Arne Duncan, the secretary of education, was widely criticised last month for saying that teachers were already being laid off because of the cuts, a claim without evidence. The Washington Post's Fact Checker blog awarded the claim four Pinocchios - its highest rating for falsehood.
As far as I know....no federal agency has started the furlough program. Most all intend to start the final week of April. So I would pause and just wait till mid-May before I spoke up on this episode.
Now, there’s one other interesting aspect of this. Most all federal employees will be working four eight-hour shifts per week once this starts. As long as these TSA managers aren’t idiots and allows the majority to take Fridays and Sundays off...then the program ought to work.
In my own federal organization....they’ve already said that fifty percent of the civilians must take Monday and the rest take Friday. They could have spread these out to the other days of the week, but they figured everyone would appreciate the loss of pay more...if they all had a three-day weekend. So far, most folks are agreeable to that.