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Carter takes office as 25th Defense secretary

Posted February 20, 2015 by Cheryl Pellerin

Ash Carter became the 25th secretary of Defense Feb. 17, after having served previously as deputy defense secretary, defense acquisition chief and assistant secretary for global strategic affairs.

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Affordable Care Act will impact federal civilian employees

Posted October 4, 2013 by Gloria Kwizera

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas – Starting in January, all individuals must maintain minimum health care coverage for themselves and all dependents claimed on their federal tax return, or must qualify for an exemption. Those who do not will be charged a penalty beginning with their 2014 federal tax return. Under, the Patient Protection and…

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Guidelines outline political activities for military, DOD civilian personnel

Posted May 18, 2012 by by 95th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

With the start of the U.S. presidential election season upon the nation, the Air Force usually takes this time to remind its Airmen about what political activities are permissible for military members and federal civilian employees alike. While there may be guidelines that outline what constitutes a prohibited political activity, Air Force leaders along with…

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DOD electronic health records help VA disability claims

Posted February 14, 2014 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON – The Defense Department has made troops’ health records electronically available to the Veterans Affairs Department to speed up the adjudication of disability claims, a DOD health information technology official said. Now in place for service members who have separated or discharged from the military since Jan. 1, the Health Artifact and Image Management…

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Hagel to make furlough decision soon, press secretary says

Posted May 3, 2013 by Jim Garamone

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will make a decision soon on the scope of civilian furloughs in response to sequestration spending cuts, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said May 2. Hagel is reviewing analysis on the budget “and he’ll reach a decision in the near future,” Little told reporters. Little acknowledged news reports that some services…

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Pay dates increase for civilians in 2015

Posted February 27, 2015 by Janis El Shabazz

Civilian employees will have 27 pay dates in 2015 compared to the usual 26, so some employees might need to adjust their Thrift Savings Plan contribution elections to receive the maximum agency matching contributions for 2015. The Internal Revenue Code imposes a limit each year on the amount that an employee can contribute annually to…

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Hagel says national security assured during shutdown

Posted October 4, 2013 by Karen Parrish

SEOUL, South Korea The Defense Department and other government agencies responsible for national security will carry out their missions despite the government shutdown, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in Seoul, South Korea Oct. 1. The secretary, traveling in the Asia-Pacific this week for high-level meetings here and in Japan, sat down with reporters traveling with…

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Legal Assistance Tip: The Uniformed Services Former Spouses’ Protection Act

Posted July 13, 2012 by by Capt. Francisco Ochoa

We are often asked to clarify the rights of a former spouse to a portion of a member’s retirement pay after divorce. The answer is in the Uniformed Services Former Spouses’ Protection Act, which recognizes the right of state courts to distribute military retired pay to a former spouse and provides a method of enforcing…

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2014 QDR presumes future includes more risk, less money

Posted March 14, 2014 by Claudette Roulo

The 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review isn’t like previous reviews, a senior Defense Department official said March 10. Christine E. Wormuth, deputy undersecretary of defense for strategy, plans and force development spoke at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. The QDR is a congressionally mandated review of DOD strategy and priorities. It is intended to…

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Hagel announces fewer furlough days for DOD employees

Posted May 17, 2013 by Nick Simeone and Karen Parrish

After weeks of review, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has concluded budget cuts will require most of the department’s civilian employees to be furloughed beginning in July, but that because of other efforts to deal with the shortfall, only half of the 22 days originally envisioned as temporary layoffs will now be necessary. During a town…

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