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  • Why Are Some Furloughed Workers Getting Paid Twice?

    10/21/2013 3:16:29 PM PDT · by bgill · 24 replies
    The Wall Street Cheat Sheet ^ | Oct. 21, 2013 | Anthea Mitchell
    According to CNBC, some of the 400,000 government workers drew on unemployment benefits during the shutdown, and it’s likely that only some of them will have to give it back — adding a few million to the price of the shutdown, already up in the billions due to lost worker productivity and revenue. The U.S. economy was damaged as well, and that cost may tally up near $24 billion between October and December, if economists are to be believed.
  • DOJ: There IS Such a Thing As a Free Lunch—for Furloughed Feds

    10/10/2013 1:58:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | October 9, 2013 - 3:50 PM | Terence P. Jeffrey
    “There’s No Such Thing as a Free Lunch”—the title of a book published by Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman—may be economic fact, but that did not deter the U.S. Justice Department from informing furloughed department workers that they can have one. In an “Ethics Q&A” the DOJ published on its website advising furloughed employees on what they can and cannot ethically do during a government shutdown, the department said it was okay for them to accept free sandwiches from commercial enterprises as long as those sandwiches were offered free to all federal workers and not just some. …
  • Fort civilians going back to work

    10/07/2013 7:52:36 AM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies
    SIERRA VISTA — The furlough of federal employees which began on Oct. 2, the day after Congress failed to pass a continuing resolution is unraveling, as special exceptions are being made for Department of Defense civil service workers. Of the nearly 350,000 defense civilian workers laid off as part of the federal government shutdown, nearly all are expected to be back to be back at their jobs today. While no official comment was received from Fort Huachuca officials, knowledgable sources confirmed to the Herald/Review on Sunday afternoon nearly every civilian assigned to the post who were furloughed, and have been...
  • House votes to approve back pay for furloughed workers

    10/05/2013 1:50:12 PM PDT · by shego · 72 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 10/5/13 | Jeff Simon
    As the fifth day of the federal government shutdown began, members of the House came together in a moment of rare bipartisanship to pass a bill, by a vote of 407 to 0, approving back pay for furloughed government workers....
  • What a ‘Shutdown’ Means: $63B Spent, $26B Taxed; $1.6B Borrowed; $1B Paid in Salaries—in Just 2 Days

    10/04/2013 10:48:57 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | October 4, 2013 - 11:55 AM | Terence P. Jeffrey
    In general terms, politicians and the press may be referring to what has been happening in Washington, D.C., over the past few days as a government “shutdown” or a “partial government shutdown,” but the actual accounting sheets of the U.S. Treasury show that massive amounts of taxed and borrowed money were flowing in and out of the government during the first two days of fiscal 2014. … To put things in perspective, in the first two days of fiscal 2013 (Oct. 1-Oct. 2, 2012), when there was not a “shutdown,” the federal government spent $124.409 billion, collected $29.057 billion in...
  • Furloughs Alter Routines for President’s Staff

    10/04/2013 5:16:33 AM PDT · by don-o · 9 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 3, 2013 | MICHAEL D. SHEAR
    WASHINGTON — Shortly before the federal government shut down at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, a small group of top White House officials huddled in the West Wing for what turned out to be a discussion of critical importance: how to run the place. They listened as soon-to-be-furloughed junior staff members showed them how to send a news release, issue a proclamation and distribute daily reports of President Obama’s activities. One crucial piece of information was how to clear someone through the security gates for Oval Office appointments. “I didn’t know how to do that before Monday night,” said Josh Earnest, the...
  • Obama loses his mind for 800k government workers ignoring the other 15 million unemployed citizens.

