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  • White House won't say if Obama kept promise to return 5% of his salary

    05/20/2014 10:42:24 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 17 replies
    Daily Mirror ^ | 20 May 14 | Joseph Weber
    790 shares 100 View comments President Barack Obama pledged in the spring of 2013 to give back 5 per cent of his $400,000 salary in solidarity with federal government workers who were expected to lose an average of two weeks' pay because of automatic budget cuts – known in Washington parlance as a 'sequester.' A year later, however, it's not clear that he made good on his $20,000 promise. Mr. and Mrs. Obama's 2013 tax return, which the White House published last month, shows an adjusted gross income of $481,098. The couple claimed $147,769 in itemized deductions, but no line-item...
  • 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...
  • Shutdown will furlough more than 1,600 DM civilian workers

    10/01/2013 10:37:18 AM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies
    Davis-Monthan Air Force Base will immediately furlough 1,604 civilian employees and scale back some base services as a result of the shutdown. The remaining 1,782 civilian workers and all military personnel will continue to perform their normal duties. The civilians won’t be paid until after the federal impasse is resolved. But all active-duty military will keep getting their paychecks on time, due to a last-minute bill signed late Monday by President Obama to ensure military pay continues during the shutdown. D-M gate hours won’t change. However, services that relied on furloughed employees will have to be changed to reflect a...
  • Preparing for shutdown, government plans furloughs

    09/27/2013 6:52:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 47 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 27, 2013 5:27 PM EDT | Sam Hananel
    More than a third of federal workers would be told to stay home if the government shuts down, forcing the closure of national parks from California to Maine and all the Smithsonian museums. Low-to-moderate income borrowers and first-time homebuyers seeking government-backed mortgages could face delays. These would be just some of the effects of a government shutdown that could furlough as many as 800,000 of the nation’s 2.1 million federal workers. It could hit as early as Tuesday if a bitterly divided Congress fails to approve a temporary spending bill to keep the government running. …
  • Inhofe: ‘Military Has No Money Left’ for Syria

    08/30/2013 7:24:34 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 26 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 28 Aug 13 | Niels Lesniewski
    The top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee announced Wednesday he opposed military intervention in Syria unless he finds more money for the Defense budget and details a broader strategy. “Today I told the Administration that I cannot support military action in Syria unless the President presents to Congress his broader strategy in the region that addresses our national security interests and the budget to support it. President Obama has decimated our military beginning with his first budget four and a half years ago. He has underfunded overseas contingency operations (OCO) fund, reduced base defense budget, and put...
  • Furloughs sending civilians packing (Military civilian medical workers quitting)

    08/28/2013 6:27:39 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 22 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 28 Aug 13 | Gregg Zoroya
    Nearly 3,400 military medical workers quit this year in the months when furloughs were threatened or being carried out because of spending cuts known as sequestration. The vast majority of those losses were with Army medical facilities. Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho, the Army's surgeon general, says one out of 20 of her civilian medical doctors, nurses and other health workers -- or 2,700 out of 42,000 civilian health employees -- left their jobs for work elsewhere. She said departing staffers included highly skilled clinicians, scientists, researchers and other health workers. Eighteen percent were doctors and nurses, her staff says. Medical...
  • Pentagon's Dire Budget Warnings Fall on Deaf Ears

    08/02/2013 3:43:42 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 13 replies ^ | 1 Aug 13 | Brendan McGarry
    Relatively few lawmakers turned out today to hear Pentagon officials warn that ongoing budget cuts would bring widespread changes to the military and limit its strategic goals. Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Navy Adm. James Winnefeld, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, appeared before the House Armed Services Committee to discuss the potential impacts, which were detailed in an assessment released yesterday known in military parlance as the Strategic Choices and Management Review, or SCMR (pronounced "skimmer"). In the worst-case scenario, the Pentagon may have to cut 142,000 more active-duty soldiers and Marines, three carrier strike groups...
  • Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel says furloughs here to stay this year: '2013 is over' (Video)

