Veterans Roundup: Focus on Veterans’ Mental Health, Two-Thirds of GI Bill Dollars in CA Going to For-Profits

Are Budget Battles Slowing Health Care Reforms for Veterans?
Stacy Kaper (@KaperSLK), National Journal. After failing to send reforms to the President before the Fourth of July recess, Congress is under pressure to produce legislation stopping veterans from dying while waiting for medical care. The biggest challenge facing lawmakers is the estimated $50 billion yearly budget by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). Although a new budget estimate came out to $30 billion on Friday, funding remains a major challenge. As veterans groups continue pushing for change, the House and the Senate may have to rely on several alternative sources for funding. –MC
Bottom Line: With only about 30…

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It’s the Fourth Quarter Where Is Your Talent Pool

Where is your talent poolSummertime. Lazy days by the pool or enjoying a round of golf. In the defense and intelligence community it’s the fiscal fourth quarter and RFPs are dropping. While colleagues are enjoying summer vacations, most cleared recruiters are working on proposals rather than their tans.

It’s great that RFPs are being released and we are not faced with a #Shutdown like last year. Remember not to take your eye off talent pipeline development. In the typical chicken and egg conversation you have to have the business to hire the people, but you also have to have the people to fulfill your contract requirements.

When the contracts are awarded there is…

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120 Powerful Resume Words to Get A Cleared Job

Some of the issues I encounter when reviewing job seekers’ resumes are descriptions loaded with subjective language, misleading inclusivity, or passive language.

Examples are:

Performed flawlessly - subjective, provide results instead of an adjective.

Responsible for the managing of contracts – Managed contracts is active, but also tell me what you accomplished with that responsibility.

Hand-picked to be (insert job title) – It’s important to know that you were selected for the position (which I frequently see on transitioning military resumes), but what did you accomplish?

Or the job seeker adds filler terms or unnecessary words or phrases such as:

In order to

Responsible for

Oversight in the area of

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DoD Contracts: Pacific Energy Solutions LLC Awarded $334M for Renewable Energy Generation Systems


Pacific Energy Solutions LLC,* Boca Raton, Florida, is being awarded $334,135,534 for firm-fixed-price task order 0002 under a previously awarded solar power generation multiple award contract (N62742-11-D-1192) for the procurement of electricity produced from renewable energy generation systems. The work to be performed provides for purchase of reliable locally generated, alternating current, power from solar power generation systems that are designed, constructed, owned, operated, and maintained by the contractor on government property. The government will procure the power using the 10 USC §2922(a) authority. The sites under this task order include three roof tops and one ground mount location (Waipio Peninsula) at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam; six roof…

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DoD Contracts: MW Builders, Inc. Awarded $47M for Construction of New Five-Story Barracks


MW Builders, Inc., Temple, Texas, was awarded a $47,777,000 firm-fixed-price contract for construction services for a new five-story barracks/company operations facility, a common cooling tower with support facility, and associated site improvements. Work will be performed at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, with an estimated completion date of June 21, 2016. Bids were solicited via the Internet with eight received. Fiscal 2014 military construction funds in the amount of $47,777,000 are being obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City, Missouri, is the contracting activity (W912DQ-14-C-4009).

Raytheon/Lockheed Martin Javelin Joint Venture, Tucson, Arizona, was awarded a $15,581,037 firm-fixed-price multi-year foreign military sales contract (Australia,…

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