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Civilian Agency Sequestration News

How many furlough days did feds actually take?

With the end of fiscal 2013 just over a month away, many agencies are wrapping up their furlough days. Some agencies have even reduced the number of unpaid leave days they originally thought they would need. This graphic depicts the total number of furlough days originally declared by agencies versus the number of furloughs actually taken.

Friday - 08/23/2013, 12:00pm EDT

Furloughs: WTF?

When it comes to figuring out sequestration and furloughs, the phrase that most often comes to federal workers' lips is "WTF." Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says it stands for "What're The Facts" behind the political monstrosity that triggered furloughs, and — in some agencies — could produce layoffs next year?

Friday - 08/23/2013, 02:00am EDT

MSPB continues long slog through 30,000 furlough appeals

The majority of furlough-related appeals the Merit Systems Protection Board has received - 98 percent - have come from civilian employees of the Defense Department. Of the 30,000-plus furlough appeals, MSPB has entered more than 16,000 into its system. The agency says it expects to have most of the appeals docketed shortly after Labor Day.

Thursday - 08/22/2013, 05:16pm EDT

Sequestration Tracker: Guide to agency furloughs

In the weeks leading up to March 1, agencies across government have painted increasingly dire pictures of life under sequestration. Along with hiring freezes, spending reductions, and curtailed travel and training, many agencies are planning for furloughs. With Federal News Radio's Sequestration Tracker, find out how agencies have said they'll slash their budgets to comply with the $85 billion in across-the-board cuts.

Thursday - 08/22/2013, 11:00am EDT

EPA cancels Aug. 30 furlough day

Environmental Protection Agency employees will no longer have to take their final, mandatory furlough day.

Wednesday - 08/21/2013, 07:08pm EDT

OMB reduces number of furlough days by 2

The Office of Management and Budget originally planned for 10 furlough days. Employees were already required to take seven unpaid days off and one more is planned before Sept. 30.

Tuesday - 08/20/2013, 05:48pm EDT

Face of Furloughs: Feds swamped by Sandy, double dose of furloughs

A New York family is getting help from the Federal Employee Education and Assistance fund as they dig out from Hurricane Sandy and endure a double dose of furloughs.

Monday - 08/12/2013, 03:32pm EDT
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HUD drops last 2 furlough days

The Department of Housing and Urban Development canceled its last two furlough days after its employee union agreed to drop a grievance over the agency's alleged violations of its earlier furlough agreement.

Friday - 08/09/2013, 06:04pm EDT

IRS postpones Aug. 30 furlough day

IRS Acting Commissioner Danny Werfel announced to staff Wednesday the agency was postponing the agencywide furlough day scheduled for Aug. 30.

Thursday - 08/08/2013, 04:10pm EDT

Furloughs hit tidal wave level

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Or is it a sequestration-driven furlough tsunami that threatens to bury one very small, but important, federal agency that is seeing its 30-year workload record being shattered almost daily, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tuesday - 08/06/2013, 02:00am EDT

Citing sequestration, OPM pushes back retirement processing goal

The Office of Personnel Management now estimates it will not be able to clear a longstanding backlog of retirement claims until next summer. OPM Associate Director for Retirement Services Ken Zawodny told Federal News Radio the suspension of overtime in late April has left the agency essentially treading water when it comes to processing retirement applications.

Monday - 08/05/2013, 10:00am EDT
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Those were the days...

Here's a horrible thought to start off your week, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. You've had your pay frozen and maybe you have been furloughed with more mandatory time-outs to come. But what if these are the good old days right now? That it can't get any better than this...

Friday - 08/02/2013, 02:00am EDT

DoD furloughs could cause FEEA loans to swell to record levels

The Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund is receiving more requests for loans than ever before as weekly furloughs hit the Defense Department. Director Steve Bauer said the non-profit organization is doing everything it can to keep up.
July 24 & 30, 2013

Wednesday - 07/24/2013, 02:47pm EDT
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Swiss-cheese body armor

What if we found out that instead of saving millions of dollars through furloughs and sequestration cuts, the actions were actually costing the government and the taxpayers billions of dollars? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: At this rate, how much longer can we afford to save?

Tuesday - 07/23/2013, 02:00am EDT

Man bites dead horse: Now that's news!

Are the media -- people like us -- paying too much attention to the reality of furloughs and the possibility of layoffs in the federal workforce? At what point does the constant reporting fall into the category of beating a dead horse? Or is this one still worth tracking. You tell us, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Friday - 07/19/2013, 02:00am EDT
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Feds' silver lining stalked by dark cloud

All of a sudden, things are looking up. The IRS has canceled at least one planned furlough day and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has scrubbed round two of its tough furlough policy. So what's not to like? Some feds say the reason the silver lining is so bright is that it is framed by a very large, very dark cloud, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Thursday - 07/18/2013, 02:00am EDT

Canceled furlough day welcome, but what about Aug. 30?

NTEU President Colleen M. Kelley applauded IRS' decision to cancel its July 22 furlough day, but she says that's not enough.
July 17, 2013

Wednesday - 07/17/2013, 06:24pm EDT
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Are you paranoid or perceptive?

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: Just how paranoid are you? Do you think NASA faked the Moon landings? Just who is really buried in Grant's tomb? And is sequestration a giant political mistake or a clever plan to shrink the bureaucracy and defang the IRS?

Wednesday - 07/17/2013, 02:00am EDT

IRS cancels 1 furlough day

The Internal Revenue Service is canceling one of its planned furlough days. In an email to staff obtained by Federal News Radio, acting IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel announced the agency is forgoing the scheduled furlough day on July 22.

Tuesday - 07/16/2013, 04:49pm EDT

Your sequestration vacation: Are we there yet?

Extended pay freeze. Furloughs. Can it get any worse? In a word: Yes! Check out Senior Correspondent Mike Causey's column for more.

Tuesday - 07/16/2013, 02:00am EDT
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