What we know:
There has not been significant progress in the past week to detrigger sequestration and its effects on our organization. In fact, sequestration is not the only immediate budgetary challenge we face. Without the passage of an appropriations bill or continuing resolution that either rescinds sequestration or gives us the ability to transfer funds within our accounts, we will be forced to make further cuts. We are encouraged by the House of Representatives’ passage of a Defense Appropriations bill on Wednesday, but cautiously await Senate approval. If ultimately approved, we would avoid the catastrophic effects of a government shutdown on 27 March; however, sequestration would still be in effect.
What we are doing:
Be assured that we are taking every action available to advocate for you, and we are committed to voicing solutions that protect your jobs while completing the mission. To help alleviate some of the uncertainty and anxiety, we will do our best to keep you updated with the latest information.
What we ask of you:
As we continue to advocate for flexibility in how we administer mandated sequestration cuts, I ask that you continue to take prudent measures to prepare for potential late-April furlough of our federal technicians (both dual and non-dual status). We have assembled a resource center on our Florida National Guard website to assist you. This can be found at http://www.floridaguard.army.mil/budget-uncertainty.
Budget uncertainty remains the greatest challenge for the Florida National Guard. I will continue to communicate with you to provide the most updated information, and I encourage you to monitor our website (http://www.floridaguard.army.mil), Twitter(@flguard) and Facebook( /floridanationalguard).
As always, we will stand ready to serve our state and nation and our Florida Guard Family.
Thank you for your dedicated service.
Emmett R. Titshaw Jr.
The Adjutant General of Florida
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Florida National Guard Public Affairs Office – Phone: (904) 823-0166