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Military Spouses Face Economic Disadvantages in Workforce, Study Concludes

  • February 12, 2014
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Military spouses face a substantial disadvantage compared to their civilian counterparts in employment, income and career advancement, according to a study released Wednesday. The study, conducted by Military Officers Association of America and the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF), found that 90 percent of responding active-duty female spouses reported being underemployed, meaning they possess more formal education or experience than needed at their current or most recent position. About 95 percent of active military spouses are female …

Connecticut to Study Impact of Defense Cuts on Industry Supply Chain through OEA Grant

  • January 27, 2014
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DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) has awarded the state of Connecticut and the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT) a $1.3 million planning grant to better understand how cuts in federal spending on defense contracts will affect New England’s defense supply chain and industry-related work performed in the state and region. “We are talking about an industry that employs tens of thousands of workers and generates billions of dollars in economic activity and tax revenue — it is simply too important not to prepare ourselves for possible cuts to defense spending,” said Gov. Dannel Malloy …

OEA Awards Grants to Texas, Wisconsin Communities to Address Downsizing

  • December 19, 2013
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The Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) is awarding community economic adjustment grants totaling $1.3 million to local officials in East Central Wisconsin and Northeast Texas following the loss of more than 1,000 positions at each location, the Defense Department announced Thursday. The East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission will receive $837,315 to support the region’s response to the loss of 1,200 positions at Oshkosh Corp.’s Defense Division …

Long-Term Need to Trim Force Structure Remains despite Sequester Relief, Air Force Says

  • December 15, 2013
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The bipartisan budget deal reached last week will help the Air Force mitigate urgent readiness problems, but long-term budget constraints still will force officials to reduce the size of the service’s forces, the Air Force’s top two officials said Friday. “Even with this relief, we will need to re-size the Air Force to one that is smaller than it is today in order to protect investments we need for the future, and to shape an Air Force that we can keep ready,” acting Air Force Secretary Eric Fanning told reporters at a Pentagon news briefing …

Georgia Streamlines Process for Veterans to Obtain Professional Licenses

  • December 12, 2013
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A new Georgia law went into effect last week making it easier for transitioning service members to enter the civilian workforce by expediting the transfer of certain military certifications to professional licenses. Veterans now can apply online to have their military experience recognized by the state; they will be required to complete the application within 180 days of discharge from active duty …

Partnerships Help New Jersey Employers Connect with Veterans

  • December 4, 2013
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New Jersey employers are trying new initiatives to recruit and train veterans in the latest sign that corporate America is striving to cut the jobless rate for veterans. Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey earlier this year launched a program to train and hire veterans in cooperation with Rutgers University-Newark and the nonprofit Workforce Opportunity Services. About a dozen veterans in the 39-week program participate in an internship program at Horizon during the day, and then take classes in business and software development in the evening …

Iowa Unveils Jobs Initiative to Attract Veterans

  • November 13, 2013
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The state of Iowa is launching an initiative to promote the state as an abundant source of jobs for veterans. Gov. Terry Branstad (R) on Tuesday announced “Home Base Iowa,” a private-public partnership to raise $6 million to market Iowa as a home for veterans and service members in search of jobs …

DOD Spouse Employment Initiative Adds New Partners

  • November 6, 2013
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Sixty new companies joined the Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP) in a Pentagon ceremony Tuesday, demonstrating corporate America’s commitment to military families. “Thanks to MSEP’s efforts, these companies now understand and are hiring from the most savvy, caring, dependable, well-educated group of people you can — a military spouse,” said Betty Welsh, wife of Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh. Welsh said “the game has changed” in recent years in terms of credentialing, training and promotion opportunities for spouses, reported American Forces Press Service. “Behind every great airman, soldier, sailor, Marine and Coast Guardsman is a spouse and a family that serves too, and they bring value to our workplace and to our nation,” she said.

Army ‘Will Partner with Anyone’ to Cut Costs, Ferriter Says

  • October 30, 2013
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The Army is seeking to expand the success of privatization of housing and utilities to nearly all commercial-like services, according to senior Army officials. “We will partner with anyone who can cut costs,” the Army’s top installations official, Lt. Gen. Michael Ferriter, said last week…

Hampton Roads Bracing for Major Sequester Impact

  • October 28, 2013
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Without a congressional agreement to stop deep sequestration cuts in 2014, the Hampton Roads community must prepare for major cuts to military support contracts, local leaders have said. Next year “is going to be a very uncertain, high-anxiety year that we’re just going to slog through the best we can,” Craig Quigley…

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