Sequestration

DOD releases furlough timeline

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DOD civilian employees who are due to be furloughed will get notices soon. (Stock image)

The Defense Department has established approximate dates related to looming furloughs for civilian employees, according to published reports.

The schedule, which was described by Pentagon Comptroller Robert Hale in Capitol Hill testimony last month, notes that furlough notices will be sent out as early as this week.

According to the Washington Times, the timeline is as follows:

March 21 through March 25 — Furlough proposal notices will be sent to employees.

March 28 through April 1 — Employees’ reply period will end seven days after their proposals were sent.

March 29 through April 24 — Furlough decision letters will sent to employees, depending on when their proposal notices were sent and prior to first day of furlough.

April 25 — Furlough period will begin.

The furloughs are a result of sequestration, and apply to civilian employees and not military personnel. Nonetheless, the uniformed services will be feeling the pinch as well as 10 percent across-the-board budget cuts, which went into effect March 1, begin to take effect.

"Let me make it clear that this uncertainty puts at risk our ability to effectively fulfill all of our missions," Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said at a Pentagon press conference March 1, his first day on the job.

Hagel's deputy, Ashton Carter, also has stated that sequestration will have a diminishing effect on the military's operations and efficiency as the cuts begin being implemented.

"If you planned to fly, or to train in the next few months – that's their duty, that's their responsibility to our national security, and they're not going to be able to do that," Carter said at the March 1 briefing.

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Thu, Jun 20, 2013 DOD Navy, San Diego

This furlough is seriously going to impact our life. Our dept is choosing our furlough day for us,we will have to give up our part time jobs that we acquired to helps us through this difficult time,because they are taking away our RDO and changing our hours.This furlough is going to cost us more than washington could possible imagine.The NEWS MEDIA is saying that our country is in a recovery mode,where are they getting their information from.This couldn't be farther from the truth.Did someone forget to tell the media about the furloughs and how it going to impact the middle class workers and our economy.

Tue, Jun 11, 2013 DOD CAMP PENDLETON

We have been told that we can only choose certain days for our furlough days which enables us to find part time work to make up for the loss in pay. Some of us have alternating work schedules that are being taking away becuase of furlough which impacts traffic on base, etc. Why are they still hiring new people when we are going through "furlough". It's bad enough our wages have been frozen for the past couple of years. How much more do we have to give up before our government wakes up and realizes that they are once again hurting the middle class! Does congress have furlough? Maybe this would get resolved quicker if congress and the senate had furlough days to worry about! Why are we working so hard without raises or incentives when congress has vacations, breaks, etc. It seems there is no breaks for the middle class when we make up most of the workforce throughout DOD. This will definitely impact and hurt the morale of all of us government employees.

Tue, Jun 11, 2013 CAMP PENDLETON CA

NOT ONLY ARE THEY CHOOSING ARE FURLOUGH DAYS FOR US,SO WE CANT GET PART TIME JOBS,TO MAKE UP THE DIFFERENCE, BUT THEY ARE ALSO USING THIS FURLOUGH TO CHANGE OUR WORK HOURS AND BECAUSE OF THIS WE ARE LOOSING OUR VAN POOL, WE WILL HAVE TO LEAVE LATER FROM WORK WHICH MEANS LONG LINES OF TRAFFIC AND NOT ONLY ARE WE GOING TO LOOSE MONEY BECAUSE ARE PAY CHECKS WILL BE SMALLER BUT KNOW ARE FUEL BILL WILL BE MORE EXPENSIVE AND BELIEVE ME, SOME OF US ARE NOT GOING TO MAKE IT THROUGH THIS, SOME OF US ARE GOING TO END UP WITH SERIOUS CREDIT ISSUES AND NO BODY IN WASHINGTON CARES.

Mon, Mar 25, 2013

Since I'm not one of the hard working American taxpayers, who do I see about returning my $22,000 for 2012 federal taxes?

Thu, Mar 21, 2013

This is happening because furloughs are a tool to get people to call their representatives and senators and complain; trying to get them to cave on rampant spending. THAT is why they don't trim the fat of wasteful programs instead. programs can't complain to congress.

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