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Federal Employees News Digest : Dec 16, 2013
December 16, 2013 Vol. 63, No. 22 4 Visit us on the Internet at www.FederalDaily.com tionary spending would be set at $520.5 billion, and non-defense discretionary spending would be set at $491.8 billion. Neither chamber had voted on the bill at FEND's deadline. See the bill summary at http://bud- get.house.gov/news/documentsingle. aspx?DocumentID=364030. Hagel details OSD reductions Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel this month provided details on a previously announced move to cut major head- quarters operating budgets by 20 per- cent over the next five years. "When I announced the 20 percent headquarters reductions, I made clear that they would begin in the Office of the Secretary of Defense," Hagel said at a Dec. 4 Pentagon briefing. Hagel laid out a range of reductions --- identified after a review of the office led by former Air Force Secretary Michael B. Donley --- that are planned for imple- mentation at OSD. Savings would come from a num- ber of moves, including restructuring the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy; realignment of the Office of the Director of Administration and Management and its components; transfer of responsibility for business IT systems to DOD's chief information officer; combination of the Office of the Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Intelligence Oversight, and the Defense Privacy and Civil Liberties Offices into a single office; elimination of the five remaining deputy undersecretaries of defense who are not presidentially appointed or Senate-confirmed; and several other actions. Hagel called the reductions at OSD "only a first step in DOD's efforts to realign defense spending to meet new fiscal realities and strategic priorities." "Most of the reductions in OSD staff that I've announced today will occur through a process of natural attrition in order to minimize the impact on our workforce," he said. "If the department is forced to take the steep sequestra- tion cuts on the order of $500 billion over the next 10 years, we may need to implement additional reductions." See a transcript of Hagel's comments at: www.defense.gov/transcripts/tran- script.aspx?transcriptid=5335. ••• In Brief One World Trade Center to house agencies The General Services Administration said last week that several agencies will be relocating to One World Trade Center, the new skyscraper built on the former site of the Twin Towers in New York City. GSA said it plans to move its region- al headquarters, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers New York District head- quarters, and the Customs and Border Protection New York Field Office to six floors of office space in the building. One World Trade Center, at 1,776 feet, is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. "From the day that the Port Authority started planning reconstruction, the fed- eral government committed to remain- ing an important part of this build- ing and the redevelopment of Lower Manhattan," said GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini. The agencies are slated to move in late 2015 to floors 50 through 55, accord- ing to GSA, which last year entered a lease for about 270,000 feet of space for an initial term of 20 years. The agency said it would "create flexible and col- laborative workspaces that reduce these agencies' footprints by an average of 40 percent." GSA said the lease will help the gov- ernment reduce its overall real estate needs in Manhattan. GSA and USACE will vacate space at the Jacob K. Javits Federal Building at 26 Federal Plaza in Manhattan and CBP will leave leased space in Midtown Manhattan. GSA will offer the government-owned space at the Javits Building to other tenants. Get more information at: www.gsa. gov/portal/content/182755. Winter dismissal procedures updated for capital area The Office of Personnel Management last week released an updated Washington, D.C., Area Dismissal and Closure Guide only days before the first snow storm in the capital region. "While we are all hoping for an uneventful winter weather season, this is the perfect time to remind federal employees in the D.C. area how we decide when to change the status of the federal government," OPM Director Katherine Archuleta wrote in a Dec. 5 blog post. "There are two primary consider- ations we make in deciding the status of federal government operations for the D.C. area. The first is the safety of the federal workforce and the surround- ing community. Our employees are our most important asset. The second is continuity of operations. The govern- ment never really closes. Emergency response personnel and teleworkers keep our operations going even when employees can't physically get to work." Archuleta advised agencies and employees to know their personnel des- ignations, telework policies and emer- gency preparedness plans before an event occurs. "The past few years have taught us continued from page 3 continued on page 5
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