Early Eagle – September 2014

September 1, 2014

VetJobs Early Eagle
Issue 15:09
Monday, September 1, 2014
www.vetjobs.com

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This issue sponsored by WEDDLEs, TECHEXPO Top Secret and CRI University.

Contents:

1. Message from the Top

2. VA Launches Updated GI Bill Comparison Tool

3. Interstate Compact for Military Children Now Complete

4. Most Demanded Tech Certifications

5. Problems in the Forecast for Firing VA Officials?

6. National Guard (in Federal Status) and Reserve Activated as of August 26, 2014

7. Significant Events this Month in Military History

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1. Message from the Top

As we go into September, I am hearing more and more from employers nationwide that in spite of the labor force participation rate of only 62.9% and the 6.2% unemployment rate, they cannot find qualified candidates. Some analysts indicate that this is quickly becoming a crisis especially in the STEM fields and the intelligence community. Sources of the shortages vary from poor educational systems to government programs such as No Child Left Behind which eliminated shop classes from most high schools.

Sarah Ayres, a Policy Analyst in the Economic Policy team at American Progress recently wrote that almost half of all U.S. employers report that they have a hard time filling jobs because candidates lack technical competencies. She goes on to say that apprenticeship, a time-tested model of worker training, can help meet the growing demand for skilled workers in the United States. Expanding apprenticeship, however, will require employers to understand its value. While today’s registered apprenticeship programs are high quality, few employers know what an apprenticeship entails or what competencies a potential employee who has completed an apprenticeship possesses. To accomplish this, employers should develop industry wide standards that validate that a worker who has successfully completed an apprenticeship possesses the specific knowledge and competencies required for employment in that industry. She has written an excellent issue brief that explains why registered apprenticeships do not currently offer a truly portable credential, how industry-recognized apprenticeship programs can help both workers and employers, and what policies the federal government can enact to incentivize employers to write national guideline standards. To learn more, visit http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/economy/report/2014/08/27/96088/national-standards-for-strong-apprenticeships/

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Today, September 1, is when the United States celebrates Labor Day in 2014. As the Industrial Revolution took hold of the United States, the average American in the late 1800s worked 12-hour days, seven days a week in order to make a basic living. Children were also working, as they provided cheap labor to employers and laws against child labor were not strongly enforced. With the long hours and terrible working conditions, American unions became more prominent and voiced their demands for a better way of life as well as workers in general. On Tuesday September 5, 1882, 10,000 workers marched from City Hall to Union Square in New York City, holding the first-ever Labor Day parade. Participants took an unpaid day-off to honor the workers of America as well as vocalize issues they had with employers. As years passed, more states began to hold these parades, but Congress would not legalize the holiday until 12 years later.

When celebrating Labor Day this year, a holiday that celebrates all who labor to make a living, let us recognize the American workers and especially those in the defense industry and the military who labor to protect our country. Many of our active duty, National Guard and Reserve brothers and sisters will not have the luxury of celebrating the holiday with their families. Please keep them in your prayers as they continue to defend our country!

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September has many military and religious related dates:

9/1 is Labor Day

9/2 is V-J Day when Japan formally surrendered in 1945, effectively ending World War II.

9/10 celebrates the incorporation of the Naval Sea Cadet Corps. September is Sea Cadet Month.

9/11 is Patriot Day established to remember those who perished in the attack on the United States by radical Islamic terrorists.

9/14 celebrates the writing of the Star Spangled Banner in 1814.

9/17 celebrates the approval of the United States Constitution in 1787.

9/18 is the birthday of the United States Air Force. If you meet a member of the USAF, say Happy Birthday!

9/19 is National POW/MIA Recognition Day. If you would like to order POW/MIA items, please visit http://www.vfwstore.org/

9/24 Rosh Hashanah starts and ends Friday, September 26

9/29 is VFW Day when the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) was established. The VFW is the oldest continuous combat veteran service organization in the United States! The original purpose of the VFW was to assist returning veterans from the Spanish American War to receive healthcare and find jobs. The VFW is still fighting for veterans today! If you are eligible, please become a member by visiting www.vfw.org.

