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DOD cuts furlough days, adds few exemptions

Civilian employees at the Defense Department will now face 11 days of furloughs beginning July 8. This is the second time the Pentagon has revised its furlough plan. Originally, the Pentagon called for 22 unpaid days off due to sequestration. That number was later reduced to 14. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel made the announcement today at a town hall meeting with employees in Virginia.

Tags: pentagon , DoD , sequestration , Chuck Hagel

Tuesday - 05/14/2013, 02:00pm EDT

Just how essential are you, really...

Back in the day, there were two classes of federal worker. Either you were essential or you were nonessential. Most were nonessential. Thanks to political correctness, the term of art now is emergency or nonemergency, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So what impact does that have when furloughs come a knocking?

Tags: Mike Causey , sequestration , federal report ,

Friday - 05/10/2013, 02:00am EDT

Furloughs: A soft landing for some?

Sequestration came in like a lion ... While there have been some furloughs, politicians on both sides of the aisle have learned that furloughing air traffic controllers, meat inspectors and FBI agents is not popular, even with fed bashers, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So, is sequestration heading for a soft landing?

Tags: Mike Causey , federal report , sequestration ,

Wednesday - 05/08/2013, 02:00am EDT

OPM: Some furloughs could be offset with annual leave

Some furloughed federal employees could offset their forced time off with annual leave -- but only under certain circumstances, according to updated guidance from the Office of Personnel Management. If an agency cancels the need for planned furlough days after an employee has already taken those days off, he or she is permitted to substitute annual leave to offset the furlough.

Tags: sequestration , OPM , annual leave , Jack Moore

Monday - 05/06/2013, 06:39pm EDT

USDA says furloughs not expected

Furloughs at the Agriculture Department are looking increasingly unlikely following Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack's request to shift funding and the department's ongoing efforts to find alternative cost savings. A USDA spokeswoman confirmed last week that the department wouldn't have to furlough employees in either the Farm Service Agency or the department's Rural Development division.

Tags: sequestration , USDA , Tom Vilsack , workforce , Jack Moore

Monday - 05/06/2013, 03:57pm EDT

No sequester furloughs at State Department

Despite budget cuts requiring most federal agencies to furlough workers, the State Department says it will not have to force any of its employees to take unpaid leave.

Tags: sequestration , State Department , Patrick Kennedy

Friday - 05/03/2013, 04:50pm EDT

White House recalculates sequestration cuts for some agencies

The White House budget office is recalculating how to apply automatic spending cuts for a handful of agencies, freeing up almost $4 billion for the Pentagon and another $1 billion or so for other agencies like the Homeland Security Department and NASA.

Tags: sequestration , DoD , State , Justice , OMB , management

Saturday - 05/04/2013, 03:00pm EDT

Sequestration: the new heartburn and Alka-Seltzer combo

The threat of furloughs is hanging heavy over tens of thousands of federal workers who say they won't be able to pay the bills if forced to stay home for five to 15 days. So, Mike Causey wants to know, is there light at the end of this tunnel?

Tags: sequestration , IRS , Mike Causey , pay , pay and benefits

Monday - 05/06/2013, 02:00am EDT

Very expensive IRS furlough invites

Furloughs are supposed to save money. But if you wait until the last-minute to notify workers it can be quite costly as the Internal Revenue Service has found out, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey reports.

Tags: Mike Causey , federal report , workforce , sequestration , IRS

Friday - 05/03/2013, 02:00am EDT

Obama signs legislation ending FAA furloughs

President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill to end furloughs of air traffic controllers.

Tags: Barack Obama , sequestration , FAA

Thursday - 05/02/2013, 09:48am EDT
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