Patience Wearing Thin Among Those Most Affected by Shutdown

Patience Wearing Thin Among Those Most Affected by Shutdown

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Double Whammy

Carl Triplett, an IT management analyst at the U.S. Department of Transportation, has the dubious distinction of being doubly impacted by the government shutdown. Not only has Triplett been furloughed, but Carolina Q, the food-truck business he co-owns with his partner, has lost some of its customer base.

For Triplett, the primary problem is the uncertainty of when the shutdown will end. “Going without one or two paychecks might not be that bad,” he says, “but when you have no end in sight,” it is cause for concern. Even the promise of at least partial back pay is cold comfort, as there is no set return date, and thus employees have no idea when to expect payment.

“I can’t write an IOU to my car payments, apartment, and credit cards,” he noted.

The barbecue business has suffered as furloughed workers remain home, or at least reduce their spending. Triplett had already noticed a downturn during September—one he attributed to the end of summer vacations and the costs associated with children’s return to school—but the effect of the shutdown has been immediate and severe. Continue reading “Patience Wearing Thin Among Those Most Affected by Shutdown”

Furlough Friday Follows July 4 Holiday

Furlough Friday Follows July 4 Holiday

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Thousands of federal employees will have a four-day weekend for the July 4 holiday.

The Environmental Protection Agency, Housing and Urban Development Department and Internal Revenue Service will remain closed on Friday, July 5, to meet budget demands imposed by sequestration. The “majority” of employees at the Office of Management and Budget also will be on furlough this Friday, according to an agency spokeswoman. Continue reading “Furlough Friday Follows July 4 Holiday”

EPA Trims Furloughs by Three Days

EPA Trims Furloughs by Three Days

EPA Acting Administrator, Bob Perciasepe
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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”

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”

Russell E. Train, Conservationist Who Helped Create the E.P.A., Dies at 92

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Russell E. Train, Conservationist Who Helped Create the E.P.A., Dies at 92

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Published: September 17, 2012

Russell E. Train, a renowned conservationist who played a central role in the creation of groundbreaking laws and effective enforcement in response to rising concerns about environmental protection in America, died on Monday at his farm in Bozman, Md. He was 92.

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Russell E. Train was E.P.A. administrator from 1973 to 1977.

 His death was announced by Carter Roberts, the president of the World Wildlife Fund, which Mr. Train helped transform into a global force for conservation.

From 1969 to 1977, as Richard M. Nixon’s first chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality and then as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency under Gerald R. Ford, Mr. Train was among a select group of senior administration officials and Congressional leaders who shaped the world’s first comprehensive program for scrubbing the skies and waters of pollution, ensuring the survival of ecologically significant plants and animals, and safeguarding citizens from exposure to toxic chemicals.

Mr. Train was widely considered the father of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, the cornerstone of all modern federal environmental legislation. Its signature provision was the look-before-you-leap requirement for federal agencies to prepare environmental impact statements before proceeding with any major project. Continue reading “Russell E. Train, Conservationist Who Helped Create the E.P.A., Dies at 92”