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Fort Gordon to take most furloughs on Fridays

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 3:20 PM
Last updated Thursday, May 30, 2013 1:34 AM
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Starting July 8, most Fort Gordon organizations will close on Fridays to compensate for 11 weeks of civilian furloughs, officials said Wednesday.

The announcement came as Fort Gordon supervisors began delivering furlough notices, setting in motion a chain of actions that will result in nearly 3,100 civilian workers losing 88 hours of pay each by the end of the fiscal year.

Though the unpaid leave could equate to a 20 percent pay cut for some, all civilian employees on Fort Gordon will continue to accrue sick leave, collect retirement and receive health insurance, public affairs officer J.C. Mathews said.

Mathews said local commanders plan to hold regular town hall meetings in June to prepare civilians for the furloughs, which are expected to have a minimal impact on Fort Gordon training and security operations.

The furloughs – scheduled to start July 8 or later – are part of the Pentagon’s efforts to make up $37 billion in cuts from sequestration that kicked in March 1 and cut $20 billion in the operations and maintenance accounts that fund civilian employees. The furloughs are expected to save the U.S. Defense Department $1.8 billion.

At Fort Gordon, most organizations have decided to close their operations on Fridays. Mathews said organizations that cannot close on Fridays will stagger furlough days throughout the work week.

“This provides predictability for customers seeking services during the furlough,” Mathews said.

Signal Center training will be largely unaffected by furloughs because the majority of instructors
are military personnel or contractors.

Mathews said the post will use temporary guards and uniformed officers to maintain security at the gates while civilian personnel are away.

Mathews said delivery of furlough letters started Tuesday and will continue through June 5.

HELP FOR WORKERS

Assistance options for workers include:

• The Employee Assistance Program, a voluntary program that offers free and confidential assessments, short-term counseling, referrals and follow-up services to employees who have personal or work-related problems.

• Army Community Service, which provides advocacy and prevention services; it can also assist with information and referral, outreach, financial planning, employment and other services that can support the civilian workforce.

• Federal employee Thrift Savings Plan account, which offers several options to those experiencing financial hardship; among them are financial hardship in-service withdrawals, loans and loans while in a nonpay status.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/30/13 - 04:07 am
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This will result in lots of

This will result in lots of money being lost in the CSRA.

eschamb
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eschamb 05/30/13 - 04:26 am
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Furlough Overseas in South Korea

I guess all our enemies know when the best time to attack is now. Just hit us during the furlough time. My personal thoughts are:
According to my job appointment as an Information Technology Management (GS-11, 2210) dated 15 Jun 2012, I have been assigned to an "Emergency Employee Position"/Agreement Signed.

It is further noted in my position name, that my Key Emergency Essential status is "Emergency-Essential Position", remains in overseas location after evacuation.

Five things I feel mentioning in my response are;
1) The Korea Defense Service Medal (KDSM) was awarded to the United States Armed Forces and signed into law by President George W. Bush for a reason.
2) The Korean Civilian Service Medal is granted to a DA US citizen civilian employee who has successfully completed a tour of duty with the US Army in Korea for a reason.
3) The Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation is a military award issued by the government of South Korea to both South Korean and foreign military units for a reason.
4) We are still technically at war after the Korean Armistice Agreement was signed on 27 July 1953 for a reason.
5) The Department of Army allowed me to convert my Korea active duty service time into my Department of Army civilian service computation time for a reason.

Americans both active duty and civilian have given their life's in defense of America's freedom on the Korean peninsula. How much more must we give for this freedom?

If USFK/8A needs to send a delegation to North Korea and ask Kim Yongun to also put himself and military on furlough during the same time our emergency essential are furloughed, we can avoid having to make any kind of plan just in case hostilities break out during our furlough, I will be more than happy to assist and volunteer my services even if it is on my furlough time.

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bdouglas 05/30/13 - 12:01 pm
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I don't really follow how 88

I don't really follow how 88 hours of furlough time is "a 20 percent pay cut for some"... A typical year is approx. 2000 hours worked by most standards. They'd need 400 hours furloughed to get to 20 percent of that. 88 hours, while it'll still hurt for many, is nothing near 20 percent. Most could also use vacation time to account for at least half of it to lessen the blow. The unfortunate thing about doing most of them on Fridays is that I doubt many would qualify for any unemployment benefits for just a day a week because they'd make more than is allowed that week in order to draw.

