EPA Trims Furloughs by Three Days

EPA Trims Furloughs by Three Days

EPA Acting Administrator, Bob Perciasepe
EPA Acting Administrator, Bob Perciasepe EPA

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”

Interior Announces Summer Jobs Program, Cancels Park Police Furloughs

Interior Announces Summer Jobs Program, Cancels Park Police Furloughs

National Park Service in March said that sequestration would force service reductions to many popular tourist attractions, including Utah's Arches National Park.
National Park Service in March said that sequestration would force service reductions to many popular tourist attractions, including Utah’s Arches National Park. Wikipedia Commons User Gridge

This story has been updated.

The Interior Department has launched a program to provide jobs for 17,000 young people at locations on the country’s public lands, in national parks and at wildlife reserves, as the National Park Service announced it was canceling remaining furloughs for U.S. Park Police.

The new jobs program has nearly $4.2 million — mostly from grant funding — to support thousands of employment and mentoring opportunities for young people.  The federal government will be working with local governments and private companies to help leverage opportunities and support the next generation of environmentalists. Through the program, Interior also hopes to create a 21st Century Conservation Service Corps, as outlined by President Obama. Continue reading “Interior Announces Summer Jobs Program, Cancels Park Police Furloughs”

Furlough Friday: 4 agencies closed for business

Get rate infoFurlough Friday: 4 agencies closed for business
By: Darren Samuelsohn
May 23, 2013 11:41 PM EDT

The Housing and Urban Development building is pictured. | John Shinkle/POLITICO

If four federal agencies closed their doors, would anyone notice?

This is no philosophical experiment Friday when, thanks to sequestration, the IRS, EPA, HUD and OMB turn a normal workday into an unpaid holiday for nearly all of their employees.

In all, about 115,000 people — roughly 5 percent of the federal workforce — won’t be on the clock for the day. Staffers for the Labor and Interior departments will also get an extra unpaid day for their Memorial Day weekend.

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It’s an important moment for Congress and the Obama administration as they continue to battle over mandatory budget cuts, that Democrats continue to warn will mean real consequences while most Republicans claim Democrats are just crying wolf. Continue reading “Furlough Friday: 4 agencies closed for business”

Furlough Friday: Unpaid day off for many in gov’t

Furlough Friday: Unpaid day off for many in gov’t

Posted: May 24, 2013 2:58 PM CST Updated: May 24, 2013 4:28 PM CST

 (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File). FILE - This March 22, 2013 file photo shows the exterior of the Internal Revenue Service building in Washington.

(AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File). FILE – This March 22, 2013 file photo shows the exterior of the Internal Revenue Service building in Washington.

By DONNA CASSATA
Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) – No one answered the tax-help hotline at the IRS on Friday. And you could forget about getting advice on avoiding foreclosures at the 80 Housing and Urban Development field offices nationwide.

It was “furlough Friday.” Roughly 5 percent of the federal workforce – 115,000 people at six major agencies – were told not to show up as the government dealt with the continuing effects of the sequester spending cuts.

The good news for many federal workers: a four-day Memorial Day weekend. The bad news: no pay for the day. Continue reading “Furlough Friday: Unpaid day off for many in gov’t”