Veterans Roundup: Short-term VA Fix Could Become Long-Term Mess, Back to the Future: Iraq

Disability Payments to Veterans More than Doubled Since 2000
Erica E. Phillips (@eephillips_wsj), The Wall Street Journal. On Thursday, the Congressional Budget Office released a report about the VA’s disability payments since 2000. Payments have increased from $20 billion in 2000 to $54 billion in 2013. Although the report attributes the payment increases to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the number of Vietnam-era veterans receiving benefits has increased by 60% since 2000 as well. The increase also raises concerns that some veterans are faking or exaggerating PTSD symptoms to receive benefits. Because PTSD is hard to define, and diagnosis depends on personal testimony from veterans, it has become…

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Security Clearance Verifiers and References on the SF86

Security Clearance Verifier or ReferenceSecurity clearance background investigations can be time consuming. Providing all the pertinent and relevant information on the SF86 Questionnaire when you complete it facilitates the expeditious completion of your background investigation, especially if it covers activities in two or more states. Specifically you should ensure that you list proper references and verifiers for various activities on the SF86.

Verifiers

There is a difference between a verifier and a reference. A verifier is someone who has direct knowledge of a certain activity in your background. For example, Section 11, “Where you Have Lived,” on the SF86 requires you to list your residential addresses for the last ten years. In this section,…

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Three Networking Success Tips

You can hardly say job search without ‘networking’ popping up. Why? Studies show consistent networkers are more successful in business and in life. Yet many of us fear it or misunderstand the process. These are human connections. You are helping each other.

Tip 1. Learn how to network

Think about what you need to learn from your networking efforts. You’ll need job search focus and goals to guide your networking to achieve success.

Here is a ‘cheat sheet’ of categories to start – build your own list from it:

  1. Reconnecting – with people you value but have not connected with lately
  2. Professional groups’ meetings – such as: national/local groups

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DoD Contracts: Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training Awarded $193M to develop Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense

MISSILE DEFENSE AGENCY

Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training, Moorestown, New Jersey, has been awarded a $193,610,317 modification (P00150) to previously awarded contract number HQ0276-10-C-0001 for procurement of necessary material, equipment, and supplies to conduct the technical engineering to define, develop, integrate and test Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense 4.1 and 5.0 Capability Upgrade baselines through their respective certifications. This modification brings the total cumulative face value of the contract to $2,002,542,722 from $1,808,932,405. Work will be performed at Moorestown, New Jersey, with an expected completion date of May 31, 2016. fiscal 2014 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of…

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DoD Contracts: Lockheed Martin Corp. Awarded $124M for THAAD Components

MISSILE DEFENSE AGENCY

Lockheed Martin Corporation Missiles and Fire Control, Dallas, Texas, was awarded a $124,600,000 fixed-price contract for the manufacturing and delivery of U. S. government Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) ground components. This contract provides for the delivery of U.S. government THAAD launchers, peculiar support equipment, THAAD fire control and communication spares, and launcher spares. Work will be performed at Dallas, Texas; Lufkin, Texas; Huntsville, Alabama; Sunnyvale, California; and Camden, Arkansas, with an expected completion date of Aug. 7, 2017. Fiscal 2014 procurement funds in the amount of $124,600,000 are being obligated at time of award. This contract was…

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