by Pam Zubeck
Fort Carson has issued a statement following the Pentagon's announcement yesterday that 800,000 civilian employees working for the military face furloughs due to budget cuts, as the Washington Post reported.
About 3,000 workers at Carson could be affected but will be given a month's notice of any furlough.
Here's the release:
Fort Carson, Colo. — In light of the announcements today regarding near-term funding cuts, Fort Carson is conducting prudent planning measures to provide our Soldiers and Family members the highest quality services.
We place a high priority on Soldier and Family resiliency and all programs and services that protect health, safety and property.
The Department of Defense issued notices to legislators on Capitol Hill and to national unions this morning that DoD civilians may face a furlough of up to 22 days beginning in late April. It is important to note that this is a measure of last resort and the details of a potential furlough are still being worked.
The command here deeply appreciates the hard work our civilian workforce carries out daily to keep our country strong and secure. We are confident that our stellar civilian workforce will continue to provide the best services possible within the constraints a furlough presents.
Fort Carson employs approximately 3,000 DoD civilians who could potentially be subject to unpaid furloughs. If affected, each civilian will be provided at least 30 days notice before a furlough is executed. If furloughs are enacted, we are committed to ensuring the furloughs are carried out in a consistent and appropriate manner.
In line with Department of the Army guidance, Fort Carson has already been enacting ways to reduce facility sustainment costs while still prioritizing life, health and safety. In late January, Fort Carson informed the facility sustainment contractor of a possible 50% cut in funding. A civilian hiring freeze has been in effect and we have curtailed non-mission essential temporary duties, professional training and travel.
Fort Carson remains committed to practicing good stewardship with our funding.