IMCOM conducts furlough meeting

| March 8, 2013 | 0 Comments

U.S. Army Installation Management Command Public Affairs Office

Soldiers and civilians from the U.S. Installation Management Command headquarters listened to a message of solidarity in the face of an uncertain future as they packed the historic Fort Sam Houston Theatre for a monthly Town Hall, Feb. 25.

Hosted by Maj. Gen. John “Sonny” Uberti, deputy commanding general and Command Sgt. Maj. Earl Rice, senior enlisted leader, IMCOM, the meeting included discussions of potential Army civilian furloughs that might be brought on by the across-the-government budget cuts known as sequestration.

“We are trying to maintain the appropriate balance between accomplishing the mission and taking care of people,” Uberti said. “Mission first, people always.”

The Secretary of Defense notified Congress of his intent to conduct an administrative furlough, Feb. 20. Furloughs can last up to 22 nonconsecutive days, and virtually all employees are affected.

Even with the onset of sequestration, several more steps remain before furloughs begin.

“Whether or not it’s going to happen is yet to be determined,” Uberti said.

Karen Perkins, director of human resources, IMCOM personnel gave a progress report on plans the command is making to react to any furlough requirements. She outlined potential effects on temporary duty, overtime and compensatory time. Some implementation issues remain unresolved at this point.

Though lapse of appropriation furloughs have happened before, and solid plans exist for that type, an administrative furlough across the whole of government is unprecedented, she said. “We have no experience planning for an administrative furlough. We’re in frequent discussions with the Office of Personnel Management, the Department of Defense and Army headquarters to ensure the latest information is received and clarified.”

“Most important, we care about you,” Perkins said. “We are committed to keeping every one of you updated.”

Additional speakers provided an update on the command budget in the face of fiscal 2013 financial uncertainties and an explanation of the recently introduced IMCOM headquarters battle rhythm cycle.

 

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