    07/19/2013 3:48:50 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 26 replies
    Alabama dot com ^ | 18 July 13 | Leada Gore
    Furlough is here to stay for 2013, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said this week, ending the hopes of those who thought the Pentagon might yet cancel or lower the number of days of unpaid leave workers are scheduled to take through the end of the fiscal year. "We're going to have the furlough... situation until the end of 2013. 2013 is over," Hagel told attendees at a town hall meeting at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla. "2014 begins Oct. 1. If sequestration continues, which as you all know is the law of the land, that probably we'd see that...
  • Walter Reed furloughs: Sequestration mainly to blame, notice says

    06/16/2013 5:16:14 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 22 replies
    ABC News 7 ^ | 3 Jun 13 | None listed
    "Extraordinary and serious budgetary challenges" are being cited as the reason that thousands of employees at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center are being furloughed this summer, according to a letter sent to employees. The letter, which was obtained by Federal News Radio, directly blames budget cuts related to sequestration as the reason that more than 3,500 civilian workers at both Walter Reed and Fort Belvoir Community Hospital will take up to 11 unpaid days off. "The Department of Defense will need funding in other accounts that can be used to provide the warfighters with what they need to protect...
  • Napolitano to give pay to charity

    04/04/2013 1:15:37 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 26 replies
    Add Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to the growing list of senior administration officials returning some of their pay as employees face furloughs. Napolitano will donate five percent of her salary to foundations that benefit department personnel, a spokesperson told POLITICO. The State Department made a similar announcement about Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday and Attorney General Eric Holder will give back
  • Senate votes to end furloughs of air traffic controllers

    04/25/2013 9:16:07 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 4/25/13 | Ashley Halsey III and Lori Montgomery
    The Senate took the first step toward circumventing sequestration Thursday night with a bipartisan vote that would put furloughed air traffic controllers back on the job. The House is expected to take up the measure Friday, and the White House has promised to consider any bill which it receives. The Senate vote came in response to passengers angered this week by long delays at several major airports. If the Senate bill wins House approval and is signed into law by President Obama, the furloughed controllers are not expected to return to work before Saturday
  • Jay Carney on furloughs and flight delays: Hey, don’t say we didn’t warn you (About Sequestration)

    04/24/2013 12:17:23 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/24/2013 | Erika Johnsen
    Yes, you also warned us that we wouldn’t have meat inspections and that children would be denied vaccinations, remember? During Tuesday’s briefing, after the news from the FAA that employee furloughs were starting to cause flight delays (watch the vid at RCP): I find it fascinating that Mitch McConnell, the leader of the Republican Party in the Senate, is decrying the sequester that he decried in the past and then supported. This is a result of the sequester being implemented. We made it clear that there would be these kinds of negative effects if Congress failed to take reasonable action...
  • Will flight delays stir up ire against sequester?

    04/23/2013 5:12:41 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 47 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 23 Apr 13 | Patrik Jonsson
    Rolling flight delays. Cancellations. Heavy sighs and grim smirks in packed airport concourses. Has the sequester, Washington’s much-debated automatic spending cut package, finally landed? In response to the sequester deal struck by President Obama and Congress, the Federal Aviation Administration this weekend began to furlough its entire 47,000-person workforce (including 13,000 air traffic controllers) to abide by some $637 billion in automatic spending cuts that have to be made by October. The cutbacks mean each employee has to stay at home, unpaid, one day every other week. The furloughs had an immediate impact on travel on Monday, contributing to two-hour...
  • First furloughs hit Congress

    04/10/2013 5:09:30 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 19 replies
    WSB radio ^ | 4 Apr 13 | Jamie Dupree
    As federal departments and agencies deal with automatic budget cuts and the possibility of furloughs for federal workers, those forced pay cuts have now arrived on Capitol Hill, as Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) became the first lawmaker to officially announce staff furloughs due to the $85 billion sequester. "Begich’s staff began mandatory furloughs in mid-March and more than half of his staff will experience a cut in their salary this year," said a press release issued by Begich's office on Wednesday. The same release also said that Begich would be returning some of his salary to the Treasury to match...
  • State workers to say bye-bye to furloughs in July 2014 [NV]

