Union Asks Pentagon to Cancel 22-Day Furloughs

The International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers sent a letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel this week. The International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers sent a letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel this week. Defense Department

A federal employee union is asking the Pentagon to use its appropriations flexibility from Congress to cancel 22-day furloughs scheduled for most of the department’s civilian workforce.

The Defense Department has to slash $45 billion from its budget in fiscal 2013 under sequestration, and $5 billion of that total is slated to come out of employee salary accounts. The Pentagon has said it probably will have to place on unpaid leave most of its civilian employees for 22 days through Sept. 30 to cut spending under the sequester, although officials now are studying the flexibilities in the fiscal 2013 continuing resolution signed into law on Tuesday to see if they can scale back on the planned furloughs.

The CR shifts more than $10 billion from Defense’s procurement and research and development accounts to the operations and maintenance account, which contains most of the funds for civilian salaries.

“These additional monies are more than enough to put all DoD workers back to work full-time where they belong, and providing the vitally critical support and services that our military women and men depend on,” said the March 27 letter from Gregory Junemann, president of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

The department last week said it would delay sending furlough notices until the first week in April, so furloughs would not begin until about May 6. Agencies must notify employees 30 days in advance of a furlough.

While there is no final word on whether the additional flexibilities under the continuing resolution will allow Defense officials to reduce the number of furlough days for affected employees, there is some confidence that will happen, according to a March 21 report from Stars and Stripes.

Stay up-to-date with federal news alerts and analysis — Sign up for GovExec's email newsletters.
FROM OUR SPONSORS
JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Close [ x ] More from GovExec
 
 

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from GovExec.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Forecasting Cloud's Future

    Conversations with Federal, State, and Local Technology Leaders on Cloud-Driven Digital Transformation

    Download
  • The Big Data Campaign Trail

    With everyone so focused on security following recent breaches at federal, state and local government and education institutions, there has been little emphasis on the need for better operations. This report breaks down some of the biggest operational challenges in IT management and provides insight into how agencies and leaders can successfully solve some of the biggest lingering government IT issues.

    Download
  • Communicating Innovation in Federal Government

    Federal Government spending on ‘obsolete technology’ continues to increase. Supporting the twin pillars of improved digital service delivery for citizens on the one hand, and the increasingly optimized and flexible working practices for federal employees on the other, are neither easy nor inexpensive tasks. This whitepaper explores how federal agencies can leverage the value of existing agency technology assets while offering IT leaders the ability to implement the kind of employee productivity, citizen service improvements and security demanded by federal oversight.

    Download
  • IT Transformation Trends: Flash Storage as a Strategic IT Asset

    MIT Technology Review: Flash Storage As a Strategic IT Asset For the first time in decades, IT leaders now consider all-flash storage as a strategic IT asset. IT has become a new operating model that enables self-service with high performance, density and resiliency. It also offers the self-service agility of the public cloud combined with the security, performance, and cost-effectiveness of a private cloud. Download this MIT Technology Review paper to learn more about how all-flash storage is transforming the data center.

    Download
  • Ongoing Efforts in Veterans Health Care Modernization

    This report discusses the current state of veterans health care

    Download

When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.