Furlough reduction announced

Florida Guard Members, our Civilian Workforce, Families, and Supporters:

I am pleased to be able to share with you that the Secretary of Defense announced a reduction in the number of furlough days from 11 to 6. To date, most have completed five of the required six furlough days (40 of the required 48 hours). This decision means that Monday, August 12th, is the last scheduled furlough day (8 hours) for all DOD civilian employees. All non-exempt furlough-effected personnel must still make up any unachieved furlough hours in a timely manner and before the end of the fiscal year.

This is great news for our National Guard military technicians and non-dual status civilian employees, who have remained patient and professional throughout this challenging time. It will help ensure our National Guard Soldiers and Airmen are better trained and ready to protect this nation at home and abroad.

Reiterating General Grass’ comments from today, “While we are pleased with this decision, we cannot assume this is a signal that DoD’s budgetary shortfalls and associated readiness impacts are behind us. The budget reductions caused by sequestration will continue to force the Secretary of Defense to make difficult and far-reaching decisions in the future. We will continue to work with Secretary Hagel to make the best choices for America’s defense.”

We greatly appreciate the assistance of Governor Scott and other elected officials in this effort. As enduring budget uncertainty still prevails, we will continue to advocate for Florida’s National Guardsmen, our civilian workforce, and their families.

Maj. Gen. Emmett R. Titshaw Jr.
Major General
Adjutant General of Florida