Public Service Recognition Week is finally here. While some industries like healthcare and teaching see a lot of care from the community (understandably so), the week that we’ve set aside to appreciate public servants tends to roll by largely unnoticed. We generally only think about them when budget discussions are on the table. Federal employees may not get free food from restaurants and they don’t have a PTO that delivers coffee, donuts, and thank you cards, but the Partnership for Public Service uses this week to announce their 2021 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals (Sammies) finalists, recognizing 29 exceptional finalists.

“For each of the unprecedented challenges we have faced in the last year, dedicated public servants have worked behind the scenes to move our country forward, heal our nation and strengthen our democracy,” said Max Stier, president and CEO of the Partnership for Public Service. “The 2021 Service to America Medals finalists have shown tremendous commitment to the public good, and they, like all public servants, deserve our support and recognition.”

So if you have a federal employee in your life, it’s a great week to tell them thank you – whether they are a friend, family, or coworker. They play a critical role in the national security field.

Layoffs Impacting the Cleared Industry

Hitachi Vantara Silicon Valley’s data storage company, Hitachi Vantara, has plans to layoff about 65 employees. Despite making some leadership hires, after the company acquired GlobalLogic for $9.6 billion, Hitachi is making some cuts. Affected positions include sales and engineering, as well as a handful of leadership positions. Hitachi Vantara is a data service subsidiary to Japanese company Hitachi Ltd.

Hiring impacting the Cleared Industry

ECS Whether you’re looking for a job as a cartographer or an administrative assistant, ECS has contracts all over the country with cleared positions to fill. With over 200 open positions that require a security clearance, ECS is an organization committed to continuing its growth trajectory.

ECS is headquartered in Fairfax, VA, but they have over 3,000 employees all throughout the U.S. ECS teams focus on delivering advance technology, science, and engineering solutions.

Cleared Employer at Work: Perspecta

Looking to get your career in cyber going? Go further at Perspecta.

Opportunity to Watch

While many careers seemed to end in 2020, for job seekers and recruiters alike, that layoff or contract end could be the ticket to a new employer in 2021. As many cities emptied out in 2020, more and more younger candidates are looking for less city life and better work-life balance. Remote options or lesser known cleared hubs could be on the rise, bringing some focus away from the D.C. region. While the Pentagon and other federal agencies continue to keep the area a hub, more cleared locations continue to be a hot spot for recruiters. Whether that’s a move to Florida or Texas or a change to Colorado mountains, the opportunities for cleared candidates continue to grow. Unemployment was part of the DNA of 2020; however, finding cleared candidates who have the necessary education and experience who are also willing to relocate may have just gotten a little easier. 


Access the full Cleared and Unemployed Report.



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Jillian Hamilton has worked in a variety of Program Management roles for multiple Federal Government contractors. She has helped manage projects in training and IT. She received her Bachelors degree in Business with an emphasis in Marketing from Penn State University and her MBA from the University of Phoenix.