Thursday, November 10, 2022

‘Unacceptable’: Republicans Blast Biden Efforts to Recover Stolen Pandemic Unemployment Cash; Recruiting Struggles During COVID? Not at Companies Hiring Veterans, and other C-Virus related stories

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‘Unacceptable’: Republicans blast Biden efforts to recover stolen pandemic unemployment cash:
Key House Republicans have demanded that the secretary of labor preserve evidence of how he has grappled with the massive amount of fraud in the pandemic unemployment program, saying the Labor Department’s response to the theft of perhaps hundreds of billions of dollars is “unacceptable.”
Rep. Kevin Brady of Texas, the top Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee, and Rep. Brad Wenstrup, Ohio Republican, said the administration has been particularly bad about trying to claw back the stolen money.
In a letter to Marty Walsh first obtained by The Washington Times, the lawmakers instructed the labor secretary to preserve the department’s documents showing what officials knew about the extent of fraud and when they knew it. They also asked Mr. Walsh to answer a series of letters investigating how fraud has been handled.
Both moves suggest a preview of the kinds of questions the Labor Department and others that oversaw trillions of dollars in pandemic spending are likely to face if Republicans win control of one of the chambers of Congress in elections Tuesday.
“The lack of a sufficient response and action from the administration to date is disappointing and unacceptable,” the Republicans wrote.
Democrats have investigated the pandemic, but their efforts have focused heavily on dinging the Trump administration’s handling of COVID-19. --->READ MORE HERE
Recruiting struggles during COVID? Not at companies hiring veterans:
Two years of the coronavirus pandemic led to staff shortages and hiring complications nationwide.
But companies in the Military Times’ “Best for Vets: Employers” rankings for 2022 may have had an advantage. Officials from firms at the top of this year’s list said recruiting and retaining veterans was a solution already in hand, not one more task they had to complete.
“With the talent wars so strong, we’ve needed to find other good avenues for recruiting folks,” said Patrick Krug, veterans community network lead at Bristol Myers Squibb, the New Jersey-based pharmaceutical giant and the top company on this year’s list. “And guess what? We already have that with our veterans pipeline.
“They have great transferable skills, plus they bring additional skills of leadership, flexibility, dedication and all the other intangibles that veterans bring. So in 2021 and 2022, we’re up almost 400% in veteran hiring, versus 2020 and earlier years.”
More than 170 employers participated in the 2022 survey, which provides a snapshot on where firms stand on employment policies, hiring practices and support services that target America’s veterans. Participation in the rankings is voluntary, and the final list is not meant to be a comprehensive accounting of the policies of all defense contractors and U.S. businesses.
The full list of this year’s Best for Vets employer rankings is available here.
The list was compiled in partnership with the Fors Marsh Group, a research firm specializing in the veterans and the military community.
For the past two years, the rankings have been focused on areas of importance to veterans in the workplace, including areas such as mentorship programs, military-specific training opportunities and connections with the veterans community. --->READ MORE HERE
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