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The White House and U.S. Department of Labor Focus on Veterans

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Today, the White House announced three programs designed to assist veterans in transitioning into the workforce after service.

The Veterans Job Bank connects unemployed veterans to job openings with companies that want to hire them. The Obama Administration partnered with leading job search companies to create a new, easy to use online service that enables employers to “tag” job postings for veterans. It launched with more than 500,000 job listings, a number that will continue growing as more companies tag the job postings on their own websites and add them to the Veterans Job Bank.

My Next Move for Veterans is an easy-to-use online tool created by the Department of Labor that allows veterans to enter information about their experience and skills in the field, and match it with civilian careers that put that experience to use. The site also includes information about salaries, apprenticeships, and other related education and training programs.

The Veteran Gold Card provides post-9/11 veterans with extra support as they transition out of the military. Once a veteran has downloaded the Veteran Gold Card, he or she can access six months of personalized case management, assessments and counseling at the roughly 3,000 One-Stop Career Centers located across the country.

White House Memorandum M-11-34 from Director Jacob L. Lew

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

On September 15, 2011, Director Jacob L. Lew issued memorandum M-11-34. In M-11-34, Director Lew notes that, “[o]n February 17, 2009, the President signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Pub. L. No. 111-5 (“Recovery Act”).” He further states the following:

Nearly 85 percent of Recovery funds have now been paid out and the vast majority of remaining funds have already been obligated for projects that communities are counting on for job creation. Despite the rapid pace of spending of Recovery Act funds over the past 30 months, there remain billions in discretionary Recovery Act funds that, although they have been obligated, have not yet been outlayed. In light of the current economic situation and the need for further economic stimulus, it is critical that agencies spend these remaining funds as quickly and efficiently as possible.

As a result, the following is directed:

. . . subject to certain exceptions, Federal agencies are directed to take steps to complete Recovery Act projects by September 30, 2013. This new policy would compress the period of availability for the bulk of remaining funds in discretionary grant programs into the next two years.

To see the complete version of M-11-34, go to