The Washington Post

Unions will be consulted on possible federal furloughs, Kelley says

White House officials have given further direction to federal agencies about the possibility of sequestration, and have told the agencies they “need to engage with their unions before taking any personnel action such as furloughs,”  the president of one of the largest unions for federal employees said Friday afternoon.

Colleen M. Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, said she was briefed by telephone Friday morning by officials with the Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Personnel Management.

“The officials said they expect to see some degree of variation across agencies and that some agencies may feel the need to take personnel actions sooner than others,” Kelley said in a statement. “OMB said it will continue to work with agencies to provide guidance so agencies make the best decisions possible.”

Kelley added that “agencies are being informed that should personnel actions become necessary they should be actively engaged with their unions and bargain impact and implementation consistent with the law and their collective bargaining agreements.”

The OMB and OPM officials told Kelley that “they are still hopeful that a deal can be reached” but are preparing for contingencies. Last-ditch talks are underway to try to avert going over the fiscal cliff

Regardless of whether an agreement is reached, “the operations of government will not change dramatically” Jan. 2, with officials “noting that there will be time to continue to finalize budget plans.”

Also on Friday, OPM posted answers to frequently asked questions about possible furloughs. The action follows the release of updated guidelines for federal agencies Thursday.



Success! Check your inbox for details. You might also like:

Please enter a valid email address

See all newsletters

Show Comments
Most Read



Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters

Your Three. Videos curated for you.
Play Videos
Be a man and cry
Program turns prisoners into poets
Unconventional warfare with a side of ale
Play Videos
The signature dish of Charleston, S.C.
For good coffee, sniff, slurp and spit
The most interesting woman you've never heard of
Play Videos
How to prevent 'e-barrassment'
The art of tortilla-making
A man committed to journalism, caught in the crossfire
Play Videos
Tips for (relatively) stress-free dining out with kids
How to get organized for back to school
How the new credit card chip makes purchases more secure
Next Story
Steve Vogel · December 27, 2012

To keep reading, please enter your email address.

You’ll also receive from The Washington Post:
  • A free 6-week digital subscription
  • Our daily newsletter in your inbox

Please enter a valid email address

I have read and agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Please indicate agreement.

Thank you.

Check your inbox. We’ve sent an email explaining how to set up an account and activate your free digital subscription.