    04/02/2013 10:50:27 AM PDT · by redreno · 3 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Tuesday, April 2, 2013 | 10:34 a.m. | By Andrew Doughman (contact)
    State employees will no longer have to take unpaid furlough days, starting in July 2014, Gov. Brian Sandoval said. The governor’s original budget had provided for decreasing furlough days from six to three per year for the next two years. An amended plan calls for three furlough days between July 1 and June 30, 2014, and no furlough days between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015. That means state employees will work and collect pay for nine more days than they worked under the current, two-year state budget.
  • ‘Saturday Night Live’ on the sequester (video)

    03/04/2013 8:31:36 AM PST · by Seizethecarp · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 3, 2013 | Chris Cillizza
    Even the White House is feeling the squeeze from the across-the-board cuts in federal spending. “From now on, my wife, Michelle, will only do four television appearances a week,” says “President Obama.”
  • Looks like the Sequester Is Going to Happen (Update from Federal Worker)

    02/27/2013 7:26:14 PM PST · by ducttape45 · 153 replies
    N/A | 2/27/2013 | Ducttape45
    Elections have consequences. I won't say what military base I work at,but today my office was briefed about the impending sequestration. There were a few interesting points to come out of the meeting. 1. You have to take at least 8 hours a week LWOP (leave without pay). You cannot use sick or annual leave on those days off. You cannot take more then 30 hours a week because then you'd be able to apply for unemployment and the federal government is ensuring we can't utilize that avenue to supplement our income. So they take us but prevent us from...
  • Homeland Security Prepares Budget Cuts ... Up to 1,000 Furloughs at Secret Service

    02/12/2013 7:54:43 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 28 replies
    Washington Guardian ^ | February 11, 2013 | Sara Carter
    Homeland prepares budget cuts, up to 1,000 furloughs at Secret Service • As many as 1,000 Secret Service agents, officers and workers could be furloughed as Homeland Security prepares for sequestration Bracing for the possibility of budget sequestration next month, the Homeland Security Department is making plans to furlough as many as 1,000 Secret Service agents, officers and others employees, officials say. Homeland Security issued its first agency-wide memorandum late last week preparing for sequestration, the sweeping automatic budget cuts set to take effect as early as March 1 under a prior deal between the White House and Congress to...
  • Furloughs end, but layoffs remain a possibility

    08/25/2011 10:05:09 AM PDT · by SmithL · 1 replies
    SacBee: State Worker ^ | 8/25/11 | Jon Ortiz
    First, the good news for state workers: Next month about 25,000 of you return to steady full hours and full pay for the first time in 31 months. Now the bad: Layoffs are coming – the real kind, where real people go to the unemployment line. Roughly 200,000 state workers have been without full wages and work since former GOP Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Legislature started twice-monthly furloughs in February 2009. Then they added a third day a few months later. One unpaid day equals about a 5 percent pay cut. Last summer four unions representing those 25,000 operating...
  • Texas Senate passes bill allowing teacher furloughs, pay cuts

    06/07/2011 6:13:23 PM PDT · by TLI · 3 replies
    Ft. Worth Star Telegram ^ | June 6, 2011 | Dave Montgomery and Shirley Jinkins
    AUSTIN -- The Texas Senate approved legislation Monday to allow school districts to furlough personnel and reduce teachers' salaries as parents and educators sounded off against $4 billion in state education cuts in a phone-in town hall meeting. Sen. Florence Shapiro, R-Plano, chairwoman of the Education Committee, said SB8, approved by an 18-12 vote, would give school districts more flexibility to respond to budget constraints without firing teachers. More controversial measures moving through the Texas House would enlarge class sizes and eliminate a long-standing minimum salary schedule for teachers.