First Furlough Notices Go Out

furlough notice sequesterBy Jennifer Liberto

The first furlough notices for government employees have gone out.

The Army sent letters on Feb. 28 and March 1 to unions warning that employees at the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Gunpowder, Md., as well as the Corps of Engineers in Walla Walla, Wash., will be forced to stay at home without pay one day each week from April 22 through Sept. 21.

Translation: A 20% pay cut for 5 months. Employees will stay at home on either a Monday or Friday. Not everybody may get to choose their days, because supervisors have to ensure that at least half the staff is available on both days.

Employees won't be able to use sick leave or vacation to collect pay on furlough days. That's true for all federal worker furloughs, according to the Office of Personnel Management.

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President Obama signed an order Friday, which set in motion $85 billion of cuts from federal budgets this fiscal year. Many of the 2.1 million federal workers will have to go on unpaid furloughs over the next few months to hit that target by September.

"Those who think the sequestration debate is just another game of Washington brinksmanship are sadly mistaken," said William R. Dougan, president of the National Federation of Federal Employees. "This is not a game. Real people will be hurt, people whose only role in this debate was choosing to serve their country."

Notices are first sent to federal workers' unions, who will negotiate how and when various agencies will implement their furloughs.

The 800,000-strong civilian workers at the Defense Department are among the worst hit. Many of these employees will have to give up 22 days of work without pay. The cuts will trim 13% from the defense budget between now and Sept. 30.

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"This furlough will be used as a means to reduce civilian workforce costs because of the across-the-board reductions in budgetary resources (sequestration)," said the note to the Washington Corps of Engineers.

The Army Corps of Engineers has 35,000 employees, both civilians and military workers, who build and also safeguard the nation's dams, hydro power generators and flood controls.

Aberdeen Proving Ground is one of the Army's oldest test centers, where some 21,000 civilian workers review, test, and develop military equipment and vehicles.

Other agencies are also expected to start notifying their unions and employees of impending furloughs. Employees at non-defense agencies are expected to face fewer furlough days. For example, Internal Revenue Service employees have been told their furloughs would not last more than 7 days.

The unions have been given a little more than a week to respond to the notices.

Federal Employees Receive Furlough Notices




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jrb359

Remember government workers it was the obama administration's cabinet that made this happen to get you to vote democrat after they tell you it's the Republicans fault. This phrase is the replacement for it's all George Bush's fault! This way obama can take the House and punish all Americans with higher taxes , less freedom, and MORE government control.

March 07 2013 at 6:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dsh1007155

How can "our" gov't cut spending on American citizens while continuing to give OTHER countries our tax dollars?

March 06 2013 at 8:22 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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madlyfem

Foreign Aid is less than 1% of the Budget. We keep millions from starvation, are re-capturing nuclear material sent to foreign countries in the "Atoms-for-Peace" program during the Eisenhower administration, before we understood enough about nuclear material. We have gotten back a lot of it, including Chili's which we got into safe containers and on the way out of the country as a major quake hit. We got Mexico's nuclear material. So many countries have it and don't want it. They didn't want to have to guard this stuff anymore. That costs a few shekels. You are an Isolationist. You know who they are? They are the people who sat back and didn't even watch while Hitler was gearing up for war in Europe, when we could have had our say and stopped him in his tracks in Munich. But the Isolationists forced us to close our eyes and ignore the world.

March 06 2013 at 10:08 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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kmcc895370

I don't care if it is 1% it still adds up to billions that aren't being spent here in the country whose people involuntarily supplied it through taxes. As for dsh being an isolationist, count me as being one too and that's not a bad thing. Not getting involved in other countries killing each other sounds morally right and cost effective. That doesn't mean we can't keep an eye on anybody we want either. If foreign countries want to be rid of nuclear material, THEY can give it back at their expense. I say impose a moratorium on Foreign Aide until we take care of our own.

