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ARL takes pride in offering our customers and partners the highest quality of service through expereinced personnel who know the industry. Our standards and ability to continuously provide this level of performance comes from not only knowing our capabilities, but also staying well informed of the changing federal landscape. On this page are newsworthy ARL achievements and key industry developments fromlocal and national media. We post updates to this page regularly, so be sure to check back for new information.

ARL NEWS: ARL's "Project Give Back" Supports Student Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Program at Cardozo High School

In the Fall of 2015, DoD installed at Cardozo a state-of-the-art unmanned aircraft control simulator, an air traffic control simulator, and an aircraft flight test control station. The innovative Aviation STEM program at Cardozo serves several goals: it allows DoD to evaluate test equipment before service introduction; it builds the skills of the next generation of military test engineers, pilots, and aviators; and it enhances DoD's partnerships with the software, test equipment, and unmanned aircraft developers.

ARL's niche test and evaluation expertise and our cadre of former military members are perfect fits for this effort. ARL also mentors military academy candidates, shepherding them through the arduous application and interview processes. Our knowledgable, well-placed contacts help to ensure the students submit complete, competitive,  and compelling service academy applications.

While ARL has only been involved with Cardozo's program for a short time, our impact is already being felt. In November, 2015, a promising Cardozo student was invited to spend a week at the Air Force Academy - a major step in meeting his long-term goal of becoming an Air Force pilot.

http://www.projectgiveback.org/


Federal contractor pay transparency rule takes effect

A rule that prohibits federal contractors from maintaining pay secrecy policies takes effect Monday. The rule by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs provides that federal contractors and subcontractors must refrain from discharging, or otherwise discriminating against, workers or applicants who inquire about, discuss or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, among other provisions.

http://www.businessinsurance.com/article/20160111/NEWS06/160119972/federal-contractor-pay-transparency-u-s-department-of-labors-office?tags=%7C70%7C80%7C83%7C302

Subcontracting and supply chain: What government learns from other sectors

Government contracting is as old as government itself. While government drove research and technology, reduced budgets have accomplished what real or perceived excessive regulation did not—reducing the number of contractors competing for government business.

http://www.federaltimes.com/story/government/acquisition/blog/2016/01/07/subcontracting-and-supply-chain-what-government-learns-other-sectors/78416168/

The Startup Shakeup: Can Small, Innovative Companies Break into the DC Contracting Scene?

Federal procurement, once largely unapproachable by startups, could be transforming to let small, creative tech companies in. New efforts across government aim to reduce the time it takes to compete and award contracts and to chunk large federal tech projects into modules, potentially attracting businesses previously deterred by the lengthy procurement process.

http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2015/07/startup-shakeup-can-small-innovative-companies-break-dc-contracting-scene/117640/

Veterans Affairs Deputy Teams with Boss on Corporate-Style Reforms

Sloan Gibson, the VA’s deputy secretary and chief operating officer, described a fresh team and a coming “sea change” in management to transform a department in crisis into “a world-class customer service organization,” speaking at a Thursday luncheon with members of the Professional Services Council.

http://www.govexec.com/management/2015/07/veterans-affairs-deputy-teams-boss-corporate-style-reforms/117469/


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