Department of Defense

Washington Report (September 20, 2016) The Pentagon will pay for sex-change surgeries in military hospitals for currently serving troops if a patient’s physician considers it necessary and it is approved by senior military health officials. According to Military Times, the policy came to light... Read more
Washington Report (September 12, 2016) Attendees at the 138th General Conference &Exhibition in Baltimore heard from a distinguished parade of speakers even before a presidential candidate arrived. Here are some of the speakers and brief descriptions of their messages: Air Force Secretary... Read more
Washington Report (August 23, 2016) Two senators have asked the defense secretary to clarify how the Defense Suicide Prevention Office is addressing the suicide rate in the National Guard. In a letter to Defense Secretary Ash Carter, Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., and Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, note that... Read more
Washington Report (July 5, 2016) Fifteen employers will receive the 2016 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest honor the Defense Department gives to employers for support of National Guard and Reserve employees. The 2016 recipients of the award were selected from 2,424... Read more
Washington Report (June 14, 2016) Defense Secretary Ash Carter would like to sidestep the "up-or-out" method of military promotions, saying it has been "highly successful" but has flaws. He is pushing for a promotion system based on merit, according to an article in Politico, a publication that... Read more
Washington Report (June 7, 2016) Defense Department officials announced last week the launch of the "Leader Course," a tool designed to educate service senior leaders and financial advisors about the new Blended Retirement System (BRS) that goes into effect, Jan. 1, 2018, according to a Pentagon... Read more
Washington Report (May 17, 2016) Legislation supported by NGAUS would allow reserve-component members to make the full allowable contributions to their Thrift Savings Plan in the military without affecting the amount they put in a 401(k) plan in their civilian job. The Servicemember Retirement... Read more
Washington Report (May 10, 2016) The military received 6,083 reports of sexual assaults last year, according to a Pentagon report released last week. That means about four in every 1,000 service members will report an act of sexual assault in a given year, a ratio about the same as in 2014. The... Read more
Washington Report (May 10, 2016) Thirty employers nominated by their National Guard and Reserve employees are finalists for the 2016 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The award has been given annually since 1996 by Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Defense Department... Read more
Washington Report (May 3, 2016) Financial experts are telling the Pentagon that the reformed military retirement plan would shortchange career service members, especially those in the enlisted ranks, according to a report this week from Military Times. While National Guard members continue to wait... Read more