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  • Pros and Cons
    MichaelF
    On the con side, having the civilian workforce take one day off a week, even if staggered, is going to result in a degredation of services performed for the troops in the field. On the pro side, it will help us cut down on the leave we take -- until Congress figures that part out.
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  • Blame the Pentagon
    2E071
    It is easy to blame Congress for failure to act but I find it hard to understand why Pentagon Leadership failed to plan for this since it was always a possibility. Now they wait until the last minute and expect the American public to have sympathy.
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  • The Pentagon was legally unable to plan for this
    wisenekt
    until late December. In addition, there is not much that can be done until sequestration becomes a reality in March. In addtion, it will not be until the end of March where the nation will find out if we will get an FY12 Budget passed. It is the combination of sequesteration and a year long continuing resolution that is creating the "Pentagon cliff".
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  • Cut Down on Leave?
    allymae81
    I am sorry I don't believe this is going to help cut down on the leave we take. Personally I have 52 hours of travel comp time which needs to be taked prior to June...I have already scheduled that out staggered in order not to affect my job performance. On top of that 52 hours I have 160 hours use/lose leave to use this year because I carried forward max amount of leave. I only just now started to figure out where to place it so I am not taking the entire month of December off and not affecting my job performance. So leave is still going to be taken in addition to furlough, I guess I will be working 3 day weeks instead of 4 through June. Due to no fault of my own I have not had the ability to take this leave so now it is scheduled.
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  • Take your leave - you earned it. You aren't indespensable.
    The Original Joe S
    Guy I worked with went out for lunch. Was in a car wreck and died. By day 3, his office was cleared out, his name was taken down, and people could barely remember him. Don't let 'em CHEAT you out of your justly-earned leave. Take it, and it's THEIR problem how they cope with your absence. Rules are rules, hah?
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  • DoD workfare...has to end
    JohnE
    and now is as good a time as any to start the process of ending this highly politicized unstainable practice. We need to cut DoD spending by at least half..and it can be done without negatively affecting our ability to extend hard power. It will call for some courage but it can be done and must be done. We spend nearly a trillion dollars a yr in defense spending. the white or public budget around $663B and the black estimated at $350B..totally unstainable. The DoD loses over $50B a year they account for in the accounting system. DLA has been trying for nearly two decades to simply account for all its property in real estate and physical property it manages around the world and still doesnt have a clue. There is tremendous waste, fraud and abuse within the procurement and acquisition process's. Its way past time the DoD got a bit hair cut and now is the time.
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  • You were too stupid to get hired in a DoD job, hah?
    The Original Joe S
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  • How is this possible?
    allymae81
    We were told the max amount of furlough days was 22 in official correspondence. By doing some simple math, if furlough were to start the first full week in March then that is 30 days or the first full week in April then 26 days, either way they are both still greater than 22.
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  • Ummmmm, you know math is not a strong suit in the department right?
    mike1987
    Just look at the GAO report on our lack of financial accounting
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  • Think about it"
    TryNtoServ
    You are forgetting they must give us 30 days notice and the fact that there is a possible two week planning period starting 2 March if not deal is struck....22 days is the magic number working back from 30 Sept.
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  • I retired IMMEDIATELY at 30. Peace on 'em all!
    The Original Joe S
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  • If to furlough is a must...
    TryNtoServ
    If the Pentagon must furlough, taking 20 percent of our pay, why not first stop the 5 percent agency matching to our TSP accounts? It is a nice to have, not a must have! The furlough will reduce what we could put in anyway, so first taking the cut out of the matching would reduce the impact on our take home. I can deal without that six month add on for retirement...In doing this the number of days a furlough could also be reduced.
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  • So the calf thinks he's negotiating with the butcher?
    Just me
    You think you're negotiating on furloughs? That offering up TSP matching is going to spare some (or all) of the pain of being furloughed? It's akin to the calf offering up a leg (to the butcher) to avoid being slaughtered. The butcher will take the leg, and more, because he can. The calf doesn't have anything to give that the butcher can not merely take, and thus no negotiation is possible.
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