The Department of Homeland Security is ramping up its AI capabilities with plans to recruit 50 AI technology experts in 2024. Modeled after the U.S. Digital Service, this AI cadre aims to leverage top-tier talent to address critical missions, from combating fentanyl trafficking to enhancing immigration services. Despite potentially lower salaries compared to the private sector, DHS’s mission-driven work is expected to attract top AI talent. Eric Hysen, DHS’s chief information officer and chief AI officer, emphasized the department’s aggressive recruitment approach and the value of applying cutting-edge technology to pressing challenges like national security and immigration.

Contract Opportunities to Watch: Viasat

Viasat, Inc. has secured a contract with Northrop Grumman to support the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) ‘Global Lightning’ initiative. This four-year agreement integrates Viasat’s ViaSat-3 Satellite Communications Network into existing military systems. This change will enable seamless access to high-bandwidth internet connectivity for military users. The ViaSat-3 modem promises enhanced flexibility and agility for defense platforms.

Victor Farah, Head of Viasat Government Systems, highlighted the program’s focus on delivering mission success. Farah shared, “Our reliable satellite services – coupled with the open source optimized ViaSat-3 modem – are designed to be able to offer game changing communications capability….We are delighted to be working on the program to offer our expertise across USAF’s defense platforms.”

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The Treasury Department and IRS are implementing a hybrid work model, requiring teleworking employees in the National Capital Region to return to the office for half of their workdays starting in May. While IRS executives, managers, and non-bargaining unit staff are affected, other regions remain unaffected. The move aligns with a governmentwide 50% in-office mandate, emphasizing the importance of in-person collaboration, institutional knowledge sharing, and policy decision-making. However, the decision faces opposition from the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU), citing concerns over recruitment, retention, and organizational performance. Amidst these changes, security of taxpayer information remains a key focus, with assurances of tightened protocols and consequences for lapses.

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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.