Center Selects Small Businesses for Cybersecurity Engineering

Delphinus Engineering Inc.,* Eddystone, Pennsylvania (N64498-21-D-4044); Q.E.D.

Ideal Innovation to Support the Defense Forensics Science Center

Ideal Innovations Inc.,* Arlington, Virginia, was awarded a $9,528,289 modification (P00009) to contract W15QKN-18-F-0090 to provide continued information technology support services to the Defense Forensics Science Center. Work will be performed in Clarksburg, West Virginia, with an estimated completion date of August 14, 2022. Fiscal 2021 operation and maintenance, Army funds in the amount of $9,528,289 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S.

Oready is Assisting with DOD Baseline Certifications Maintenance

Oready LLC, Las Vegas, Nevada,* was awarded a $7,798,815 firm-fixed-price contract for personnel for training and maintaining Department of Defense baseline certifications. Bids were solicited via the internet with two received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of January 1, 2025. U.S. Army Field Directorate Office, Fort Eustis, Virginia, is the contracting activity (W91QF4-21-D-0005). *Small Business

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SIGNAL WEBINAR Sponsored by Spirent Communications: Ensuring Performance with a Network Digital Twin
08/10/2021 - 08/10/2021

Join Spirent for this webinar to explore how a Network Digital Twin can ensure technologies such as 5G, Wi-Fi, and ORAN will work and be secure before being deployed in the most demanding field environments.

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08/10/2021 - 08/10/2021

With the overnight shift in remote work and IT management, growth of hybrid cloud environments, and emergence of new and sophisticated cyberthreats, data security is top of mind for today s federal agencies. To stay resilient, today s agencies must reshuffle their data protection strategies to remove data silos, while comprehensively safeguarding their data estate. In this webinar, we will discuss how FedRAMP-compliant backup solutions blend the best of data security with the best of SaaS and how the Metallic SaaS data protection sets itself apart as the ONLY FedRAMP High solution currently available.

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08/12/2021 - 08/12/2021

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08/16/2021 - 08/19/2021
Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center, Augusta, GA

TechNet Augusta provides a forum for key military professionals from the U.S. Defense Department, armed services and U.S. Coast Guard to discuss issues and share ideas.

Federal Identity Summit, Virtual Event, Part 1
08/23/2021 - 08/25/2021

The Federal Identity Forum (FedID) has been the U.S. Government's annual identity conference since 1995. Its mission is to bring together identity experts to exchange information and enhance public-private collaboration to solve the federal government s toughest identity challenges and help ensure a vibrant identity community.

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08/24/2021 - 08/24/2021

Learn how Crestron's DM NVX technology and its ability to transport high definition 4K60 4:4:4 video over standard Gigabit Ethernet with no perceptible latency or loss of quality can be used to securely distribute video, audio, USB, and control signals across a broad range of applications.

SIGNAL Webinar in recognition of AFCEA's 75th Anniversary: Connecting the Technology Dots
08/26/2021 - 08/26/2021

Some technology will change the world, but all technology will have an impact. Learn details about the technologies that experts identified as essential for federal, corporate and military decision makers to understand now in preparation for the future. The discussion will focus on technologies highlighted in the 2021 AFCEA Technology Vectors report, authored by the AFCEA Technology Committee and The TechCast Project. The webinar will educate on topics such as blockchain, advanced manufacturing and AI, and how such technologies can be connected and leveraged.

Federal Identity Summit In Person
08/26/2021 - 08/26/2021
The Press Club, Washington, DC

The Federal Identity Forum (FedID) has been the U.S. Government's annual identity conference since 1995. Its mission is to bring together identity experts to exchange information and enhance public-private collaboration to solve the federal government s toughest identity challenges and help ensure a vibrant identity community.

Federal Identity Summit, Virtual Event, Part 2
08/30/2021 - 09/01/2021

The Federal Identity Forum (FedID) has been the U.S. Government's annual identity conference since 1995. Its mission is to bring together identity experts to exchange information and enhance public-private collaboration to solve the federal government s toughest identity challenges and help ensure a vibrant identity community.

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08/31/2021 - 08/31/2021

IT modernization has been a consistent goal across the DoD and when it comes to logistics, there is a huge opportunity to streamline and increase efficiency. The process to acquire, administrate, and manage materiel has left them with multiple legacy systems and outdated infrastructure. These legacy systems at organizations like the Marine Corps Logistics Command are an example of the condition of many Defense IT systems in use today - notoriously slow and unresponsive by today s standards, with no coordination or exchange of information, therefore causing accuracy to suffer.

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