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US Dept. of Labor awards millions in disability employment grants

US Dept. of Labor awards millions in disability employment grants | Defense | Scoop.it

The US Department of Labor announced grants totaling $18,597,758 to eight states to provide education, training and employment opportunities for youth and adults with disabilities.

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The grants are part of the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI), a program jointly funded and administered by the department’s Employment and Training Administration and Office of Disability Employment Policy.


According to a press release, this is the fourth round of the DEI, which currently supports 23 projects. Three new states — Alabama, Connecticut and Idaho — are being awarded in this round, while the remaining five states — Alaska, Illinois, New York and Virginia — are receiving additional funding to expand and replicate the best practices they developed using DEI funds as recipients in the first round of the program. The grants support extensive partnerships and collaboration across multiple workforce and disability service systems in each state.

 

The DEI-funded projects are required to hire or designate a disability resource coordinator with disability and workforce expertise, who will work at the local workforce investment board level; verify American Job Center compliance with physical, programmatic and communications accessibility; participate in Social Security’s Ticket to Work Program as active Employment Networks; and participate in rigorous evaluation of the DEI program.

“To thrive in the competitive international marketplace, employers need access to a diverse pool of qualified job seekers,” Thomas E. Perez,Secretary of Labor, stated in a press release. “These federal grants expand that pool and show our commitment to creating career pathways and employment opportunities that result in economic self-sufficiency for people with disabilities.”


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To Fix U.S. Intelligence, Shrink It? - Secrecy News

To Fix U.S. Intelligence, Shrink It? - Secrecy News | Defense | Scoop.it
Criticism of U.S. intelligence takes many forms:  Intelligence agencies are too secretive, or they are too leaky.  They over-collect, or they under-perform
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Business Continuity Plan Reviews Identify Preparedness Gaps

Business Continuity Plan Reviews Identify Preparedness Gaps | Defense | Scoop.it
The following critical business continuity areas should be assessed for accuracy, mitigation opportunities, new resources, and policy changes.
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U.S. Department of Defense Awards Penn Medicine Team $2 Million Grant to Investigate Emerging Field of Advanced Transplantation

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James H. Koenig Joins Booz Allen Hamilton as Leader in Privacy and Health Cybersecurity

James H. Koenig Joins Booz Allen Hamilton as Leader in Privacy and Health Cybersecurity | Defense | Scoop.it
James H. Koenig, a recognized cyber and privacy expert, as a principal to lead its cross-industry privacy and identity theft practice
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Counterterrorism experts suggest some elements in the Nairobi attack were directly lifted from Mumbai's playbook.

Counterterrorism experts suggest some elements in the Nairobi attack were directly lifted from Mumbai's playbook. | Defense | Scoop.it
Strong similarities between the terrorist assault in Kenya and a 2008 raid by Islamists in India have raised questions about whether militant groups see the earlier attack as a model.
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Department Of Defense Reportedly 'Furious' That FBI Released Video Of Navy ... - Business Insider

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FBI Wants More Than $270,000 To Respond To FOIA Request About Booz Allen | Techdirt

FBI Wants More Than $270,000 To Respond To FOIA Request About Booz Allen | Techdirt | Defense | Scoop.it

Yes, the federal government has something of a reputation for expecting "padded bills" when it deals with defense contractors, but it would appear that the FBI is trying to do the reverse when someone decided to start investigating the FBI's relationship with giant defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton (famous, among other things, for employing Ed Snowden, and for hyping up "cyberwar" for fun and (mostly) for profit).

Looking to explore Booz Allen's work with the government, the government transparency aficionados over at Muckrock asked various federal and state agencies for details of their contracts with Booz Allen (starting well before the Snowden leaks). Back in March, Muckrock asked a whole bunch of agencies for "Copies of contracts with Booz Allen Hamilton over the past 5 years" and "Any final reports generated and delivered by Booz Allen Hamilton to the agency over the past 5 years." Some agencies did respond without question, including the Air Force and the Department of Defense Education Activity.

Other agencies, however, suggested that it would cost quite a bit to get those documents. Leading the list: the FBI. They want over a quarter of a million dollars. Yes. Basically, they want $270,000:

 

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