McConnell, Fort Riley Prepare For Furloughs

By: Associated Press / KAKE News
By: Associated Press / KAKE News

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Friday, May 17, 2013

Officials at Fort Riley have announced plans to furlough about one-third of the civilian workforce at the northeast Kansas Army post to save money this year.

The plan follows this week's decision by the Defense Department to proceed with federal furloughs amid budget shortfalls.

Fort Riley officials on Friday said about 2,400 civilians will be furloughed for 11 nonconsecutive days beginning in mid- to late July. Those affected are paid with funds appropriated by Congress. Contractors and civilians who are paid from other sources will be exempt.

Post officials say there will be little to no effect on some services.

But others will be slowed or reduced, including air traffic control at Marshall Army Airfield. Visitors are likely to see slower responses in such services as in-processing and housing.

Meanwhile, members of the 931st Air Force reserves at McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita are also planning on furloughs.

They're happy the originally envisioned 22 days of furloughs are reduced to eleven. But Captain Zach Anderson, 931st public affairs, says they're still a hardship.

Captain Anderson says the furloughs will impact training.

The reservists will lose one day of pay a week from July 8th through September 30th which is the end of the fiscal year.

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