Personnel & Benefits

Washington Report (February 24, 2015) Mistakes involving claims payments that are too high or too low are being missed by the TRICARE audit system, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office. The report was the subject of an article in Stars and Stripes last week. According to... Read more
Washington Report (February 18, 2015) The head of the Department of Veterans Affairs wants flexibility in how he can use $10 billion marked for the Choice Card program, which allows qualified veterans to seek health care from providers outside the VA. Secretary Robert McDonald said only 27,000... Read more
Washington Report (February 18, 2015) The Department of Veterans Affairs has hundreds of facilities that are underutilized or not being used at all, the VA secretary told lawmakers last week, and he wants to close them. Secretary Robert McDonald told the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs that... Read more
Washington Report (February 18, 2015) As tax season begins, Defense Department officials want to remind TRICARE beneficiaries of changes in the tax laws, which require all Americans to have health insurance or potentially pay a tax penalty. For the first time since the Affordable Care Act passed in... Read more
Washington Report (February 10, 2015) A commission's recommendation that TRICARE be abolished in favor of a system that offers more choice was questioned last week by Democrats on the House Armed Services Committee. The Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission included the... Read more
Washington Report (February 10, 2015) The two senators from New Hampshire have asked the president to protect a new program that allows veterans to receive health care outside the Department of Veterans Affairs. The budget unveiled last week by President Barack Obama permits the VA to take money... Read more
The National Guard continues to have the highest reported rate of suicides in the military.   The 2013 Defense Department Suicide Event Annual Report released last month said that rates of suicides for the National Guard and Reserve components were 28.9 and 23.4 per 100,000, respectively. And due... Read more
Washington Report (February 3, 2015) The Army National Guard would shrink by more than 8,000 soldiers under the fiscal 2016 budget released Monday by the White House. But the Air National Guard would gain 500 members. And those soldiers and airmen, along with all other military members and federal... Read more
Washington Report (February 3, 2015) The Department of Veterans Affairs wants to take money out of a new program designed to give veterans options for health care outside of the VA. The Veterans Choice program was created during the last Congress and funded with $10 billion. But the VA says... Read more
WASHINGTON (February 2, 2015) ― The National Guard Association of the United States today released the following statement by retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett, the NGAUS president. “National Guardsmen nationwide applaud the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission for providing... Read more

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