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Federal Employees News Digest : May 20, 2013
WWW.FEDERALDAILY.COM/CATALOG • 800.989.3363 How To ManageYour Federal Job Furlough Plan ahead now in case your agency decides to take action. This guide is sold as a PDF download for quick purchase and delivery, so you have instant access to the information you need. Topics include: •How furlough days are designated •What happens to an employee’s paycheck during a furlough •How furlough time affects annual and sick leave accrual •How furlough time affects CSRS and FERS retirement eligibility and annuity computation •And more! Make sure you understand all the consequences of a furlough before it happens---order How To Manage Your Federal Job Furlough today. FederalDAILY Answer Book May 20, 2013 Vol. 62, No. 42 5 Visit us on the Internet at www.FederalDaily.com DOD settles on 11 furlough days Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced last week that the Defense Department would furlough most of its civilian employees for up to 11 days. "After extensive review of all options with the DOD's senior military and civilian leadership on how we address this budget crisis, today I am announc- ing that I have decided to direct fur- loughs of up to 11 days for most of the department's civilian personnel," Hagel said in a message to all DOD person- nel. "I have made this decision very reluctantly, because I know that the furloughs will disrupt lives and impact DOD operations. I recognize the sig- nificant hardship this places on you and your families." Hagel said that sequester cuts, togeth- er with higher than expected wartime operating costs, have left the depart- ment more than $30 billion short in the operation and maintenance (O&M) accounts used to pay most civilian employees, maintain readiness and respond to contingencies. Hagel said DOD has been "doing everything possible" to reduce the bud- get shortage, including cutting facilities maintenance, shifting funds to O&M accounts, and trimming back non- essential programs. "Still, these steps have not been enough to close the shortfall," Hagel said in the statement. "After required notifications, we will begin the furlough period on July 8 at the rate of one fur- lough day per week for most personnel. We plan to continue these furloughs through the end of the current fiscal year. If our budgetary situation per- mits us to end furloughs early, I would strongly prefer to do so. That is a deci- sion I will make later in the year." While Hagel noted that 11 days is half the number of days of unpaid leave that were originally planned, that observation did little to assuage the national president of the American Federation of Government Employees, J. David Cox. Sr., who called the furloughs "absolutely outrageous." "It is a decision to reduce productiv- ity and raise, not lower, costs in the department. It is also a decision to ignore the efforts put forth by numer- ous DOD components and agencies to devise methods for absorbing seques- tration cuts without causing the nega- tive consequences of furloughs," Cox said in a statement. "It is well known that the Army spent $2.5 billion more on service contracts than it was allowed under law, a sum that could have been, and more important, should have been used to offset furloughs not only in the Army, but in the rest of DOD as well." continued from page 4 continued on page 6
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