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Double-dip retirement measure may become law

September 25, 2002 A little-known pay measure, set to become law, could turn into a budget-busting problem for the Defense Department, officials said. At issue is "concurrent receipt." If enacted, the legislation may cost DoD around $58 billion extra over the next decade. Concurrent receipt is sometimes called "double dipping." Since the 1890s, ...

Defense employees to move back into blasted area of the Pentagon

July 30, 2002 Less than a year after a hijacked airliner crashed into the Pentagon, the first tenants of the destroyed area will move back in, Defense officials said Monday. As befitting their tradition, a Marine Corps office will move back into the E-ring office it occupied before Sept. 11, said Rachel Decker, ...

Pentagon seeking ideas for Sept. 11 memorial

June 11, 2002 Defense Department officials announced a competition Tuesday to choose a design for a memorial to honor those killed in the Pentagon terror attack nine months ago. Shortly after the Sept. 11 attack, Congress authorized a memorial to those killed. The Army Corps of Engineers is in charge of the competition. ...

Hundreds of thousands of service members sign up for TSP

April 26, 2002 The first open season for service members to sign up for the Thrift Savings Plan was a huge success, Defense officials said Friday. The open season ran from Nov. 15 through Jan. 31, and more than 220,000 active and reserve component service members enrolled in the program. The next open ...

Defense issues contract to fix financial systems

April 11, 2002 The Defense Department on Wednesday signed a contract to fundamentally transform the way the department manages its finances. Pentagon officials chose an IBM-led team to develop a department-wide financial management enterprise architecture. The team will try to take more than 1,000 individual "feeder" systems and replace them with a more ...

Rumsfeld says best way to thank troops is to fund budget

February 14, 2002 Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld urged Congress to fully fund the Defense Department's fiscal 2003 budget request in testimony before the House Appropriations Committee's defense subcommittee Thursday. Rumsfeld told the representatives that the men and women in uniform "are voluntarily risking their lives in dangerous corners of the world to defend ...

All Pentagon workers to receive training in responding to biochemical attacks

February 8, 2002 All military and civilian personnel assigned to the Pentagon reservation will receive training in what to do in the event of a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear attack, officials said Friday. The Pentagon reservation includes the five-sided building itself, the nearby Navy Annex and 90 other buildings leased by Washington ...

Pentagon attack victims' families get financial assistance

January 3, 2002 Various groups have stepped in to provide millions of dollars in financial support for the families of the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon. In one example, at a Dec. 27 Pentagon ceremony representatives of the United Association of Plumbers, Pipefitters and Sprinklerfitters donated a $250,000 ...

Sixty years later, Pearl Harbor vet remembers day of infamy

December 7, 2001 On Dec. 7, 1941, the world changed. American service members based in Hawaii saw that seminal moment in history, and those alive today still vividly remember that Sunday morning 60 years ago. George Phraner was a petty officer first class aboard the battleship USS Arizona. His battle station was a ...

Pentagon expands danger and hardship pay zones

November 5, 2001 The Defense Department has expanded the areas in which service members are eligible for imminent danger pay and hardship duty pay. Charles Abell, assistant defense secretary for force management policy, sent two memos to the services that add a number of countries and adjacent seas to the imminent danger areas. ...