DoD

May 31, 2013

Edwards DOD employees begin receiving furlough notices

Tags:
Kenji Thuloweit
Editor

Brig. Gen. Michael T. Brewer, 412th Test Wing commander, and Michelle Lovato, Edwards AFB Civilian Personnel officer, answer questions from supervisors during the last of three meetings announcing the furlough notices to be handed out beginning May 28.

Edwards AFB leadership began handing out furlough letters to the base’s 5,000 government civilian workers May 28.

Supervisors are mandated to hand out notices to all of their DOD employees by June 5.

The duration of the government furlough will be 11 days, or 88 work hours, beginning at the earliest July 8. If it begins on that date, the furlough will run through Sept. 30, 2013.

Specific furlough days and hours will vary for each unit on Edwards.

The administrative furlough requires significant due process under law. Upon acknowledgment of the proposed furlough, employees have seven calendar days starting the day after acknowledgment to provide an oral and/or written response to the deciding official’s Designated Reply Official. The response is not mandatory, but employees may reply to the proposal notice and to furnish documentary evidence in support of his or her answer. However, financial hardship cannot be the subject of the response.

“Also, the reply period provides an opportunity for the employee and supervisor to discuss discontinuous furlough schedules or request a time to make an oral reply,” said Michelle Lovato, Edwards AFB Civilian Personnel officer.” For example, an employee can provide evidence or rationale that would provide the deciding official information pertaining to significant impact to their unit’s mission if they were furloughed for 11 days/88 hours.”

Air Force photograph by Kenji Thuloweit

Supervisors were given the opportunity to ask questions to better prepare themselves and their employees for the upcoming furlough. Base leadership started handing out furlough notices May 28.

Employees would need to participate in an oral reply meeting and furnish supporting documents for their response. They also have the right to be represented by an attorney, or any other person, at no cost to the government. If in a paid status, employees will be allowed up to four hours of official time prepare their reply.

Employees need to refer to their proposed furlough letter to obtain the designated point-of-contact to schedule an oral reply and/or submit a written reply. The deciding official will fully consider the employee’s reply and issue the final furlough decision to the employee prior to the start of the administrative furlough.

DOD employees can call the Employee Assistance Program at (800) 222-0364 for inquiries. Counselors at the 1-800 number are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Additionally, base leadership will hold two Commander’s Calls June 3 in the Base Theater. One will be held at 10 a.m. and another at 3 p.m. Helping agencies from the base along with California’s Employee Development Department will have representatives on hand to answer any questions and concerns.

The furlough is necessitated by the extraordinary and serious budgetary challenges facing the DOD for the remainder of fiscal year 2013, the most serious of which is the sequester that began March 1. The Budget Control Act of 2011, as amended by the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, makes across-the-board reductions to budgetary resources for the Federal government. In addition, DOF must and will protect wartime operations funding for troops in harm’s way, which means larger cuts in base-budget funding for Operation and Maintenance accounts. The DOD will need funding in other accounts that can be used to provide warfighters with what they need to protect national security and fight wars. The furlough is proposed to help meet the warfighter needs while avoiding a deficit of funds in fiscal year 2013.




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


 
 

 

News Briefs July 25, 2014

Focus group Here’s your chance to be heard. The Edwards Commissary is looking for volunteers to participate in a group discussion about your Commissary. They will be conducting focus groups July 29 from noon to 2 p.m. and again from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. If you would like to participate, send an e-mail to...
 
 
aafes-school

Exchange moves to the head of the class with extra back-to-school savings

With the first bell about to ring on a new school year, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is giving lessons in savings. The Exchange is helping military shoppers make the grade with competitive prices and tax savings on...
 
 
Air Force photograph by Kenji Thuloweit

Major wins major bucks on ‘Price Is Right’

Air Force photograph by Kenji Thuloweit Maj. Kevin Van Stone, Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center Detachment 5, and his wife, Melinda (right), speak to a representative from CBS after being handed a giant check for...
 

 
NASA photograph by Tom Tschida

NASA Armstrong Support Center receives LEED platinum certification

NASA photograph by Tom Tschida Large expanses of windows and curved rooflines highlight NASA Armstrong’s new Facilities Support Center. The 38,000-square-foot structure has been certified that it met the Leadership in Ene...
 
 

Exchange shoppers can keep on ticking with Hello Kitty sweepstakes

Military shoppers can keep time with Hello Kitty thanks to the latest sweepstakes from the Army & Air Force Exchange Service. Twenty-five winners will take home a Hello Kitty watch, valued at $85. From July 25 to Aug. 22, Exchange shoppers can enter to win by emailing patriotfamily@aafes.com and putting “Hello Kitty Sweepstakes” in the...
 
 

Leadership Lessons: Who would you follow?

GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE, N.D.†-†Over the last year I have enjoyed reading articles from our wing leadership on their perspectives and experiences which have made them better leaders. I have great admiration for their words of wisdom and have benefited from their shared experiences. When I was asked to write a leadership piece I...
 




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>