Guam – A message from Joint Region Commander Rear Admiral Tilghman Payne about the coming furloughs for civilian employees brought on by sequestration was posted Sunday on YouTube.
In his message, Rear Admiral Payne explains that the furloughs are not about performance, but the result of a law that went into effect on March 1st, commonly referred to as sequestration.
“Due to sequestration,” says Payne, “the Department [DoD] is facing an unprecedented fiscal pressure. As a result we have cut back sharply on facilities training, force maintenance and many other programs … However this hasn’t been enough to eliminate the shortfall .. Our leadership has worked very hard to prevent a furlough, but its become unavoidable,” he says.
There will be 11 furlough days, one day each week from the 8th of July until the end of the fiscal year on September 30th. That is a reduction of the earlier projection that 22 furlough days would be needed to make up for the budget shortfall.
“It is an indication of how hard our leaders have worked to reduce the impact on our workforce,” says Payne.
Civilian employees on Naval Station and at Andersen will be receiving a notice of proposed furlough within the next few weeks, and once they receive that notice, they will have 10 calendar days to reply.
After that, Decision to Furlough Letters will be issued prior to the official start date.
“For Joint Region Marianas staff, ” said Payne “we still plan to schedule our furlough day for Monday to best align our operations with those in the U.S.”
However, Rear Admiral Payne said “Andersen Air Force Base and Naval Station Guam may execute the furlough a little differently based on local mission requirements.”