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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Conor Lamb WINS - Marc Friedenberg Is Up Next!

In 2016, Donald Trump won Pennsylvania’s 18th District in a landslide.
Conor Lamb, a 33-year-old Democrat and first-time candidate, just flipped it!
It’s another huge win for the Democrats in just the last four months: Virginia, New Jersey, Alabama, and now Pennsylvania. The Blue Wave is building in places where nobody thought a Democrat could win.
Marc Friedenberg is a 34-year-old Democrat and first-time candidate running in our new 12th District, where Donald Trump also won big in 2016. If Conor Lamb can flip his district, Marc can flip ours.
Winning this race isn't cheap, but with grassroots support from voters like you, we can take back the House. Conor Lamb's average donation was $33; please consider donating $34, or whatever you can, to help Marc fight for us in Washington.
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Dan McKeever
Campaign Manager
Marc Friedenberg for Congress
Marc Friedenberg is seeking the Democratic nomination in Pennsylvania's Twelfth Congressional District. He is an assistant teaching professor of information sciences and technology at Penn State University, a lawyer,  a healthcare activist, and a proud husband and father. If you would like to support his campaign, please visit marcforpa.com/donate.
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Pine Grove Mills, PA 16868

BOOM! Conor Lamb WINS in PA-18

Months ago, when hardly a soul was paying attention, thousands of VoteVets supporters stepped up and donated to help progressive Marine veteran Conor Lamb get his campaign off-the-ground.

As the race progressed, and Republican organizations spent millions to stop Conor Lamb, and we stepped up. VoteVets spent more money to support Conor than any other Democratic organization.

Last night, we won. Conor won. But he wouldn't have done it without you.And because of your support, we've elected another progressive veteran to the House. But we are just getting started. Celebrate with us by keeping it going.

The vast majority of the donations to VoteVets come from lots of people giving small amounts of money. And together, that helps us do big things. But we can't stop now. Not with Trump in office.

Thank you for your continued support. And congratulations on our big win tonight.
All my best,
Jon Soltz
Iraq War Veteran and Chairman


VA Awards More Than $496,000 to Improve IT Infrastructure as Part of Buy vs. Build' Initiative

VA News Release
March 14, 2018

VA Awards More Than $496,000 to Improve IT Infrastructure

as Part of ‘Buy vs. Build’ Initiative 

WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the award of a $496,405.35 task order to Favor TechConsulting (FTC) LLC to provide Identity and Access Management (IAM) services to improve and maximize cost savings to VA’s current information technology (IT) infrastructure.
The task order, which was awarded Feb. 1, enables VA’s “Buy vs. Build” initiative, the result of a challenge from VA Secretary David Shulkin to work with private industry to find creative contracting approaches to save money by purchasing commercially available IT products for less money, versus having VA develop its own. 
“This award is representative of the innovative contracting approaches VA needs to achieve our goal of Buy vs. Build,” Shulkin said. “As we continue VA’s transformation, we will look for managed service offerings from which VA can benefit. This allows VA to focus its attention and resources on providing health care and benefits to Veterans.”
VA determined that FTC’s proposal to implement Okta Inc.’s Identification as a Service (IDaaS) IAM solution, an alternative to its current IAM solutions, has the potential to result in short-term cost savings of approximately $350,000 and even greater long-term savings once fully implemented in a production environment of over $25 million a year.
The task order was awarded under VA’s Transformation Twenty-One Total Technology Next Generation (T4NG) Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity Contract, which delivers contractor-provided IT service solutions, including technical support and cybersecurity among other IT and health-related IT requirements. The T4NG contract awards support the department’s modernization effort, improving the way VA serves Veterans.

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National Service News: Celebrating AmeriCorps Week 2018

Our AmeriCorps members and alumni are living up to their pledge to "get things done" for America.

