Supervisors Issue Furlough Notices on Redstone Arsenal

Posted on: 6:16 pm, March 12, 2013, by , updated on: 09:15pm, March 12, 2013

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. (WHNT) – Civilians working for the Department of Defense began getting notice of what exactly the sequestration means for them.

Employees in at least one office on Redstone Arsenal got official details about how they will be impacted by the mandated cuts. Hundreds, who work in other offices on the Arsenal, are still waiting to get theirs.

All civilian government workers on Redstone Arsenal will deal with Congress’ self-imposed tightening of the belt. DOD employees will start furloughs April 26, 2013.

Army Materiel Command civilians learned they’ll go into their office only four days a week. The scale back of work adds up to a 32-hour work week and paycheck to match. The notice tells them they would take off Mondays or Fridays.

The Arsenal has 60 organizations. Supervisors in other offices are still figuring out how their staff will handle furloughs.

A Redstone Arsenal spokeswoman told WHNT NEWS 19 each organization will come up with its own procedures based on guidance from the Army.

Civilians will face furloughs until the end of this fiscal year if Congress does not act to end the sequestration. The fiscal year ends September 30, 2013.

Civilians will give up 22 work days if the furloughs continue until the end of September. The furloughs will result in a 20% pay cut for employees in the end.

Employees at some DOD organizations can be exempt from furlough, based on recommendations from their bosses. The Pentagon is expected to decide who’s exempt by March 15, 2013.