“Today the Department of the Army announced an immediate investigation into its hiring procedures at Army Child Development Centers (CDC) nationwide after identifying potential problems with security background investigations for a number of employees at the Fort Myer CDC.
“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.
“Secretary Panetta said the following: "Military children are precious members of our DoD family. 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.”