Don’t Furlough Forest Fire Victims, Colo. Lawmaker Says

Don’t Furlough Forest Fire Victims, Colo. Lawmaker Says

Soldiers from the 1157th Engineer Firefighter Company, Colorado National Guard, smother hot spots near Colorado Springs.
Soldiers from the 1157th Engineer Firefighter Company, Colorado National Guard, smother hot spots near Colorado Springs. Colorado National Guard

A Colorado lawmaker is asking Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to exempt civilians impacted by forest fires in Colorado from planned 11-day furloughs beginning in July.

In a June 18 letter, Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., said that many members of the military and Colorado National Guard had “made a huge contribution to fighting the fire.” He added that help should also be directed toward civilians who were “directly impacted” by the fire in Black Forest, Colo. Lamborn cited the furlough exceptions the Air Force granted civilians hit by the recent tornados in Oklahoma. Continue reading “Don’t Furlough Forest Fire Victims, Colo. Lawmaker Says”

Defense Begins Delivering Furlough Notices

Defense Begins Delivering Furlough Notices

An aerial view of the Pentagon.
An aerial view of the Pentagon. Defense Department file photo

Defense Department civilians on Tuesday began to receive furlough notices informing them of mandatory unpaid days off beginning in early July and running through the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30.

The notices will be followed by a seven-day response period, during which employees can reply to officials regarding the proposed furloughs. A Defense spokeswoman told Government Executive that the notices were hand-delivered by supervisors “to the greatest extent possible,” but that mail and email would be used as possible options as well. She said furlough notices would be delivered to employees through June 5. Continue reading “Defense Begins Delivering Furlough Notices”