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Working at the DoD

As the single largest employer on the planet, with more than 3 million employees and responsibility for more than one half of the entire federal budget, the Department of Defense is a prime target of any exiting service member who wishes to continue to use their talents to defend our country. The role of the Department of Defense is to oversee agencies responsible for national security and armed forces, which means it holds opportunity for a wide variety of people. It is, according to their own reports, the largest employer...

Role of Employee Performance in RIF Decisions Would Change Under New House Plan

Under the annual DoD authorization bill up for vote in the House Armed Services Committee, the DoD would be instructed to put employees’ performance above other factors such as longevity in RIFs. The “chairman’s mark,” a starting document for voting on the bill, criticizes the Pentagon for not making reductions its civilian federal workforce—as well as in its contractor workforce–equivalent to the reductions in military personnel. The DoD would be required to “consider performance...

DoD Stands Against Another Round of Base Closings

The Pentagon has a new proposal for another round of base realignments and closings. These typically result in the loss or relocation of many thousands of civilian DoD employee jobs. The House Armed Services Committee has announced its plans to vote to reject the measure. The DoD has said that if its proposal to form another "BRAC" commission is rejected again, it would look into other ways of shuttering facilities, estimating that it already has around 25 percent excess capacity. The new commission would not take effect...

CFPB orders return of finance fees to military service members

The Defense Department and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced a settlement in an enforcement action involving faulty auto loans that will result in financial institutions paying refunds to about 50,000 military service members. The CFPB ordered U.S. Bank and one of its nonbank partners, Dealers Financial Services, to return about $6.5 million to service members, according to CFPB Director Richard Cordray. The two companies created MILES — the Military Installment Loans and Educational Services...

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