Military Pay during GOV SHUTDOWN?
Doctrine Man!! a popular web destination on Facebook for DoD policy and occasional nonsense asks: Translate this. Is DFAS reneging on military pay?
From the DFAS.mil website homepage as of 2013.10.05 10:00
During the government shutdown, the Department of Defense will have no legal authority to pay any personnel – military or civilian – for the days during which the government is shut down. The shutdown will not affect payments to retirees and annuitants as those funds come from a retirement trust fund. Below is the effect the government shutdown will have on active duty military, civilian personnel, retirees and annuitants, and DoD contractors.
Attention: We are aware the President has signed the “Pay Our Military Act.” We are awaiting further guidance from the Department of Defense to ensure we accurately implement all elements of the Act. We will update you with additional information as soon as possible. Thanks for your patience.
Military: Active, Reserve, and National Guard members will be paid on time for pay entitlements earned September 30 or earlier. Military members cannot be paid for duty performed after the expiration of the current CRA on September 30. Once another CRA or an appropriations act is signed into law, normal disbursement of military pay will resume.
Bill Golden, CEO of IntelligenceCareers.com, sez:
No, they are not reneging. They are making a simple statement of fact.
Yes, the troops will eventually get paid, and probably will get paid on time but … the U.S. government runs out of money o/a October 17th, 2013 per a letter from the Treasury to Congress … with or without there being a SHUTDOWN.
Based upon the taxes collected and expected within the pipeline, the U.S. GOV can pay only about 60% of all authorized expenditures that are on the books. So 40% of something will have to go unpaid.
Bombers, ships or paychecks? Social Security, interest payments on the national debt or ? Someone will need to send money.
The entire crux of the federal budget battle/government shutdown/national debt talks is that we have obligated far more debt than we can pay for.
Being authorized to pay something does not mean that it will be paid.
Sorry. It is what it is … and we have about 12 more days to find out what ‘it’ is …
I encourage you to contact your Congressman and Senator and ask: WTF?!
William “Bill” Golden