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The Department of Defense (DoD) is charged with coordinating and supervising all agencies and functions of the government relating directly to national security and the United States armed forces. The mission of the Department of Defense is to provide the military forces needed to deter war and to protect the security of our country.

The Department of Defense is America's oldest and largest government agency -tracing its roots back to pre-Revolutionary times. Today, the Department is not only in charge of the military, but it also employs a civilian force of thousands. With over 1.4 million men and women on active duty, and 718,000 civilian personnel, DoD is the nation's largest employer. Another 1.1 million serve in the National Guard and Reserve forces. More than 2 million military retirees and their family members receive benefits.

Perhaps you are working for the DoD or interested in working for the DoD. Here is a forum to share your experience with the DoD.
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Vern267  
#1 Posted : Thursday, January 05, 2012 1:17:41 AM(UTC)
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Why is the actual pay we receive during the year not the same as the pay rate? Example, I am GS-09, Step 8, equates to $58516, but never have I received this amount in a year as per the W2. I know the last 2 weeks carry over to 2012, but my pay has been same for last 3 years, yet W2 for each year is different, varying from 219 to 519 less than the pay rate.

Fed1969  
#2 Posted : Thursday, January 05, 2012 1:48:11 AM(UTC)
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Your W-2 is based on 364 days which is 52 weeks or 2080 hours.  Your hourly rate is based on a 2087 hour year.
RetirednHappy  
#3 Posted : Thursday, January 05, 2012 1:58:03 AM(UTC)
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The 2087 hours is based on every 4th year being a leap year, like 2012. Therefore you should see an increased amount on your W-2 for 2012 (received in January 2013). Have a GOOD ONE!

Vern267  
#4 Posted : Thursday, January 05, 2012 11:31:17 PM(UTC)
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well, actually I retired at end of December. Surprise, got my VERA and my AL on the last paycheck, but they took 20% for taxes! Ouch!

Fed1969  
#5 Posted : Thursday, January 05, 2012 11:41:40 PM(UTC)
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Congratulation on your retirement.
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