Employees Will Find Out Their Shutdown Furlough Fate By the End of Friday

Employees Will Find Out Their Shutdown Furlough Fate By the End of Friday

The administration has not committed yet to supporting retroactive pay for furloughed employees, said J. David Cox Sr., president of the American Federation of Government Employees.
The administration has not committed yet to supporting retroactive pay for furloughed employees, said J. David Cox Sr., president of the American Federation of Government Employees. AFGE

Federal employees should know by the end of Friday whether they will be furloughed if the government shuts down on Oct. 1

The Obama administration has directed agencies to have supervisors informally notify employees whether they should report to work on Tuesday if the government closes because of a lapse in funding. Non-excepted employees will receive official furlough notices on Oct. 1, if necessary.

The Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Personnel Management also told agencies to post their shutdown plans online by Friday afternoon. If the government closes, roughly 800,000 federal civilian employees could be furloughed. Continue reading “Employees Will Find Out Their Shutdown Furlough Fate By the End of Friday”

Bill is Triple Whammy for Federal Employees

Bill is Triple Whammy for Federal Employees

By , About.com GuideMarch 14, 2013

Robert Longley

While the latest government spending “continuing resolution” just passed by the House would at least delay a government shutdown, it would also mean three more potential financial setbacks for some 1.8 million federal employees.

While the Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2013 (H.R. 933), would allow the government to keep on spending taxpayers’ money at the 2012 rate until Sept. 30, 2013, it also attempts to save some money by cancelling the 0.5% raise for federal employees set to start on March 27, extending their current pay freeze through the end of 2013 and confirming that they can legally be forced to take unpaid furloughs because of sequestration. Continue reading “Bill is Triple Whammy for Federal Employees”

Senate Bill Upholds Pay Freeze

Senate Bill Upholds Pay Freeze

Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md.
Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP File Photo

Federal employees will not receive an across-the-board pay increase for 2013 under the Senate bill to keep the government open through the end of the fiscal year.

The Senate Appropriations Committee late Monday night unveiled its continuing resolution to avoid a government shutdown after the current funding measure expires on March 27. It includes a provision, also in the House-passed CR, that maintains the current pay freeze for federal employees and lawmakers through Dec. 31, 2013. Continue reading “Senate Bill Upholds Pay Freeze”

House GOP Spending Plan Continues Sequester, Federal Pay Freeze

House GOP Spending Plan Continues Sequester, Federal Pay Freeze

J. Scott Applewhite/AP

A Republican lawmaker has included an extension to the federal pay freeze in a proposal to fund government and avoid a shutdown after March 27, when the current appropriations agreement runs out.

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky., maintained sequestration-level spending in the bill to fund government through Sept. 30, with exceptions for the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments, and several additional agencies and programs. Continue reading “House GOP Spending Plan Continues Sequester, Federal Pay Freeze”

Specter of Government Shutdown Looms as Sequester Arrives

Specter of Government Shutdown Looms as Sequester Arrives

President Barack Obama speaks to reporters following a meeting with congressional leaders regarding the automatic spending cuts.

President Obama and congressional leaders on Friday appeared to make no progress on avoiding the launch of the sequester, as attention now turns toward preventing a government shutdown later this month.

The White House hosted a meeting Friday morning with House and Senate leaders to discuss the automatic, across-the-board spending cuts—on the day those cuts kick in. Obama has until 11:59 p.m. on March 1 to sign the order triggering sequestration. Some agencies, including the Justice Department, already have sent individual furlough notices to employees. Continue reading “Specter of Government Shutdown Looms as Sequester Arrives”

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