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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>
  • Walter Reed plans to furlough thousands; soldier advocacy groups worry about care despite assurances

    06/19/2013 5:39:16 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | 18 Jun 13 | Joseph Weber
    <p>A wounded soldier receives treatment at a rehabilitation center at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.</p>
  • Signed My Furlough Notice Paperwork Yesterday!!!

    05/29/2013 6:48:50 PM PDT · by PatriotCJC · 26 replies
    Yup, 11 Mondays of furlough starting 8 July until the end of the fiscal. We had a briefing today from our GO (Major General, USA) and FY14 & 15 is not looking good. Reduction in force (RIF) looks probable for both the active and civilian Army force. Myself - being associated , active duty (Navy), contractor or civilian with the military since I was 17, it is very depressing. I am the first to admit that there are areas of personnel waste to trim, but we are at the point of "gutting" our defense. IMOHO This may be worse then...
  • Hagel to exempt DOD sex assault prevention workers from furloughs

    05/22/2013 6:47:53 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 19 replies
    Politico ^ | 21 May 13 | STEPHANIE GASKELL
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is exempting around 500 civilian sexual assault prevention personnel from this year’s mandatory furloughs, a senior defense official told POLITICO, in a bid to show the Pentagon is serious about cracking down on sexual assault in the ranks. Hagel is expected to make the announcement on Wednesday. His move comes after a rash of arrests and investigations into service members accused of sexual misconduct and a summit of top military leaders at the White House last week, when President Barack Obama called the problem “dangerous to our national security.” Hagel has ordered most of the...
  • DoD Civilian Furloughs and Job Cuts Loom

    05/10/2013 4:43:10 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 19 replies
    Military dot com ^ | 10 May 13 | Richard Sisk
    With furloughs looming, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter this week paid tribute to the job done by the Pentagon's civilian work force while warning that there soon would be fewer of them doing it. In a series of appearances that fell during Public Service Recognition Week, Carter said the department had yet to come to a decision on how many furlough days to impose to meet the budget-cutting demands of the Congressional sequester process in the current fiscal year. Carter called the across-the-board sequester cuts "stupid," and said they would result in the loss of five to six percent of...
  • Pentagon budget woes: furlough civilians, buy tanks you don't want

    04/30/2013 4:20:44 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 15 replies
    Chrisitian Science Monitor ^ | 29 Apr 13 | Anna Mulrine
    Once again, the Pentagon wants to scrap a weapon – in this case, the Abrams tank – that Congress has an interest in preserving. But with 'sequester' cuts, the tradeoff will be civilian furloughs. Army Chief of Staff Ray Odierno testifies on Capitol Hill on April 23. The Army’s hulking Abrams tank, built to dominate the enemy in combat, is proving to be equally hard to beat in a budget battle, because of a bipartisan push to spend an extra $436 million on tanks, which the Pentagon does not want. Even as the Pentagon struggles to make some tough, congressionally...
  • Senate passes bill to end FAA furloughs

    04/26/2013 4:48:23 AM PDT · by ItsOurTimeNow · 15 replies
    WASHINGTON – Legislation to end furloughs of air traffic controllers and delays for millions of travelers is headed to a House vote after a dark-of-night vote in the Senate that took place after most lawmakers had left the Capitol for a weeklong vacation. The bill passed late Thursday without even a roll call vote, and House officials indicated it likely would be brought up for quick approval there. Under the legislation, the Federal Aviation Administration would gain authority to transfer up to $253 million from accounts that are flush into other programs, to "prevent reduced operations and staffing" through the...
  • U.S. Senate approves bill to end air traffic controller furloughs

    04/25/2013 6:05:10 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 39 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 25 Apr13 | Richard Cowan and Doug Palmer
    <p>WASHINGTON, April 25 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate late on Thursday approved legislation to provide enough funding for federal air traffic controllers through Sept. 30 to end furloughs that have brought widespread airline delays. Several Senate aides said an agreement had been reached on a bill giving the Department of Transportation new flexibility to use unspent funds to cover the costs of air traffic controllers and other essential employees at the Federal Aviation Administration.</p>
  • Shuster Statement on Administration’s FAA Furlough Plans

    04/23/2013 5:35:26 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster ^ | 4/23/13 | House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster
    Washington, DC – House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) issued the following statement today after Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta announced that a five percent budget reduction due to sequestration would result in the furloughing of thousands of air traffic controllers and potentially disrupt the travel plans of the flying public: “The FAA’s management of sequestration is quickly going from bad to worse. Given that the FAA’s budget increased more than 100 percent over the last 15 years, finding five percent in savings shouldn’t need to significantly...
  • Obama to Give 5% of Salary Back

