MCLB-ALBANY — Per a furlough plan recently implemented by the U.S. Secretary of Defense, federal civilian employees aboard Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany have begun receiving notice of proposed furlough letters.
The memorandum, base officials say, is designed to prepare the work force for the proposed 11-day furlough period which is scheduled to begin in July and last through September.
Guidelines call for most employees to be furloughed up to 16 hours per pay period for 11 consecutive weeks. Letters are expected to be going out to employees through the remainder of the week, officials at the installation say.
“Base and tenant officials recognize the difficult personal financial implications of any furlough on both our people and the community,” officials at MCLB-Albany said a statement issued Thursday afternoon.
Earlier this month, officials at MCLB announced that approximately 2,000 appropriated fund employees across the base as well as Marine Corps Logistics Command could be impacted, with a percentage of critical service providers directly responsible for preserving life and property — and possibly others — expected to be affected.
Base officials also initially said that there would be a series of sequential notifications to prepare civilian employees for what was to come, as well as help them understand the process going forward and offer them a chance to respond. This was expected to start with proposal notices, followed by an employee reply period and decision letters.