EPA Trims Furloughs by Three Days

EPA Trims Furloughs by Three Days

EPA Acting Administrator, Bob Perciasepe
EPA Acting Administrator, Bob Perciasepe EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency has cut three furlough days from the total its employees must take, according to an internal memo.

The change will go into effect during the second phase of unpaid leave — from June 16 through Sept. 30 — and will bring the total number of furlough days to slightly less than seven.

“We have worked hard to carefully and comprehensively review our resources and our priorities again, with a focus on minimizing furloughs,” acting Administrator Bob Perciasepe wrote in a memo to employees. Continue reading “EPA Trims Furloughs by Three Days”

Furlough Friday: 4 agencies closed for business

Get rate infoFurlough Friday: 4 agencies closed for business
By: Darren Samuelsohn
May 23, 2013 11:41 PM EDT

The Housing and Urban Development building is pictured. | John Shinkle/POLITICO

If four federal agencies closed their doors, would anyone notice?

This is no philosophical experiment Friday when, thanks to sequestration, the IRS, EPA, HUD and OMB turn a normal workday into an unpaid holiday for nearly all of their employees.

In all, about 115,000 people — roughly 5 percent of the federal workforce — won’t be on the clock for the day. Staffers for the Labor and Interior departments will also get an extra unpaid day for their Memorial Day weekend.

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It’s an important moment for Congress and the Obama administration as they continue to battle over mandatory budget cuts, that Democrats continue to warn will mean real consequences while most Republicans claim Democrats are just crying wolf. Continue reading “Furlough Friday: 4 agencies closed for business”

Furlough Friday: Unpaid day off for many in gov’t

Furlough Friday: Unpaid day off for many in gov’t

Posted: May 24, 2013 2:58 PM CST Updated: May 24, 2013 4:28 PM CST

 (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File). FILE - This March 22, 2013 file photo shows the exterior of the Internal Revenue Service building in Washington.

(AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File). FILE – This March 22, 2013 file photo shows the exterior of the Internal Revenue Service building in Washington.

By DONNA CASSATA
Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) – No one answered the tax-help hotline at the IRS on Friday. And you could forget about getting advice on avoiding foreclosures at the 80 Housing and Urban Development field offices nationwide.

It was “furlough Friday.” Roughly 5 percent of the federal workforce – 115,000 people at six major agencies – were told not to show up as the government dealt with the continuing effects of the sequester spending cuts.

The good news for many federal workers: a four-day Memorial Day weekend. The bad news: no pay for the day. Continue reading “Furlough Friday: Unpaid day off for many in gov’t”

Leaders fear sequester’s impact on recruitment, retention, service

Leaders fear sequester’s impact on recruitment, retention, service

May. 6, 2013 – 05:44PM   |
By STEPHEN LOSEY   |
Dan Tangherlini, acting head of the General Services Administration, says recruitment challenges will make it difficult for his agency to renew and revitalize its leadership ranks.Dan Tangherlini, acting head of the General Services Administration, says recruitment challenges will make it difficult for his agency to renew and revitalize its leadership ranks. (Thomas Brown/Federal Times)

The constant drumbeat of bad news and poor morale in the government is hurting recruitment and retention of mid- and upper-level employees at the General Services Administration, acting administrator Dan Tangherlini said Monday.

“We still have many, many more people who want to come work for us than we have [entry-level] opportunities,” Tangherlini said at a Public Service Recognition Week town hall sponsored by the Partnership for Public Service. “It’s really in midlevel retention, and mid- and upper-level recruitment, where we have people saying, ‘I’m not sure I want to make those sacrifices.’ ” Continue reading “Leaders fear sequester’s impact on recruitment, retention, service”

EPA Employees To Face Up To 13 Furlough Days

EPA Employees To Face Up To 13 Furlough Days

Posted: 03/04/2013 11:56 am EST  |  Updated: 03/04/2013 9:21 pm EST

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Employees across the federal government face furloughs due to sequestration. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — Employees at the Environmental Protection Agency may be forced to take unpaid leave for up to 13 days this year, as the federal government absorbs the $85 billion in sequestration budget cuts that went into effect on Friday.

Agency staff will begin to receive their furlough notices on Monday, according to a memo sent out to employees on Friday by Acting Administrator Bob Perciasepe.

“Earlier this week you learned the details of the furloughs — up to 13 days (104 hours) until the end of the fiscal year on September 30, 2013 — and our plan to review our budget status in June 2013 after the first phase of four furlough days (32 hours) to determine if there may be a way to reduce the number of furlough hours that would be required in the second phase,” Perciasepe wrote in the memo, provided to The Huffington Post by an EPA spokesperson. Continue reading “EPA Employees To Face Up To 13 Furlough Days”