Stand by for job actions

Figuring out the sequester’s impacts

By The Mercury

Civilian employees at military bases — including Fort Riley — have now essentially been put on short-term standby.

That’s better than being given notice, although how much better is a matter for individual judgment.

Congress’ passage of a bill Thursday funding government through the end of the fiscal year prompted the Pentagon to delay issuing furlough notices until April 5. The notices were to have gone out next week as a result of the sequester cuts. But the Pentagon now says it needs time to determine what, if any, impact Congress’ Thursday action will have.

Pentagon officials now say they might not order the full 22 days of furloughs it had been projecting as a result of the sequester, although some number of furlough days are still expected to be imposed.

By governmental standards, this is an improvement, although it hardly represents clarity for the affected workers.

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