Celebrating AmeriCorps Week 2018

Good news, everyone ... it's AmeriCorps Week!
All week long we're leading a celebration of all things AmeriCorps. This year the AmeriCorps national service program is engaging 75,000 people in projects and programs to make communities across the nation better. This service takes many forms and happens at 21,600 locations including, schools, nonprofits, and community and faith-based organizations. 
You can find them teaching in schools and serving in government offices. They prepare communities for disaster and respond to help when those unthinkable events happen. They serve as environmental stewards, educating others about this nation's great wealth of natural resources and beauty. Our members help communities reduce crime and are fighting the opioid epidemic. They support and serve our veterans and military families.
At a time when it seems difficult to find a consensus on anything, we thank all the organizations, communities, and leaders that agree to support AmeriCorps' mission because they believe it is vital for our country.
But most of all, we thank the more than 1 million citizens who have volunteered for AmeriCorps and taken the pledge to "get things done" for America.  
In Service, 
CNCS Office of External Affairs

The Impact of National Service

AmeriCorps Director Chester Spellman joins in an activity with a JumpStart AmeriCorps member.

Saluting Our AmeriCorps Members Who 'Get Things Done'

(The following is a blog by AmeriCorps Director Chester Spellman.) As we observe AmeriCorps Week 2018, we have the opportunity to remember the many different ways national service opens doors, expands opportunities, and strengthens communities across the nation. For more than 20 years, this national service program has been a shining beacon, attracting those who looked within themselves and found a desire to give their time and energy to take on the challenges that our nation faces. And our members represent a cross-section of America, as young people from small towns to big cities and everywhere in between have taken the pledge to “get things done” for America.

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Senior Corps Foster Grandparent Virginia McLaurin helps a child with her lunch in 2016.

Elders Over 100 Show It's Never Too Late to Serve (Senior Corps)

We have a remarkable group of Senior Corps volunteers serving through our Foster Grandparent, Senior Companion and RSVP programs. (We get a chance to celebrate their service next month when Senior Corps Week starts on April 29.) Membership is open to adults 55 and older, but some of our senior volunteers keep going like that bunny that sells batteries. Our eldest Foster Grandparent, Virginia McLaurin, just celebrated her 109th birthday and continues to be an inspiration in Washington, D.C, and across the nation. And last week, we shared a story that mentioned 103-year-old Wally Ichishita of Hawaii who volunteers through RSVP and has contributed 21 years of service to his community. We like to say that Senior Corps service adds years to your life and life to your years. Learn more about Senior Corps at the button below.

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AmeriCorps member Olivia Padilla serves with Habitat For Humanity after growing up in a Habitat house.

AmeriCorps Member’s Service Hits Close to Home

In July 2006, Olivia Padilla and her family of four moved into a Habitat for Humanity house in Aurora, Colorado. Prior to moving in, they were living in a small apartment surrounded by an unsafe community in Metro Denver. It was a big deal for Olivia and her family to finally have a home. “I was only 9 at the time, but I remember one of my happiest moments was learning that we were going to have our own backyard. My siblings and I would finally get bikes to ride around the neighborhood without feeling unsafe,“ says Olivia. Olivia now serves in AmeriCorps NCCC, a national service program for young adults, ages 18 to 24 years old.

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Children make pillowcases for emergency supplies at the Spokane Public Library’s South Hill branch. (Photo by Tyler Tjomsland /The Spokesman-Review)

Prepping Pillowcases for Emergencies (AmeriCorps)

Destiny Francia, 9, drew a crocodile on her pillowcase as a comfort item because that’s her favorite stuffed animal. Inside the pillowcase provided by the American Red Cross, Francia plans to store a water bottle and nonperishable foods with other supplies as a household emergency kit, in case her family ever faces a natural disaster causing a power outage or evacuation. Sophia Dwyer, 7, drew a water bottle while coloring with fabric markers, and she sketched other items she plans to pack in her kit. “This is a change of clothes,” Dwyer said, pointing to her art. “This is a paper and pen. I like to write.”

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