Joint Region: Up to 2,000 DoD Civilian Employees on Guam May Be Affected by Furloughs

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Guam – 2,000 Department of Defense civilian employees on Guam could be affected by furloughs beginning in July.

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Overnight announced the furloughs which are a result of federal sequestration.

Civilian employees will be required to take eleven furlough days, one a week beginning July 8th.the furloughs total 88 hours of unpaid leave per employee.

“Department of the Navy civilians play a critical role in keeping the Navy and Marine Corps team operating forward to protect American interests around the world and are key members of our Joint Region Marianas team,” Joint Region Marianas Deputy Public Affairs Officer Coleen San Nicolas Perez told PNC in a statement on the matter today.  “Furloughing civilian employees was a last resort decision made by the Department of Defense.”

In reaction to the news Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo issued a statement Wednesday morning calling the furlough a reminder that Congress must act now to fix sequestration as a whole and not on a case-by-case basis.

According to San Nicolas Perez DOD will notify all affected personnel at least 30 days in advance of the sequestration as required.

READ the statement from Deputy Public Affairs Officer for Joint Region Marianas, Coleen San Nicolas-Perez below:

Department of the Navy civilians play a critical role in keeping the Navy and Marine Corps team operating forward to protect American interests around the world and are key members of our Joint Region Marianas team.

Furloughing civilian employees was a last resort decision made by the Department of Defense. We plan to notify personnel, as required, at least 30 days in advance. Sequestration will require up to 88 hours, or approximately 11 furlough days, by the end of the fiscal year, which is a reduction from the original estimate of  approximately 22 furlough days.

There are approximately 2,000 Department of Defense civilians on Guam who may be impacted by furloughs. Civilians whose mission is to preserve life and protect property may be exempted. The total number of personnel who will be exempted is being determined.