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Archive for June 2017

DISA to build new, advanced background screening system

The system will be used by the National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB), which replaced the Federal Investigative Services on Oct. 1, 2016. NBIB has now secured $50 million from the White House’s 2018 budget (which also committed $15 million to E-Verify) to continue to build the new background screening system. Prototyping an engineering of the…

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Target settles credit card data breach case for $18.5 million

$18.5 million settlement with Target in response to allegations that more than 40 million customers had their payment card information compromised during the 2013 holiday season, after the retailer failed to provide reasonable data security. California will receive more than $1.4 million – the largest share of any state – from the settlement, which also…

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The hidden benefits of the gig economy

an estimated 7.6 million Americans to be regularly working as providers in this segment by 2020. Often, this segment receives negative connotations, focused on low wages, minimal worker rights,  and at-will employment. However, there’s another side to the story. Figures from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) and the ONS suggest that easier routes into self-employment…

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US approves social media background checks for visa applicants

according to Reuters. The new questions, part of an effort to tighten vetting of would-be visitors to the United States, was approved on May 23 by the Office of Management and Budget. The State Department said earlier the tighter vetting would apply to visa applicants “who have been determined to warrant additional scrutiny in connection…

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May 2017 employment: US adds 138,000 jobs

The Employment Situation‘ report released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate in the United States remained stable at 4.3%, while the economy added 138,000 jobs, in May. Since January, the unemployment rate has declined by 0.5 percentage point, and the number of unemployed has decreased by 774,000. This is…

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