9/28 is Gold Star Mother’s Day

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In August, VetJobs said Hail and Farewell to a long time employee. Many employers and those seeking work have interacted with Melanie Crowder, our long time Office Manager and head of Customer Service. Her husband recently returned from a USMC Reserve deployment and found a great job in middle Georgia, so their family has moved to south of Macon, GA. As much as we hate to see Melanie go, we understand a 4 hour drive each way daily commute would be hard to do. Melanie has found a job with the State of Georgia near Milledgeville. Melanie will be missed.

To replace Melanie, we welcome Donna Hurlbert who joined VetJobs in August as the contact relief for Melanie Crowder. Donna is a former Marine and is drilling as an E-5 with the Georgia Army National Guard. She has extensive experience in managing offices and providing job support for veterans and their family members seeking employment. Donna is proving to be a valuable asset.

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On the economic front, things are still a mess. The administration maintains that the economy is doing fine, yet the United States continues to have the longest high unemployment rate since the Great Depression of the 1930’s. The national CEC unemployment rate rose from 6.1% in June to 6.2% in July. A rising unemployment rate does not a great economy make. It will be interesting to see where the unemployment rate will be on Friday when the government releases the numbers for August.

Complicating things, the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) made a pledge on Friday, August 29, to help ensure immigrant workers are protected under the law, including those who may be in this country illegally. The EEOC and the Mexican foreign affairs ministry signed a “Memorandum of Understanding” promising education programs and outreach to aid immigrant workers. The memorandum states that its intended purpose is to “establish a collaborative relationship to provide Mexican nationals in the United States with information, guidance, and access to education and training resources to help them understand and exercise their workplace rights, particularly with regards to reducing violence against them under the law and regulations that are administered and enforced by the EEOC.”

With so many American citizens in the United States currently unemployed, 9.7 million, and with a labor force participation rate of only 62.9% due to a drastic shortage of jobs, should not the Department of Labor be spending our tax resources to help American citizens, especially veterans and their family members get jobs rather than illegal immigrants? Why would DOL choose illegal aliens over veterans?

It is going to be really interesting to see what happens in the elections this fall.

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For over three years VetJobs has been generating a monthly Veterans Employment Situation Report (VESR) which is being quoted in news articles. The report is generated on the first Friday of each month when DOL and BLS release the employment numbers. The VESR gives a cogent analysis of where the veteran employment is taking place and reviews what the success rates of various veteran groups have been in terms of finding employment. If you would like to receive the VESR, please send an email to info@vetjobs.com with VESR in the subject line.

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If you know of of a company doing a great job hiring veterans, please nominate them for the VetJobs Outstanding Veteran Employment Award. To nominate a company for the award, please visit https://vetjobs.com/empAward.htm

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Finally, as I finish the Early Eagle newsletter for this month, there are a lot of events happening on the national military level in the United States. Our military is being drawn down to the lowest levels since World War One! In today’s tinderbox world, that is a very dangerous position to be.

VetJobs sees the results of the DOD drawdown directly in our traffic. Last year in September we were averaging 18,000 to 20,000 visitors a day. As I sit writing this at 9:00 PM on Labor Day, VetJobs has had 38,006 visitors to the site since midnight. These are veterans and their family members seeking work, or candidates who have a job and are seeking a better job. They know the VFW sponsored job board VetJobs has the best selections of jobs for veterans and the best employment assistance available for a veteran on the internet – see http://www.vetjobs.com/vetEmpAssistance.htm

For employers, VetJobs is the leading military related job board site. VetJobs offers complete EEOC, VEVRAA/JVA and OFCCP compliance support. VetJobs can distribute your jobs to the state work force job boards and provide the required screen shots. VetJobs can assist an employer reach the DOL benchmarks of 7.2% veteran and 7.0% IWD employment. For all these reasons and more, VetJobs has been serving employers for 15 years in their need to hire transitioning military, veterans, National Guard and Reserve candidates and their family members. Let us know what VetJobs can do for you!

