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More than 80,000 Defense Department employees and contractors with security clearance owe back taxes, a June 28 Government Accountability Office report says. GAO found that about 83,000 DoD employees and contractors who held or were determined eligible for secret, top secret, or sensitive compartmented information clearances had unpaid federal tax debt totaling more than $730 million as of June 30, 2012, the report says.

DoD reported to GAO that about 3.2 million civilian and military employees and contractors held or were approved for clearances from Jan. 1, 2006, to Dec. 31, 2011, the timeframe GAO used for the review. More than 5.1 million federal employees--both civilian and military--and contractors held a security clearance as of October 2013, GAO says.

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Curacao Island

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In 1999, the U.S. Department of Defense, installed a Forward operating Location in the former Netherland Antilles (Aruba and Curacao) in a effort to replace the U.S. Howard Air Force Base in Panama after closure. The U.S. Air Force estimated infrastructure investment in Aruba ($10.3 million) and Curacao ($43.9 million).

Base operations and maintenance are being contracted to private companies and the U.S. has negotiated arrangements to use airfields in Central America, the Caribbean, and South America, to replace the base in Panama. DOD is moving to shift much of the operation and maintenance of its military bases to private, for-profit contractors. For example, the Air Force contracted the operation of its Manta base to Dyncorp, and even “host-nation riders” who accompany military flights over Colombia are “outsourced” to a private U.S. military contractor.

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Throughout our nations history many civilians have served the US government in war zones. During this service civilians have faced the same dangers as uniformed veterans. However, upon returning home, these civilians have not always received the support and care they need and deserve.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) are increasingly prevalent among returning Civilian Veterans due to the types of service they are asked to perform - similar to their Uniformed Service Member counterparts. These injuries can take months or years to become apparent after time spent in a war zone. Many injuries, including TBI, lung ailments and cancers that are caused by exposure to certain war zone conditions may take years to manifest. 

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More and more civilian contractors are moving to Abu Dhabi in search of the same tax-free wealth, less the constant commercial frenzy, found in nearby Dubai. Once a desert outpost dependent on pearling and palm gardening, the city and surrounds has grown tremendously in the last decade and has now emerged as an attractive destination luring foreigners from around the globe.

Civilian contractors work on Al Dhafra - Air Base, a military installation in the United Arab Emirates. The base is located approximately 20 mi. south of Abu Dhabi and is operated by the United Arab Emirates Air Force. Life in Abu Dhabi tends to unravel at a slower pace than in Dubai, and the city is often characterised as being more family-friendly and better suited for those looking to settle down and stay awhile.

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Professional Overseas Contractors - Security Clearances

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Edward Snowden revealed to the world the startling breadth of the National Security Agency’s surveillance efforts, but his story also highlighted another facet of today’s intelligence world: the increasingly privatized national security sector, in which a high school dropout could bring in six figures while gaining access to state secrets.

Over the last decade, firms like Booz Allen Hamilton, where Snowden worked for three months, have gobbled up nearly 60 cents out of every dollar the government spends on intelligence. A majority of top-secret security clearances now goes to private contractors who provide services to the government.

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Working in Qatar at Al Udeid Air Base

Post Date: July 1, 2014 | Category: General Information

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Qatar is a sovereign Arab emirate, located in Western Asia, occupying the small Qatar Peninsula on the northeasterly coast of the much larger Arabian Peninsula. Its sole land border is with Saudi Arabia to the south, with the rest of its territory surrounded by the Persian Gulf. A strait in the Persian Gulf separates Qatar from the nearby island kingdom of Bahrain.

Qatar has the world's third largest natural gas reserves and oil reserves in excess of 25 billion barrels which has fueled Qatar to become world's richest country per capita and achieve the highest human development in the Arab World and the 36th highest globally; furthermore, it is recognized as a high income economy by the World Bank and also the 19th most peaceful country in the world.

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As the Justice Department winds down its eight-year crusade against Swiss banks selling offshore tax-dodging services to wealthy Americans, the Internal Revenue Service is offering its own parting gift: softer penalties for taxpayers who come out of the woodwork to disclose their secret accounts. Call it the advent of the “I was clueless” defense.

The IRS announced last week it would ease the financial and legal pain for the estimated 6 million expatriate Americans who live and work abroad, many of whom don’t know that they must pay U.S. taxes on their foreign income. People who come forward under an amnesty program to disclose their foreign accounts and settle their U.S. tax bills won’t be charged any penalties and will simply owe back taxes and interest. Previously, they would have owed a penalty of 27.5 percent, computed as a percentage of each undisclosed foreign account.

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To out distance your job-seeking competitors, follow this best practice... before writing your resume. Make a list of 10-15 (or more) mutual good-fit employers to target.

Do research on them to determine what makes you uniquely qualified to help them meet their current challenges, for market intelligence, and to uncover relevant keywords and phrases. Use this information to create content for your personal brand messaging and career marketing materials (resume, biography, LinkedIn profile, etc.) that will resonate with those target employers.

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Civilian federal employees serving in combat zones would receive the same tax credit available to military personnel who work alongside them, under a new bipartisan bill.

The Combat Zone Tax Parity Act (H.R. 4621) aims to address a shortage of civilian workers staffing dangerous regions by extending a federal income tax break to those employees. Civilian employees who opt for hazardous overseas duty often perform important jobs in fields such as transportation, reconstruction and health care, but do not qualify for income tax exemptions on their base pay like active duty military personnel do. Most civilians working abroad in such areas are employees of the Defense and State departments, the intelligence community and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

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Getting a job with an overseas military contractor – a private military contractor, or PMC – isn’t difficult, if you have the necessary blend of training and experience. It also helps if you’re in top-flight physical condition and have a spotless police record. Duties and locations depend on the organization you choose to work for and the skills you bring to the job.

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