Has anyone heard about the Federal Employees must take a month off without pay in 2013 ?
A Federal Employee heard through the grapevine that all Federal Employees must take a month off without pay in 2013. The employee said that taking vacation pay or sick time during this time would not be options. The employee said that cutting payroll was one of the cost cutting measures for the national budget.
The possible sequestration cuts include around 10% automatic cuts to government agencies. Each of them is slightly different so may handle these cuts in different ways, but for many of them furloughs (unpaid leave) are a definite possibility. Some agencies might instead reduce their workforce. http://www.govexec.com/management/2012/ … uts/60194/
There’s a lot of scare tactics around these supposed government furloughs of workers.
If the Republicans in the House choose to shut down the government over the debt ceiling limit. 60% of the employees will be furloughed. That will put people out of work until American stops functioning, and then we’ll all go back to work in the midst of a worldwide economic crisis.
Alternatively, if Congress cannot come up with more revenue or balanced program cutbacks by March 1, 2003, Sequestration tied to a 2012 spending bill will take place. Then the federal budget will be cut across the board by $120 billion dollars, half from discretionary programs like WIC and early childcare and half from Defense. That’ll go on for 10 years.
These two events may coincide. Some Tea Party activists in the House of Representatives want the government to default on its debts. They figure they can do that by not approving an increase in borrowing . They say that’s one way to cut spending.
Instead, most likely 70 or 80 Republicans in the House will vote with the Democrats to keep the government running. But in return they will want $60 to $100 billion cut from Medicare and Social Security, public television, EBT, Head Start, and ObamaCare every year for ten years.
Big financial institutions and most big corporations are against the shutdown. So, I wouldn’t worry too much about it. It’s most just big talk by small people rustling up fear to scare Americans into giving up the things they earned like their retirement programs, as Social Security and Medicare..
I had not heard this from any of my clients whom are Federal employees yet. However, if it is true it just shows how ineffective the Federal Gov't is. If they were smart they would focus more on attrition, and actually asking employees to take on additional responsibilities like we in the private sector who pay for their salaries have to do when there are budget constraints. Additionally they should be looking more at redundencies, which are overwhelming in every agency of Gov't. Lastly, the single stupidest thing they do is their baseline budgeting projections, which could never exist in any viable entity outside of Gov't. Only in the Federal Gov't does a cut mean that your budget will go up by 3% next year instead of the 5% you used the year before. The reality is the Gov't has NEVER cut spending in recent history. Only slowed the rate of growth.
Interesting article if sequestration occurs from the Government Executive magazine:
http://www.govexec.com/defense/2013/01/ … c_today_nl
Pentagon would furlough all civilians under revised sequestration, analyst says.
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