The DoD's policy and instruction to the Forces mandates the return of DoD civilian appropriated fund employees back to CONUS after 5 years, with few exceptions.
However, many, many of these employees were never employed in the continental US (local hires) and therefore do not receive benefits averaging more than $50,000 per employee per year.
These employees are being non-extended in their overseas tours at 5 years and are then replaced with transfers from CONUS with the additional costly benefits.
By eliminating the cheaper overseas employee, this DoD practice is driving up the costs of overseas payroll by millions of dollars each year.
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