Veterans Roundup: VA reform, Dysfunction in Congress, and How to End Veteran Homelessness

VA Chief Answers Critics: I Can’t Just Walk Into a Room and Fire People
Josh Hicks (@reporter_hicks), The Washington Post. At a breakfast with reporters on Thursday, VA Secretary Bob McDonald addressed concerns that he is not firing problem VA employees quick enough. McDonald explained that the new law still requires due process and new legislation would be required to expedite the process. The Justice Department’s role in VA firings has flared up and officials there are refusing to comment on whether or not they requested that VA keep executives employed while Justice continues its criminal investigations—VA says DOJ made the request, but Congressional staffers say DOJ made no such request. –MC

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DoD Contracts: ERAPSCO Awarded $195M for MK-84 Signal Underwater Sound Devices

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ERAPSCO, Columbia City, Indiana, is being awarded a $195,217,585 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00421-14-D-0025) to exercise an option for the procurement of up to 141,500 AN/SSQ series sonobuoys, and 10,000 MK-84 signal underwater sound devices. Work will be performed in De Leon Springs, Florida (51.7 percent), and Columbia City, Indiana (48.3 percent), and is expected to be completed in September 2016. No funding will be obligated at time of award, funds will be obligated on individual delivery orders as they are issued. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

General Dynamics, NASSCO-Norfolk, Norfolk, Virginia, is being awarded an $18,692,168 modification…

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5 Things Job Seekers Do Wrong at Job Fairs

Wrong Way signAt the recent Cyber Job Fair we asked recruiters what they saw job seekers doing wrong. The things that make job seekers stumble right out of the gate. And we all know how critical first impressions are.

Recruiters talk to hundreds of job seekers at each job fair, so the contrast between a smooth, polished professional and someone who’s a bit lost and unsure of themselves can be stark.

Recruiters do have empathy for the nervousness and uneasiness of job seekers. But if that happens to describe you, it’s doubly important to get the basics right. Some of the items that recruiters cited job seekers were doing incorrectly:

Not knowing

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DoD Contracts: Airbus Defense and Space, Inc. Awarded $71M for UH72A Lakota Helicopters

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Airbus Defense and Space, Inc., Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $71,358,549 modification (P00857) to firm-fixed-price contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 to acquire UH72A Lakota helicopters with ARC 231 radios. Fiscal 2015 other procurement (Army) funds in the amount of $71,713,665 were obligated at the time of the award. The cumulative total for the contract, with this modification, is $2,734,932,786. Estimated completion date is June 30, 2016. Work will be performed in Columbus, Mississippi. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal (Aviation), Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

Caterpillar, Mossville, Illinois, was awarded a $12,000,000 firm-fixed-price, multi-year contract for the service life extension program and the reset of Caterpillar construction equipment. Funding and work…

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Recruiters: How You Can Build and Balance Your Brand

Build and BalanceYour BrandSo, want to build your personal brand as a rock star recruiter. Before you start building, I think a good question to ask yourself is, “Why?” What do you want to achieve? Is your goal to land new clients, secure speaking engagements, find a new job, or take your career to the next level?

Whatever your reasons may be, know that building—and then balancing your brand—takes time, energy, and passion. It’s a long-term commitment, not a short-term campaign.

Assuming that you’re ready to make that commitment, how do you begin your career-enhancing journey?

Taking Your First Steps

One of my all-time favorite quotes is from Abraham Lincoln, who…

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