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    Obama's Speech Pays Tribute to Troops, Refocuses on Economy

    Obama's Speech Pays Tribute to Troops, Refocuses on Economy
    WASHINGTON, DC - President Obama Tuesday night told an American public weary of war that it is time to “turn the page” on the war in Iraq. And although he said the formal end of US combat operations in Iraq would allow the military to turn fuller attention to the war in Afghanistan, Mr. Obama also repeated his pledge to begin ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Defense Police Bill Could Affect Insourcing Efforts

    Defense Police Bill Could Affect Insourcing Efforts
    Many federal service contractors could see their jobs brought back in-house if provisions in the House and Senate Defense authorization bills are passed into law, according to an industry group. The House version of the policy measure includes an amendment sponsored by Rep. John Sarbanes, D-Md., that would give "special consideration" to federal employees for any function that has been performed ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Lawmakers Urging Significant Cuts in Defense Spending

    A bipartisan group of House lawmakers on Friday urged the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility to take a hard look a military spending as the panel weighs options for reducing the nation's growing budget deficit. Specifically, the legislators backed a list of cuts outlined in a new report by the Sustainable Defense Task Force, a diverse group of experts the lawmakers ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Proposed Hiring Rule Would Limit Contractors

    Imagine you've just been hired to manage the Washington Nationals. Your contract is contingent on your ball club making it to the World Series. But the team's owner says you have to take the field with essentially the same players you inherited -- despite their losing record. Sound absurd? Of course, but it isn't far from reality, considering an administration proposal ...
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    House votes to exempt TRICARE from health reform bill

    House lawmakers over the weekend voted to protect TRICARE and Defense non-appropriated fund health care beneficiaries from unintended consequences of national health reform. The exemption (H.R. 4887) applies to the health care coverage provided by the Defense Department to military service members, retirees and their families. It clarifies the tax code to stipulate that coverage provided by Defense is treated as ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Withdrawal of TSA nominee raises concern about agency workforce

    Withdrawal of TSA nominee raises concern about agency workforce
    The lack of permanent leadership at the Transportation Security Administration is delaying action on several agency personnel issues, union leaders and other observers said on Wednesday. "TSA has a number of issues that continue to contribute to its high attrition rate and low workforce morale," said Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, in a statement. "Many of these ...
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    Defense takes aim at contractor business systems

    Defense takes aim at contractor business systems
    The Defense Department is getting tough on contractors that fail to maintain adequate controls against waste, fraud and abuse. In a draft rule posted Friday in the Federal Register, Defense proposed allowing contracting officers to withhold payments from companies with certain deficiencies in their business systems. A clause would be added to contracts requiring firms to certify that they have no ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Obama Signs 3.4 Percent Raise For Military

    Obama Signs 3.4 Percent Raise For Military
    President Obama signed into law on Monday a 3.4 percent pay raise for service members in 2010, while federal employee unions said they would push for parity between civilian and military pay in 2011. The military pay raise, included in the fiscal 2010 Defense Appropriations Act (H.R. 3326), was 0.5 percent higher than the 2.9 percent raise Obama requested in his ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Military 'Mentor' Pay a Main Factor in Review of Program

    WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Robert Gates' decision announced Wednesday to order a review of the Pentagon's payments to retired senior officers for their advice was prompted in part by how much these "mentors" get paid. A USA TODAY review found: • The Navy pays its mentors an average of about $330 per hour, including expenses, according to its budget. • The ...
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    Back From Combat, Women Struggle For Acceptance

    Back From Combat, Women Struggle For Acceptance
    This report is the first in a three-part series. WASHINGTON (AP) - Nobody wants to buy them a beer. Even near military bases, female veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan aren't often offered a drink on the house as a welcome home. More than 230,000 American women have fought in those recent wars and at least 120 have died doing ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Army Captain Pleads Guilty to Stealing $690,000

