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DOD to improve voluntary education safeguards

Posted July 26, 2012 by Lisa Daniel

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department is nearing completion of an agreement with post-secondary schools to ensure service members have the best possible experience in continuing their education, a senior Pentagon official said today. The department will release later this summer a memorandum of understanding to be signed by colleges, universities and technical schools to make…

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Furlough raises questions on civilian leave, pay

Posted October 10, 2013 by Jim Garamone

WASHINGTON – Only those Defense Department civilians recalled from furlough under the Pay Our Military Act may take annual and sick leave, a Pentagon spokesman said here today. “Employees who remain on furlough are in a nonpay, nonduty status, so there is no leave to take,” Navy Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen explained. So a civilian…

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Inspector General Hotline gives DOD employees options

Posted September 11, 2014 by Jim Garamone

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — In an organization as large as the Defense Department, bad or outdated policies or regulations can remain in place, and sometimes there are bad actors. The DOD Inspector General operates a Hotline that has been instrumental in changing policies, uncovering fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement and in helping the government save money….

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If sequestration triggers, furloughs begin in late April

Posted February 28, 2013 by Jim Garamone

WASHINGTON (AFNS)  — If sequestration is triggered next week, unpaid furloughs for civilian Defense Department employees will start in late April, Pentagon officials said here today. Sequestration is a provision in budget law that will trigger major across-the-board spending cuts March 1 unless Congress agrees on an alternative. DOD Comptroller Robert F. Hale told reporters…

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Commissary scanning IDs

Posted December 19, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey

The Defense Commissary Agency has implemented a new policy requiring a Department of Defense ID card bar code be scanned in order to make purchases at all commissaries throughout the military. “The purpose of the scanning IDs is to positively identify authorized patrons for the commissary, just like the Department of the Air Force or…

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Thrift Savings Plan to offer new Roth option

Posted April 26, 2012 by Karen Parrish

WASHINGTON – Service members and Defense Department civilian employees who are eligible for the Thrift Savings Plan will soon have a new Roth option for retirement savings under the program, defense finance officials announced today. The change will allow participants to contribute after-tax dollars to the federal government-sponsored retirement savings and investment plan, according to…

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SecDef details ‘Plan B’ should sequestration continue

Posted July 18, 2013 by Jim Garamone

WASHINGTON (AFPS) – If sequestration continues into fiscal year 2014, the Defense Department will be forced to consider involuntary reductions-in-force for the civilian workforce, draconian cuts to military personnel accounts and a virtual halt to military modernization, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a letter to Senate leaders today. The senators had requested detailed information on how…

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DOD to take holistic view of slowing military compensation growth

Posted March 7, 2014 by Jim Garamone

The Defense Department can no longer put off slowing the growth of military personnel costs, and the fiscal year 2015 budget request DOD is recommending to the president begins that process, defense leaders said here today. Saying they are ready to take on the hard task of curbing growth in compensation, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel…

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Civilians contribute to Roth options

Posted July 26, 2012 by Kathryn Iapichino

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Department of Defense civilian employees eligible for the Thrift Savings Plan may begin to contribute to the Roth TSP. This new feature allows members to contribute on an after-tax basis and receive tax-free earnings when they withdraw funds from their TSP accounts. Air Force serviced civilians may make elections…

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Service members should start saving early for retirement

Posted October 17, 2013 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON (AFPS) — It’s never too soon to start saving for retirement, Barbara Thompson, the director of the Defense Department’s office of family policy/children and youth advised service members today. Enlistees as young as 18 might not be thinking about saving for retirement or the importance of their Thrift Savings Plan, but that’s when they…

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