Rep. Roybal-Allard Urges Pentagon to Protect CA Soldiers, Permanently End Recoupment of Bonus Overpayments
Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40) joined in sending a letter to Defense Secretary Ashton Carter regarding the Pentagon’s efforts to take back bonus overpayments that were made to California National Guard soldiers. Secretary Carter recently announced that the Pentagon will suspend these efforts. The letter, which is signed by more than 200 Members of Congress, urges Secretary Carter to waive these bonus recoupments in appropriate cases, and to inform Congress if he believes he does not possess the authority to waive these recoupments. In addition, the letter asks if a blanket waiver will be provided for all Service Members affected through no fault of their own by improperly paid bonuses. If no such waiver is planned, the letter asks that the secretary provide more information on the completed and ongoing recoupments so that Members of Congress can better understand the scope of the issue. Click here to read the letter.
“It is unconscionable that the brave California National Guard members who took enlistment bonuses in good faith are now faced with having to repay them, with interest,” said Congresswoman Roybal-Allard. “That is why I welcome Defense Secretary Ashton Carter's announcement that the Pentagon will suspend collection of these bonuses. However, suspension is a first step, not a last step. Our Guard members need permanent relief. Those who received these bonuses in good faith deserve to keep them. The Pentagon should take swift and final action to end its clawback of these bonuses for good, address any malfeasance surrounding the overpayment of these bonuses, and ensure that these overpayments never happen again. I look forward to fighting in Congress to press for that permanent action.”