The Pentagon has issued a policy advisory that appears to strike down an interpretation of the term “U.S. hire” long used by the U.S. Army to determine living quarters allowances for U.S. civilians hired to work overseas.
“This is total craziness. Whoever made this decision should be fired,” said Sgt. 1st Class Dennis Nickens, who is among a small, but potentially growing number, of soldiers who face the loss of a housing allowance and possible indebtedness.
In what could be a final chance to get the Defense Department to reinstate housing allowances to hundreds of overseas civilians poised to lose the benefit, a group of workers are en route to Capitol Hill, where they hope to galvanize support for their cause.
For more than a year, the military has wrangled over what to do about the millions of dollars in housing allowances mistakenly given to hundreds of civilian employees overseas. Unfortunately for Brooke Hamilton, mistakes still are being made.
The Defense Department cannot issue an across-the-board debt waiver or reinstate housing allowance payments to nearly 700 overseas civilian workers who were determined to be erroneously receiving the benefit, according to Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter.
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