March 07 2013 at 7:03 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down
bgdg3825

Suspend pay to congress and ther President untill they permanently resolve the budget issues!

March 06 2013 at 7:59 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
eddievee104

It's time for this Country to stop supporting the rest of the world and take care of our own first.Those are my TAX DOLLARS that need to be spent in this country not for others. Americans losing there jobs for foriegn nations is not acceptable to me, Where are your pay cuts The White House, Senate, House and Congress ? I am no Dem. or Rep. just a simple American that believes take care of your own first. The World is using us

March 06 2013 at 7:01 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
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madlyfem

Foreign Aid is less than 1% of the Budget.

March 06 2013 at 10:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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rolltide1

budget? what budget?

March 06 2013 at 10:43 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down
dianacollins5

Less than 1% doesn't sound like much. However, less than 1% of billions is A LOT! Take care of America and Americans and let the other countries take care of themselves!

March 07 2013 at 7:22 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down
linda31

Lay off GSA employees.....they seem to have lots of free time on their hands

March 06 2013 at 6:56 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
salemmaple

Make sure sequester hurts everyone we said it would. When Charles Brown of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service asked “if there was any latitude” in how officials might allocate sequester cuts to reduce negatively impacting fish inspections, Brown received the following reply:


“We have gone on record with a notification to Congress and whoever else that ‘APHIS would eliminate assistance to producers in 24 states in managing wildlife damage to the aquaculture industry, unless they provide funding to cover the costs.’ So it is our opinion that however you manage that reduction, you need to make sure you are not contradicting what we said the impact would be.”

Dems want to maximize the impact and blame repubs even though sequester was thier idea.

March 06 2013 at 6:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
moma4o

Is the politicans taking pay cuts? You have families that both parents are working and barely making it. They have to chose between feeding their children or paying their rent or worse yet, paying the price of gas to get to work.
All I have to say is the President and family better not go on another one of their vacations somewhere until this is all taken care of.
They should be ashamed of themselves for letting this happen.

March 06 2013 at 5:31 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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jim3506

you got to be kidding.the politicans arnt going to do that.but i agree to everything youve said.make the politicans pay like we do,plus pay into s.s then watch things start to change.they cannt live off what we get paid.thank you MoMa40

March 06 2013 at 7:50 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
songbirdgray

AT THE SAME TIME THEY HIRED 673 PEOPLE, OR AT LEAST HAD HELP WANTED ADS RUNNING, WHAT IS THE REAL TRUTH HERE, IT MAY NEVER BE FOUND, AMONG ALL THE LIES IN WASHINGTON, AND THE WHITEHOUSES ' SCARE TACTICS! WHAT A SHAME. JUST LIES AND MORE LIES, IT IS GETTING TO BE OUT OF HAND AND NO ONE IN WASHINGTON CAN BE TRUSTED,

March 06 2013 at 5:08 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
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madlyfem

What ARE you talking about? Who had help wanted ads for what jobs? I think you are making this up or reading the Onion.

March 06 2013 at 10:12 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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rolltide1

its true i heard of this too!

March 06 2013 at 10:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down
jshafer111

I was in Vietnam as a private with a wife and child making less then $300 a month. They replaced me with a civilian paying him $18,000 a year. He was not an American. This was in 1966. I can only imagine that this waste of money has only gotten may times worse over the 47 years since.

March 06 2013 at 4:51 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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nana7

They always pay the civilians more then the military even though they do the same job. The civilians also have better bennies then the military also. They also have unions which make it almost impossible to fire them.

March 06 2013 at 8:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
madlyfem

You were in the Army. School teachers were making about $7,000 a year in 1966. I don't know what your job was, but I doubt it was one that someone pulling down $18,000 a year would be doing. You must be in error.

March 06 2013 at 10:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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rolltide1

how come you dont believe anyones comments here but your own?

March 06 2013 at 10:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down
jshafer111

Too bad it wasn't IRS people being laid off.

March 06 2013 at 4:40 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

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