Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Statement on Veteran Bonuses
WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) issued the following statement on the Department of Defense's demand for our veterans to repay their bonuses:
"When those Californians answered the call to duty they earned more from us than bureaucratic bungling and false promises. The House has already taken steps to fix this kind of injustice in the future. Now, the Pentagon should immediately suspend efforts to recover these overpayments, so Congress has time to complete the work we began in May to protect service members from lifelong liability for DOD's mistakes."
Section 642 of the FY 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, which passed the House on May 18, would establish a statute of limitations on the military's ability to recover future overpayments and would scrutinize the Defense Finance and Accounting Service’s management of existing cases of service member debt. Section 642 is an important first step toward establishing a common standard for correcting accounting errors that applies equally to both the Department of Defense and the individual service member.Type your blog entry here.