DOD Furloughs Begin - Managers Advised to Not Use Military or Contractors to do Work of Furloughed Civilians
Yesterday over 650,000 civilian Defense Department employees experienced their first of eleven (11) furlough days. Those employees face one furlough day every week through the end of the fiscal year, amounting to a 20% pay cut per pay period.
On June 28, Assistant Secretary of Readiness and Force Management Frederick Vollrath sent a memo providing additional guidance to the department for furlough implementation.
The memo advises managers that they cannot shift the workload of civilian employees onto members of the military or contractor employees. The memo states that shifting work to military members would be “inconsistent with the Secretary’s intent and the Department’s commitment to protect the viability of the All-Volunteer Force.”
The memo also states:
“While civilian furloughs will undoubtedly disrupt the mission and have a negative impact on productivity, it has been determined that the risk associated with that workload loss, while unavoidable, is acceptable. On furlough days, furloughed civilians are not authorized to perform official duties at their permanent or temporary duty station, at home, or at an alternate site, including communicating by BlackBerry or other mobile device. In addition, civilian personnel subject to furlough shall not be required to work beyond their regularly scheduled and compensated times on non-furlough days to make up for work lost as a result of furlough, nor shall employees in pay status perform work beyond their regulatory scheduled hours to compensate for the workload/productivity loss of those who are in furlough status.”