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From: NAVAIR Commander
Sent: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 13:48
Subject: SECDEF Announces Furlough Decision
Yesterday, Defense Secretary Hagel announced the difficult decision to furlough most DoD civilians for up to 11 days (or 88 hours), by the end of this fiscal year.
Despite efforts to address the significant budget shortfall created by a year-long continuing resolution and sequestration, as well as high wartime operating costs, DoD is still short more than $30 billion in its operation and maintenance (O&M) accounts, which are used to fund civilian payroll and maintain military readiness.
According to the DoD timeline, employees will be notified starting 28 May and the furloughs will begin the week of 8 July. Specific NAVAIR guidance on furlough implementation/schedule will be released in the coming days.
Navy leadership is extremely disappointed over the need to furlough most of our civilian employees. We understand the significant financial hardship furloughs will create for you and your families. You have dedicated your careers to the Navy and to our nation, and frankly, you deserve better.
That said, we must move forward and deal with the realities of this historic budget shortfall. Our Navy leaders are obligated to keep our Navy and Marine Corps team operating forward to protect America's interests around the world.
As we work through the details of this decision, we will continue to provide you with resources and information to help you through this difficult time.
VR, VADM David Dunaway
Let me boil it down to essentials.
...up to 11 days (or 88 hours), by the end of this fiscal year.Math time.
4.5 months. 11/4.5=2.44 a month.
But ... being that it will take them until after, ahem, the July 4th paid holiday to kick it in, we are looking at 11/3=3.67. 3.67/4=.92 .92x8=7.34
So, between 08JUL13 and the end of SEP the world's largest Navy will have to live without GS12 Chop-the-Chop one day a week.
Yes, this will hit people's paychecks - but they should not yell too loud at civilians who are half a decade in to a horrible jobs market where millions don't even have a job. Others have taken significant pay cuts ... or have their kids coming home from college with a degree, huge piles of debt and now working at the same jobs they had in high school.
Civilian employees - many military retirees - still have a job AND a pension. Be thankful for your burdens.