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As always, if there is anything we at VetJobs can do for you, please do not hesitate to call or email.

Remember, Freedom Is Never Free – Support Our Armed Forces and Veterans

Best regards,

Ted Daywalt
President

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2. VA Launches Updated GI Bill Comparison Tool

This week VA launched a new version of its GI Bill Comparison Tool, with new features that will allow veterans to estimate the actual cost of attendance for potential schools and compare new veteran-specific school characteristics, such as whether or not a school offers an organized student veteran group. Your VFW played a key role in commissioning the GI Bill Comparison Tool earlier this year, and VFW advocates also worked closely with VA on the improvements rolled out earlier this week.
To learn more about the updated GI Bill Comparison Tool, click here: http://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=2615 To try out the GI Bill Comparison Tool for yourself, click here: http://department-of-veterans-affairs.github.io/gi-bill-comparison-tool/

/—September Early Eagle sponsor is TECHEXPO Top Secret—-\

TECHEXPO Top Secret’s next job fairs are:

9/16, TECHEXPO TECHEXPO Top Secret Hiring Event, Tysons Corner Ritz Carlton, 1700 Tysons Blvd., McLean, VA, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, for more information go to www.techexpotopsecret.com

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3. Interstate Compact for Military Children Now Complete

New York became the 50th state to adopt the VFW-supported “Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children,” which provides for the uniform treatment of military children transferring between school districts and states. The Interstate Compact allows the laws of the “sending” state to apply to transferring students from military families in the schools of the “receiving” state for such policies as graduation requirements, Advanced Placements, immunizations, and the age of student enrollment. It applies to the children of active-duty members of the uniformed services, National Guard and Reservists on active-duty orders, members or veterans who are medically discharged or retired for one year, and members who die on active duty. The VFW supported the Interstate Compact through resolutions passed by delegates attending the VFW 109th through 113th National Conventions. Read more at www.mic3.net

/—September Early Eagle sponsor is CRI University—\

CRI University provides informative and dynamic one-hour webinars and recorded educational sessions on important HR topics that impact every employer who employs fifteen or more people. CRI University topics are offered both live and as recorded sessions for registrants who choose to view the materials and listen to the recording at their leisure. These webinars and educational sessions are as important to CEOs, COOs, and CFOs as they are for HR personnel due to the myriad of changes in employment laws, regulations, discrimination findings and court case findings.

September webinars are:

EEOC and OFCCP Compliance
Thursday, September 04, 2014 11:00 AM Central Time
Thursday, September 18, 2014 11:00 AM Central Time

Records Required for EEOC/OFCCP Compliance
Wednesday, September 03, 2014 11:00 AM Central Time
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 11:00 AM Central Time

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4. Most Demanded Tech Certifications

From Wanted Analytics, professional development remains one of the best ways for employers to encourage employee retention and engagement, according to a recent CIO article. When dealing with high demand jobs, like in technology, providing continued education and tech certifications are some methods that companies can use to develop internal talent and reduce the hiring difficulty. Instead of looking for an impossible candidate that has a myriad of skills listed in the job ad, determine which skills are “must-have” and train the other skills that the candidate lacks when they join the company. To help you decide what training to provide and what requirements to focus on, Wanted Analytics listed the 10 most demanded tech certifications and clearances:

Top Secret Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI)
Project Management Professional (PMP)
Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)
Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE)
Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP)
Project Management Institute (PMI)
System Administrator (EMCSyA)
Information Assurance Technicians (IAT)
DOD 8570 Certification

5. Problems in the Forecast for Firing VA Officials?

The new VA healthcare reform bill contains a provision that allows the Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs to fire VA employees in the Senior Executive Service (SES) in an expedited manner. The legislation contains provisions that satisfied the requirement of Democrats in the Senate to protect the due process rights of those SES officials. That happens through the appeals process carried out at the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), a small, quasi-judicial agency. The MSPB will have 21 days to issue a ruling. If MSPB fails to issue a ruling in that timeframe, the firing would stand, the employee would have no further recourse and MSPB would have to report to Congress why it could not meet its deadline.

