An Actual Sequestration Furlough Notice

Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md.,  made the notice available, saying House Republicans have refused a vote on Democrats’ alternative plan to sequestration. Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., made the notice available, saying House Republicans have refused a vote on Democrats’ alternative plan to sequestration. Alex Brandon/AP file photo

A formal sequestration furlough notice sent by the Justice Department ahead of across-the-board budgets cuts was posted online by a lawmaker on Friday.

“We recognizethe difficult personal financial implications" of forced unpaid leave, Justice told assistant U.S. attorneys in the Feb. 20 notice. “This furlough is necessitated by the Budget Control Act of 2011 and the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, which require sequestration of federal agencies’ funds in the event Congress does not take alternative measures to reduce the federal budget deficit by specified amounts.”  

Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., ranking member of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, made the notice available, saying House Republicans have refused a vote on Democrats’ alternative plan to sequestration.

The notice described furlough as a nonpay, nonduty status. “Also, during the furlough, you will not be permitted to serve as an unpaid volunteer and must remain away from your workplace,” it said.

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., held up the notice at a press conference Friday, calling sequestration cuts “brutal, senseless and mindless.”

The letter tells employees they will be furloughed no more than 14 work days, or 112 hours.

In addition to the Justice Department, the National Labor Relations Board has already sent formal furlough notices to employees, triggering the 30-day warning period until actual furloughs may begin.

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.