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Announcements: Potential Government Furlough

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Potential Government Furlough

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All Hands message to workforce from NAVSEA Commander Vice Adm. Kevin McCoy on Potential Government Furlough

1.    The purpose of the All Hands is to address the potential for furloughs as we approach the expiration of the Continuing Resolution on 8 April.  At this time, we don't know what will happen in the appropriations process; however I wanted to provide you some general information on questions you may have regarding a potential furlough. 

 

2.    MILITARY PERSONNEL:  All military personnel are not subject to furlough but will continue to report for duty and will accrue pay which they will receive once Congress makes appropriated funds available.  For the pay date of 15 April, military personnel will be paid for 8 days.  Military personnel are strongly encouraged to check allotments tied to the 15 April paycheck.

 

3.    CIVILIAN PERSONNEL

 

a.    If a funding lapse occurs, only certain functions excepted by law, typically those which involve the protection of life and property could continue.  In such a case, the government would temporarily shut down and employees performing functions other than those above would be furloughed.  NAVSEA senior leadership is diligently working to apply Department of Defense and Department of the Navy (DoD/DoN) contingency plan guidance in order to identify those excepted NAVSEA functions and positions that may continue in the absence of available appropriations.  Specific details on those deliberations cannot be provided at this time.

 

b.    On Friday, 8 April, your chain of command will inform you whether you are (1) excepted and will continue to report to work or (2) non-excepted and furloughed.  During a shutdown, non-excepted employees are not permitted to work as unpaid volunteers for the government.  Any paid leave (annual, sick, court, credit hours, compensatory time, administrative leave, etc.) approved for use during the furlough period must be cancelled.  An excepted employee who is absent from duty during the shutdown must be furloughed during such an absence.

 

c.    Federal agencies do not have the authority to pay their employees during a shutdown, regardless of whether the employees are working as "excepted" or furloughed as "non-excepted".  "Excepted" employees will receive pay for hours worked when the Congress passes and the President signs a new appropriation or continuing resolution.  Congress will also determine whether "non-excepted" employees will receive pay for the furlough period.

 

d.    Federal employees' health benefits continue during a period of lapsed appropriations lasting less than 365 days, regardless of the "excepted" or "non-excepted" status of the employee.  Federal Employees Group Life Insurance coverage continues for up to 12 consecutive months while in a non-pay status without cost to the employee or the agency.  Both Federal Long Term Care (LTC) and Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Plan (FEDVIP) deductions will cease for "non-excepted" employees. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) will provide information on how non-excepted employees can continue LTC and/or FEDVIP coverage, as well as details on other federal benefits, through its website http://www.opm.gov/furlough2011/  OPM will update the information on its website regarding these matters no later than Friday, April 8th.

 

e.    If a furlough does occur, all employees must report for duty on their first regularly scheduled workday following expiration of the current Continuing Resolutions to conduct an orderly shutdown of operations and to receive communications on furlough.  For most employees, this will be Monday, 11 April.  For some small number of employees whose first regularly scheduled workday following expiration of the current Continuing Resolutions falls on either Saturday, 9 April, or Sunday, 10 April, will report and conduct their orderly shutdown on that date.  There will be no regular day off (RDO) under Compressed Work Schedule (CWS) in connection with the conduct of the orderly shutdown.

 

f.    The work schedules of excepted employees are to be modified to insure employee availability during the entire week, i.e., CWS is suspended for the duration of the furlough.

 

3. Despite the uncertainties, I want to assure you that a possible furlough is not a reflection of the value the work each individual does in support of our Navy.   I am committed to providing you with the best possible information as it becomes available.  As always, stay safe, and KEEP CHARGING!

 

vr/kmc


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