Few Loopholes in Furlough Rules

The Army and Air Force have both recently issued memos indicating very few employees will be exempt from being furloughed, and many suspect this could provide guidance to other agencies on the types of exceptions to allow.

Both branches of service have created exceptions for:

  • * employees deployed overseas in support of military combat missions
  • * employees not paid through regular Treasury funds, such as non-appropriated fund personnel
  • * political appointees
  • * foreign nationals

Both branches also allowed wiggle room for limited exceptions such as first-responders and medical personnel, but only with high-level approval.

Restrictions are also in place that specify overtime is not to be used to make up for time off.

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