Agencies Begin to Outline Furloughs, Other Sequester Cost-Cutting

March 4, 2013

Roughly 15,000 civilian employees at the Army’s Research, Development and Engineering Command — headquartered at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland — will be furloughed one day per week between April 22 and Sept. 21.

Employees will be furloughed either on Mondays or Fridays for the 22 weeks, Dale Ormond, the command’s director, said in a Feb. 28 memo to the National Federation of Federal Employees Local 178, which represents civilian employees at the command’s headquarters. Furloughs should be roughly evenly divided between Mondays and Fridays, so staffing levels will be at essentially 50 percent each day.

All alternative work schedules for employees at the command’s headquarters will be canceled, the memo said, and those employees will be returned to standard five-day workweeks with eight-hour days.

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