Sequestration and Continuing Resolution Update – March 15, 2013

Florida National Guard Team

What we know:

It’s Day 15 of Sequestration, and we continue to work through significant fiscal challenges. As you know, our Human Resources Office has developed a course of action to implement a furlough for nearly 1,000 Florida National Guard military technicians beginning 29 April that will result in a 20% loss of pay for the remainder of FY13 (30 September 2013).  This plan was forwarded to directors, commanders and the union earlier this week.  Additionally, we are evaluating plans to shift resources to minimize further impacts that could result from extension or expiration of the Continuing Resolution.

Given the challenges of Sequestration, the Departments of the Army and Air Force made a decision at the end of last week to suspend Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) for the remainder of this fiscal year. Hopefully, new legislation that was introduced Thursday in Congress will restore this benefit.  Unfortunately, the Florida Educational Dollars for Duty (EDD) has already been expended this year and will not be available until July, with the beginning of the new state fiscal year.  As we develop our state budgetary requirements for the upcoming year, one of our priorities is to right-size the funding level of the EDD program going forward and help offset loss of FTA should that benefit not be restored in the near-term.

What we are doing:

We remain committed to ensuring Florida Guard members have the opportunity and means to pursue educational goals.  More importantly, we communicate daily with congressional leadership to find solutions to avoid negative impact to readiness and employment of our Florida Guard Family.  We continue to provide updates and resources for you at http://www.floridaguard.army.mil/budget-uncertainty. I will continue to communicate with you to provide the most updated information, and I encourage you to stay connected through our website (http://www.floridaguard.army.mil), Twitter (www.twitter.com/FLGuard) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/FloridaNationalGuard).

What we ask of you:

Plan for the potential reductions that we have communicated to you.  Fully utilize available resources – to include taking advantage of all education resources IN THE FUTURE to ensure their continued availability.  Most importantly, remember what you represent….nearly 450 years of service and sacrifice.  Our nation, state and communities rely upon you.

We will continue to be always ready….always there.  Thank you for your service.

Emmett R. Titshaw Jr.
Major General
The Adjutant General of Florida

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Florida National Guard Public Affairs Office – Phone: (904) 823-0166

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