    04/03/2013 4:18:01 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 38 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 3 Apr 13 | DANIEL HALPER
    The New York Times reports: President Obama plans to return 5 percent of his salary to the Treasury in solidarity with federal workers who are going to be furloughed as part of the budget cutting process known as sequester, an administration official said Wednesday. The voluntary move would be retroactive to March 1 and apply through the rest of the calendar year, the official said. The White House came up with the 5 percent figure to approximate the level of automatic spending cuts to non-defense federal agencies that took effect that day. Politico adds: "The salary for the president, as...
  • Obama Presses Congress For Billions To Spend On Infrastructure Programs (Feds Can't Make Payroll)

    03/29/2013 5:51:26 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 40 replies
    CBS and AP ^ | 29 Mar 13 | None listed
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will press Congress to pass new tax incentives and other flexibility measures aimed at attracting more private sector investment in infrastructure projects around the country, a senior administration official said.</p> <p>The president will flesh out the details of his proposals during a speech Friday at a Miami port that is undergoing $2 billion in upgrades, funded by public and private money. In his quick trip to South Florida, Obama will try to show the public that the economy remains his top priority in the midst of high-profile campaigns on immigration reform and gun control.</p>
  • Vanity--Why are public workers always furloughed instead of having their wages reduced?

    03/23/2013 10:30:46 AM PDT · by Hebrews 11:6 · 39 replies
    Every time a government has a budget shortfall, the remedy is always to furlough or even to lay off workers. But all those workers could be retained and the job get done by simply reducing their pay-rates commensurately. I understand that furloughing and laying off generates publicity and exerts pressure. But why does no one ever offer the pay-cut alternative? Why not, for example, an across-the-board 10% pay-cut? I understand that many governments employees are stupidly permitted to belong to unions that can strike over pay issues, Wisconsin and Indiana notwithstanding, and that public-sector unions have contracts. Isn't it time...
  • DOD to begin sending furlough notices Thursday

    03/18/2013 5:06:15 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 30 replies
    Politico ^ | 18 Mar 13 | STEPHANIE GASKELL
    Defense Department employees can expect furlough notices as soon as Thursday and then will have a seven-day window in which to appeal their place on the furlough rolls, the Pentagon said Monday. Acting in response to the across-the-board budget restrictions imposed by March 1’s sequestration, the department must send its first notices, telling workers that they could be furloughed, from March 21 to 25; employees will have from March 28 to April 1 to appeal whether they should be furloughed; and the first official furlough notices will go out March 29, according to an announcement. The first furlough will...
  • Threatening and Blustering

    03/13/2013 1:50:48 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | May 13, 2013 | Tim Phillips
    Today, White House tours remain closed thanks to a petulant President who insists that somebody, anybody, feel some pain over the sequester cuts that trimmed a modest 2 cents on the dollar from the $3.6 trillion federal budget. It’s an age-old lesson in what happens when one stands up to politician spoiled by a deferential media and effusive supporters and colleagues. His bluster and threats can only go so far before they run into reality. As we begin the second week of sequestration with our nation, somehow, still functioning, it is important to pause for a moment to consider the...
  • Congress won’t face pay cut in sequester

    03/10/2013 4:35:21 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 26 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 6 Mar 13 | T.W. Farnam
    U.S. lawmakers won’t have their $174,000 salaries affected by across-the-board government spending cuts going into effect this month, but there’s little clarity about how the bank accounts of senators and representatives were spared in the so-called sequester. The spending cuts hit every budget account with a few exceptions that were written into the law that set up the federal budgeting process more than two decades ago, known as the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings Act. Compensation for the president is specifically exempted, but there’s no mention of pay for members of Congress. So how did lawmakers’ pay escape the axe? Turns out that’s a...

    03/08/2013 9:45:10 AM PST · by RBW in PA · 17 replies
    The Congressman's Website ^ | March 6, 2013 | Not Cited
    WASHINGTON—Congressman Blake Farenthold (R-TX27), Chairman of the House Oversight Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, introduced the Protecting America’s Civilian Employees (PACE) Act to keep America’s federal employees from facing furloughs due to sequestration cuts. The PACE Act requires the Office of Management and Budget to submit a report to Congress indicating how to most efficiently transfer funds within agencies and departments for fiscal year 2013 to avoid all furloughs or reductions in America’s federal workforce. “Our federal workforce needs to be operating at 100%. They should not be punished because the President, Harry Reid and the Senate Democrats failed to...
  • Furloughs bite for customs workers

