Labor Department workers already have begun taking unpaid leave.
Since October 2012, Patch has been reporting on the potential effects of sequestration in the DC area, and in March, we detailed some of the thousands of workers that could be furloughed if lawmakers were unable to reach an accord on spending issues. April 21, 2013, was identified by the Department of Defense as the first date that the furloughs could begin. Now that date has passed, and The Washington Post is reporting that some federal employees already have begun to take their unpaid time off. Bruce Anderson, a Labor policy analyst from Takoma Park who is splitting his furlough days across 10 pay periods, said he has had to reassure his 8-year-old son that “things would be OK” and that they “would get through it together as a family and…
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- Ben Gross
Friday, December 28, 2012
On Thursday, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) updated its website with information on administrative furloughs in case the fiscal cliff discussions do not produce an agreement. The OPM's communications director said that the furlough guidelines were not "a reaction to any specific action" but were an effort to keep federal workers informed about the possibility of furlough. President Obama and involved members of Congress have cut their winter vacations short to negotiate the looming potential financial crisis. As the comments from Washington seem to be increasingly negative about a potential compromise, many federal workers are becoming increasingly concerned about how the lack of agreement could affect their jobs. OPM …