3:13 pm - Thursday December 17, 5744

Are Furloughs REALLY Necessary?

Lamborn Calls on Missile Defense Agency to Explain Furloughs

Asks About Reports of Unnecessary Furloughs

Congressman Doug Lamborn (CO-05) today sent a letter to the Director of the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) asking why the agency is furloughing employees rather than making cuts elsewhere in the agency budget.

From the letter to Vice Admiral James D. Syring:

Reportedly the MDA developed a budget scenario under sequestration where furloughs could be avoided and cuts could be taken elsewhere but the agency decided to proceed with furloughs anyway.

The greatest asset of the Missile Defense Agency is its people and I am deeply concerned by the possibility that MDA employees are facing furloughs unnecessarily. If there is a reasonable way for MDA to achieve the savings required by sequestration without imposing furloughs, I hope that furloughs can be avoided.

To view the letter in its entirety, click here.

Note: The MDA’s Missile Defense Integration and Operations Center, the Department of Defense’s premier modeling, simulation and wargaming center, is located at Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado Springs. There are 244 civilian defense employees in Colorado Springs.  Nationwide, the agency employs 2,400 civilian workers.

At least one other media report is suggesting the Obama Administration may be forcing federal agencies to furlough employees as a means of “maximizing the pain of the sequester.”



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