Reimbursement for Furloughed FAA Workers?

Reimbursement for Furloughed FAA Workers?

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Furloughed employees at the Federal Aviation Administration might receive bonus vacation time, according to a statement from the agency and administration guidance.

Many FAA employees took furlough days the week of April 21, under agency orders to take an unpaid day off every two weeks through Sept. 30. Congress agreed on April 26, however, to shift funds around in FAA’s budget to ensure furloughs were no longer necessary. Continue reading “Reimbursement for Furloughed FAA Workers?”

Furlough Watch: Agency-by-Agency Impacts of Sequestration

Furlough Watch: Agency-by-Agency Impacts of Sequestration

 Air traffic controllers will be among those furloughed.
Air traffic controllers will be among those furloughed. Mike Stewart/AP file photo

This report has been updated. 

Across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration are having have serious implications for federal workers, as mandatory unpaid furloughs planned for hundreds of thousands of employees begin to take effect. We have compiled a list of possible agency-by-agency plans and effects. We will update the list as more information becomes available. Please use the comment section below to let us know if you have additional information about your agency.

Agriculture Department: The department will not need to furlough food safety inspectors, due to the continuing resolution bill signed March 26.  An email sent by a senior official on April 24 to employees at the Farm Service Agency said that the stop-gap funding bill passed by Congress would prevent furloughs at the agency. Still, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told a House panel on April 18 that budget cuts would mean a “high probability” of furloughs for employees the Rural Development division.

Air Force: The Washington Post reported that employees in combat zones, non-appropriated funds employees, and foreign nationals would be excepted from furloughs. The Post also said that further exceptions would be allowed for “safety of life or property.” An Air Force spokeswoman told Government Executive that all Air Force civilian police, security guards and firefighters would be subject to furlough “except at installations where the manning level is under 25 percent.” Continue reading “Furlough Watch: Agency-by-Agency Impacts of Sequestration”

Sequestration Furloughs Will Severely Delay Air Travel, Transportation Secretary Says

Sequestration Furloughs Will Severely Delay Air Travel, Transportation Secretary Says

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood briefs reporters regarding the sequester.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said furloughs from sequestration would cause severe air travel delays at airports throughout the country.

This story has been updated with additional comment.

Speaking to White House reporters on Friday, LaHood said across-the-board cuts from sequestration could result in 90-minute delays during peak travel times for flights to major cities — such as New York, Chicago and San Francisco – due to fewer air traffic controllers and shuttered control towers.

“This will be very painful for the flying public,” LaHood said. Continue reading “Sequestration Furloughs Will Severely Delay Air Travel, Transportation Secretary Says”