    10/03/2013 2:14:04 PM PDT · by jilliane · 50 replies
    CBC News ^ | 10/3/2013 | AP
    President Barack Obama laid the blame for the U.S. government's partial shutdown at the feet of House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on Thursday...With 800,000 federal government employees forced into taking leave, some agencies have almost entirely shuttered, including NASA, the Commerce Department and the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Union: FAA furloughs airline safety inspectors

    09/30/2013 8:07:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 30, 2013 10:49 PM EDT | Joan Lowy
    Nearly 3,000 aviation safety inspectors are being furloughed by the Federal Aviation Administration as part of the government shutdown, the union representing the inspectors said Monday. The inspectors check to make sure airlines are maintaining their planes safely, conduct inspections at airports of planes and pilots, and visit domestic and foreign repair stations where airlines send planes for major overhauls, among other safety jobs, said Kori Blalock Keller, a spokeswoman for the union, Professional Aviation Safety Specialists. …
  • How a shutdown would squeeze the White House (1,265 White House employees furloughed)

    09/30/2013 9:16:43 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 36 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 30 at 8:00 am | By Juliet Eilperin
    Given the prestige of the White House within the federal hierarchy, one might assume that under a scenario in which only essential federal employees would remain on the job during a government shutdown, everyone working directly for the president would continue to report for work. But a shutdown would transform the workings of the president’s inner sanctum, idling three-quarters of its workforce. In a letter to the Office of Management and Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Katy Kale, assistant to the president for management and administration, explained how “approximately 436 employees will be designated as excepted or exempt to perform...
  • How many furlough days did feds actually take?

    08/28/2013 11:20:37 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 18 replies
    Federal News Radio ^ | 8/23/2013 | Michael O'Connell
    A great hue and cry occurred in March when agencies suddenly realized the long- dreaded sequester was actually going to happen. As agency heads struggled to find ways to offset billions of dollars in unexpected, automatic budget cuts, the threat of furloughs — temporary unpaid leave — became a reality for many federal workers. The graph below compares the number of furlough days originally prescribed by agencies to the number actually taken by employees. While some agencies anticipated many furlough days, the actual number turned out to be much smaller. Other agencies were able to find savings elsewhere and avoid...
  • Military reduces furlough days.

    08/07/2013 4:07:51 PM PDT · by SandRat · 23 replies
    FORT HUACHUCA — Department of Defense civil service employees received good news Tuesday when they were informed nearly half of the furlough days they expected to have to take before the end of September were cut. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said instead of 11 days taken without pay it would be reduced to six, meaning civil service employees working for the military will not have to take five days off sans salary. So, instead of the employees facing a 20 percent loss of pay from July 9 to Sept. 30, the cut will be slightly more than 10 percent....
  • Another Sequester Prediction That Hasn't Come True

    07/30/2013 1:45:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | July 19, 2013 | Kevin Glass
    Another story has emerged out of the Department of Defense that the economic consequences from sequestration will be less dire than what was predicted. DoD initially projected that there would be 22 furlough days for government employees. That's now joined the long list of predictions of doom that haven't come true: Officials said no final decisions have been made, but they believe civilian workers will be forced to take six to eight unpaid days off rather than the 11 days that had been scheduled. The move comes as workers begin their fourth week of furloughs — a decision that riled...
  • Chuck Hagel warns: Troops are ‘close to the breaking point’

    07/23/2013 9:20:54 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 73 replies
    Politico ^ | 23 Jul 13 | PHILIP EWING
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned on Monday that U.S. troops are “close to the breaking point,” after many deployments — and Congress risks worsening the situation if it doesn’t help the Pentagon with its budget. “Our people are strong and resilient after 12 years of war, but they are under stress — and so are the institutions that support them,” Hagel told the Veterans of Foreign Wars at the group’s annual convention in Louisville, Ky. “Last week at Fort Bragg’s Soldier and Family Assistance Center, I met a first sergeant who told me that in Afghanistan, he froze up and...
  • To troops and furloughed Defense civilians, Hagel offers empathy but no hope for budget help

    07/21/2013 8:38:53 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 12 replies
    Washington Post and AP ^ | 21 July 13 | Staff Writers
    JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. — The audience gasped in surprise and gave a few low whistles as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel delivered the news that furloughs, which have forced a 20 percent pay cut on most of the military’s civilian workforce, probably will continue next year, and it might get worse. “Those are the facts of life,” Hagel told about 300 Defense Department employees, most of them middle-aged civilians, last week at an Air Force reception hall on a military base in Charleston. Future layoffs also are possible for the department’s civilian workforce of more than 800,000 employees, Hagel...
  • Obama Orders Agencies to Recruit Volunteers

