The Pentagon has sent Congress its annual proposals for changes in policies affecting civilian employees—as well as on other matters—in advance of Congress producing the annual DoD authorization bill in the months ahead. That bill commonly has been the vehicle for changes in personnel policies at DoD, as well as in some cases provisions that apply government-wide. While at times that has included major changes such as the creation and later repeal of the NSPS alternative personnel system, the Pentagon’s request is limited this year mainly to extensions of several long-running special benefits. One of those allows payment of certain allowances and other payments to all federal employees assigned to combat zones or certain other areas, while another applies to certain employees of the Navy assigned to aircraft carriers. DoD also is seeking to extend certain special benefits to more employees working in intelligence functions.