DoD Contracts: Raytheon Awarded 3-Year $98M Surveillance System Spare Parts Contract

ARMY

EADS-NA, Herndon, Va., was awarded a $22,856,085 modification (P00766) to contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 to acquire four UH-72A Lakota helicopters with engine inlet barrier filters and ARC-231 radios.  Fiscal 2014 other procurement, Army funds in the amount of $22,856,085 were obligated at the time of the award.  Estimated completion date is March 31, 2015.  Work will be performed in Columbia, Miss.  Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity.

Jacobs/Stantec, Fort Worth, Texas, was awarded a $9,500,000 firm-fixed-price contract for architectural and engineering services for Army, Air Force, and other military and civil works projects primarily within the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division boundaries.  Funding and performance location…

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Proposed Security Clearance Reforms Detail Navy Yard Shooter Missteps

87 percent of OPM’s security clearance background investigation files are “incomplete.”

That’s one of the many eye-opening findings in the recently released House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform Committee report detailing flaws in the security clearance process.

Parts of the report are a fascinating read. Particularly the detailed step-by-step red flags in the background of Navy Yard Shooter Aaron Alexis. From arrests for mischief to eight citings for misconduct while in the Navy Reserve, Alexis is a particularly troubling example of how the system can break down.

When the clearance process was last reformed ten years ago the emphasis was on speed. Getting people through the process due to…

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Sell Recruiters on the Benefits of Hiring You

People buy benefits. It’s true for selling a car, a house or you, to a prospective employer.

The most frequent problem I see with job seekers’ written and verbal presentations of themselves? No benefits. A lack of the very thing that can sell a prospective employer on giving you a chance.

Finding a job is all about sales

If you subscribe to the theory, and my belief, that finding a job is all about sales, you begin to see the connection: Finding a job is about selling yourself. So if you believe that finding a job requires selling yourself, then it follows that you have to know what you’ve…

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Defense Roundup: Scandals Keep Coming for the Army, Food Stamp Use Rises

Misconduct in Army Ranks Forcing More Soldiers Out, Data Shows

Lolita Baldor (@lbaldor), Associated Press. The AP has been on a roll doing deep dives of military records in recent weeks. Last week a three-year look at military sexual assault cases in Japan revealed a wide disparity in prosecutorial approaches among the military services. This week Lolita Baldor found that the number of soldiers being kicked out of the Army has risen dramatically in the last three years. Enlisted soldiers forced out for drugs, alcohol, crime, and other misconduct tripled in those three years peaking last year as some 11,000 were removed from the Army. Officers weren’t immune to…

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Did You Give a Valentine

For a lot of people Valentine’s Day just sucks. The advertisements, the sentiment and “ohs and ahs” on Facebook about what someone else got. What did you get? Nothing. Zip. Nada.  This may remind you of being at the high school dance and no one asked you to dance, or when they picked teams for dodge ball, and you were the last one standing on the sidelines. The one no one wanted.

No one likes this feeling, but this is what happens every day for thousands, if not millions of job seekers. The process of matching a job seeker to a position is a recruiters’ job and for them it’s…

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