The White House has issued a directive for federal agencies to overhaul their hiring practices, emphasizing skills-based recruitment over traditional degree requirements. President Biden’s executive order aims to leverage apprenticeships as a pivotal avenue for talent acquisition, prioritizing hands-on training and equitable access to well-paying jobs. By promoting apprenticeships, agencies seek to address critical skills gaps while advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) in the federal workforce.

This strategic shift signifies a concerted effort to modernize federal recruitment strategies, emphasizing meritocracy and practical experience over educational credentials. As agencies embark on this journey, they are tasked with scaling up apprenticeship programs, removing barriers to entry, and fostering broader outreach efforts to attract a diverse pool of talent.

Contract Opportunities to Watch: Palantir

Palantir Technologies Inc. secures a $178.4 million prime agreement with the Army Contracting Command for the development and delivery of the Tactical Intelligence Targeting Access Node (TITAN) ground station system, integrating AI/ML capabilities for enhanced mission command and long-range precision fires. Leveraging feedback from soldiers and a collaboration with industry leaders like Northrop Grumman and Anduril Industries, Palantir aims to revolutionize defense tech, providing real-time actionable intelligence and bolstering U.S. defense in an era of software-defined warfare.

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Cleared Opportunities

Defense Unicorns, a pioneering software startup focusing on National Security systems, secures $35 million in Series A funding led by Sapphire Ventures and Ansa Capital. Founded by Department of Defense software veterans, the company aims to revolutionize defense tech by enabling agile software deployment, including AI, in any environment, addressing critical mission needs with its suite of open-source projects. With growing defense budgets emphasizing modernization, Defense Unicorns is poised to shape the future of national security technology.

Defense Unicorns has over 125 employees and is currently hiring for a number of roles, including product managers, data scientists, platform engineers, software engineers and more.

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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.