Davis Statement on Pentagon Reclaiming Overpayments to Service Members
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) released the following statement after the Department of Defense (DoD) announced it would halt the collection of overpayments mistakenly made to soldiers. Davis was among several members of Congress who put public pressure on the department to stop this practice immediately.
“The decision to do this in the first place was completely unacceptable,” said Davis. “It’s a perfect example of bureaucracy acting without any regard to the real-world impact it may have. Some of these overpayments were made more than ten years ago but now soldiers - many of whom served multiple combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan - are being forced to go into debt to fix the DoD’s mistake. I’m glad the DoD has halted this practice but we need to fix this issue permanently by having the House-passed NDAA signed into law.”
Section 642 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that passed the House on May 18, will establish a statute of limitations on the military recovering future overpayments and scrutinize the Defense Finance and Accounting Service’s management of existing cases of service member debt. However, the president has threatened to veto this bill.
Additionally, Davis plans to lead a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting an investigation about why these overpayments are occurring and what can be done to prevent them.
Background: Over the weekend, the Los Angeles Times reported more than 10,000 soldiers being asked by the DoD to return overpayments in re-enlistment bonuses and education benefits made to them nearly a decade ago.