Fort Carson warns of civilian furloughs

With sequestration taking effect in a matter of days, Fort Carson is preparing to instigate necessary cuts issued by the Department of Defense.

stopThe DOD told Congress that civilian workers could face a furlough of up to 22 days beginning in late April. The move affects 3,000 civilian workers at the Army post, but is being considered as “a last resort,” the press release said.

If implemented, workers would have 30 days notice about their unpaid days off.

“the command here deeply appreciates the hard work our civilian workforce carries out daily to keep our country strong and secure,” the press release said. “We are confident that our stellar civilian workforce will continue to provide the best services possible within the constraints a furlough presents.”

Fort Carson has already started cutting facility maintenance costs, the release said. The facility sustainment contractor has been notified that it could have a 50 percent cut in funding. A civilian hiring freeze is also underway and the post has curtailed non-mission essential temporary duties, professional training and travel.

 

 

3 Responses to Fort Carson warns of civilian furloughs

  1. Well I saw this coming a mile away! This is a shame that while our leaders in D.C. are making a fortune, civilian employees are going to take a hit! Perhaps Obama will give us a chit to feed our families with?

    Randy
    February 21, 2013 at 6:58 pm

  2. Let’s be real: The sequestration was Obama’a idea, back in the summer of 2011. In essence, he was for it–before he was against it.

    The difference is that the incumbant was for it before he got back into his normally perpetual campaign mode in early 2012.

    Folks, the $44 billion is 1.25 cents per dollar of federal spending.

    Any cabinet official who cannot cut 1 and one quarter percent from his or her budget should resign immediately and is not capable of being an administrator in any capacity, ANYWHERE.

    The 44 billion in cuts should be viewed against a total US economy of 14,600 billions. Thats .30 cents out of every Ben Franklin $100 note.

    99 and 70/100s would not be effected by this, are we clear?

    The sky will not fall. DOD, for example, will go all the way back to the spending levels of 2006–the year we were fighting in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Don’t get me wrong. I don’t want to make DOD a whipping post for the deficit. MEDICARE is the 800 pound gorilla in the room.

    Google “You Balance the Budget,” an interactive model put online by the New York Times back in 2010 and recently updated.

    You will see that if we were to limit Medicare growth–starting in FY 2015, to no more than the annual growth factor of the CPI–the consumer price index–i.e., retail-level inflation, PLUS 1%, we would be able to–in one move–reduce the annual deficit by over 40 %.

    Thats not even a cut, people…That CPI + 1 %. If we can’t do that, plus make the other cuts necessary, then go ahead and live the fantasy of your world as it exists now……You will only be postponing the inevitable day when indeed the sky WILL FALL, due to your lack of action.

    Ed Skalisky
    February 22, 2013 at 7:00 pm

  3. the link above is a shortcut to the guidance on furlough from last time and they have not updated them as of today. The 2011 guidance clearly states that any agency affecting safety and security will not be affected and special accommodations will be worked for those providing critical services. I am sure they will not change it this time unless they were given specific instructions by the administration to furlough those in key positions in order to sway the public…

    Ted
    February 26, 2013 at 2:42 pm