Fort Benning officials still waiting for date on furloughs

benw@ledger-enquirer.comMay 7, 2013 

Furlough days for civilian workers at Fort Benning have been trimmed from 22 to 14 days, but officials still don’t know when the reduced hours will start.

“We did get official notice that the amount of furlough days have been taken down to 14 instead of 22 days but we don’t have anything further as to whether or not it is actually going to happen,” said Gary A. Jones, director of public affairs at Fort Benning. “We were previously told that it was starting sometime in June but we don’t have a date and we don’t have a final go ahead and execute order.”

Since March 1, 4,100 civilian employees on post have waited for the start of furloughs as part of across the board cuts to slash $85 billion from the federal budget. Furloughs were scheduled to start last month but were delayed after a week was cut from the budget reduction plan for this fiscal year.

“I would think in the next week to 10 days at the most, probably sooner we would know something one way or the other,” Jones said. “As of today, I haven’t heard anything yet.”

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