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Kathleen Miller

A job seeker at the Recruit Military veteran job fair in San Diego.

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A job seeker at the Recruit Military veteran job fair in San Diego.

Veterans Seeking Capitol Hill Work Gain Their Own Caucus

Congress repeatedly has urged employers to do more to hire veterans — even creating an “I Hire Veterans” initiative through the bipartisan Congressional Veterans Jobs Caucus in 2012. The campaign encouraged private businesses and lawmakers to display an “I Hire...

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"Made In The USA" is seen on bag of pastry flour sitting on a pallet at a Brighton Mills facility in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Aug. 6, 2013.

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"Made In The USA" is seen on bag of pastry flour sitting on a pallet at a Brighton Mills facility in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Aug. 6, 2013.

Pacific Trade Deal May Treat Vietnam Like Iowa in U.S. Contracts

A Pacific-region trade agreement may double government contract opportunities for businesses based in 11 foreign countries, while doing little to help U.S. companies abroad, according to a Washington-based consumer advocacy group. The Trans-Pacific Partnership being negotiated by Australia, Japan, the...

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The Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, D.C.

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The Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, D.C.

Veterans Agency, Exempt from Cuts, Attempts to Cite Cuts for Delay

Federal agency managers have told President Barack Obama that the budget cuts known as sequestration would likely cause mass layoffs, jeopardize military medical care and cut nutrition assistance to poor children. The spending cuts, which may total $1.2 trillion over...

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Homeless U.S. military veterans stand in line for free services at a 'Stand Down' event hosted by the Department of Veterans Affairs in Denver, Colorado.

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Homeless U.S. military veterans stand in line for free services at a 'Stand Down' event hosted by the Department of Veterans Affairs in Denver, Colorado.

VA Technology Chief ‘Can’t Take Another Four Years’

Roger Baker, the Department of Veterans Affairs chief information officer, says his decision to resign on March 8 isn’t tied to a better offer — he just needs to “recharge some batteries.” Baker, who’s overseen some of the VA’s most...

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A combat-disabled veteran of the Vietnam War demonstrates his newly fitted Otto Bock Healthcare X2 prosthetic limb with a physical therapist at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington.

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A combat-disabled veteran of the Vietnam War demonstrates his newly fitted Otto Bock Healthcare X2 prosthetic limb with a physical therapist at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington.

VA, Military to Beat Health-System Deadline by Changing Their Goal

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta pledged last year to “meet or beat” a 2017 deadline to integrate two health-records systems, one for troops and the other for veterans. Now, Panetta and Eric Shinseki, secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, are...

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Vice President Joe Biden arrives during the presidential inauguration on the West Front of the Capitol on Jan. 21, 2013 in Washington.

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Vice President Joe Biden arrives during the presidential inauguration on the West Front of the Capitol on Jan. 21, 2013 in Washington.

Veterans Partied on Without Obama

President Barack Obama skipped the American Legion’s veterans ball for the second time, favoring his own inaugural event for service members. About two dozen recipients of the Medal of Honor joined hundreds attending the organization’s “Salute to Heroes” ball, a...

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The International Space Station (ISS) over Miami, taken from the Space Shuttle Endeavour.

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The International Space Station (ISS) over Miami, taken from the Space Shuttle Endeavour.

NASA: May the Best Kids’ Code Win

NASA plans to upload code developed by teens to control bowling ball-sized satellites aboard the International Space Station. The off-the-wall experiment tomorrow is part of a contest sponsored by the elite Pentagon research unit known as the Defense Advanced Research...

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People walk through a newly-renovated corridor at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia.

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People walk through a newly-renovated corridor at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia.

Pentagon Off (Oops) by Billions

The Pentagon announced on Dec. 5 that C.R. Bard Inc. won a maximum $4.67 billion, one-year deal to deliver surgical products to the military. The award would have been a coup for Bard, representing almost twice the company’s $2.9 billion...

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Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. Carl Levin during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington to discuss the National Defense Authorization Act.

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Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. Carl Levin during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington to discuss the National Defense Authorization Act.

Bonus Buster Becomes Law

Senior federal employees risk losing bonuses if their agencies fail to meet government goals of awarding 23 percent of eligible contract funds to small businesses. The bonus-busting measure is part of the defense bill signed into law today by President...

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