Nate Dartnell, Director of Innovations and Strategy, making a difference for veterans
This past weekend, our Director of Strategies and Innovations spent time volunteering for a great cause. Nate refurbished two picnic tables at Maryland Therapeutic Riding. Hopefully the riders, family members, spectators, volunteers and staff will be pleasantly surprised with the new look. Never heard of Maryland Therapeutic Riding? Their missions is “to improve the quality of life of children, adults, active military and veterans with special needs by connecting humans and horses in a healing environment.” Check out more about them by visiting https://www.horsesthatheal.org/about-maryland-therapeutic-riding/.
Varen Technologies Pool 2 awardee of the $28 billion Information Analysis Center Multiple Award Contract (IAC MAC)
Varen Technologies, Inc, a Columbia, MD based provider of Cyber Security, Intelligence Analysis, Agile Software Development and IT/Infrastructure services, is among ten small businesses recently awarded Pool 2 Information Analysis Center Multiple Award Contracts (IAC MAC). The IAC MAC is an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract from the Department of Defense Information Analysis Center (DoD IAC) program , with an overall ceiling value of $28 billion. Under this contract, the Varen team offers Research and Analysis (R&A) services to the U.S. Government.
See the full press release here: Varen-Tech-IAC MAC Press Release
Mia (11), the grandaughter of Deb and Bill Bowman, decided to shave her head to raise money to help kids with cancer. To date, she has raised over $700. At the Pediateric Cancer event, there was a yoga instructor providing free yoga and an artist doing face painting, wellness coaching, and 2-3 pop-up food vendors serving up delicious cuisine for purchase. The event was a really good time with fun people and some random activities.
DC Brau hosted the event, providing donations for each beverage purchased. Deb and Bill Bowman represented Varen at the event! Note: They are still taking any donations…feel free to donate at https://secure.qgiv.com/event/team/831117/
Below are the before and after pictures of Mia!
June 2018: Annual Summer Internship Begins
The internship program at Varen Technologies is a summer long program that focuses on front end and back end software development for college students pursuing computer science as career. The program has been active for three years now with a growing number of participating interns each year. Each year the interns complete tasks and projects while working as a team to accomplish common goals. Projects are assigned based on the needs of the company and/or building experience working with different tools. Learning sessions and discussions are also offered by current employees to educate what it takes to work in the industry including the ability to present and public speaking. Interns must be in an accredited college or university to apply. This is a paid internship on an hourly rate.
Through the internship program, Varen also uses this opportunity to recruit young talent to join the company. After completing the internship for consecutive years, interns can be offered the opportunity to start the process for clearances and work on a contract for the company. This is an excellent opportunity for students looking for possible job security and acquisition post-college.
- This year the program has five participating interns: 3 developers, 1 project manager, and 1 in human resources and public relations. Projects completed include active use of various tools and programs.
- Programming Languages: Java 10
- Databases: My SQL
- Frameworks: Spring Boot
- Frontend Technologies: Java Script, HTML/CSS
- Development Process: Agile, Git, Code and Sprint Reviews
- Development Environment: Linux, Windows 10, Intelli J
May 2018: Team continues to make positive impacts on the nation’s cybersecurity.
Varen’s very own DoDCAR team made up of Glenn Gunter, Mike Kegley and Merri McNamara continue making positive impacts on the nation’s cybersecurity. The team provided significant input to the Office of Management and Budget in response to Executive Order 13800 Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure. This culminated in the release of the Executive Office of the President report Federal Cybersecurity Risk Determination Report and Action Plan. You can read the report here (https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Cybersecurity-Risk-Determination-Report-FINAL_May-2018-Release.pdf)
Well done team!!!
April 2018: Varen Welcomes Chief Financial Officer
Varen welcomes Beth Michalak as Chief Financial Officer. Beth is a Senior Level Government Contract Industry Business Manager with 30 years of experience in program execution, financial analysis, and process improvements. She will be leading Varen in financial and management support while identifying opportunities for greater efficiency. Beth was formerly the Corporate Business Management Director at KeyW.
Beth grew up in a small town in Iowa and came to Maryland after college and has come to love the mild winters compared to the constant feet of snow in Iowa. Beth has over 30 years of experience in government contracting, and has focused her career in accounting and finance. She began her career with DCAA which gave her a unique and useful experience enabling her to utilize her knowledge to make sure all systems are government compliant. Her nerdy side loves budgets, indirect rate structures and proposals. Beth lives in Maryland with her husband and two sons. She spends most of her time on the baseball and football fields or basketball court. If she can squeeze in some spare time, her passion is cooking for all the families that hang out at their house.