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - An Army captain from Oregon pleaded guilty Monday to charges that he stole nearly $700,000 from the U.S. government while serving in Iraq. U.S. District Court Judge Ancer Haggerty set sentencing for March 1 after Capt. Michael Dung Nguyen entered guilty pleas to theft and money-laundering charges. The maximum sentence for each offense is 10 years in ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Virginia County Looking to Attract Defense Contractors

    Virginia County Looking to Attract Defense Contractors
    QUANTICO, Va. - Prince William County is looking to attract more defense-related businesses to the areas around nearby military bases. "We're starting to see quite a lot of interest in and around Quantico Marine Corps Base and in the northern part of Route 1, close to Fort Belvoir," says Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey A. Stewart. The county ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Pay and Benefits Watch - Family Matters

    Pay and Benefits Watch - Family Matters
    President Obama's executive order expanding job opportunities for veterans in federal agencies made headlines last week. He also marked Veterans Day by signing into law a bill that makes it easier for the families of service members to navigate the complicated landscape of rules governing their benefits during reassignments. The 2009 Military Spouses Residency Relief Act (S. 475) allows the husbands ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Poll: Americans Have Lackluster View of Government

    Poll: Americans Have Lackluster View of Government
    Most Americans have a neutral to negative opinion of federal agencies, according to a Gallup poll released on Monday. The poll, conducted during the summer, asked more than 40,000 Americans to rate their individual experience with federal agencies to understand the public's overall perception of government. Nearly half (46 percent) viewed agencies neutrally, while 34 percent reported negative opinions and 20 ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    President Aims to Step Up Hiring of Veterans

    President Aims to Step Up Hiring of Veterans
    President Obama on Monday signed an executive order designed to boost the number of veterans in the federal workforce. The directive creates Veterans Employment Program offices in federal agencies, to match veterans with job openings and help them navigate the application process. The offices also will give veterans guidance on how to adjust to civilian life after they are hired. "This ...
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    With Jobs Order, Obama Gives Veterans More to Celebrate

    With Jobs Order, Obama Gives Veterans More to Celebrate
    Presidential executive orders are lofty, historical documents, generally signed in White House ceremonies with pomp and circumstance. Seldom do we think of them beginning in a small town on the eastern edge of West Virginia. But it was in Shepherdstown, with a population of 803 at last count, where President Obama's latest executive order, designed to facilitate the hiring of veterans ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Game Developer's Newest 'Call of Duty': Help Vets Find Jobs

    Game Developer's Newest 'Call of Duty': Help Vets Find Jobs
    A video game company is donating $1 million on Tuesday to set up a foundation to help veterans find employment, organizers announced. Activision Blizzard, which produces the popular Guitar Hero and Tony Hawk franchises, said its Call of Duty Endowment (CODE) will support other groups that assist veterans with their careers. Unemployment may have hit double digits in the nation last ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Army Post Shooting Rampage Leaves 13 Dead, 30 Hurt

    Army Post Shooting Rampage Leaves 13 Dead, 30 Hurt
    FORT HOOD, Texas – Soldiers who witnessed the shooting rampage at Fort Hood that left 13 people dead reported that the gunman shouted "Allahu Akbar!" before opening fire, the base commander said Friday. Lt. Gen. Robert Cone said officials had not yet confirmed that the suspected shooter, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, made the comment, which is Arabic for "God is great!" ...
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    12 die in dual shootings at Fort Hood, Texas

    FORT HOOD, Texas – A soldier opened fire at a U.S. Army base in Fort Hood, Texas on Thursday, unleashing a stream of gunfire that left 12 people dead and 31 wounded. Authorities killed the gunman, and apprehended two other soldiers suspected in the attack. The shooting began around 1:30 p.m., Lt. Gen. Bob Cone said at a news conference. He ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Girding For An Uphill Battle for Military Recruits

    Girding For An Uphill Battle for Military Recruits
    It's tough enough selling military service to teenagers who might not be so keen on getting their heads shaved or buy the whole "we do more by 9 a.m." line. And the fact that enlisting today could very well mean a visit to the front lines doesn't help, either. But according to a new report, there are other factors that make ...
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