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fedex227 05/30/13 - 08:54 pm
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I'm not sure but I think the point being made...
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was that if you make let's say $200 a day, over the course of a two-week period you'd make $2000. Under the furlough you only make $1600 for the two weeks, that's a 20% cut. I don't believe it was meant to indicate a 20% 'annual' cut in pay.

Also, much as people might like to say 'hey, I'll just use 8 hours of leave time on Friday cuz I got a bunch of leave saved- so pay me for a 40-hour week, that's not allowed under the furlough provision. No matter how you try to cut it, you're only gonna get paid for 32 hours. And for anyone living paycheck to paycheck (and heaven knows we've all been there at some point - whether it was just starting out or through difficult times) ... that's a big hit. You go Congress.

eschamb
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eschamb 05/30/13 - 09:47 pm
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Furlough Argument With Alernative

20 things I feel mentioning are;
1) The Korea Defense Service Medal (KDSM) was awarded to the United States Armed Forces and signed into law by President George W. Bush for a reason.
2) The Korean Civilian Service Medal is granted to a DA US citizen civilian employee who has successfully completed a tour of duty with the US Army in Korea for a reason.
3) The Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation is a military award issued by the government of South Korea to both South Korean and foreign military units for a reason.
4) We are still technically at war after the Korean Armistice Agreement was signed on 27 July 1953 for a reason.
5) The Department of Army allowed me to convert my Korea active duty service time into my Department of Army civilian service computation time for a reason.
6) According to my job appointment as an Information Technology Management (GS-11, 2210) dated 15 Jun 2012, I have been assigned to an "Emergency Employee (EE) Position" for a reason.
7) It is further noted in my position name, that my Key Emergency Essential status is "Emergency-Essential (EE) Position", remains in overseas location after evacuation for a reason.
8) Issue/maintain complete active duty field gear (TA-50) at a cost of over
$1,000 dollars for a reason.
9) Additional required field gear is purchased using staff section funds for a cost of almost $400.00 dollars for a reason.
10) Issue/train/maintain a complete wartime NBC system gear for a reason.
11) Issue/train/maintain an individual weapon and qualify as active duty requirements for a reason.
12) Required to obtain and maintain a valid military driver's license for a reason.
13) Required to pass a medical physical once a year and receive certified SF Form 78 for a reason. On this form it is stated, “This position is designated EE. Incumbent will be required to wear Organizational Clothing and individual equipment, Chemical protective mask and clothing in support of mobilization, major field exercise, and be able to live in a field environment. Incumbent will be required to meet the physical and immunization requirement established by the Theater Commander. There may be total exposure to the prevailing weather conditions. Incumbent may be subject to the following environmental factors: excessive heat, cold, humidity, dampness, dry atmosphere conditions, dust fumes, smoke or gases, working around machinery with moving, slippery or uneven walking surfaces, stress: protracted or irregular hours of work.”
14) During exercises we are required to wear the military issued uniform for a reason. During exercises we are placed in a “field environment, under field conditions, mess available” and must purchase rations from the field mess for a reason.
15) Required to participate in physical exercise on our duty hours for a reason.
16) I cannot receive a DAC-EE CAC unless I present my DD Form 2365, DOD Civilian Employee Overseas Emergency-Essential Position Agreement for a reason.
17) My Letter of Employment (LOE) that CPAC authors must indicate that “This position designated as Emergency Essential” for a reason.
18) My dependents are required to be trained and maintain a sealed NBC protective mask for a reason.
19) My dependents are required to maintain a Noncombatant Evacuation folder that contains up to 20 pages of forms required in case hostilities begin and evacuation is ordered for a reason.
20) My dependents are required to participate in a yearly noncombatant evacuation operations exercise for a reason.

Are we not one of the few forward deployed American forces still in an area that is technically still at war?

Can anyone give me a rational reason why the emergency essential DACs in South Korea were not even considered to be exempted from this furlough, when there are thousands of non-EE DACs stateside who are?

We have been directed to not answer our phones or even show up at our work place during our furlough hours. Hostilities begin, phones rings, do not answer.

If USFK/8A needs to send a delegation to North Korea and ask Kim, Jongun to also put himself and military on furlough during the same time our emergency essential are furloughed, we can avoid having to make any kind of plan just in case hostilities break out during our furlough, I will be more than happy to assist and volunteer my services even if it is on my furlough time.

Americans both active duty and civilian have given their life's in defense of America's freedom on the Korean peninsula. How much more must we give for this freedom?

One alternative to being put on furlough, is doing away with this EE requirement. I think there are enough of funds that can be equal to our 88hrs loss of pay. If this command feels we are not important enough to be exempted from this furlough, why even have EE DACs?

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