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Hundreds at Fort Gordon furloughed during shutdown

Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 6:43 PM
Last updated 7:18 PM
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Although essential services and military personnel are unaffected by the federal government shutdown, 490 of the 842 civilian workers who make up the U.S. Army Signal Center of Excellence and the Army Garrison will be furloughed until further notice.

“This is a difficult day for us,” Fort Gordon’s garrison commander, Col. Samuel Anderson, said in a news release. “We’re concerned for our employees who are being furloughed for the second time this year, and we’re concerned about our ability to provide the programs and services that our service members and their families deserve.”

Because Fort Gordon houses a variety of agencies and commands on post, officials could not say how many employees would be furloughed on base.

Public Affairs Officer J.C. Mathews said employees involved in safety and security, such as military police, firefighters and security guards, will not be affected. Contracted employees whose positions are funded beyond Oct. 1, and the government employees tasked to supervise them, are also working as normal.

Furloughed employees make up positions such as administrative service workers and support staffers for military education. Civilian workers who support public safety operations are exempt from the furloughs, Mathews said.

Military pay will be uninterrupted during the shutdown under the Pay Our Military Act signed by President Obama on Monday.

WILL IT AFFECT THE SCHOOLS?

Federal funding allocated to local school systems will not be immediately affected by the government shutdown.

The majority of funding provided for 2014 comes from fiscal year 2012 carryover and fiscal 2013 appropriations, according to an e-mail sent to school districts by Scott Austensen, Georgia’s deputy superintendent for finance and business operations.

That money includes Title I and II, which support low-income districts and teacher training; part B of IDEA, which helps children with disabilities; and Career, Technical and Agricultural Education grants.

Race to the Top grants, afour-year education improvement grant Richmond County received in 2010, are exempt from the shutdown, Austensen said.

U.S. Department of Agriculture grants, which fund school lunches, also are secure because they come mostly from 2013 appropriations.

To see a breakdown of Army garrison positions affected, go to:

www.gordon.army.mil/NEWS/government_shutdown/Fort_Gordon_Shutdown_Support_and_Services_Chart.pdf

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fedex227
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fedex227 10/01/13 - 08:36 pm
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Shame.

There's no reason for this.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/01/13 - 09:03 pm
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Watch

You just watch. When the bill finally gets signed into law, these furloughed people will be given their salaries in back pay and never miss a nickel. They will be paid even though they did not work.

fedex227
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fedex227 10/01/13 - 09:47 pm
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In these times of austerity ...

I wouldn't be so sure. Government employees have had their wages frozen for the last three years yet you don't hear them complain - it's called character.

moderate321
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moderate321 10/01/13 - 09:58 pm
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Austerity....

State employees haven't had a raise in 6 years plus have had to take furlough days. Federal employees have had 3% annual raises every year.....3 years without a raise and the first furlough ever. That is a whole lot of character.

RedQuinoa
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RedQuinoa 10/01/13 - 11:18 pm
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Shame, indeed!

The failed leaders in Washington (on both sides of the aisle) have made us into their pawns in the endless political chess match of partisan politics. Not one incumbent will get my vote next time around. :-(

griff6035
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griff6035 10/02/13 - 07:00 am
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Website

Must be incomplete, could not be found.

myfather15
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myfather15 10/02/13 - 10:17 am
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When there are so many cuts

When there are so many cuts that honestly COULD be made, with very little impact on the average citizen; they choose to do this!!

Part of the Obama "Make it hurt as bad as possible, so we can blame republicans." 2014 anyone?? He will do ANYTHING to get control of congress. The problem is, with all the lying rhetoric coming from people like Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, and the uninvolved, uninformed, uncaring voter's in America, I honestly believe it will work. People will still be rushing to the nearest store with "Duck Dynasty" merchandise or whatever else the latest fad is, and still not giving a hoot about what's going on in the world. Getting the little news they do listen to, from ABC, CBS and NBC. No wonder we are losing!!

