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Air Force bolsters civilian transition program for veterans

It's the first major overhaul of the program in 20 years. Among the changes, the Air Force is offering three "paths" for airmen an educational to go back to school, a small business path to become an entrepreneur and a vocational technical path.

Tags: Peggy Rayfield , Air Force , DoD , workforce , unemployment , federal drive

Thursday - 08/30/2012, 03:43pm EDT
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First lady announces new hiring push for vets

First lady Michelle Obama revealed Wednesday that 2,000 businesses around the country have hired or trained more than 125,000 military veterans and spouses in the past year, surpassing a White House goal of 100,000 by the end of next year.

Tags: Michelle Obama , workforce , VA , Scott Van Buskirk

Wednesday - 08/22/2012, 08:22pm EDT

Vets, who needs them?

Uncle Sam employs a larger percentage of veterans than any big company in the nation...we know it's policy and it's the right thing to do. But is it a good idea? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey reports that a been-there-done-that type says "Roger that..."

Tags: mike causey , workforce , Pay & Benefits , hiring , Veterans Administration

Tuesday - 08/21/2012, 02:00am EDT

Vets navigate bumpy road in military-to-civilian transition

This edition of On DoD focuses mostly on one bump in the road in the military-to-civilian career transition: the higher education step. When it comes to paying for college, Congress has solved that problem, at least in theory. The relatively generous Post-9/11 GI bill gives recent veterans essentially a full ride scholarship for an undergraduate degree paying their tuition up to the rate of the most expensive public university in a veteran's home state.

Tags: On DoD , Jared Serbu , DoD , veteran employment , Gunnar Counselman , Fidelis

Wednesday - 08/01/2012, 03:24pm EDT
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VA redoubles effort to combat homelessness

The Veterans Affairs Department is giving $100 million in grants to help community organizations support at-risk veterans so they have stable housing. Leaders of the homeless veteran initiative at the VA and Department of Housing and Urban Development are among the Service to America Medal finalists for their work on the problem.

Tags: VA , HUD , homelessness , Mark Johnston , Service to America Medals , federal drive , management , Esther Carey

Tuesday - 07/17/2012, 04:22pm EDT
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DoT grants to simplify how veterans find transportation options

The Veterans Transportation and Community Living Initiative provided $29 million to increase access to information about public transportation options for veterans and their families. The Federal Transit Administration awarded grants covering 64 projects in 33 states and one territory Monday.

Tags: Transportation , Ray Lahood , grants , FTA , Esther Carey , Peter Rogoff , DoD

Thursday - 07/05/2012, 06:53pm EDT

In 2011, small federal contractors took it on the chin twice as hard

SBA released data today that showed the amount of total dollars going to small firms is down as are the overall percentage of contracts small businesses won in 2011. Agencies made only one governmentwide goal for SDBs last year.

Tags: contracting , SBA , small business , HUBZone , VA , John Shoraka , Jason Miller , set-asides

Tuesday - 07/03/2012, 01:34pm EDT
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VA wants to change vet-owned business re-verification from 1 to 2 years

The Veterans Affairs Department wants to change the frequency of reverifying veteran-owned businesses from once a year to once every two years, according to an interim final rule published in the Federal Register.

Tags: VA , contracting , acquisition , Bob Hesser , Vet-Force , Jolie Lee , Federal Register ,

Thursday - 06/28/2012, 11:56am EDT

Report encourages cooperation to increase veteran hiring

Employing veterans is good business for companies. A recent Center for a New American Security report examines why and offers recommendations on what agencies can do to help make the hiring process easier.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , CNAS , Margaret Harrell , DoD , VA , veteran hiring , Esther Carey

Tuesday - 06/19/2012, 04:54pm EDT
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Federal Drive interviews -- June 19

Avinash Kar of the Natural Resources Defense Council discusses an FDA decision on cattle feeding processes. Attorney Joseph Petrillo offers his perspective on burgeoning bid protests. GAO's Bill Woods talks about GSA's reliance on "dun" numbers. Jamison Cush discusses Microsoft's new tablet device. Charles Scoville works with amputee veterans.

Tags: Avinash Kar , Joseph Petrillo , FDA , acquistion , GSA , GAO , Bill Woods , Jamison Cush , Charles Scoville , Walter Reed Army Medical Center ,

Tuesday - 06/19/2012, 08:49am EDT
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