The Merit Systems Protection Board put an indefinite hold on processing and adjudicating Defense Department furlough appeals, due to the large volume of furlough appeals being received from DoD employees, an Aug. 13 MSPB statement says.
Several federal agencies announced they would forgo or postpone planned furlough days late last week. The Internal Revenue Service said Aug. 7 that it would not hold an agencywide furlough day on Aug. 30 as planned.
The Merit Systems Protection Board has been flooded with furlough appeals this year, receiving more so far in 2013 than it did in all of 2012 and Defense Department employees make up the majority of those appeals, MSPB Spokesman William Spencer told Fierce Govenrment.
The Internal Revenue Service made enough cuts to cancel one of its 5 furlough scheduled furlough days for fiscal 2013. In a July 18 press release the IRS said offices would be open July 22 "due to its successful ongoing efforts to cut costs."
The amount of Employee Education & Assistance Fund's emergency assistance loans doubled in June due to furloughs, a July 9 FEEA statement says. In May, the program issued $42,000 in loans, with only two of them being furlough-related. In June FEEA issued $90,000 and 82 of those loans were due to furlough hardship. Those furlough loans totaled $49,000 FEAA says.
Defense Department started furloughs July 8 for its 680,000 of its civilian workers, but when some lawmakers called into question whether workers under the Defense Working Capital fund could legally be furloughed, DoD Comptroller Robert Hale said they could.
On the heels of a Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration report on excessive spending at a 2010 Internal Revenue Service conference, the Office of Management and Budget released guidance May 28 to help agency conference planners balance cost and mission needs.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration cancelled its plans to furlough employees, NOAA spokesperson Ciaran Clayton confirmed June 3. NOAA had originally planned to furlough 12,000...
Two agencies ended furloughs early or reduced furlough hours on the heels of furlough Friday, a day when 5 percent of the federal workforce was forced to take an unpaid day off. But relief came this week for the EPA and the Park Police. Park Police furloughs will end June 1, a press release from the Fraternal Order of Police said.
The long term effects of sequestration and budget cuts will affect the Defense Department by reducing readiness, acquisition and ultimately the overall size of the military, concluded top DoD officials at a recent defense industry event. The DoD will need to make the most of shrinking funds and balance between money for operations and research and development for the forseeable future, officials said.