Several Agencies Still Mum on Furloughs
May 2, 2013
Several federal agencies have left their employees in sequestration limbo, failing to provide any details on the effects the automatic budget cuts will have on their workforces.
Though sequestration is a 10-year budget reduction program, agencies have only begun scheduling furloughs through the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30. Most agencies have either sent out official furlough notices or have announced that they don’t intend to require the unpaid leave, but some agencies are still undecided.
Workers at Cabinet-level departments, such as Health and Human Services and Education, as well as some at smaller agencies like the Social Security Administration and Government Printing Office, have not received word of whether they will be forced to take furlough days in fiscal 2013 or any update on when a decision will come. There are just five months left in the fiscal year.