Palantir is taking a prominent role in supporting the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine (OPG) by enabling investigators on the ground and across Europe to share, integrate, and process all key data relating to more than 78,000 registered Russian war crimes.
The announcement signals a deepening of Palantir’s support for Ukrainian resistance against Russian aggression, with the company already helping Ukraine militarily, and supporting the resettlement of refugees in the UK, Poland and in Lithuania.
The OPG’s war crimes register documents all recorded incidents of war crimes relating to the armed conflict in Ukraine. The majority relate to destruction of property, civil infrastructure, or residential apartments. Yet many entries on the register, which will be uploaded to Palantir’s software and fused with an array of case data, represent cases of willful killing, torture, rape, and deportation in locations such as Bucha, Irpin, Izium, across the Kharkiv region, and throughout many other parts of the country affected by the conflict.
The partnership represents a Europe-wide initiative spearheaded by Palantir employees based across Europe, which will support the OPG’s investigation into two ‘anchor’ cases – one centered on the crime of aggression, focusing on Russian senior leadership who made the critical decisions, and another on the crime of genocide, which will cover more widespread and systematic attacks on, and the deportation of, Ukrainian people due to their identity.
Although Accenture has been reported to be planning to lay off 19,000 employees over the next 18 months, the company has confirmed that their wholly-owned subsidiary, Accenture Federal Services, will not be impacted by this process. Accenture plans to cut jobs mainly in back office positions, but it’s business as usual for Accenture Federal Services, as they continue to offer to support federal contracts.
Accenture shared in their layoff filing, “While we continue to hire, especially to support our strategic growth priorities, during the second quarter of fiscal 2023, we initiated actions to streamline our operations and transform our non-billable corporate functions to reduce costs. Over the next 18 months, these actions are expected to result in the departure of approximately 19,000 people (or 2.5% of our current workforce), and we expect over half of these departures will consist of people in our non-billable corporate functions.”
Back in January, Boeing announced plans to increase their staffing levels by 10,000 this year. And in order to meet production needs, training and hiring are high priorities in building up the correct workforce. Boeing has been reported to be giving $10,000 recommendation bonuses to current employees for some positions – especially in Puget Sound, WA. Getting experienced aerospace professionals in the door is the key. At other locations, Boeing is reportedly offering $5,000 sign-on bonuses to attract some workers.
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ASRC Federal announces the acquisition of Broadleaf, Inc., which provides leading information technology services including cybersecurity, network engineering and cloud migration, as well as professional services including training and program management.
The acquisition adds nearly 600 employees who deepen ASRC Federal’s presence at key U.S. Army commands, specifically Aberdeen Proving Ground, as well as the U.S. Navy and the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA), while also expanding the company’s portfolio with new DoD and Federal Civilian customers.
“This acquisition strengthens and expands our presence within key DoD agencies while also providing growth opportunities with new customers,” said ASRC Federal President and CEO Jennifer Felix. “I know the high performing team at Broadleaf will blend seamlessly with the ASRC Federal culture, and together we’ll continue to excel in the support of important customer missions.”
“Broadleaf is thrilled to join the ASRC Federal family,” said Vince Apesa, president of Broadleaf. “Our team is passionate about driving mission success for our customers, and we look forward to joining forces with the depth of resources and talent available at ASRC Federal to provide even greater value to those we serve.”