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State Seeks Data on Effectiveness of Military Transition Programs

  • June 9, 2014
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Over the past several years, the state of Washington and Joint Base Lewis-McChord have been investing steadily in programs to help separating service members locate employment, but finding data on the success of those initiatives is proving elusive, officials told Gov. Jay Inslee (D) last week at a quarterly meeting of the state’s Military Transition Council. The problem is common across DOD, reports the News Tribune. An April Government Accountability Office study, for example, found little data showing how veterans fared six months after leaving the military …

Air Force to Impose Headquarters Cuts Quickly

  • May 15, 2014
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The Air Force intends to trim its headquarters staff at a much quicker pace than the five-year timeline Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has called for, with offices responsible for installation support services one of the targets for consolidation, according to Air Force officials. Hagel directed the services to reduce their headquarters staff by 20 percent within five years, but the Air Force is aiming to complete much of its cuts by the end of fiscal 2015 …

State Extends Jobs Program from National Guard to all Components

  • March 20, 2014
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South Carolina is expanding a jobs program originally aimed at helping National Guard members find employment to all transitioning service members. Operation Palmetto Employment has helped more than 1,800 National Guard members find work since it was launched in October 2011, cutting the unemployment rate for those service members from 16 percent to 4 percent. The initiative previously received a $750,000 grant from DOD …

Spending Up Slightly, while Forces Come Down over Five-Year Budget

  • March 5, 2014
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The five-year budget released Tuesday by the Pentagon revealed a topline spending level that climbs a total of 13 percent at the same time the uniformed and civilian workforces decline by about five percent through fiscal 2019. DOD’s plan calls for spending $496 billion in FY 2015, a figure virtually unchanged from the current year, before jumping to $535 billion in FY 2016. The topline then would gradually rise to $559 billion in FY 2019. While spending would rise an average of 3 percent annually in current year dollars, the number of civilians and service members would fall under the Pentagon’s plan …

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 …

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