Sequestration furloughs start Monday

ALBANY, Ga. — More than 680,000 civilian employees of various U.S. military posts, including Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany, will begin to feel the sting of the government’s attempts to slash its spending as mandatory unpaid furlough days go into effect Monday.

The move, which will help the Department of Defense realize $1.8 billion in savings, will cost civilian employees about two full weeks of pay between Monday and Sept. 16. For most civilians, that equates to a paid workday lost each week for the next 11 weeks.

Known as “sequestration,” the cuts came after Congress failed to work out a budget agreement earlier this year. As a result, furloughs and cuts to non-essential programs, such as Fourth of July celebrations, were cut from the defense budget.

Aboard MCLB-Albany, the furlough days mean those employees impacted will have the next 11 Mondays off from work, with two furlough days scheduled on Aug. 26 and 30 for the Labor Day holiday period.

The furloughs will also impact the base commissary, which will close an additional day meaning it will be open Wednesdays-Saturdays through the furlough period. The current federal budget year ends on Sept. 30.