DoD

August 8, 2013

SecDef announces furlough change

Airman 1st Class Saphfire Cook
355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Unites States Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Aug. 6 that furlough days for Department of Defense appropriated fund civilian employees have been cut down from 11 to 6.

The furlough began July 8, and civilian employees were mandated to take one, unpaid, day off from work each week for up to 11 weeks. For those who normally work 40 hours a week, this meant almost a 20 percent reduction in pay throughout the furlough period.

Hagel said when sequestration took effect March 1, leadership was faced with the possibility of instating 22 furlough days. Eventually, it was decided that cutting that deep into training and maintenance would jeopardize core readiness and national security, so the furlough was set at 11 days.

This most recent reduction of furlough days was made possible through the DoD’s efforts to identify savings and Congress approving most of the reprogramming proposed by the DoD.

“The reduction in furlough days means being able to once again provide the full range of services to D-M,” said Jacqualine Clinesmith, 355th Force Support Squadron civilian personnel staffing section chief. “This decision should also provide a measure of relief to our civilian employees who may have been struggling with the financial impact of the furlough.”

More than 1,000 civilian members of the Desert Lightning Team received furlough notifications.

In the statement announcing the furlough change, Hagel spoke directly to affected civilian employees.

“I want to thank our civilian workers for their patience and dedication during these extraordinarily tough times, and for their continued service and devotion to our department and our country,” he said. “I know how difficult this has been for all of you and your families. Your contribution to national security is invaluable, and I look forward to one day putting this difficult period behind us. Thank you and God Bless you and your families.”

So far, four furloughs days have been taken by affected personnel. Normal operations will resume once all mandated civilians have taken their sixth day.

Information is still forthcoming regarding civilian furloughs. The Civilian Personnel Section will forward additional guidance to commanders and supervisors when received. If you have any questions or concerns, please consult your chain of command.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Adam Grant)

AFSOUTH Liaison Officers: Embarking on a journey toward a promising future

Colonel Alex Voigt has only been serving as the Air Forces Southern Chilean Liaison Officer at Davis-Monthan for a couple of months, but with a history of Chilean LNOs reaching the rank of general and one even going on to serve...
 
 

D-M commander mixes it up with ‘The Morning Blend’

(U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey) U.S. Air Force Col. James P. Meger, 355th Fighter Wing commander, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., talks with TV hosts, Tina Jennings and Maria Parmigiani, during a live recording of “The Morning Blend” at KGUN9 Studio, Tucson, Nov. 24. Meger went on the show to...
 
 

Let’s talk turkey: Prepare the perfect bird this holiday season

Whether having a big group over to share the Thanksgiving festivities or it’s just you and the Family, the centerpiece of any Thanksgiving table is the turkey. Guests will graze around the appetizer table careful not to fill their bellies in anticipation of the plump, juicy turkey and all the fixin’s. Most people aren’t world-renowned...
 

 
DoD

New allotment rule protects troops from lending scams

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has directed a policy change in new paycheck allotments to prevent unscrupulous commercial lenders from taking advantage of troops and their families, Pentagon officials said Nov. 21. According to a Defense Department news release, effective Jan. 1, 2015, the change in DOD’s financial management regulation will prohibit service...
 
 

Officials highlight health, wellness resources for Military Families

WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 – As efforts continue to strengthen service members and their families, Pentagon officials held a Bloggers Roundtable to highlight the myriad resources available to tackle the unique military and transitional challenges those who serve may face. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy Rosemary Freitas Williams, Marine Corps...
 
 

Thanksgiving and our Native Americans

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — On the fourth Thursday of every November, we as Americans celebrate the national holiday Thanksgiving. This day focuses on honoring the early settlers, and their harvest feast, which we know to be the “First Thanksgiving.” However, long before settlers came to the United States’ East Coast, the area was inhabited by...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin