The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has been at work to attract the next generation of talent. While the CIA has made tweaks to their hiring process, they’ve also been working on retention strategies. Dr. Jennifer Posa was sworn in last month as the CIA’s first-ever Chief Wellbeing Officer.  Dr. Posa will expand CIA’s efforts to support its workforce’s health and wellbeing. The goal is for Dr. Posa to strengthen CIA’s strategy to promote officers’ wellbeing, as it’s a key priority for CIA’s leaders. There have been a lot of burdens placed on CIA’s workforce in the two decades following 9/11 and the recent pandemic. And the Agency wants to care for its workforce domestically and abroad.

Dr. Posa and a growing team of health and wellness professionals will oversee initiatives such as expanding opportunities for employees to practice health and wellbeing activities during the work day; providing additional mental health resources to officers and their family members; increasing access to childcare subsidies; and identifying additional flexible work options for officers.

Layoffs: Intel

Slowing PC demand is driving layoffs over at Intel. While the hammer is still dropping on the expected thousands of layoffs, Intel has reported a hiring freeze. CEO Pat Gelsinger said that Intel has a cost-reduction plan in place, needing to reduce costs by $3 billion in 2023. He didn’t specify how many employees would be impacted, but said that people actions would be part of the plan.

Hiring: Technomics

Technomics, a defense consulting firm, has plans to add 150 jobs in Arlington, VA. The organization has been in northern Virginia for the past 20 years, but this recent expansion is a further commitment to the area that sits next to the Pentagon.

Expansion is a commitment. It’s a commitment that we are going to fill up more space with more people, more people that we’re going to pay, and therefore we need more clients in order to support them,” Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) said at a Tuesday ceremony announcing the expansion at the Technomics offices on South Clark Street. “That is a step of faith.”

Despite whispers of a future recession, Technomics CEO Al Leung said they’re leaning forward instead of hunkering down.

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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.