Presidential Memo Addresses Services and Info for Veterans

Dominic Alhambra
November 14, 2016

The White House released a Presidential Memorandum last week detailing best practices for education and training institutions serving veterans, members of the military, and their families. With 200,000 service members annually transitioning to further education or careers, it is important to provide veterans with reliable information about high-quality postsecondary education.

The Memorandum establishes the Federal Interagency Working Group, which aims to coordinate and execute policy proposals to:

  • Develop a plan to establish data linkages across education and training agencies to measure veterans' education and employment outcomes
  • Enhance efforts on credentialing and licensing for service members
  • Implement evaluations of the most effective methods for career and education counseling
  • Expand apprenticeships and industry-recognized credentials within the military

The data linkage plan enables potential Post-9/11 GI Bill beneficiaries to view information about the career experiences of past participants before and after education programs; compare outcome information between beneficiaries and eligible non-participants; and increase the transparency of information about educational attainment, debt levels, and loan default rates, overall presenting a pathway to best utilize the Post-9/11 GI Bill for the benefit of service members and taxpayers.

The Working Group's focus on implementing military apprenticeship programs will strengthen the ability of service members to obtain skills and credentials during and after military service. These enhanced apprenticeship policies will transform the connections between military training and apprenticeship, education, and transition activities into industry-recognized credentials.

Within the next four months, the Working Group will fully establish a plan for the implementation of these policies.