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  • More than 20%
    Linda
    Just remember if we are all furloughed 1 day a week, it will be more than a 20% take home pay cut, because you still have to pay the full price for insurance!...........it may also reduce sick leave and vacation time like a part timer. Although if you like to take three day weekends with your leave, you may well have extra this year because you won't need to use it.
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  • Effect of Furlough on Net Pay
    contrarian
    I know for me, because my wife works, we will save money in taxes so for every $100 pay cut, the net cut will be much less than that. Remember our tsp contribution and match will be less, maybe only half.
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  • Furlough Days
    contrarian
    If you look at the calendar, the best day to furlough everbody is July 5, 2013.
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  • I am so sick and tired of this game of chicken
    FederalEmployee
    I received an all-employee email this morning from my agency which states, in part "Despite our current and planned efforts to cut expenses, the reality is that our greatest expense, by far, is employee pay. As a result, if sequestration occurs and our budget is reduced for the remainder of the fiscal year, it appears that a number of furlough days will be necessary given the size of the anticipated budget....At this point, we expect that every one of us would take no more than one furlough day per pay period, beginning sometime in the summer, after the filing season ends, and possibly through the remainder of the fiscal year, for a total of between five to seven furlough days." Dear Lord, I still have 7.5 years to retirement. Please let me make it to retirement...please let me have enough money to retire...please let me be sane when I retire. And Lord, just one more plea...please bestow upon the American populace the wisdom to make better choices at the polls in 2014 and 2016. Amen.
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  • Unfortunately the poll results will stay the same
    wisenekt
    thanks to gerrymandering by both parties to ensure that their party guy is always reelected.
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  • I Got One Too
    Fed1979
    We must work for the same agency. My letter said the same thing. And I was one that said it would never get to this. Of course, there's time for all this to change but the millions of dollars that have been spent on this nonsense is ridiculous. They've already spent more preparing than the furlough is going to save. Unbelievable.
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  • Could Be Worse
    X-taxman
    I dunno, five to seven days off starting in the summer doesn't sound all that bad to me. Beats the 22 days they were squawking about. No charge to your leave, yep, not bad. Enjoy it! I'm sure the IRS (I don't know of any other agency with a 'filing season') could easily survive this. And the last 7.5 years goes by very fast, you'll be fine.
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  • But still bad
    Moderate
    If you were not retired I might respect your position. However, you lose nothing by sequestration. 7 days lost pay is still 7 days lost pay. That is bad. Contribute 7/250 of your pension to the government beyond the mandatory amount and your position would be more meaningful.
    worker
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  • stop the high end mgmt from traveling.
    Taxpayer Too
    The commissioners and higher end managers need to quit their traveling for these town hall meetings. What a waste! I'm amazed that Congress hasn't tried to put through a bill that makes us work 5 days a weeks but cut our pay by the 20% instead of furloughing us to reduce our income by 20%.
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  • missing a huge point,
    Anthony S.
    ..those contractors WILL get paid....they didn't give them enough notice nor the correct legal formal notice... the FED workers of course can go to heck.... but the contractors??? No way, Jose...those contractors are GONNA get paid regardless if they do any work....different rules apply to them and they are all of course described in legally binding contracts..... If you hire a contractor to reroof your house on Monday and they all show up in trucks with already bought supplies and men/women on the clock and you tell them .."Hold it boys..not today, come back next week"......that roofing company will sue your Boehner a.. off as if they did the job since they could have done other work...and the workers then would have a claim on the company for wages lost since they also could have found other work... So what the GOP has done here if this sequester goes through is to WASTE potentially billions of dollars and get NOTHING in return... The stupid news media INCLUDING Causey REFUSES to go into detail about all of this and just run around with their hair on fire instead of detailing what could happen ..... this is just the tip of the iceberg re contract law too.....and don't you think all their lawyers have fully prepared themselves to file law suits over this as soon as it happens.... The government does not have the ability to go and put proper notice to hundreds of thousands of contracted out functions (big and small) that they are being let go which means the contractor also must be given enough time to tell their suppliers and workers what is gonna happen....... They can't do it following the letter of these contract laws because they don't have enough time to tell them nor enough time to hear out the contractors who have to be given a response opportunity... The contract companies will demand their corporate payments to keep their factories and business sections from falling apart but might let the individual employees who are gonna get sacked go it on their own to state unemployment offices to get some sort of wage benefits......................... and for back pay these sacked workers might be on their own as well with their unions or if non-unionized through class action lawsuits... State governments will be hard pressed to pay these people unemployment benefits....Nobody has even talked about this aspect on popular media......somebody is gonna pay these unemployed people benefits since they have paid into unemployment insurance all their working careers..This just isn't only about jackbooting FED employees at this point.... This will be mind boggling.... Obama has screwed around with FED workers the entire time he has been office...but now he is screwing around with contractors as are the GOP and they have NO idea the fight they are getting themselves into ..ZERO IDEA.... The contractors will get their pound of flesh no matter how jacked up the FED GOVT and Congress has become....
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  • 5 Years of no budgets from Senate
    contrarian
    They're all guilty, so those of you blaming one side are missing the whole point. I will respond by cutting back wherever I can. No vacation or luxuries this year. Plus the family will chip in with "Furlough Day Rice & Beans" dinners to help them share in the sacrifice. We already scrimp enough but we'll squeeze even more. High gas and energy prices have been a huge hidden tax on all wage earners along with the extra 2% makes this a really tough year.
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  • Your title is a shame
    Moderate
    Had you not stated that nonsense your comments would be reasonable. The Republican House passed garbage that they knew would go nowhere. At least the Senate did not waste its time passing garbage that they know the House would not accept.
    worker
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  • Contractors?
    Linda
    I have a friend who works in HR for a Government Contractor. She has been working 60 hours a week, doing lay offs from the last budget cuts to their contracts, and to set up for 2 week rolling lay offs (they by contract can't do 1 day a week for most employees) starting as soon as they know. So yes, Contractors are getting cut as well.
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  • Gov't Sheep
    GetOffYour Butts
    It is sad indeed that Federal Workers are so spineless. Like sheep they follow and are lead to slaughter. 3 year pay freeze. Increased pension deductions. Reduced Workers Compensation. Like slaves they take it over and over again and say "Yes Master". If they were smarter ___(which they are not) then they would all Immediately cancel their US Savings Bonds deductions from their paycheck and also immediately move their TSP money out of the Government Bond fund. If they were not such cowards they would be spending every furlough day in DC picketing in front of Congress at the House of Representatives. And if they had balls they would say I am not going to take it any more and all just stay home, instead of being whipping boys time and time again.
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  • To Get
    Moderate
    Nice words but unrealistic. We do say yes master. We cannot strike and if we disobey a lawful order, we can be fired. The exception would be if the order is illegal, but that is playing with fire. I cancelled savings bonds during the Reagan era. And where do I put my TSP. I need security. I also have investments outside of my retirement funds. And why picket the House Republicans? They do not give a darn.
    worker
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