WASHINGTON, Dec. 19, 2012 – Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has ordered a review of hiring practices at Defense Department child development centers.
Army officials yesterday announced an immediate investigation into hiring procedures at its child development centers nationwide after identifying potential problems with security background investigations for some CDC employees at Fort Myer, Va.
"Secretary Panetta fully supports this review by the Army and has directed each of the services to conduct a similar review of hiring practices at all DOD child development centers," Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.
In ordering the review, Panetta emphasized the importance of safety.
“Military children are precious members of our DOD family,” he said. “As a department, protecting our service members and their families is paramount. That includes doing everything we can to provide for the safety of children attending CDCs throughout the department, and ensuring they are provided with the highest-quality care by dedicated professionals.
“We owe nothing less to the members of our DOD family who have sacrificed so much for this department and this nation," he added. read more>>>