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DFAS suspends VSI/SSB recoupment

Posted 6/24/2009   Updated 6/24/2009 Email story   Print story


by Defense Finance and Accounting Service

6/24/2009 - INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Recoupment of military retirees' Voluntary Separation Incentive, Special Separation Benefit and separation payments by the Defense Finance and Accounting Service has been temporarily suspended pending a formal policy and legal review by the Department of Defense.

According to DFAS officials, the suspension of recoupment actions is being taken for military retirees in an active pay status effective for the May retired pay entitlements. Military retired pay for these members received on June 1, will not be reduced by any recoupment amounts.

VSI, SSB and certain other separation payments, such as severance pay, were offered to active duty military members in an effort to reduce manpower in certain career fields, primarily during the 1990s. Those receiving these payments were also required to maintain an affiliation with the Ready Reserve of a military Reserve component. Provisions of these programs also included repayment should an individual remain with the Ready Reserve and earn status as a military retiree

The federal statutes governing these programs do not allow the Department of Defense or DFAS to alter repayment ratios or provide alternative repayment plans for these military retirees regardless of the financial hardships a retiree many be experiencing.

The policy and legal review will allow DoD and DFAS to determine what options, if any, may be available to allow DoD to meet its statutory responsibilities while providing relief to military retirees impacted by recoupment actions. 

Letters to military retirees in a SSB, VSI and Separation Payment recoupment status will soon be mailed advising them of the suspension of recoupment payments. Upon completion of the review, these members will receive a letter prior to recommencement of repayment reductions to their retired pay advising them of the review conclusions. 

To view a sample of the letter being sent to military retirees affected by this action, click here.

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