Federal Accounting Center In Cleveland To Add Jobs

CLEVELAND (AP) - A military payroll center that Cleveland was in jeopardy of losing three years ago could double in size.

Republican Congressman Steve LaTourette said Thursday that the Defense Finance and Accounting Services office is expected to grow from 1,000 to 2,000 employees by 2011. The office handles payroll, pension and benefits processing for the Pentagon.

LaTourette also says an accounting office in Columbus should expand from 2,000 jobs to 2,600.

In 2005, the Pentagon examined ways to consolidate its military bases and offices and initial projections showed the Cleveland payroll center to be too expensive.

Efforts led by LaTourette and local leaders convinced the government that its projections were faulty.