    07/19/2013 4:35:31 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 84 replies
    Government Executive ^ | 19 July 13 | Eric Katz
    <p>President Obama is calling on federal agencies to use volunteers to accomplish their tasks as part of a larger effort to boost community service throughout the country.</p> <p>The White House issued an executive order Friday -- Expanding National Service through Partnerships to Advance Government Priorities -- to establish a task force charged with improving national service and volunteering. The initiative seeks to align the American people’s commitment to service with the missions of federal agencies.</p>
  • Obama’s Defense Budget Makes Protecting America its Lowest Priority

    07/15/2013 7:00:21 AM PDT · by areukiddingme1 · 8 replies
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | March 1, 2012 | Baker Spring
    The Obama Administration is misleading Congress and the American people when it asserts that it plans to maintain a strong national defense. On February 13, 2012, President Barack Obama unveiled his fiscal year (FY) 2013 defense budget request.[1] The request comes on the heels of the January 5, 2012, release of a new strategic guidance outlining the nation’s defense policy.[2] The numbers in the budget submission reveal that the nation’s defense is the Administration’s lowest budget priority among the major responsibilities of the federal government. The budget submission also reveals that the Administration has proposed defense funding levels that are...
  • Cramer, Republicans blasted over Guard furloughs

    07/11/2013 4:38:41 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 18 replies
    Forum News Service ^ | 11 July 13 | TJ Jerke
    More than 600 full-time military technicians in the North Dako-ta National Guard will lose a total $1.2 million in pay over the next 11 weeks as they are required to take off one day a week due to national spending cuts. The furloughs, which went into effect Monday, are part of the federal budget sequestration, a series of automatic, across-the-board cuts to government agencies, totaling $1.2 trillion over the next 10 years triggered earlier this year by the inability of Congress to compromise on a federal budget. On Wednesday, New York Congressman Steve Israel, chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign...
  • A day without pay ahead for Pentagon workers

    07/06/2013 8:45:59 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 6, 2013 3:22 AM EDT | Lolita C. Baldor
    A day without pay, the first of 11 through September, comes next week for more than 650,000 people who hold civilian jobs with the Defense Department. Officials worry that the Pentagon will be hit even harder by layoffs in 2014 if automatic budget cuts continue as planned. Roughly 85 percent of the department’s nearly 900,000 civilians around the world will be furloughed one day each week over the next three months, according to the latest statistics provided by the Pentagon. But while defense officials were able to shift money around to limit the furloughs this year, thousands of civilian, military...
  • DOD civilians prepare for beginning of furloughs

    07/06/2013 8:26:09 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 22 replies
    The Spokesman-Review ^ | 6 July 13 | Lolita C. Baldor
    More than 650,000 civilian Defense Department workers will begin taking the first of their 11 unpaid days off next week, but the cut in salary they will see in the three months may pale compared to what officials worry could be larger-scale layoffs next year. Roughly 85 percent of the department’s nearly 900,000 civilians around the world will be furloughed, according to the latest statistics provided by the Pentagon. But while defense officials were able to shift money around to limit the furloughs this year, there are widespread worries that if automatic budget cuts go forward for 2014, thousands of...
  • Pentagon civilian workers in Germany get raises while those in U.S. get cuts (Germans get raise)

    07/03/2013 7:20:17 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 18 replies
    McClatchy ^ | 2 Jul 13 | Renee Schoof
    <p>American civilian employees of the Defense Department have put up with pay freezes and are going on furloughs starting next week, but German civilian workers at U.S. military bases in Germany are getting a pay increase.</p> <p>Some U.S. lawmakers say it's unfair that the German union ver.di, which represents about 2 million workers, negotiated a pay increase in June. Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., complained about the raise for German workers in a letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel dated Monday and released by her office Tuesday. She asked him to suspend the raises.</p>