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Federal Employees News Digest : April 8, 2013
April 8, 2013 Vol. 62, No. 36 5 Visit us on the internet at www.FederalDaily.com ingful work,” he wrote, citing a Federal Times estimate that put the cost of wasted contractor man-hours at “between $900 million and $1.8 billion a month.” Coburn, ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, asked Berry to pro- vide the committee with numbers and costs associated with standby hours, offi- cial time, AWOL employees, and security clearance delays. To see more, go to: www.coburn. senate.gov/public/index.cfm?a=Files. Serve&File_id=dbafe1c5-91b3-4d5b- 84bc-a042be409c87. ••• In Brief Furloughs and overtime cuts on hold for Border patrol Border Patrol agents got a reprieve from an expected 14 days of furlough and a mor- atorium on their routine overtime pay—at least for now—after Customs and Border Protection last week announced it is post- poning implementation of previously planned furloughs and de-authorization of administratively uncontrollable overtime. CBP said it would postpone the moves while it reevaluates its budget position in light of the recently passed continuing reso- lution covering the remainder of fiscal 2013. “Although the budget reductions imposed by sequestration are significant, the bill’s provisions allow CBP to mitigate to some degree the impacts of the reduced budget on operations and on CBP’s work- force,” the agency said in a statement. “CBP continues to assess the exact impact the legislation will have on our operations and our workforce.” A bulletin on the website of the American Federation of Government Employees’ National Border Patrol Council character- ized CBP’s move as the result of as “public outcry” against the furloughs and overtime cuts, and thanked union members and con- cerned citizens for speaking out on the issue. “While the fight is by no means over and CBP has not issued definitive plans for its employees, they have signaled a willingness to reduce the impact both financially and operationally on Border Patrol agents,” the bulletin said. To see more, go to: http://www.nbpc.net/. White House issues furlough notices Several offices within the Executive Office of the President have sent out fur- lough notices to staff members, the White House said last week. At an April 1 press briefing, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney offered details on furlough numbers at only one of those offices—the Office of Management and Budget—which he said had sent out furlough notices to 480 employees. “In addition, [Executive Office of the President] leadership has managed our per- sonnel costs in a variety of ways,” Carney told reporters, “including hiring slowdowns and delayed backfilling of open positions. And as the impact of the sequester pro- gresses, furlough and pay cuts remain pos- 2013 Federal Employees Almanac Your One-Stop Resource on Federal Benefits Single copies start as low as $23.95 www.FederalDaily.com/catalog • 800.989.3363 Celebrating 60 Years of the Almanac! NOWINSTOCKCopiessellfastordertoday!NOWINSTOCKCopiessellfastordertoday! continued on page 8 continued from page 4
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