How the sequester will affect you

 How the sequester will affect you

Mar. 1, 2013 – 04:33PM   |  By STEPHEN LOSEY   |

Employees are desperate for information on how furloughs will affect them. Here is what Federal Times has learned about how they will work, based on interviews with government officials and the Office of Personnel Management’s furlough guidance.

Q. How long will I be furloughed?

A. That depends on your agency, and on how much flexibility it has they have to absorb the sequestration cuts. The Defense Department, for example, expects to furlough nearly its entire civilian workforce employees for 22 days. Customs and Border Protection, on the other hand, will would furlough employees only for up to 14 days if sequestration goes into effect. And the IRS told the National Treasury Employees Union that it may have to furlough employees for five to seven days.

Q. When will my furlough begin?

A. Probably in mid- to late April. Defense plans to notify employees in mid-March that they will likely be furloughed, which then starts a 30-day notification clock before they can be officially furloughed. CBP will also plans to notify its furloughed employees in mid-March. But the IRS told NTEU that its employees will likely be furloughed this summer. Continue reading “How the sequester will affect you”

Next up for Agencies: Bargaining Over Furloughs

Next up for Agencies: Bargaining Over Furloughs

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Federal employee unions and agencies are starting to negotiate the details of expected furloughs if sequestration takes effect on Friday.

The head of the National Treasury Employees Union said on Tuesday she expects to schedule a meeting next week with the Customs and Border Protection agency to begin bargaining over the specifics of possible employee furloughs. Continue reading “Next up for Agencies: Bargaining Over Furloughs”

Union survey shows sequester will financially hurt many feds

 Colleen Kelley, NTEU president, said that sequestration would be devastating to federal employees and would require agencies to cut indiscriminately from their budgets instead of prioritizing the most important functions.
 Colleen Kelley, NTEU president, said that sequestration would be devastating to federal employees and would require agencies to cut indiscriminately from their budgets instead of prioritizing the most important functions. ()

Most federal employees would have trouble paying for basic expenses if their agencies institute furloughs, according to a survey of National Treasury Employee Union members.

The NTEU surveyed 2,200 of its members and 82 percent said a furlough of one week to one month would make it difficult for them to pay for housing, food and utilities.

Nearly two-thirds — 63 percent — would have to take money out of savings or retirement accounts, while 57 percent would have to take out loans or incur new debt to make ends meet, according to the survey, which was released at NTEU’s annual legislative conference. Continue reading “Union survey shows sequester will financially hurt many feds”