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A veteran-employment slump dubbed “a national disgrace” in March has veered from pontification and promises to a true hiring push as 117,000 ex-members of the U.S. military and their spouses gained work during the past year, according to a report published Monday.
Those filled jobs were spread among 185 companies that earned spots on the 2014 ranking of America’s most “military-friendly employers,” as assessed and compiled by Victory Media and released to NBC News.
“These are the folks that have built the right programs to recruit transitioning service members and their spouses,” said Sean Collins, vice president of Victory Media and a former U.S. Navy pilot. “The hiring done by our (listed) companies very likely covers vast preponderance of the folks hired from the military community. These are not pledges. These companies are providing solutions.”
The annual list, to be published in the December edition of G.I. Jobs magazine, is led for the second consecutive year by San Antonio-based USAA, a financial-services outfit created in 1922 by Army officers as a mutual insurance company. Other companies grabbing top-10 spots include Verizon Communications, Booz Allen Hamilton, Union Pacific Railroad and AlliedBarton Security Services. The rankings are calculated and weighted based on surveys completed by the businesses. Results are checked by Ernst & Young LLP.
By Hadas Gold
“The president should stop apologizing, stop being defensive,: the New York Republican said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “The reality is the NSA has saved thousands of lives not just in the United States but in France, Germany and throughout Europe.”
“Quite frankly, the NSA has done so much for our country and so much for the president, he’s the commander in chief. He should stand with the NSA,” King said.
Football legend Brett Favre says that at age 44 he’s facing “scary” memory issues linked to on-field concussions. His story yet again casts the NFL as one of America’s most dangerous work environments, despite myriad changes made by the league to protect today’s players.
“I think after 20 years, God only knows the toll,” said the ex-Green Bay Packer, who was tackled for a loss, or sacked, 525 times – more than any quarterback in modern NFL history. In an interview Thursday with a Washington, D.C. radio station, Favre said he cannot recall one season of his daughter’s soccer games.
“I got a pretty good memory, and I have a tendency like we all do to say, ‘Where are my glasses?’ and they’re on your head. This was pretty shocking to me that I couldn’t remember my daughter playing youth soccer, just one summer,” Favre told Sports Talk 570. “…So that’s a little bit scary to me. For the first time in 44 years, that put a little fear in me.”
Favre joins – and, perhaps, now headlines – an ever-expanding list of ex-NFL superstars and journeymen who have suffered memory lapses, depression, sudden violent steaks, debilitating diseases or suicidal impulses soon or long after retirement from the game. Ex-Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon also has reported suffering memory problems.
Many of those affected players blamed football concussions for their worsening health issues and accused the National Football League of withholding information that head injuries were responsible for the frightening symptoms and, eventually, dozens of player deaths. In August, the NFL and thousands of players who sued the league for concussion damaged reached a $765 million settlement.
Executives of companies that built key parts of the federal government’s troubled health-insurance website will have some explaining to do when they appear before a congressional committee Thursday, just weeks after the companies assured the lawmakers that the healthcare.gov website was on course for a smooth launch.
Since executives from the companies last appeared before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Sept. 10, the website that is a critical to implementing President Barack Obama’s signature Affordable Care Act has gotten off to a rocky start, with technical glitches preventing many consumers from even creating accounts, much less signing up for health insurance.
The problems with the online exchange — intended to allow Americans to comparison shop for coverage and then sign up for their preferred policy — have fired up critics of the “Obamacare” law, giving them new hope that they can delay it or even repeal it. The early snafu also has prompted a full-court press by the administration to get it up and running, thereby containing the political damage and keeping implementation of the law on schedule.
It’s against this tumultuous backdrop that officials of two of the main contractors hired to build the website – CGI Federal, the lead firm on healthcare.gov with $300 million in contracts, and software maker QSSI – will testify on Thursday.
By Kristen Welker and Daniel Arkin, NBC News
As the Obama administration scrambles to rectify the rocky rollout of the online health care marketplace, the Health Department said Sunday that it has enlisted the “best and brightest” to help fix the website’s torrent of technical glitches and bugs as the president prepares to address the problems at the White House on Monday.
“Our team is bringing in some of the best and brightest from both inside and outside government to scrub in with the team and help improve HealthCare.gov,” the Department of Health and Human Services said in a blog post published Sunday.
The blog post also says technology officials have been working “around the clock” to ensure that individuals can create accounts and apply for health care coverage without any digital roadblocks.
“We’re proud of these quick improvements, but we know there’s still more work to be done,” the post says. “We will continue to conduct regular maintenance nearly every night to improve the experience.”
“I think there’s no one more frustrated than the president at the difficulty in the website,” Lew said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday morning.
Savannah Guthrie took charge for David Gregory yesterday on “Meet the Press.” She came well-prepared and did an excellent job. I especially liked her questions for Rand Paul of Kentucky who is the second most vocal Republican in the news. When asked to take ownership for his part in the GOP shutdown, Senator Paul took the coward’s way out by deflecting the questions with talking points and slick rhetoric. It was ludicrous of him to attempt blaming the shutdown on Democrats. Mr. Paul even refused to respond to the suffering the American people are experiencing because Republicans are ignoring the will of the people who are overwhelmingly against shutting down the U.S. government to gain a political advantage. They don’t all watch Fox: They watch the real news and know that it is Republicans who are putting American lives at risk and harming the welfare of the American family which does not have the resources to withstand the loss of paychecks for an undetermined length of time. Rand Paul is so ego-driven that he thinks Republicans should dictate to Democrats who enjoy a larger share of government power. Mr. Paul, the American people call a spade a spade. They say that “this is a GOP shutdown” and voters will hold Republican Party to account. It is time for Republicans and the Tea Party element to yield!
By Carrie Dunn, Political Reporter,NBC News
According to the Office of Management and Budget, the two shutdowns in 1995 and 1996 cost taxpayers $1.4 billion combined. Adjust for inflation and you’ve got $2 billion in today’s dollars.
Those two shutdowns lasted a total of 27 days, but there’s no telling how long the government could be shuttered this time around if Congress fails to act by Monday at midnight. Even shorter shutdowns have proven successful at draining government funds.
In the immediate aftermath of the first government shutdown in 1981, the most conservative estimate – conducted by the General Accounting Office (now called the Government Accountability Office) — put the cost of shutting the government down for a single day at $8.2 million, or almost $21 million in today’s dollars. A House panel later concluded that the day-long furlough cost taxpayers 10 times more than that.
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