DFAS employees can be suspended, fired over credit scores

Lawmakers object to the policy

A contingent of Ohio lawmakers asked the Defense Finance and Accounting Service to temporarily shelve a policy which suspends or terminates employees who post low credit scores.

In a March 24 letter to DFAS Director Teresa McKay, Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, and three other members of the Ohio congressional delegation requested the agency hold off on a policy that has resulted in what the lawmakers called an “unjust suspension of employees.” The letter noted that longtime DFAS employees have been fired after a background check reported their low credit scores.

“While we agree that there may be compelling reasons to hold employees requiring security clearances to a more stringent code of personal conduct and financial standard,” the letter said, “the exclusive use of bad credit, for example, as ground for suspension or termination of employment raises questions of intent.”

Lawmakers also noted that DFAS, under DOD policy, should be doing more to help employees who are struggling from financial stress. The letter asked that DFAS withhold any such firings until Congress has a chance to review the policy.

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Reader comments

Wed, May 19, 2010

If the same policy was applied to Congressman how many of them would be soon on the streets? Also if your credit rating is 700+ does that mean your going to be promoted?

Thu, May 13, 2010 Washington, DC

This is crazy. The people that steal classified is usually WHITE MIDDLE AGED MEN!! Who I might add AREN'T ON THE LOW END OF SALARY TO BEGIN WITH EITHER!! R u Serious, because someone falls on difficult times for whatever reason...lets pull their clearance and possibly their job, but you haven't stolen anything but get fired.

Thu, Apr 29, 2010 trustingGOD Fort Meade, MD

I too lost my Secret clearance and have been removed from my position and placed in another area, with no computer. I have bad credit, true. So do those in Washington DC holding those GS-13 or higher positions. I don't have a foreclosure, and have never been convicted or jailed for anything. I'm just a little person being stomped on. Something needs to change. my 10 years plus 7 yrs Active Duty service don't count for nothing. But our government Educated an Officer who turned around and killed fellow soldiers like they were nothing. Bet he had great credit, and a Top Secret Clearance... go figure????

Wed, Apr 21, 2010 Happy to be X-FED CSRS - Retiree

Commit perjury & cost the GOVT $500+K, become an SES! Defraud the govt, and then hire your kids. Hand out contracts to your cronies (or direct your subordinates). Reward your lackeys with GS-14's. Credit score check are used to punish the "little folks".

Sat, Apr 17, 2010

A bad credit rating is why I am being threatened for losing my job soon. I can't get into any computer systems to do my job so they have treated me like total you know what....so they can and they do all the time...

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