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Federal Employees News Digest : May 27, 2013
pain for political gain.” The letter also maintained that the fur- loughs ultimately could cause damage to the federal workforce. “We run the risk of losing civilian employees ... who have invaluable institu- tional memory and who perform essential operations,” the letter stated. “Our civilian workforce plays a key role in our national security and we should do all that we can to minimize the negative impact on them due to sequestration.” Review request denied Earlier in the month, the Merit Systems Protection Board turned back a union’s request to review the policy underlying DOD furloughs. In a May 1 letter to MSPB Chairman Susan Grundmann, International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers President Gregory Junemann had asked the board to examine DOD furlough policy in light of what the union said was likely to be a flood of furlough appeals to MSPB by DOD employees. “It is IFPTE’s view that—in light of the overwhelming evidence that sup- ports a decision by DOD to, at the very least, allow the components themselves to determine whether or not they have the ability to avoid doing furloughs—the employees will have a very strong case.” Junemann wrote. “In this regard,” he continued, “IFPTE urges you and your colleagues to examine the DOD furlough policy, including the letters and legislative actions by Congress granting DOD funding flexibility, and issue a pre-emptive statement of opinion as to whether or not the department’s workers could prevail at the MSPB if they experience a furlough.” But in a May 13 letter to Junemann responding to the request, MSPB Clerk of the Board William Spencer said the board’s hands were tied in the matter, cit- ing a federal law which he said prohibits MSPB from issuing such opinions. “Accordingly, we are unable to provide the requested advisory opinion, “ Spencer wrote. The response came one day before Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced his decision to proceed with the furloughs. See the lawmakers’ letter at: http://lam- born.house.gov/2013-press-releases/lambo- rn-calls-on -sec -def-to-allow-agencies-flex- ibility-to-avoid-furloughs/ and the IFPTE letter at: www.ifpte.org/downloads/news/ manager/286c.pdf. ••• In Brief CBP plan would head off furloughs Congressional appropriators have been asked to approve an administration plan that would allow the Customs and Border Protection to reprogram funds in order to eliminate furloughs. FedCentral • Job Listings • Government Contacts • Links to Discount Sites for Feds • Chart of the Month • And more! Visit FedCentral now! http://federaldaily.com/pages/fedcentral.aspx your federal employee resource! May 27, 2013 Vol. 62, No. 43 6 Visit us on the Internet at www.FederalDaily.com continued from page 5 continued on page 7
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