    03/07/2013 5:34:59 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Cable News Network ^ | 8:21 PM EST, Thu March 7, 2013 | CNN Staff
    The U.S. government on Thursday notified 60,000 federal workers responsible for securing borders and facilitating trade that they will face furloughs due to government-wide spending cuts. Customs and Border Protection said it expects furloughs and other austerity will cause delays at ports of entry, including international arrivals at airports, and reduce the number of border patrol officers on duty at any one time. …
  • Shipyard workers' families brace for furloughs, smaller paychecks

    03/06/2013 4:46:52 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 61 replies
    Seacoastonline ^ | 6 Mar 13 | Laura Dolce
    KENNEBUNK, Maine –— Politicians may say the looming federal budget cuts won't hurt very much, but Becky Burritt isn't buying it. The Kennebunk mother whose husband, Justin, is a civilian employee at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, knows the mandatory furlough days will mean cutting back on everything from eating out to kids' activities. “We're cutting back, not going out — there will be more home-cooked meals,” the mother of two said as her family faces a loss of nearly $400 and all overtime per biweekly pay period. Federal civilian workers at the shipyard and throughout the United States will be forced...
  • Department of Defense Press Briefing on Civilian Furlough Planning Efforts from the Pentagon

    02/23/2013 12:28:02 PM PST · by SubMareener · 16 replies
    DoD Transcript site ^ | February 20, 2013 | Robert F. Hale, Jessica Lynn Wright
    Department of Department Press Briefing on Civilian Furlough Planning Efforts from the Pentagon 02/20/2013 04:35 PM CST ________________________________ Presenter: Under Secretary of Defense and Chief Financial Officer Robert F. Hale and Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Jessica Lynn Wright February 20, 2013 ________________________________ Department of Department Press Briefing on Civilian Furlough Planning Efforts from the Pentagon BRYAN WHITMAN: Good afternoon, and thank you for joining us today and for your interest in the topic today of sequestration, as well as most of you know by now, in accordance with the law, we have notified Congress today...
  • Pentagon awash in pink slips, preparing 800,000 civilian furloughs

    02/21/2013 3:31:23 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 229 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 20 Feb 13 | Kristina Wong
    The Defense Department on Wednesday officially notified Congress that it plans to begin furloughing its 800,000 civilian employees across the country if automatic spending cuts begin March 1, estimating the states would lose a total of $4.86 billion in workers’ wages this year. According to Pentagon estimates, among the hardest-hit states would be Virginia, which would have about 88,000 affected workers and salary losses of $660.9 million; California, with 62,600 workers and $419.7 million in lost wages; and Maryland, with 45,700 workers and $359.3 million in lost earnings. “This is not a Beltway phenomenon,” Jessica L. Wright, the acting undersecretary...
  • Many federal workers facing furloughs are veterans

    02/15/2013 3:51:45 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 72 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 13 Feb 13 | Steve Vogel
    If the federal government is forced to furlough civilian employees in the event of sequestration, the burden will fall heavily on a population that Congress and the White House have vowed to support: veterans. More than two out of five of the approximately 800,000 Department of Defense employees facing furloughs are veterans, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Wednesday. “Forty-four percent of them are veterans,” Carter told the House Armed Services Committee during a hearing on the potential effect of sequestration on the military. ”Very soon we’re going to have to furlough the great majority of them.” The Pentagon expects...
  • Appeals court rules Schwarzenegger had right to furlough workers in constitutional offices

    08/31/2011 9:00:22 AM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 8/31/11 | Denny Walsh
    The two-day-a-month unpaid furloughs of state executive branch workers ordered in 2008 by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger legally applied to employees of California's elected constitutional officers, an appellate court in Sacramento ruled Tuesday. Applying the furlough order to the staffs of constitutional officers "does not violate the California Constitution's system of divided executive authority or impermissibly interfere with (the officers') statutory right to control the staffing and management of their respective offices," a three-justice panel of the 3rd District Court of Appeal declared in a 47-page opinion. Schwarzenegger resorted to furloughs as a cost-saving device in the face of an overwhelming...
  • The State Worker: Be careful what you wish for

    11/04/2010 8:21:03 AM PDT · by SmithL · 32 replies
    SacBee: State Worker ^ | 11/4/10 | Jon Ortiz
    Some things to ponder now that Jerry Brown is governor-elect: • On Monday, Local 1000 of Service Employees International Union will start counting ratification ballots for a new contract for 95,000 state workers. The deal, already ratified by the Legislature, is laced with concessions in pay, benefits and pensions that are sweetened with a few protections and deferred raises. Depending on who's talking, it's the best bad deal the union could cut or complete capitulation to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Some union members held their ballots to see whether Democrat Brown or self-funded GOP candidate and self-professed state jobs chopper Meg...
  • Jerry Brown mum on whether he will comply with new furlough order

