When it comes to what gets people to say yes to joining or staying at an organization, right now, money is the driving factor. Whether it’s a competitive salary or a bonus, money will move the dial. Every year, ClearanceJobs surveys the cleared community, and respondents share details about bonuses and compensation trends. And a recent survey just released by Keep Financial found that 86% of employees said they would take an extra cash bonus in exchange for committing for a set period of time at a company. The reality is that with a shaky economy and higher inflation, employees and candidates are more motivated by the money right now.

“The survey shows us that cash is king for employees – and comes right as many companies seek to revamp compensation and retention strategies,” said Rob Frohwein, Keep Financial Co-Founder and CEO. “However, for employers to be effective in meeting employees’ needs, they must also ensure that the corporate object of retention is met.”

While layoffs are all around, many companies are also actively hiring – especially in national security. Competitive compensation, a sign-on bonus, or a retention bonus can and should be part of your conversations with company leaders.

Contract Opportunities to Watch: Raft

Technology consulting firm, Raft was awarded a prime contract to provide software development services supporting the mission of U.S. Space Force (USSF) Defensive Cyber Operations for Space Systems Command (SSC) for the Manticore and Kraken product lines.

Raft will partner with the DCO-S, located inside the Catalyst Campus for Technology and Innovation in Colorado Springs, CO, to develop new features and update the existing product line, including patch software packages, data analytics, data archive and retrieval, security implementation, for mission deployment, and other-directed product increment software changes.

Space Delta 6’s mission is to provide continuous space access and availability through the Satellite Control Network, along with organizing and operating Defensive Cyberspace operations capabilities. The DCO-S effort continues to scale across USSF through Space Delta 6’s cyber squadrons, equipped with an enterprise level DCO-S suite of tools.

“Raft is proud to work alongside the Space Force to leverage our non-traditional outcome-based approach to building scalable software solutions that delivers real impact and enables the mission of DCO-S,” said Shubhi Mishra, Founder & CEO of Raft.

“We’re dedicated to the vision of developing product lines for SSC leveraging our experience building user-centered software solutions and onboarding teams to accelerate the operational missions within the USSF modernization ecosystem,” added, Bhaarat Sharma, CTO of Raft.

DCO-S product lines, Manticore and Kraken, are dedicated to the vision providing operationally relevant cyberspace capabilities through iterative development to meet mission needs of today and future.

Key Employer in the Cleared Industry: CISA

The need for well-trained professionals to address cybersecurity for both private industry and the government is greater than ever before. CISA is committed to strengthening the nation’s cyber workforce through ensuring the proper resources and tools are available to build a strong pipeline of future cybersecurity leaders.

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Cleared Opportunities

SAIC has developed a new low-code to full-code artificial intelligence (AI) and machine-learning (ML) development and orchestration platform called Tenjin.

“SAIC recognizes data management is a critical component for government to achieve digital transformation across the public sector,” said Andy Henson, vice president, Innovation at SAIC. “As many agencies face resource constraints to analyze data, Tenjin offers a low-cost solution to help customers process data with the resources they have available. With Tenjin, professionals at any level can create analytic models with pre-existing data to rapidly gain decision-enabling insights.”

Powered by Dataiku, Tenjin provides customers with AI and ML model development, training, deployment, automation, data preparation and data visualization. Tenjin increases accessibility and understanding of AI and ML to empower enterprises to build their own path to mission-focused solutions. The platform provides government customers with a focused set of capabilities to address common problems such as fusing disparate data types or extracting important information from files.

“Dataiku is the leader in collaborative, full life-cycle data science across the enterprise,” said Mark Elszy, vice president of Public Sector at Dataiku. “Our partnership with SAIC extends these capabilities to mission owners, often in disconnected environments, and enables them to tackle complex AI and ML challenges at speed and scale.”

As a collaborative environment, Tenjin supports full-code technical data scientists and machine learning engineers, while also enabling non-technical users to contribute and understand AI and data-driven decision-making. Tenjin offers extensibility and interoperability with its open architecture and cloud agnostic flexible deployment model.

Tenjin natively integrates with the Koverse Data Platform (KDP), a security-first data management and governance platform that provides Zero Trust for data by enforcing attribute-based access controls (ABAC). Through KDP, Tenjin operationalizes the data along with additional security features to produce AI algorithms that are geared toward government missions in the areas of computer vision, natural language processing and data fusion.

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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.