IMCOM employees discuss future at town hall

| July 5, 2013 | 0 Comments
Command Sgt. Maj. Earl Rice, senior enlisted leader, IMCOM, responds to employee questions on the furlough process during a town hall at the Fort Sam Houston Theatre,  June 13. (Photo by Robert Dozier, Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command)

Command Sgt. Maj. Earl Rice, senior enlisted leader, IMCOM, responds to employee questions on the furlough process during a town hall at the Fort Sam Houston Theatre, June 13. (Photo by Robert Dozier, Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command)

U.S. Army Installation Management Command Public Affairs

SAN ANTONIO — Employees at the U.S. Army Installation Management Command headquarters got an update on the furlough process as they go through the final weeks before implementation during a town hall meeting at the Fort Sam Houston Theatre, recently.

Karen Perkins, IMCOM personnel director of human resources, gave an update on the status of the furlough process.

“We’ve issued all furlough proposal memos (at IMCOM headquarters) and (June 13 was) the last day for replies,” said Perkins.

Perkins said human resources would work with the deciding officials to assist them in preparing responses for their employees.

“For IMCOM headquarters, our first furlough day will be on Friday, July 12, since we’re predominantly going to make Friday our furlough day,” Perkins continued. “We will continue the same and conclude the last week in September. If you need something, and everyone needs a buddy and someone you can talk to, don’t be afraid to ask. We are here for you.”

SAN ANTONIO — Lt. Gen. Mike Ferriter, commander, U.S. Army Installation Management Command, updates IMCOM headquarters employees on the furlough process as they go through the final weeks before implementation during a town hall meeting at the Fort Sam Houston Theatre, here, June 13. (Photo by Robert Dozier, Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command)

SAN ANTONIO — Lt. Gen. Mike Ferriter, commander, U.S. Army Installation Management Command, updates IMCOM headquarters employees on the furlough process as they go through the final weeks before implementation during a town hall meeting at the Fort Sam Houston Theatre, here, June 13. (Photo by Robert Dozier, Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command)

Ferriter, Perkins and Command Sgt. Maj. Earl Rice, IMCOM senior enlisted leader, answered audience questions.

Q: Are there examples of exemptions being considered?

A: The standard exemptions have already been announced: employees listed as deployed to combat zones, certain child development center employees, all NAF employees, all OCONUS foreign nationals, all individuals appointed by the president with Senate confirmation, employees funded through the National Intelligence Program, foreign military sales employees, full-time sexual assault responders and any employee not paid directly by DOD accounts.

“All responses will be carefully and compassionately looked at,” said Perkins. “You also have a right to appeal to the Merit System Protection Board after the first day of furlough.”

Q: Is comp time permitted for official travel on non-work days?

A: If directed to travel on a weekend, the normal rules will apply for comp time. However, employees may not travel on their furlough day, as this represents official business, unless an alternative furlough day is taken.

Q: Can two furlough days be taken in one week, to accommodate a TDY trip exceeding four days?

A: Flexibility can be granted as situations come up. We will provide specific guidance to the directors based on the details of the travel event.

Q: Will furloughs impact staff enrolled in the civilian fitness program?

A: There has been no decision to suspend the program.

“Exercise is medicine,” said Rice. “After PT, you don’t think about pain and pills. Why wouldn’t we want to get out and start the day off right? For us, it gives us the energy we need for this awesome responsibility to take care of Soldiers and their families. You don’t have to run, take a walk or jog to be motivated. It teaches you to say ‘I will never quit.’”

More Questions?

For more information on how sequestration and furloughs affect the IMCOM workforce, visit these sites:

www.imcom.army.mil/Organization/G1Personnel.aspx.
•For a list of FAQs concerning the administrative furlough, cpol.army.mil/library/general/2013sequestration/index.html#faqs.
•Locally, at bottom of page under “Most Popular Content” in “Furloughs” and “Sequestration Impacts” at www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil.

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