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UPDATED ON 6: Fort Gordon Civilian Employees Begin To Receive Furlough Notices

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***UPDATED at 5:01 P.M. on Tuesday, May 28th***

Some of the 3,100 civilian employees at Fort Gordon started receiving official notification of furloughs that are set to begin no earlier than July 8th.

Below is information regarding the implementation of civilian employees' furlough days at Fort Gordon, from the Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office:

  • Uniformed service members are not affected by the furloughs; only civilian employees are affected.
  • Regular town hall meetings have been held to keep the workforce informed in the weeks leading to the Secretary of Defense's May 14 announcement. These meetings are continuing.
  • Furlough letters began to be delivered to employees May 28th and will continue through June 5th. Fort Gordon employees will have 10 days to respond/rebut the letters (at most locations the time allotted for response is 7 days; however, the Fort Gordon collective bargaining agreement stipulates 10 days). Final decision letters will be provided to those who rebutted prior to July 5th.
  • Furloughs will begin no earlier than July 8th.
  • Under the current plan, Fort Gordon employees will be furloughed one day each week for up to 11 weeks.
  • While there will be some employees who are exempted from the furlough, we expect the vast majority of the 3,100 appropriated fund federal employees on post to be affected.
  • Most organizations on the installation are opting to close their operations on Friday, consolidating all employee furlough days into one day. This provides predictability for customers seeking services during the furlough. However, some organizations that cannot close on Fridays will stagger their employee furloughs days throughout the work week in order to continue daily operations.
  • Some employees are exempted from the furlough. Examples of these are non-appropriated fund employees in our Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare, and Recreation facilities (NAF employees are not paid through federally appropriated dollars; they are paid using funds generated by user fees at facilities such as golf courses, bowling centers, etc.). Some Child Development Center staff members have also been exempted, in order to continue providing this critical service to military families.
  • Although civilian police and gate guards are affected by the furloughs, Fort Gordon will maintain gate hours through the use of military personnel temporarily assigned to perform the function. Uniformed military police will be sufficient to cover police patrolling requirements.
  • Signal Center of Excellence training will be largely unaffected, since the majority of instructors are military personnel or contractors.
  • For most of the furlough period, employees will continue to accrue leave and sick leave. However, under OPM policy, they do not accrue sick leave or annual leave during a pay period when their cumulative furlough hours reach a total of 80 hours. Under the current plan for 11 days of furlough, all affected employees will not accrue leave or sick leave during one pay period.
  • Under the current plan for the furlough, employees' insurance coverage (life, health, etc.) will be unaffected. Deductions for premiums will continue. However, since the premiums will remain the same and employees' pay will be reduced, the premium deduction will have a proportionately greater impact on the employees' take-home pay.

There are options for employees facing hardship to get assistance. Among them are:

  • The Employee Assistance Program, a voluntary program that offers free and confidential assessments, short-term counseling, referrals and follow-up services to employees who have personal or work-related problems.
  • Army Community Service, which can provide comprehensive, coordinated and responsive advocacy and prevention services. It can also assist with information and referral, outreach, financial planning, employment, and other services that can support the well-being of the civilian workforce.
  • Federal employee's Thrift Savings Plan account, which offers several options to those who may be experiencing financial hardship. Among them are financial hardship in-service withdrawals, loans, and loans while in a non-pay status.

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***POSTED at 11:39 A.M. on Tuesday, May 28th***

A little over 3,000 civilian workers at Fort Gordon will soon see a little less money in their pay checks.

Furlough notices could begin going out as early as Tuesday, May 28th.

According to the U.S. Department of Defense, higher than expected wartime costs left the agency $30 million short on funds.

The one day a week furloughs are expected to start July 8th. It was recently announced that the original number of furloughs the civilian workers would be faced with was reduced from 22 to 11.
 

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