    10/27/2010 8:27:13 AM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 10/27/10 | Jon Ortiz
    With a new order extending furloughs for tens of thousands of state workers, Attorney General Jerry Brown has yet to say whether he will tell the roughly 1,800 employees working for him to start taking unpaid days off beginning next week. Brown, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate, and other statewide-elected officials are still mulling over a week-old memo from the Schwarzenegger administration that mandates furloughs for members of their staff who are in unions that have not negotiated a new labor contract.
  • CALIFORNIA: Supreme Court rules for Schwarzenegger in furlough matter

    10/04/2010 10:39:13 AM PDT · by SmithL · 9 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 10/4/10 | David Siders
    The California Supreme Court ruled this morning that state workers were legally furloughed and are not entitled to back pay. The ruling affects more than 200,000 state workers forced by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to take unpaid days off since February 2009.
  • Appellate Court rejects state worker furloughs -- for now

    08/12/2010 12:40:27 PM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 8/12/10 | Dan Smith
    A San Francisco appellate court let stand Thursday a judge's order blocking furloughs for state workers. The decision by the First District Court of Appeal means that workers will not be furloughed -- at least temporarily.
  • Judge freezes furlough order; Schwarzenegger vows appeal

    08/10/2010 7:53:45 AM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 8/10/10 | Jim Sanders
    An Alameda Superior Court judge Monday temporarily barred Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger from imposing new furloughs on state workers beginning Friday. Judge Steven A. Brick ruled that there are "serious questions" about the legality of the furloughs and that permitting them before a scheduled Sept. 13 court hearing could cause irreparable harm. "The court finds, on the limited record before it, that the balance of hardships tips in favor of petitioners," states Brick's ruling, which is intended to preserve the status quo until both sides have had ample opportunity to press their case. Schwarzenegger, through a spokesman, vowed an immediate appeal...
  • Old technology stymies Calif. gov's pay-cut order [state's computers "can't restate paychecks"]

    07/04/2010 3:07:11 PM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 27 replies · 1+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 07/03/10 | Cathy Bussewitz
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — As the Terminator, Arnold Schwarzenegger was the technology of the future, feared by humans. As governor, he's being foiled by the technology of the past. For the second time in two years, Schwarzenegger has ordered most state workers' pay cut to the federal minimum wage because lawmakers missed their deadline to fix the state's $19 billion budget deficit. The Legislature's failure to act has left the state without a spending plan as the new fiscal year begins. A state appellate court ruled in Schwarzenegger's favor Friday, but the state controller, who issues state paychecks, says he can't...
  • Was this 'Furlough Friday' California's last, or will there be more?

    06/19/2010 8:25:24 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies · 276+ views
    SacBee ^ | 06/19/10 | Jon Ortiz and Jim Wasserman
    Was this 'Furlough Friday' California's last, or will there be more? By Jon Ortiz and Jim Wasserman Published: Saturday, Jun. 19, 2010 - 12:00 am | Page 1A State workers took their 46th unpaid day off on Friday. It was supposed to be their last. Now they're wondering: Will Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger order more? Maybe. "As long as we're in a fiscal emergency, the governor will exercise whatever authority he has to run state government and pay the bills," said Schwarzenegger spokesman Aaron McLear. The state's budget mess clouds whether more than 200,000 state workers – nearly half of...
  • California: Court rules workers' comp furloughs illegal

    06/13/2010 7:33:04 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies · 854+ views
    SF Chronicle ^ | June 13, 2010 | Bob Egelko
    About 7,900 state workers' compensation employees were furloughed illegally by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger last year and are entitled to $25 million in back pay, a state appeals court ruled Friday. A state law that exempts employees of the State Compensation Insurance Fund from hiring freezes and staff cutbacks also prohibits Schwarzenegger from cutting their workweeks, said the First District Court of Appeal in San Francisco. The court endorsed a ruling in March by another appellate panel that found Schwarzenegger acted illegally when he furloughed about 500 lawyers and hearing officers employed by the same insurance fund. Friday's ruling applies to...
  • California Supreme Court takes case on state worker furloughs

    05/21/2010 10:06:39 AM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies · 363+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 5/21/10 | Jon Ortiz
    California's highest court has jumped into the middle of the legal fight over state worker furloughs, a move that could speed up resolving whether Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger legally exercised his authority when furloughing more than 200,000 state workers last year. The state Supreme Court ordered union and government attorneys to argue a case that Schwarzenegger has twice lost, even though, technically speaking, no one had asked the court to review the matter. "The court directs the parties to serve and file briefs addressing the following issue: Does the governor have the authority to furlough the state employees at issue in...