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The Department of Defense released today the 2014 Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) rates, which take effect Jan. 1, 2014. Overall rates will increase an average of five percent this year.
On average, BAH rates for members with dependents will increase approximately $79 per month and $76 for members without dependents. A typical mid-grade enlisted member with dependents, for example, will find his/her BAH about $79 per month higher than last year, while a typical junior officer without dependents will find his/her BAH about $76 higher than last year.
In areas where rates will decrease, the decrease will only apply to members newly reporting to those locations. Members are protected by individual rate protection which ensures that those already assigned to a given location will not see their BAH rate decrease, however, they will receive the increase if the rate goes up. This assures that members who have made long-term commitments in the form of a lease or contract are not penalized if the area’s housing costs decrease.
Three components are included in the BAH computation: median current market rent; average utilities (including electricity, heat, and water/sewer) and average renter’s insurance.
Total housing costs are calculated for six housing profiles (based on dwelling type and number of bedrooms) in each military housing area. BAH rates are then calculated for each pay grade, both with and without dependents. An estimated $20 billion will be paid to approximately one million service members in 2014.
For more information on BAH, visit https://www.defensetravel.dod.mil/site/bah.cfm.
B-52 Stratofortress deploying its drag chute while landing at Barksdale AFB in Bossier City, Louisiana, United States. Español: Un B-52 extendiendo sus paracaídas de frenada. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
DOD Identifies Air Force Casualty
The Department of Defense announced today the death of an airman who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
Tech. Sgt. Larry D. Bunn, 43, of Bossier City, La., died March 7 as a result of a non-combat incident at an undisclosed base in Southwest Asia. He was assigned to the 307th Maintenance Squadron, Barksdale Air Force Base, La.
For more information media may contact the Air Force 307th Bomb Wing Public Affairs Office at 318-529-3024.
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DOD Identifies Army Casualties
The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
They died Feb. 23, in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when their unit came under small arms fire. They were assigned to the 385th Military Police Battalion, 16th Military Police Brigade (Airborne), XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Stewart, Ga.
Sgt. Joshua A. Born, 25, of Niceville, Fla., and
Cpl. Timothy J. Conrad Jr., 22, of Roanoke, Va.
For more information media may contact the Fort Stewart public affairs office at 912-435-9879.
DOD Identifies Army Casualty
The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
Sgt. 1st Class Benjamin B. Wise, 34, of Little Rock, Ark., died Jan. 15 in Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, of injuries sustained on Jan. 9 in Balkh province, Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked his unit with small-arms fire. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.
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What is a “Miscellaneous Foreign Contractor”? To the Federal Government it is the opposite of transparency. This term allows a US Federal Agency to make a procurement without identifying the name of the supplier.
One of the largest procurements in the last decade to a Miscellaneous Foreign Contractor was:
Contract Number: BBGCON5007Q6299
The Government Buyer: BROADCASTING BOARD OF GOVERNORS
Date of the Contract: 10/25/2006
Total Moneys Obligated according to the original contract: $109,229,202.41
Description of Services: ENGINEERING AND TECHNICAL SERVICES
Like most large Government Procurements there were additional expenses added to this particular contract.
Total Obligated Funds for this Contract were: $159,601,263.65
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