By Claudette Roulo, American Forces Press Service On Jan. 1, 2013, service members can expect to see an average increase of about $60 in their 2013 basic allowance for housing. Subsistence rates will increase less than $4 per month. On Jan. 1, 2013, service members can expect to see an average increase of about $60 in their 2013 basic allowance for housing. Subsistence rates will increase less than $4 per month. WASHINGTON (AFPS Dec. 17, 2012) — On Jan. 1, service members can expect to see an average increase of about $60 in their 2013 basic allowance for housing, Cheryl Anne Woehr, the BAH program manager for DOD, said Dec. 13. Overall, rates went up an average of 3.8 percent, Woehr said. Rate increases were spread throughout the country. “There wasn’t any particular one region that was a big winner or a big loser this year,” she said. Service members in New York City will receive the largest increase this year, 14.7 percent on average, followed closely by Altus Air Force Base, Okla., which will see a 14.1 percent average increase. Rates for basic allowance for housing, or BAH, are set through annual reviews of market rents, utility costs and renter’s insurance rates, Woehr said. “We measure those in each location for various types of housing,” she said. The BAH program office surveys property managers to determine current rental...Read More
Month: December 2012
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Louis District began increasing releases from Carlyle Lake, Ill., Dec. 15, 2012, in support of safe navigation on the Mississippi River. Carlyle Lake is a multipurpose project located along the Kaskaskia River in Southern Illinois, providing flood damage reduction, recreation, water supply, downstream navigation and fish and wildlife conservation. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Louis District began increasing releases from Carlyle Lake, Ill., Dec. 15, 2012, in support of safe navigation on the Mississippi River. Carlyle Lake is a multipurpose project located along the Kaskaskia River in Southern Illinois, providing flood damage reduction, recreation, water supply, downstream navigation and fish and wildlife conservation. ST. LOUIS (Dec. 16, 2012) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Louis District began increasing releases from Carlyle Lake in Southwest Illinois, Dec. 15, in support of safe navigation on the Mississippi River. Water from the lake will help provide the depth necessary for river commerce to pass Thebes, Ill., where rock formations pose a risk to navigation at -5 feet and below on the St. Louis gage. Carlyle Lake is located on the Kaskaskia River system. Carlyle Lake is one of few Corps reservoirs able to significantly capture water above its seasonal pool level to support navigation during the current drought. Maj. Gen John Peabody, Mississippi Valley Division commander, authorized all the lakes on...Read More
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Pillar coral stand in the Upper Keys with blue-headed wrasse (yellow fish)Download here. (Credit: NOAA.) In compliance with a federal court ordered deadline, and consistent with existing international protections, NOAA Fisheries announced today that it is proposing Endangered Species Act (ESA) listings for 66 coral species, including 59 in the Pacific and seven in the Caribbean. This science-based proposal is more limited than the 2009 original petition that led to a settlement agreement and the court order. In order to ensure robust input, NOAA has been engaging the public since the process began three years ago. Before this proposed listing is finalized in late 2013, there will be a 90-day public comment period during which NOAA will hold 18 public meetings. Earlier this year, the President directed that any potential future designations of critical habitat carefully consider all public comments on relevant science and economic impact, including those that suggest methods for minimizing regulatory burdens. Therefore, any potential future critical habitat designation in connection with today’s proposed listing will include a full analysis of economic impact, including impact on jobs, and to the extent permitted by law, adopt the least burdensome means, including avoidance of unnecessary burdens and costs on states, tribes, localities, and the private sector of promoting compliance with the ESA. As this process moves forward, NOAA will work with stakeholders to minimize any potential impacts of...Read More
LANSING, Mich. ‒ Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation protecting the online privacy of Michiganders by prohibiting employers and educational institutions from asking applicants, employees and students for passwords and other account information used to access private internet and email accounts, including social networks like Facebook and Twitter. House Bill 5523, sponsored by state Rep. Aric Nesbitt, also penalizes educational institutions for dismissing or failing to admit a student who does not provide such details. “Cyber security is important to the reinvention of Michigan, and protecting the private internet accounts of residents is a part of that,” Snyder said. “Potential employees and students should be judged on their skills and abilities, not private online activity.” HB 5523 is now Public Act 478 of 2012. The governor also signed 20 other bills. Senate Bill 152, sponsored by state Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, revises existing law to require that video recordings of interrogations be made in certain criminal investigations regarding major felonies. It is now PA 479. SB 873, sponsored by state Sen. Jim Marleau, protects commercial truckers from unfair contracts that leave them open to damage to their equipment without being paid by those responsible. It is now PA 480. SB 933, sponsored by state Sen. Rick Jones, allows employers to not be responsible for paying for employee medical marijuana treatment. It is now PA 481. SB 972, sponsored by Hildenbrand, requires...Read More
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