The Defense Department has asked Congress to standardize and improve benefits for federal civilian employees who are assigned to combat zones and other dangerous areas overseas.
“Civilians are becoming increasingly prominent in areas of armed conflict, leading reconstruction and stabilization operations that require a whole-of-government approach that unites uniformed and civilian personnel from DoD and other agencies,” the department said in making the request.
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