U.S. Army Europe issues furlough notices to Army civilian employees


May 28, 2013

By U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs

WIESBADEN, Germany – U.S. Army Europe officials are expected to begin issuing furlough notices from May 28 through June 5 to Department of the Army civilian employees assigned to the USAREUR headquarters and its subordinate units.

The furlough affects every DA civilian employee in the command who is paid by DA appropriated funds. It does not apply to Local National employees, contractors, or employees paid by non-appropriated funds.

The furlough is expected to begin July 8 and continue through September 30. Though there may be some adjustments due to mission requirements, affected employees will generally be furloughed no more than 16 hours per pay period, for a total of 88 hours.

Allowances, such as Living Quarters Allowance and Post Allowance, should not be affected by the furlough. However, annual leave, sick leave, and pay-related benefits, such as contributions to the Thrift Savings Plan and allotments could be affected.

“Our civilian employees are a valuable and essential part of the USAREUR team,” said Lt. Gen. Donald M. Campbell, Jr., USAREUR’s commanding general.

“I know the furlough will be stressful and challenging for employees as well as Family members and Soldiers, and everyone who lives and works in our communities,” Campbell said. “Leaders and human resources experts will provide as much assistance as possible to help employees develop a strategy for getting through this.”

The U.S. Army Civilian Human Resources Agency Employee Furlough Assistance Information web page, which includes general information on employee assistance strategies, a consolidated list of employee assistance providers, and other useful information, is located at www.chra.army.mil/hr/tools/gps/view.asp?ID=766

For more information, employees should contact their organizational human resources point of contact or their chain of command. Additional information is available at www.eur.army.mil/g1/content/CPD/uspersonnelprograms/furloughguidance.html

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