Army civilians can swap vacation time for excess furloughs


TheDepartmentoftheArmynotifieditscivilianworkforceofthepolicyinamemolastweek,addressingconcernsaboutemployeeswhosurpassedtherequiredamountofsequester-relatedunpaidleavebeforethePentagonreducedthetimefrom11daystosixlastmonth.

Thearmysaiditwillnotauthorizeexcusedabsencestomakeupfortheexcessfurloughtime.ThatpolicyhasdrawncriticismfromtheAmericanFederationofGovernmentEmployees.“Agencieshavetheoptiontogranttimenotchargeabletoleave,butinthecaseofDOD,theypatentlyforbiditasaconsideration,”saidunionspokeswomanSydneyGlass.

Thearmypolicyonexcessfurloughsdoesnotapplytoallbranchesofthemilitary.DefenseDepartmentspokesmanLt.Cmdr.NathanChristensensaidthePentagonisstilldevelopingitsownguidelines.“Atthistime,nofinaldecisionshavebeenmade,”hesaid.

ArmyspokesmanLt.Col.S.JustinPlattsaidthearmyfollowedfurloughguidelinesfromtheOfficeofPersonnelManagement.“Webelievethisisnon-controversialguidancethatwecanissuetoassistourArmycivilianemployeesduringthistimeoffinancialandpersonaluncertainty,”hesaid.


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