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Recent stories about LQA

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: January 25, 2014

DOD adjusting US job placement program for returning overseas workers

The Defense Department is adjusting its priority placement policy in hopes of eliminating a backlog of overseas civilian employees entitled to jobs on returning to the U.S.


USAFE to ask Air Force to forgive $4 million in housing overpayments

The command is compiling paperwork to submit to Air Staff for what’s called a group “remission of indebtedness” for all airmen affected, said Andy Coggins, chief of financial operations division for Headquarters USAFE-AFAFRICA.


GAO: Overseas housing benefits need more DOD oversight

The Defense Department needs to more carefully scrutinize who is entitled to overseas housing allowance to avoid repeating past mistakes that have cost more than $100 million in recent years, the Government Accountability Office says.


DOD explores changes to 5-year rule, LQA

The Defense Department is considering new limits to housing allowances for civilian employees as it reviews a benefit that costs the government about $500 million annually.


It's a matter of benefits vs. readiness, DOD official tells spouses, civilians

An already tough fiscal environment prompting proposed benefit cuts would get far worse if Congress does not repeal another round of sequestration in 2016, a top U.S. Defense Department official warned military spouses and civilians at town meetings.


Overseas military service costing some veterans their LQA

Like hundreds of Defense Department employees overseas, Stephen Fitzgerald is about to lose his housing allowance.


'A big slap in the face': Civilians losing LQA vent anger as cutoff nears

When the DOD determined last year that 659 overseas civilian employees, mainly in Europe and the Pacific, were receiving housing allowances in error — a contention refuted by the workers themselves — a one year LQA extension was provided to help employees plan for a future without the subsidy. That extension expires in early May.


DOD voids some debts in LQA dispute

The Defense Department will not impose new debts on nearly 700 overseas civilian workers who the department says received housing allowances “erroneously,” the Pentagon’s top personnel official said this week.


Congress asks for probe of DOD policies on overseas LQA

Members of the House Armed Services Committee are calling on the government’s investigative arm to assess the DOD's policies on overseas housing allowances and to determine whether those policies are in line with regulations.


YEAR IN REVIEW

LQA ruling wreaks havoc for DOD employees overseas

First, nearly 700 overseas Defense Department employees discovered in May that their local housing allowances would be cut off and that they would have to reimburse the Army for payments they had already received. DOD blamed bureaucratic errors for the snafu.


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