Mandatory 2 Weeks Unpaid Leave for Feds...
I posted this in DoDFire, but incase some of you don't frequent over there....
Don'tcha just love politics "trying to save the government money"? Good luck getting past the Unions with this one.
Two Week Furlough for Federal Employees Proposed by Congressman
September 20, 2010
Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) last week introduced a bill that would subject federal civilian employees to a two week furlough in 2011 and reduce salaries of members of Congress by 10 percent saving taxpayers more than $5.5 billion.
The bill, H.R. 6134, is a one year measure to reduce federal spending. according to Coffman, and combats the deficit spending in Washington.
Under the bill, if passed, federal civilian employees are subject to a non-consecutive two week furlough in 2011, and it will correspondingly reduce appropriations for salaries and expenses for offices of the legislative branch, and provide a 10 percent reduction in pay for members of Congress. An exception is provided for national security or reasons relating to public health or safety, including law enforcement.
"The federal government continues to grow, and continues to rack up debt. I would like to make the U.S. government as cost conscious as the states. My legislation is a start," Coffman stated.
Link to the bill: http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.uscongress/legislation.111hr6134
As of right now, he is the only one sponsoring this bill and has no co-sponsors.
BTW, I called his office and was told that it would affect Fed FFers unless there was an emergency recall during your unpaid leave status. Hrm... care to discuss?
Installation Fire Protection
Even if you work in a non-CFR fire station, it is doubtful that non-CFR station would be closed.
Anytime a fire occurs on a military installation, somebody is held responsible for starting and/or contributing to the fire. Whether it is the smoker that disposed of the hot cigarette, the welder that did not conduct the proper "hot permit" procedures, the fire inspector that missed a code violation during their inspection, etc., somebody is held responsible.
If someone cuts fire protection and a fire occurs, then that someone that authorized that cut, could be held responsible for not having enough personnel to respond to a fire.
Around 20 years ago, a military installation here had a Colonel that thought it was a bright idea to save money, by shutting down a radar. The radar had a, Army/Air Force/NASA mission.
When the radar was shut off, the military lost contact with the space shuttle. To say it politely, that Colonel was relieved of his command.