Veterans Roundup: Plenty of VA Critics but Plenty of Good Happening at VA, New Boss at DOD, Nixing the 90/10 Rule

VA Reaches Out to Sexual Trauma Survivors via Facebook
Emily Wax-Thibodeaux (@emily_wax), The Washington Post. The VA is using unconventional efforts to address the needs of military sexual assault victims. The VA assigned an expert on sexual abuse claims to engage a Facebook group for women veterans seeking better tailored care from the VA. Military sexual assault continues to be in the news: a Defense Department report on sexual harassment and violence at American military academies found potential success in sexual assault prevention training, a model that may begin to work its way onto civilian college campuses. –MC
Bottom line: Some in Congress question whether Secretary McDonald…

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DoD Contracts: The Boeing Co. Awarded $402M for AWACS Upgrade


The Boeing Co., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, has been awarded a $402,787,272 fixed-price incentive firm and cost-plus-fixed-fee modification (PZ0001) to previously awarded contract FA8730-15-C-0001 for Japan Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) Mission Computing Upgrade Program. Contractor will provide upgrade of four E-767 aircraft and three ground support facilities. Work will be performed at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and is expected to be complete by June 30, 2020. This contract is 100 percent foreign military sales to Japan. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts, is the contracting activity.…

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DoD Contracts: Airbus Defense and Space Inc. Awarded $220M for 72A Lakota Helicopters


Airbus Defense and Space Inc., Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $220,564,993 modification (P00882) to contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 to procure forty-one 72A Lakota Helicopters to include forty-one Airborne Radio Communications 231 Radios. Fiscal 2015 other procurement funds in the amount of $220,564,993 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion date is July 31, 2017. Work will be performed Columbus, Mississippi. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

ABM Government Services, Hopkinsville, Kentucky (W912DY-15-D-0029); ACEPEX Management Corp.,* Montclair, California (W912DY-15-D-0030); EMCOR Government Services, Arlington, Virginia (W912DY-15-D-0031); Electronic Metrology Laboratory,* Franklin, Tennessee (W912DY-15-D-0032); Facility Services Management,* Clarksville, Tennessee (W912DY-15-D-0033); J&J Maintenance Inc., Austin , Texas (W912DY-15-D-0034); Johnson…

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Fix These 3 Errors to Improve Your Cleared Resume

3 Cleared Resume ErrorsAll resumes are basically an ad for you. Take a look at advertisements in your field or for consumers – note how they are trying to capture attention with short, active words and clear presentation.

Your cleared resume needs to capture attention like a great ad and show you as the best match for the job you want. Thus it needs to be tailored for the field and company and job. Use your past achievements as they relate to your future work goals – and skip all the other stuff you have done.

Error 1: Resume Length

Right now there is a lot of push for the one-page resume and…

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DoD Contracts: Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. Awarded $37M for Outer Wing Weapons Panel


Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Melbourne, Florida, has been awarded a maximum $37,979,459 firm-fixed-price contract for outer wing weapons panel. This contract was a sole-source acquisition. This is a three-year base contract. Location of performance is Florida, with a November 2018 performance completion date. Using military service is Navy. Type of appropriation is fiscal year 2015 Navy working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPM4AX-12-D-9401-THA6).

Racoe Inc.,* Celina, Tennessee, has been awarded a maximum $8,732,834 modification (P00103) exercising the second one-year option period of a one-year base contract (SPM1C1-13-D-1022), with four one-year option…

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