March 22, 2005


MEMORANDUM FOR SEE DISTRIBUTION
SUBJECT: Department of Defense (DoD) Student Loan Repayment Program



  1. The Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Civilian Personnel Policy has delegated authority to approve student loan repayments and reissued and updated the DoD Student Loan Repayment Plan to incorporate new monetary limitations on payments (Enclosure 1). The updated Plan also provides procedures for implementing new Nature of Action Code 817 and incorporates reporting and accountability requirements. For your convenience, a copy of DoD's sample service agreement is provided, updated to reflect the revised statutory limits on the amounts that may be paid by an agency (Enclosure 2). Examples of the types of student loans eligible for repayment are available on the Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.opm.gov/oca/PAY/StudentLoan/index.asp.
  2. Pursuant to personnel authorities delegated to my office, I delegate the authority to approve student loan repayments to Commanders of Major Army Commands and the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army. This authority may be further delegated to the lowest practicable level, but no lower than managers and supervisors, and officials managing centralized intern or training programs.
  3. The guidance in enclosure 1 will be used to execute the student loan repayment authority. Officials using the authority must ensure the student attended an accredited institution. The balance on eligible loans will be verified by documentation from the lender. To the extent this changes local bargaining unit employees' conditions of employment, activities should be reminded to meet their labor relations obligations prior to implementation.
  4. Department of the Army, Office of the Assistant Secretary (Manpower and Reserve Affairs) memorandum, 26 November 2001, subject: Guidance on Repayment of Student Loans, is hereby superseded.
  5. My point of contact is Richard Maitz, 703-325-6816, e-mail richard.maitz@us.army.mil.


//SIGNED//
MELINDA McMILLON DARBY
Assistant G-1 for Civilian Personnel
Policy


2 Encls
1. DUSD memo, 30 Sep 04
2. Service agreement





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ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT TO THE SECRETARY OF THE ARMY

COMMANDER
US ARMY EUROPE AND SEVENTH ARMY
EIGHTH US ARMY
US ARMY FORCES COMMAND
US ARMY MATERIEL COMMAND
US ARMY TRAINING AND DOCTRINE COMMAND
US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS
US ARMY PACIFIC
MILITARY SURFACE DEPLOYMENT AND DISTRIBUTION COMMAND
US ARMY CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION COMMAND
US ARMY MEDICAL COMMAND
US MILITARY ENTRANCE PROCESSING COMMAND
US ARMY SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND
US ARMY INTELLIGENCE AND SECURITY COMMAND
US ARMY SPACE AND MISSILE DEFENSE COMMAND

CF:
SUPERINTENDENT, US MILITARY ACADEMY

DIRECTOR
U.S.ARMY INSTALLATION MANAGEMENT AGENCY
CIVILIAN HUMAN RESOURCES AGENCY
CIVILIAN PERSONNEL EVALUATION AGENCY

OFFICE OF THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE ARMY (MANPOWER AND
RESERVE AFFAIRS), ATTN: MS. BEATTY
OFFICE OF THE GENERAL COUNSEL, ATTN: SAGC (MS. JOHNSON)
OFFICE OF THE JUDGE ADVOCATE GENERAL, ATTN: DAJA-LE (MS. NUGENT)