NOAA Cancels Planned Employee Furloughs

Acting Commerce Undersecretary Kathryn Sullivan told employees that department officials were able to obtain budget flexibility, allowing the agency to avoid furloughs for all 12,000 of its employees. Acting Commerce Undersecretary Kathryn Sullivan told employees that department officials were able to obtain budget flexibility, allowing the agency to avoid furloughs for all 12,000 of its employees. Dan Joling/AP file photo

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration canceled furloughs for its employees after the Commerce Department and congressional negotiators agreed on a new budget deal, according to multiple reports.

In an all-hands memo sent late Friday, acting Commerce Undersecretary Kathryn Sullivan told employees that department officials were able to obtain budget flexibility, allowing the agency to transfer funds and avoid furloughs for all 12,000 of its employees.

The recent tornadoes in Oklahoma and Missouri reminded everyone of “how important every single employee within NOAA is to the health, safety, and well-being of this nation,” she said in the memo, which was obtained by SpaceNews.com.

“While this new plan allows us to avoid furloughs, sequestration remains an ongoing challenge,” Sullivan added. “We must all continue to scrutinize every expense and prioritize our most critical missions and essential operations.”

Rep. Richard M. Nolan, D-Minn., wrote a letter in early May to acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank and Sullivan asking them to cancel furloughs at the agency, which includes the National Weather Service. 

NOAA officials had warned that furloughs would be detrimental to the agency’s ability to “support effective forecast operations during either tropical or severe weather events.” Union officials, especially leaders from the National Weather Service Employees Organization, also have pushed Commerce officials to eliminate sequestration related furloughs. 

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:

  • Sponsored by eSignLive by VASCO

    Mobile E-Signatures for Government

    Learn 5 key trends that accelerate government demand for mobile signing.

    Download
  • Sponsored by Management Concepts

    SPONSORED: Successful Change Management Practices in the Public Sector

    How governmental agencies implement organizational change management.

    Download
  • Sponsored by Kronos

    Solving the Workforce Compliance Challenge

    Download this eBook to learn how data and automation can help state and local agencies.

    Download

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