Recently, Customs and Border Protection made the commitment to ramp up their female recruiting, pledging to make its annual recruiting class consist of 30% women by 2030. CBP has over 64,000 employees, making them the largest U.S. law enforcement agency.
“We have made some progress in recruiting women to join CBP as law enforcement officers and agents, but there is an incredible amount of work still to be done,” CBP Commissioner Chris Magnus said. “Our pledge to join 30×30 is part of a larger framework for our agency to improve the recruitment, retention, representation and experiences of women officers and agents. Working with 30×30 will also help us identify, understand, and address the obstacles in recruiting and retaining more women in law enforcement positions.”
With a pledge comes the promise for transparency along the way.
Recently, Microsoft announced an unspecified number of layoffs across multiple divisions. Some sources have claimed that the number of layoffs is around 1,000, with the cuts hitting different levels, teams, and locations.
“Like all companies, we evaluate our business priorities on a regular basis, and make structural adjustments accordingly. We will continue to invest in our business and hire in key growth areas in the year ahead,” Microsoft said in a statement to Axios.
Google just decided to invest $600 million into their $5 billion facility that houses the Council Bluffs data center complex in Iowa. Google expects to hire 31 employees. Their plans for construction and hiring will start in the current quarter. Tax breaks and incentives along the way have helped push this area to be dubbed by former Governor Chet Culver “the Silicon Valley of the Midwest in Iowa.” While the phrase doesn’t roll of the tongue very easily, it is clear that Google intends to take advantage of the favorable business environment and grow its midwest presence.
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SilverEdge Government Solutions has partnered with Counter Threat Solutions, LLC (“CTS”). CTS offers all source and counterintelligence analysis, identity intelligence, and enterprise IT and data management solutions. The partnership builds out SilverEdge’s cyber, software, intelligence, and technology capabilities for the U.S. Intelligence Community (“IC”).
“We are excited to welcome the CTS team to the SilverEdge family,” said Robert Miller, CEO of SilverEdge. “By combining CTS’ capabilities with SilverEdge’s existing cybersecurity, software, and intelligence solutions, we are increasing our cleared workforce to approximately 450 engineers and technical staff whose primary focus is to provide our intelligence customers with the tools required to support critical mission needs.”
Founded in 2015 and based in Reston, VA, CTS provides technology solutions and related services to key U.S. intelligence agencies. Led by CEO Theresa Keith, a U.S. Army intelligence veteran with more than 20 years of experience in the IC, CTS employs more than 100 technical and mission support specialists, nearly 100% of whom hold high-level security clearances. The company will continue to operate with its current leadership under the SilverEdge platform.