Navy releases guidance on potential furloughs for civilian employees


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Navy releases guidance on potential furloughs for civilian employees

Posted by Josh Hicks on February 20, 2013 at 6:00 am

The Department of the Navy on Tuesday released talking points to help its senior leaders explain the furloughs that will impact civilian employees if Congress remains deadlocked over budget matters.

To review, the government faces automatic spending cuts known as sequestration if lawmakers fail to reach a deficit-reduction deal by March 1. After that, Congress has to come up with a new budget before the existing temporary spending plan expires on March 27 in order to avoid a shutdown.

The Navy’s memo provides insight into what other military departments are likely to say about these matters in coming days. Continue reading “Navy releases guidance on potential furloughs for civilian employees”

Feds anticipate the worst as spending cuts loom

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Most federal workers believe their agency will have to furlough employees if sequestration happens and remains in effect, according to a poll of Government Executive readers.

Nearly 70 percent of more than 4,000 respondents expected furloughs as a result of the automatic, across-the-board spending cuts — despite the fact that the Office of Management and Budget has said they are a last resort. Thirty-eight percent said they believed they would be furloughed, while 35 percent considered it a possibility, and 27 percent did not think they would be affected. If Congress does not act to further delay or reverse sequestration, it will go into effect on March 1. Continue reading “Feds anticipate the worst as spending cuts loom”

AP: Sequestration means mass furloughs in April

AP: Sequestration means mass furloughs in April

Jan. 25, 2013 – 03:57PM   |
By STEPHEN LOSEY   |   Comments

The Pentagon is planning to furlough hundreds of thousands of civilian employees beginning in April if a deal is not struck to avert sequestration, according to an Associated Press report.

The AP said that Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter told reporters Friday that if sequestration’s budget cuts go into effect as scheduled on March 1, employees will be furloughed one day per week between April and Sept. 30, the end of fiscal 2013. The AP reported that Carter said the furloughs would likely save $5 billion.

The Army also on Jan. 22 officially froze civilian hiring and ordered managers to lay off temporary employees and let term employees’ appointments lapse once they expire. Thomas Lamont, the Army’s assistant secretary for manpower and reserve affairs, said in a memo that day that the Army may not extend any job offers. Firm job offers extended before Jan. 22 will be honored as long as an entry-on-duty date had been set. Continue reading “AP: Sequestration means mass furloughs in April”

Employees, unions get further details on furloughs

Employees, unions get further details on furloughs

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The Obama administration reached out to federal labor unions Friday to provide more detailed information about potential employee furloughs in the event the budget sequestration process unfolds, and the Office of Personnel Management posted answers to common questions about how the furlough process would work in practice.

In a posting on its website Friday, the National Treasury Employees Union said it had participated in a call with Obama administration  officials earlier in the day in which the officials indicated they have had further discussions with agencies about the potential sequester and “the need to engage with their unions before taking any personnel actions such as furloughs.” Continue reading “Employees, unions get further details on furloughs”

Federal worker Q&A guide to the fiscal cliff: Ten answers on jobs, cuts and more

Federal worker Q&A guide to the fiscal cliff: Ten answers on jobs, cuts and more

Posted by Eric Yoder on December 12, 2012 at 6:00 am

Federal employees have a major stake in the debate over whether, and how, the government should back away from the “fiscal cliff” and potential for automatic “sequestration” cuts to programs starting in January.

Agencies have begun making plans for a sequester that could include steps such as hiring freezes, unpaid furloughs and even layoffs. However, the exact impact remains unknown.

Meanwhile various proposals to avoid the sequester are circulating, including some that would protect federal employees and others that would affect federal jobs, pay and benefits.

Following are 10 key questions employees are asking, and the answers as best as they can be determined at this point. Continue reading “Federal worker Q&A guide to the fiscal cliff: Ten answers on jobs, cuts and more”

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