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To All HQ IMCOM and AEC Department of the Army civilian personnel:
Thank you for your selfless service to our country, our Soldiers, and the Installation Management Command. While we are in uncertain budgetary times, one thing is very certain our appreciation for you, and for all you do every day for our Armys Soldiers, Family members, our dedicated civilian workforce and the countless others you support everyday around the globe.
This morning, Secretary of Defense Panetta informed Congress of the DoDs need to furlough civilian employees if sequestration occurs on March 1. The earliest furloughs can occur is 45 days from the date of the notice meaning the earliest furloughs could occur is mid-April of this year. As Secretary Panetta said, the Departments leadership is doing everything possible to limit the worst effects on you, our civilian workforce. While the President was able to exempt military personnel funding from sequestration, there is no legal authority to exempt civilian personnel funding from reductions.
Every civilian employee affected by the furlough will receive a minimum of 30 days notice prior to the start of the furlough.
Department of the Army appropriated fund employees and non-appropriated fund employees paid with appropriated fund dollars through the Uniform Funding Management process will be affected by furlough. There will be very few, if any, exceptions to furlough. Currently, the plan is for 22 discontinuous days of furlough.
Thank you for your patience during this unprecedented period. We will continue to provide information and assistance through the chain of command as the Department of Defense, and Department of the Army leadership work through this complex issue.
While you continue the fight to provide unequaled service to our Soldiers, Family members and civilians, your IMCOM leadership team will continue to fight for you. Our civilian workforce is incredibly talented and dedicated; the impact of furloughs on you and your families is not lost on us or the Army leadership.
Lt. Gen. Mike Ferriter IMCOM commanding general
Command Sgt. Maj. Earl Rice IMCOM command sergeant major