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Wed Feb 20, 2013, 03:53 PM

DOD Secretary Panetta to employees: Furloughs are coming

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has told Congress he intends to furlough civilian employees if sequestration goes into effect.

Panetta issued a memo to Defense Department employees Wednesday, pledging to work with employee unions and give employees at least 30 days of notice before furloughing them. He said he would continue to work with Congress in hopes of avoiding sequestration’s budget cuts, which are scheduled to take effect March 1.

A Defense official said Tuesday that the department plans to furlough nearly 800,000 civilian employees starting in April. Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told lawmakers last week that employees will likely be furloughed for one day per week for up to 22 weeks, through the end of the fiscal year in September.

The furloughs would cut DoD costs by about $5 billion out of the $46 billion total it will have to cut under sequestration. Military personnel would be exempt.

http://www.federaltimes.com/article/20130220/DEPARTMENTS01/302200002/Panetta-employees-Furloughs-coming?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE


While I realize some are appalled at our Defense spending, slashing the incomes of Civil Servants by 20% is horrible. Many families just can't take that kind of hit. There are roughly 800,000 civilian employees in the DOD. Many are unionized. These people include scientists and engineers at labs who do much of the raw government research, Naval Shipyard trades and ship fitters, aircraft mechanics and Army equipment overhaul mechanics, supply system and logistics people, inspectors, financial and contracts specialists, and tons of administrative people who manage the records and pay for the armed forces. There are employees who monitor environmental compliance, employees who are teachers on bases overseas, Doctors and Nurses on bases.

The reason the furloughs are taking place is that DOD leadership cannot shut down a program or base without Congressional action. So they are left to just slash every account, causing significant financial pain to people serving their country. And make no mistake about - The Republicans are loving the suffering of Federal Workers.

As a note, I oppose sequestration in all cases. The family of a National Park Ranger is just as important as a Navy Shipyard Worker's. I live in a Military area and I will see firsthand the damage done by Sequestration on people who have done nothing to deserve it.

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NutmegYankee Feb 2013 OP
dixiegrrrrl Feb 2013 #1
Marrah_G Feb 2013 #4
NutmegYankee Feb 2013 #8
hack89 Feb 2013 #7
Marrah_G Feb 2013 #2
B2G Feb 2013 #3
Blaukraut Feb 2013 #5
Marrah_G Feb 2013 #6

Response to NutmegYankee (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 04:10 PM

1. Any word on DOD cutting the contractor's income?????

Thousands of DOD contracts to for profit companies...betcha THOSE won't be part of any budget process.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 04:17 PM

4. I was thinking many of those civilian empoyees worked for private contractors

Do they work directly for the DoD then?

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Response to Marrah_G (Reply #4)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 05:40 PM

8. 800,000 work directly for the DOD.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 05:01 PM

7. There will be contractor lay offs as new work doesn't come in

and as the DoD cuts back on off contract support positions.

It will of course impact professional and working class people exclusively but you can be happy that the pain is being spread around.

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Response to NutmegYankee (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 04:13 PM

2. My son works for a military contractor

I'll have to ask him if he has heard anything.

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Response to NutmegYankee (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 04:16 PM

3. As are 3 hour long security lines at airports

Hooray.

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Response to NutmegYankee (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 04:17 PM

5. My husband is a DoD employee and will get furloughed. Contractors, not sure, but

I think that their companies fall under programs, which can't get cut unless congress approves. So, as usual, government employees are getting shafted. We have a one income household and this is going to hit us very hard.

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Response to Blaukraut (Reply #5)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 04:19 PM

6. Ugh, not good

I'm hoping something is done to stop it before it happens.

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