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 10/02/13 - 01:20 pm
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Obama's brinksmanship

is by far the worst ever tried at that level. He would let people die rather than budge an inch because of his great, overwhelming insight into what's good for us peons who keep the money flowing into the coffers he plans to pilfer for his protected groups and special interests.

He is a truly sickening human being, and he has no moral compass. He should be impeached for all the ways he is flagrantly breaking the law of the land. And those hypocritical wretches Pelosi and Reid should leave with him. I don't know that we ever have had such foul people holding such sway over our lives in this nation.

OJP
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OJP 10/02/13 - 10:00 pm
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You guys sure are trying hard to shift the blame.

Look. The healthcare bill was passed by both houses of Congress. The President signed it. An election was then held where that legislation was a major topic, and the President won. Then the Supreme Court ruled it is constitutional. Then the House GOP voted 43 times to repeal it - failing every time (and wasting taxpayer time and money because the Democrats held the Senate and the White House).

The GOP has lost this and has lost this hard (and at every turn). The healthcare law undeniably represents the will of the people as expressed through our constitutional structure. And expecting the President to gut this legislation to appease the far right of the Republican party is absurd.

This shutdown is the fault of one party and one party alone: the GOP. Any arguments to the contrary are simply laughable on their face.

myfather15
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myfather15 10/03/13 - 06:24 am
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OJP

"The GOP has lost this and has lost this hard (and at every turn). The healthcare law undeniably represents the will of the people as expressed through our constitutional structure. "

Undeniable, huh? Did you look at ANY polls to see what percentage of the people support Obamacare, before making that comment?

Every polls, including CNN and NBC polls; show support for Obamacare has fell below 40% with most around 35%. CNN even saying LESS than one in 5 American's believe the AFA will help them.

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/10/01/cnn-poll-will-obamacare-...

Support AGAINST Obamacare has remained pretty steady around 50% and the rest have no clue whether they support it or not.

Here is another; look the rest up yourself!!

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/current_events/h...

"The healthcare law undeniably represents the will of the people as expressed through our constitutional structure."

Wow, if that is "undeniably" to you; I would hate to see what you believe is deniable!!

pantherluvcik
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pantherluvcik 10/03/13 - 07:22 am
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Although this was for a late

Although this was for a late night show and appears to be funny to most I think it's quite sad. This shows that people oppose the healthcare plan simply because Obama's name is attached to it. Notice that every white person on this video opposes the healthcare plan simply because his name is attached to it but supports the Affordable Healthcare Act, which is the same thing. That is so indicative of race relations in our country. Racism and hate are powerful emotions and they would rather see our country fall apart and the sick rack up hospital bills and be without meds than to support a black man in office. I'm not shocked by these things anymore, but I am saddened.
http://www.latimes.com/opinion/opinion-la/la-ol-jimmy-kimmel-obamacare-g...

myfather15
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myfather15 10/03/13 - 11:12 am
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Panther

Oooh yeah; certainly that couldn't be set up to appear that way!! Certainly they could never get people and tell them how to answer. Just like before the election with that "Investigative journalist" for Bill Maher went to Mississippi and interviewed Romney supporters, making them appear to be nothing but racists!! Then it was discovered the whole thing was a hoax!! They were told what to say!! The Maher, being a comedian, played it off as a joke. Ain't that an clear advantage of being a comedian, you can play ANYTHING off as a joke, when it's found to be FRAUD!!!

If I'm not mistaken, the "Investigative Journalist" was Nancy Pelosi's daughter!! Which I've heard with her left wing views, would make Nancy Pelosi look like a conservative school girl.

Yep, we can certainly put all our trust in them!! Certainly we should base our determination that this Country is racist on THEM!!!

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 10/03/13 - 02:03 pm
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Bleat, bleat, bleat

racism bleat
hate bleat
poor Obozo bleat

Sheep.

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