November 2017: North meets south
Several of the Virginia Varen employees took a break from their workday to share lunch with members of the Corporate office at WildFire in Tyson’s Corner, Virginia.
November 2017: Varen corporate offices move to new location
As of the end of November, Varen Technologies moved to 6708 Alexander Bell Drive, Suite 200, Columbia, MD 21046. Our contact numbers remain the same as before. See our Contact page for Google Map directions.
October 2017: Varen achieves ISO 9001:2015
We are excited to share that on October 10, 2017, Varen Technologies achieved a corporate ISO 9001:2015 Certification. The value of the ISO certification brings multiple benefits to Varen and our customers, including:
- Continual improvement of processes
- Better performance and customer satisfaction
This structured improvement program allows us the opportunity to consistently document and evaluate processes to continually implement quality improvements.
June 2017: VAREN begins second summer intern program
Varen is very happy to have some interns back again this summer! Pictured are three of our interns who are rising seniors at The University of Maryland. They are working hard on various software development tasks this summer. We are excited for them to continue to expand their knowledge in the Computer Science field. Keep up the good work!
June 2017: AFCEA CMD RACE FOR EXCELLENCE 2017
Varen participated in the 10th Annual AFCEA CMD Race for Excellence on Saturday, June 10th. This is Varen’s largest charity event of the year and it was such a beautiful day!
Team Varen won the Largest Team award and a few of our runners won individual awards for their age groups. Special congratulations go to Hailey Mulville for placing 1st in the overall women’s competition, Chuck Barber for placing 2nd in his age group, and Eleanor Metakes for placing 3rd in her age group!
The race results are posted on the Charm City Run website at: http://results.charmcityrun.com/content/afcea-central-maryland-race-excellence-5k-2017
April 2017: Varen hosts first Amazon AWS in house training event
From April 18th to 20th, Varen hosted our first Amazon AWS in house training event. The course, Developing on AWS, was targeted at helping the 16 Varen developers that attended in obtaining their AWS Associated Developer certification. Topics covered during the training included interaction with the AWS SDK, utilizing the Amazon DynamoDB, and ElastiCache for application scalability. The information of each topic covered was reinforced with intense hands on labs. Feedback from the participants was that the course was fast paced, packed with a lot of great information, and will be extremely useful in obtaining their certification. In exchange for receiving the training, each participant agreed to tackle the challenge of obtaining that certification within the next 60 days. We wish them all the best of luck, but there is no doubt that they will all be successful.
October 2016: Varen completes first successful Intern Program
This past summer Varen started an Intern Program to allow college students an opportunity to gain experience that our government customers are looking for while we also teach them other useful things related to the industry such as how the contracting world works, how to interview well, etc. We presented our interns with a challenge and asked them to devise a solution. Once completed this solution was transferred and integrated into a customer development environment. The program was a huge success for the students and Varen will offer it again next year.
Summer 2016: Varen Gives Back – Team Varen in the Community
Varen participated in the 9th Annual AFCEA Central Maryland Race for Excellence: 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run in its efforts to raise money for STEM scholarships. Team Varen won the Largest Team award and a few of our runners won individual awards for their age groups as well.
Varen also participated in the annual 24 Hours of Booty, held Saturday, August 20th, 2:00pm to Sunday, August 21st, 2:00pm. The monies raised were in support of the LiveStrong Foundation and the Ulman Cancer Fund (UCF). The UCF’s mission is to support, educate and connect young adults affected by cancer so that no young adult fights cancer alone.
December 2015: Varen a winner on E-SITE
Varen Technologies announced that it has won as one of the small business winners on the Defense Intelligence Agency Enhanced Solutions for the Information Technology Enterprise (E-SITE). The E-SITE contract vehicle is an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ), multiple-award contract to 25 large businesses and 25 small businesses to support information technology requirements across the defense intelligence enterprise and the greater intelligence community.
Varen Technologies was one of the small business winners. The contract will run through December 2020.
December 2014: Varen – 2014 Top Work Place
Varen Technologies Inc has been awarded a 2014 Top Workplaces honor by The Baltimore Sun (for a 3rd consecutive year). In its third annual survey, The Baltimore Sun’s Top Workplaces list spotlights private, public, nonprofit and government agencies with the highest ratings from their employees in a survey conducted by Workplace Dynamics.