Unfortunately, the 200-employee agency is still dealing with the unprecedented wave of appeals it received after the Defense Department and other agencies furloughed employees last summer. MSPB Chairwoman Susan Tsui Grundmann told Government Executive it has only adjudicated 6,000 of the 33,000 furlough-related appeals it received. However, Grundmann also noted that the Agency is supportive of the new legislation and that they will be able to handle the extra workload.

However, under current federal statute MSPB has 120 days to adjudicate a case, meaning the agency will have to issue VA rulings 83 percent faster than it currently does. The discovery period alone — when agency officials and employees gather and share evidence with each other — typically takes 25 to 45 days. In the new, VA-specific system, it will last just 10 days. Grundmann also added that the law strips the right of secondary appeal from VA SES officials. This means that whatever ruling the administrative judge at MSPB issues is final, instead of having the possibility of being heard by a 3-person, Senate-confirmed panel of appeals judges. This raises questions as to whether, legally, the constitutional rights of these employees are being violated.

6. National Guard (in Federal Status) and Reserve Activated as of August 26, 2014

The total number currently on active duty from the Army National Guard and Army Reserve is 22,651; Navy Reserve, 3,132; Marine Corps Reserve, 1,180; Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, 6,149; and the Coast Guard Reserve, 314. This brings the total National Guard and reserve personnel who have been activated to 33,426, including both units and individual augmentees. A cumulative roster of all National Guard and reserve personnel who are currently activated may be found online at: http://www.defense.gov/news/MoblilizationWeeklyReport-140826.pdf

7. Significant Events this Month in Military History

1780 – Benedict Arnold gives the British the plans to West Point (Revolutionary War)

1783 – The Peace Treaty of Versailles was signed between the USA, Britain, France, and Spain, ending the American Revolution.

1787 – United States Constitution Approved

1814 – US Naval Captain Oliver Hazard Perry defeated a British flotilla in the Battle of Lake Erie (War of 1812).

1814 – During a British naval attack on the City of Baltimore, Francis Scott Key composed a poem entitled “The Star Spangled Banner.”

1847 – American forces captured Mexico City, effectively ending the Mexican War.

1862 – Battle of Chantilly – Confederate forces attack retreating Union troops in Chantilly, VA (Civil War).

1863 – Battle of Chickamauga begins (Civil War)

1864 – Confederate troops abandoned Atlanta in the face of continuing attacks by federals under General W.S. Sherman (Civil War).

1899 – Founding of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States

1908 – LT Thomas E. Selfridge was killed at Ft. Myer, VA, in a plane flown by Orville Wright. Selfridge was the first man to die in an airplane accident.

1939 – German troops invaded Poland, beginning World War II.

1939 – Britain and France declared war on Germany (World War II).

1941 – British Naval forces sank the German battleship Bismarck off the French coast (World War II).

1942 – Japanese float plane drops an incendiary bomb in Oregon (World War II)

1943 – The allied invasion of Italy began (World War II).

1945 – V-J Day, Japan signed formal surrender (World War II).

1947 – US Air Force established.

1951 – The United States, Australia and New Zealand sign a mutual defense pact, called the ANZUS Treaty.

1951 – Battle of Heart Break Ridge began (Korean War).

1954 – USS Nautilus, first atomic submarine is commissioned in US Navy

1962 – United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps Incorporated

1965 – 1st Calvary Division arrives in Vietnam

1967 – Siege of Con Thien Began (Vietnam War).

1969 – President Richard Nixon ordered resumption of heavy bombing of North Vietnamese targets (Vietnam War).

1982 – The United States Air Force Space Command is founded.

1983 – Korean Air Flight 007 is shot down by a Soviet Union jet fighter when the commercial aircraft enters Soviet airspace. All 269 on board are killed, including United States Congressman Lawrence McDonald (Cold War).

1994 – Operation Uphold Democracy began (Haiti).
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