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house Bill H.R. 1382

If a Company Hires a lot of Veterans, Should They Get Priority for VA Contracts?

Argument in favor

Veterans bring numerous skills to the workforce, and while hiring them is often a reward unto itself, this bill offers an additional incentive for companies to seek out vets to hire.

Dustin's Opinion
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05/19/2015
I believe hiring vets is very advantageous for companies as long as companies and the government doesn't muck it up with they're bureaucracy.
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billwdk9's Opinion
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05/18/2015
Those who have honorably offered their lives defending this country should get special consideration when it comes to employment.
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05/18/2015
As a member of IAVA, I support this legislation and any other legislation that gets veterans into the workforce.
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Argument opposed

This bill could create situations where companies hire veterans simply because they are veterans and it gives them a better shot at VA contracts — not because they’re the most qualified for the job.

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05/23/2015
We want efficiency, not cronyism. Selection must be made on the basis of merit.
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John's Opinion
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05/19/2015
While I applaud the hiring of veterans, Contracts should be awarded on a basis of merit and what each party has to bring to the table. Nepotism can often lead to inefficiency and worst case- corruption.
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Dirtrhino's Opinion
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05/19/2015
There is just not enough information to make an informed decision on this one. What are the nature of the contracts? What kind of businesses are these? Will it benefit all businesses or only a select group that actually is allowed to receive VA contracts? The GOV shouldn't be in the business of picking winners and losers based solely on the number of veterans they employ. Should businesses be rewarded for hiring veterans, absolutely; is this the right way of going about it, probably not
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What is House Bill H.R. 1382?

This bill would give companies that have high concentrations of veteran employees preference when the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) awards contracts.

Bill sponsors hope that by enacting this legislation and rewarding companies that have hired a lot of veterans, other companies vying for VA contracts will be incentivized to hire veterans.

Impact

Veterans employed or hired by companies bidding for VA contracts, the VA.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 1382

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

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In-Depth:

The VA published a study entitled “Veterans in the Workplace: Recruitment and Retention” that found over half of the businesses surveyed had specific policies in place for hiring veterans and members of the Reserve or National Guard. It also found that additional outreach by the VA and information about tax credits for hiring veterans helped boost employment among those who have served.

This bill has received written support from the American Legion and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, and its sponsor — Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY) —believes that the way to improve the employment situation of veterans is by: 

“Making companies recognize that hiring veterans isn’t just the right thing to do — it’s a smart investment.”

While the national unemployment rate for all veterans was 4.7 percent in April 2015 — and the overall rate was 5.4 percent that month — the unemployment rate among veterans who served after September 11, 2001 was worse at 6.9 percent,


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: Flickr user City of Albuquerque)

AKA

Boosting Rates of American Veteran Employment Act

Official Title

To amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, in awarding a contract for the procurement of goods or services, to give a preference to offerors that employ veterans.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Veterans' Affairs
  • The house Passed May 18th, 2015
    Roll Call Vote 404 Yea / 0 Nay
      house Committees
      Economic Opportunity
      Committee on Veterans' Affairs
    IntroducedMarch 16th, 2015

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    I believe hiring vets is very advantageous for companies as long as companies and the government doesn't muck it up with they're bureaucracy.
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    We want efficiency, not cronyism. Selection must be made on the basis of merit.
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    While I applaud the hiring of veterans, Contracts should be awarded on a basis of merit and what each party has to bring to the table. Nepotism can often lead to inefficiency and worst case- corruption.
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    Providing incentives to hire one group over another is never a good idea, and will only lead to further problems.
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    There is just not enough information to make an informed decision on this one. What are the nature of the contracts? What kind of businesses are these? Will it benefit all businesses or only a select group that actually is allowed to receive VA contracts? The GOV shouldn't be in the business of picking winners and losers based solely on the number of veterans they employ. Should businesses be rewarded for hiring veterans, absolutely; is this the right way of going about it, probably not
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    Those who have honorably offered their lives defending this country should get special consideration when it comes to employment.
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    As a veteran, don't give me a crutch. I'll earn my place, thank you.
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    There should be incentives for businesses to hire vets. But winning contract should not be one of them. If businesses begin to game the system, the vets will be worse than they are today.
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    Companies already have incentives to hire vets, and it's not like they are the only ones unemployed and underemployed
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    Un level playing field for other companies.
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    Crony Capitalism
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    There is already preference given to minority owned, women owned and veteran owned businesses and now reward companies for hiring veterans for preference to contracts just further dilutes the system. The heart is in the right place but it will just get manipulated by bureaucracy. Give more incentives for getting more unemployed working so they can give back to economy. All including our vets.
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    veterans served for this great country and they deserve back kindness, and this is the least we can give them
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    As a member of IAVA, I support this legislation and any other legislation that gets veterans into the workforce.
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    This is basically Affirmative Action for veterans without the "justification" of long time discrimination.
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    Our government needs to award contracts based upon cost, timeliness and quality of work. If there are multiple choices that meet the criteria then veteran hiring practices can come into play.
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    This is simple politicking. A business should get a contract because it can do the best job at the best price and not because it meets some political criteria. If this passes it will create a situation where cost and quality no longer matters, just how many veterans a company has.
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    No unfair advantages allowed.
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    This will allow our veterans to provide for themselves and their family by rewarding them for protecting our country. Even if they lack some skills compared to another worker that isn't a veteran, he still will be rewarded for risking his life for that other worker.
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    Yes. Many Veterans are being left out. Why do post-9/11 veterans receive benefits under the Family Caregiver Program but the older and sicker pre-9/11 veterans (World War 2, Korean War, Grenada, Somolia, Panama and other pre-9/11 conflicts) are left out? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4g_Q_VCw_pA
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