PSNS & IMF team,
As you probably know, Secretary of Defense Hagel announced new information about furloughs at a press conference yesterday afternoon. I had links to the Secretary’s statement posted on News You Can Use and Facebook so you could hear his message directly.
I have not yet received any official information to share, but Vice Admiral Kevin McCoy, Commander of NAVSEA, sent out an All Hands today that has as much information as is currently available. I am going to post his All Hands in this update so you can see what my boss says!
This is a message from VADM Kevin McCoy:
I wanted to send a brief All Hands today as I am sure many of you have heard that in a briefing with reporters Thursday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, confirmed a revised furlough plan. This plan reduces the number of furlough days from the originally planned 22 days to 14 days. Secretary Hagel indicated that while the budget Congress passed last week removed the threat of a full-year continuing resolution, it did not eliminate sequestration.
We expect (we still need official confirmation) that the furlough notices will now be sent to employees in early May to begin the 30-day waiting period. What that means is furlough days would not begin until mid-to-late June, with 2 days per pay period over the final seven pay periods of fiscal year 2013. We are still waiting for final confirmation of this information from Navy OCHR. We are also still waiting for approval of our exemptions from DoD.
We recognize that the while the reduction in the number of furlough days is good news, that it will still have a severe impact on each of you financially. Please continue to seek resources if you need assistance in areas of financial or emotional concerns through your local Counseling and Referral offices. I ask each of you to not lose focus on our mission, staying safe in your job, and in the sailors we support. They are counting on each one of you. As always, stay safe and keep charging. Have a great weekend.
Be SAFE, Be ENGAGING and BE PART of HISTORY!
Captain Steve Williamson
Commander, PSNS & IMF