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For federal employees at war, pay shouldn't be a worry
The Washington Post ^ | June 17, 2010 | Joe Davidson

Posted on 06/17/2010 5:07:14 AM PDT by Poundstone

When you think of Americans in war zones, don't stop with those wearing combat fatigues and carrying big guns.

Since 2001, more than 44,000 civilians have been deployed to dangerous places, notably Iraq and Afghanistan. But unlike those in uniform, who are linked by a common set of pay and benefits, the civilians work under a variety of standards that can cause confusion.

Having employees labor next to each other in the same hazardous situations, but with different wages and health coverage, can produce added stress at a time when no one needs it. The Obama administration is trying to straighten that out with legislation it sent to Capitol Hill this month.

John Berry, director of the Office of Personnel Management, wrote to Congress that his agency and the Defense and State departments developed the bill to "provide more uniformity and transparency to the pay and benefits for deployed civilian employees."

He praised the civilians who "are essential to the federal government's ability to meet its mission requirements in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other areas of armed conflict," while cautioning against their "disparate treatment."

The legislation would attempt to better coordinate that treatment, Berry added, by codifying the benefits civilians can receive while serving in a "designated zone of armed conflict."

Agency heads currently have temporary authority to allow their employees "allowances, benefits and gratuities similar to those provided by the Department of State for employees in combat zones," according to an administration analysis of the bill. The legislation would make that authority permanent.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: benefits; combat; employees; federal
Good news for fellow Federal Freepers. Benefits for serving in combat zones (such as danger and hardship pay differentials) will now be standardized throughout the federal government and follow the State Department's policy. Having served in Afghanistan last year, the extra pay bumps really helped out when I returned.
1 posted on 06/17/2010 5:07:14 AM PDT by Poundstone
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I agree, I have co-workers deployed. Good news for them.


2 posted on 06/17/2010 5:19:08 AM PDT by mom4melody
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