A History of Pay Troubles

By Elizabeth Bennett  |  Posted 2006-05-06 Email Print this article Print

Soldiers back from combat see their salary docked or withheld, as the Army strives to update its payroll and personnel systems.

A History of Pay Troubles

Military leadership has been trying, with limited success, to fix the Army's pay problems for more than a decade.

Early 1990s
The Army's Department of Finance and Accounting adopts custom pay processing application from Air Force system developed in the 1970s.

A Department of Defense Task Force on Military Personnel Information Management recommends that the Department of Defense develop a single integrated military personnel and pay system for all military services.

PeopleSoft selected as the foundation software application for a single unified payroll and personnel system, called the Defense Integrated Military Human Resources System (DIMHRS).

Army Reserve implements new Web-based system to replace five existing DOS-based personnel systems that are not Year 2000-compliant. The system has limited integration with the Army Reserve payroll system and no new functionality.

Reservists mobilized by the tens of thousands to assist with military operations in Afghanistan. Mobilization orders have to be keyed in by hand to the Reserve pay system.

Northrop Grumman selected as systems integrator to unify the Department of Defense's personnel and payroll system with a $281 million contract.

GAO report details significant pay problems experienced by Reserve soldiers mobilized for active duty.
Reserve automates mobilization process for reservists called up to active duty.

GAO report details pay problems experienced by injured Army National Guard and Reserve soldiers.
Army audit estimates 5,500 soldiers wounded in action experienced some type of pay problem.

Unified personnel and payroll system project put on hold in January while business requirements are reevaluated. Work resumes in

GAO publishes report detailing the pay struggles of battle-injured soldiers.

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Elizabeth has been writing and reporting at Baselinesince its inaugural issue. Most recently, Liz helped Fortune 500 companies with their online strategies as a customer experience analyst at Creative Good. Prior to that, she worked in the organization practice at McKinsey & Co. She holds a B.A. from Vassar College.

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