Defense Department would see the largest number of furloughs.
Furloughs, one of the most feared effects of sequestration, could start as early as April 21 at the U.S. Department of Defense. Recent machinations in the Senate to keep the federal government functioning beyond the impending March 27 expiration of stopgap funding are likely to leave the sequestration cuts in place, prompting the potential furlough of thousands of federal workers, The Washington Post reported. The so-called “continuing resolution” also would extend the lack of federal salary increases. Federal salaries have remained flat since January 2010. Click here to read the full story in The Post. Another Post article detailed the furloughs, half of which would be absorbed by the military. Defense Department officials notified a …
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- Ben Gross
Friday, December 28, 2012
On Thursday, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) updated its website with information on administrative furloughs in case the fiscal cliff discussions do not produce an agreement. The OPM's communications director said that the furlough guidelines were not "a reaction to any specific action" but were an effort to keep federal workers informed about the possibility of furlough. President Obama and involved members of Congress have cut their winter vacations short to negotiate the looming potential financial crisis. As the comments from Washington seem to be increasingly negative about a potential compromise, many federal workers are becoming increasingly concerned about how the lack of agreement could affect their jobs. OPM …