Letterkenny issues statement on looming furlough

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

CHAMBERSBURG — Letterkenny Army Depot employees, both Department of the Army Civilians and contractors await the result of today's negotiations on the intent to furlough Department of Defense employees as a result of sequestration. The furlough would begin the week of April 22, 2013 and could continue through September 2013 if an agreement is not reached. The furlough could comprise up to a total of 22 nonconsecutive days.

   This is a national issue impacting the entire federal workforce and Letterkenny is working locally to minimize the impact a furlough will have on its depot workforce.

Depot commander Colonel Victor S. Hagan Sr. made a statement to the workforce, "While we may have no control over sequestration, there are actions that you can start doing right now to prepare for its impact."

Depot leadership and union partners are developing a Furlough Implementation Plan and will host a Financial Health Workshop and Wellness Fair in the next few weeks to encourage employees to review personal finances in the event of a 20 percent reduction in salary each pay period.

  "We now find ourselves in the midst of a perfect storm created by a continuing resolution that puts funding in the wrong places, a shortfall in funds for overseas contingency operations due to higher than anticipated costs in theater, and sequestration," Hagan said.

    "These fiscal constraints affect readiness, the Total Army (Active and Reserve components), DA Civilians and impact local communities. In order to meet our national security responsibilities, the Army is prioritizing readiness and programs based on our strategy, while adjusting to fiscal resources available."