On July 8, 2013, the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) begins the administrative furlough of most of its Civilian workforce for up to 11 days. I recognize the significant hardship this places on you and your Families. I want to assure each of you that I value the significant contributions you make in support of this Command.
Furlough will not be business as usual or easy. Working with our labor partners, leaders have been given authorities to minimize adverse mission effects and to limit the harm to morale and productivity. As needed, supervisors will make workload adjustments and modify performance expectations to reflect the reduced workweek mandated by the furlough.
I ask each of you to be aware of your personal stress and that of your colleagues during this difficult time. If you need help, ask - we are one team. There are a number of resources available to help you deal with issues (e.g., financial, emotional, medical, etc.) that may arise as a result of the furlough. Your supervisor, labor representatives, chaplains, Civilian Personnel Advisors, and Army Community Service staff are all available to assist you, or refer you to resources on your installation or within your local community. Additionally, there is more information on the TRADOC home page and on your respective installation's home page.
I am deeply appreciative of your patience, your hard work, and your dedication and contributions to critical TRADOC missions. We will work through this difficult time together. I am proud and honored to serve with you in service to our Nation and our Army.
To view the memo, click here.
To all Department of Defense personnel:
As you are fully aware, the Department of Defense is facing a historic shortfall in our budget for the current fiscal year. This is the result of current law that went into effect March 1. It imposes deep across-the-board cuts on DoD and other federal agencies. Combined with higher than expected wartime operating costs, we are now short more than $30 billion in our operation and maintenance (O&M) accounts – which are the funds that we use to pay most civilian employees, maintain our military readiness, and respond to global contingencies.
The Department has been doing everything possible to reduce this shortfall while ensuring we can defend the nation, sustain wartime operations, and preserve DoD’s most critical asset – our world-class civilian and military personnel. To that end, we have cut back sharply on facilities maintenance, worked to shift funds from investment to O&M accounts, and reduced many other important but non-essential programs. If sequestration ends, DOD will move to end furlough plans.
Still, these steps have not been enough to close the shortfall. Each of the military services has begun to significantly reduce training and maintenance of non-deployed operating forces – steps that will adversely impact military readiness. And even these reductions are not enough. Since deeper cuts to training and maintenance could leave our nation and our military exposed in the event of an unforeseen crisis, we have been forced to consider placing the majority of our civilian employees on administrative furlough.
After extensive review of all options with the DoD’s senior military and civilian leadership on how we address this budget crisis, today I am announcing that I have decided to direct furloughs of up to 11 days for most of the Department’s civilian personnel. I have made this decision very reluctantly, because I know that the furloughs will disrupt lives and impact DoD operations. I recognize the significant hardship this places on you and your families.
After required notifications, we will begin the furlough period on July 8 at the rate of one furlough day per week for most personnel. We plan to continue these furloughs through the end of the current fiscal year. If our budgetary situation permits us to end furloughs early, I would strongly prefer to do so. That is a decision I will make later in the year.
Furloughs for 11 days represent about half of the number we had originally planned, reflecting the Department’s vigorous efforts to meet our budgetary shortfalls through actions other than furlough. There will be exceptions driven by law and by the need to minimize harm to the execution of our core missions. For example, all employees deployed or temporarily assigned to a combat zone will be excepted from furloughs.
Your managers have been given authority to develop specific furlough procedures to minimize adverse mission effects and also limit the harm to morale and productivity. They will be in touch with you to provide guidance and answers.
The President and I are deeply appreciative of your patience, your hard work, and your dedication and contributions to the critical mission of helping protect America’s national security. I am counting on all of you to stay focused on this vital mission in the days ahead. As I said the day I assumed the responsibilities of Secretary of Defense, I’m proud to be part of your team and I’m proud to serve with you.
To view the memo providing notice to Department of Defense civilians about furloughs, click here.
4 Mar 2013
20 Feb 2013
Click here for the original memo
31 Jan 2013
|Additional Furlough Overtime Guidance - SHARP Program||http://www.tradoc.army.mil/CivInfo/Additional Furlough Overtime Guidance - SHARP Program.pdf|
|Department of Army FY2013 Administrative Furlough Guidance (Change 1)||http://www.tradoc.army.mil/CivInfo/Department of Army FY2013 Administrative Furlough Guidance (Change 1).pdf|
|Department of Army Amended FY2013 Administrative Furlough Guidance (Change 2)||http://www.tradoc.army.mil/CivInfo/Department of Army Amended FY2013 Administrative Furlough Guidance (Change 2).pdf|
|FY13 CES Training and Furlough Guidance (24 May 2013)||http://www.tradoc.army.mil/CivInfo/FY13 CES Training and Furlough Guidance (24 May 2013).pdf|
|Unemployment Compensation during furlough||Unemployment Compensation during furlough|
|Amended ASA M&RA Guidance (17 May)||Amended ASA M&RA Guidance (17 May)|
|DoD furlough notice memo 14 May 2013||http://www.defense.gov/news/FurloughMemorandum.pdf|
|Army Civilian Personnel (CPOL)||http://www.cpol.army.mil/|
|Office of Personnel Management (OPM)||http://www.opm.gov/|
|Army Benefits Center-Civilian (ABC-C)||http://www.abc.army.mil/|
|U.S. Department of Defense News Releases||http://www.defense.gov/releases/|
|Defense Finance and Accounting Service||http://www.dfas.mil/|
|Effects of Non-pay Status on your TSP account||http://www.tsp.gov/PDF/formspubs/oc95-4.pdf|
|United States Department of Labor; DOL Sequestration||http://www.dol.gov/sequestration|
|Estimated General Schedule Bi-weekly Pay Impact||Furlough Bi-weekly Pay Impact.ppt|