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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: https://www.insperity.com/blog/covid-19-vaccinations-for-employees/ 

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: https://www.insperity.com/blog/what-is-a-peo/?utm_source=Channel-AFCEA&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter&pid=Channel-AFCEA-Newsletter


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. https://www.insperity.com/blog/reward-remote-employees/?utm_source=Channel-AFCEA&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter&pid=Channel-AFCEA-Newsletter


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.

https://www.insperity.com/blog/build-work-from-home-program/?utm_source=Channel-AFCEA&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter&pid=Channel-AFCEA-Newsletter

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GBL Systems is Examining Intelligence Software Agents for EA-18 Growler

GBL Systems Corp.,* Camarillo, California, is awarded a $7,643,765 modification (P00028) to a cost-plus-fixed-fee order (N6833518F0004) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N6833515G0026).

Agile Defense Provides Information Technology Services to DARPA

Agile Defense Inc.,* Reston, Virginia, has been awarded a $15,825,698 modification (P00059) to previously awarded task order HR0011-15-F-0002 for unclassified information technology services. The modification brings the total cumulative face value of the task order from $211,027,983 to $226,853,681. Work will be performed in Arlington, Virginia, with an expected completion date of July 2021.

Marine Corps Systems Command Selects Small Businesses for Simulation Training Support

Ahtna Logistics LLC,* Anchorage, Alaska (M67854-21-D-8010); Guard Unit LLC,* Morgantown, West Virginia (M67854-21-D-8011); Hatalom Corp.,* Orlando, Florida (M67854-21-D-8012); and Shock Stream LLC,* Oviedo, Florida (M67854-21-D-8013), are awarded a combined $124,500,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, multiple award contract for the procurement of services to facilitate design, development, testing, production, and fielding of several simulations/simulated tr


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AFCEA Small Business Events

Partnering for Space Power in 2021 and Beyond
04/13/2021 - 04/13/2021
Web

The new U.S. Space Force faces many challenges, and much work remains to achieve the 2020 Defense Space Strategy vision. The day will focus on four areas that underpin and support the strategy: a view of the threat environment; perspectives from current government and industry space leaders; the future use of commercial services and capabilities to augment, offset or replace government-owned and -operated space capabilities; and the state of space-related acquisition reform. With a new administration and significant budget decisions as context, operational concepts and acquisition plans will be highlighted.

SIGNAL WEBINAR sponsored by Medallia: Employee Experience: Meeting your Retention and Recruitment Goals
04/15/2021 - 04/15/2021
Web

Active-duty military, reservists, and civilian employees stationed in 163 countries make the Dept. of Defense the nation s largest and most geographically dispersed employer. They play a prominent role in recruiting and retaining both civilian employees and active-duty personnel. While it helps the DoD understand the warfighter's needs and wants, an Employee Experience program is not only about making active-duty personnel feel heard but allows the DoD to build an engaged, efficient workforce by designing, managing, and scaling world-class employee experience programs.

AFCEA Innovation Connection
04/16/2021 - 04/16/2021
Web

The Innovation Subcommittee of AFCEA's Small Business Committee is launching a program to focus on new, disruptive and emerging technologies. Called the Innovation Connection, the program offers the small business community--from start-ups to seasoned entrepreneurs--the opportunity to gain visibility and showcase innovative technology to a small group from the U.S. government, venture capitalist community and industry. Innovations in all emerging areas, including cyber, IT, AI/ML, blockchain, quantum science and autonomy, are invited to participate.

TechNet Augusta: Solution Series Episode Two: "Resilient Communications in a Contested MDO Environment"
04/20/2021 - 04/21/2021
Web

AFCEA will be holding TechNet Augusta as a series of virtual events from January until May, leading up to our regularly scheduled in-person event in August, 2021. Content and networking will focus on key Army actions necessary to successfully Converge Information Capabilities in Support of Multi-Domain Operations.

SIGNAL WEBINAR sponsored by PacStar: Raising the Bar on Device Management for Classified Mobility
04/21/2021 - 04/21/2021
Web

Defense organizations responsible for communications have a critical need to improve mobility. From deployed military to remote access for key personnel, the current state of the art for deployed communications systems requires hours of setup, and has security concerns that require high level approvals. Attend this webinar for an in-depth exploration of challenges in mobile device provisioning and management, and how some large-scale organizations overcome challenges with industry-leading secure software with automated provisioning and management.

SIGNAL WEBINAR sponsored by Vertiv: Secure Desktop Optimization
04/22/2021 - 04/22/2021
Web

With the proliferation of data and where desk space is a premium, situational awareness is a major challenge for today s government and defense agencies. Given the driving need to view different data streams and access data at operational speeds, tools are needed to traverse separate classified levels at the same time. Join Vertiv and Dell to discuss the introduction of the National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP) Protection Profile for Peripheral Sharing Device (PSD) version 4.0 to efficiently manage multiple active computers across various classification levels.

SIGNAL WEBINAR sponsored by Attack IQ: Uniting Threat and Risk Management with NIST 800-53 & MITRE ATT&CK
04/27/2021 - 04/27/2021
Web

How can you ensure that your cybersecurity capabilities defend your organization as best they can? Intruders break past, security controls falter and defenses fail against even basic cyberattack techniques. What should be done? Instead of trying to close every vulnerability, meet every standard or buy the "best" technology, security teams can change the game by focusing defenses on known threats. During this webinar, you'll learn the evolution of the MITRE ATT&CK framework, the revolutionary compilation of known adversarial techniques, tactics, and common knowledge.

SIGNAL WEBINAR sponsored by PESA: IP 101: Network Foundations for Secure Next-Gen Architectures
04/29/2021 - 04/29/2021
Web

The Internet Protocol (IP) has been widely adopted, yet the components of its basic underlying parts and functions are often still mysterious, especially for audio and video transport. Learn the basics of network infrastructures and become familiar with key terms as you build your foundation of knowledge. Discover the under-the-hood requirements for building scalable, flexible, and secure AV networks. Learn about OSI, IGMP, Subnets, Unicast, Multicast, LAN, WAN and more. Understand IP Security Requirements and envision new workflow possibilities.

Small Business Webinar series
04/29/2021 - 04/29/2021
Online, Web

Successfully subcontracting on Federal contracts is no easy feat. Issues can arise from both the Prime and Sub perspectives. In this webinar, our panel of industry experts will answer your Subcontracting questions and discuss how to mitigate common pitfalls and challenges.

SIGNAL WEBINAR sponsored by Palo Alto Networks: Simplifying Security in Multi-Cloud Environments
05/05/2021 - 05/05/2021
Web

Ongoing IT modernization pressures and the unexpected shift to remote work leave all agencies needing to accelerate cloud adoption. Harnessing the power of the cloud for operational efficiency and effectiveness requires solutions which provide operators with security and visibility into hybrid multi cloud environments without stove piping workloads or sacrificing security.


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