Full-time EPA employees face 32 furlough hours

Friday - 4/5/2013, 6:23am EDT

Full-time employees at the Environmental Protection Agency will be furloughed for 32 hours during the first phase of the agency's furlough process. Part-time employees will face furlough hours proportional to their work schedules.

Craig E. Hooks, assistant administrator at EPA's Office of Administration and Resources, made this announcement in an email sent out Wednesday to all EPA employees, who will begin receiving administrative furlough decision memos this week.

Phase 1 of the furlough process at EPA will occur between April 21 and June 15, with an agency-wide furlough day taking place on May 24.

"We are doing everything possible to both minimize the impact of the administrative furlough and to keep you informed throughout this difficult time," Hooks wrote in the email.

The document "Operational Guidance for the Managers and Employees," which contains detailed information about EPA's furlough plans, is available to employees via the agency's intranet site. The site includes additional furlough and sequestration information, including how to request and record furlough leave.

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