Fort Riley Furloughs Workers, Changes Services Due To Shutdown

By: WIBW (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
By: WIBW (Posted by Melissa Brunner)

FORT RILEY, Kan. (WIBW) - Fort Riley said it placed hundreds of civilian employees on furloughs Tuesday until further notice. The move was made due to the federal government shutdown.

Services tied to life, health and safety will remain in place, but offices including education services, workforce development, equal employment opportunity and the commissary are closed until further notice.

In addition, areas such as training, public works and housing services will see a reduction in manpower and many offices will see their hours cut back. Soldiers are advised ahead to call ahead.

Complete news release from Ft. Riley on actions taken in face of government shutdown:

Fort Riley civilian employees received notices of furlough today, following
a government shutdown effective 12:01 a.m. Eastern Oct. 1. Furloughs will
affect hundreds of civilian workers across a broad spectrum of services at
Fort Riley. Effects of the shutdown will vary across the post.

“Annual funding for the federal government expired on September 30, 2013,”
Fort Riley Garrison Commander Col. Andrew Cole said. “This lapse in funding
means a number of government, and Fort Riley, activities have ceased due to
a lack of appropriated funding. While active duty military personnel will
continue in a normal duty status, a large number of appropriated fund
civilian employees are now furloughed until further notice.

“First Infantry Division and Fort Riley leaders saw the potential for a
shutdown and have spent a lot of time completing prudent planning efforts
for the lapse in funding. There are a variety of different commands that
comprise Team Riley, and we’ve worked together to form a comprehensive
plan.”

Services tied to life, health and safety will remain in place. A
comprehensive list is included below detailing effects and closures, as well
as where to seek more information.

“The main thing to remember is that the 1st Inf. Div. and Fort Riley remain
committed to taking care of our Soldiers, families, civilians and retirees
throughout this time period,” Cole said.

Emergency Services

Fort Riley emergency services will not be affected by the government
shutdown. Access control points will continue normal operational hours.

Medical Services

The hospital, clinics and Warrior Transition Battalion are in a fully
operational status for patient care.

Directorate of Family, Welfare and Recreation Services and Programs (DFMWR)

DFMWR will be largely unaffected by a government shutdown.

The following facilities’ hours of operation or services have been reduced
until further notice:

Some Army Community Services (ACS) will be reduced, though Army Emergency
Relief (AER), Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP),
limited Survivor Outreach Services (SOS) and Victim Advocacy services will
still be provided. All other ACS services will not be available until
further notice. In addition, Leisure Travel Services will reduce their hours
of operation to 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 2
p.m. Saturday.

The following DFMWR facilities will operate under normal business hours:
Arts & Crafts Center, Automotive Skills Center, Child, Youth & School
Services (CYSS), Custer Hill Bowling Center, Custer Hill Golf Course,
Fitness Centers, Fort Riley Post Library, Habañero, Outdoor Recreation
Center (ODR), Rally Point, Riley's Conference Center and the Warrior Zone.

Training

Training continues as currently scheduled. Some training facilities may see
minimal manning.

Defense Commissary Activity (DECA)

The Fort Riley Commissary remained opened Oct. 1 to reduce the amount of
perishables in stock before it began a systematic closure process to account
for unsold products and secure facilities. The Commissary will remain closed
until further notice.

Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES)

The Army and Air Force Exchange Service will continue operations during the
government shutdown.

Public Works

Operations and maintenance personnel are minimally manned in order to
provide crucial services like water, wastewater, gas and power distribution
as well as emergency maintenance. Minimal manning is in effect in business
operations, environmental and housing. Hunting on post has been suspended.

Human Resources

Services to include casualty assistance, transition/separation/retirement,
in- and out-processing, Soldiers Readiness Processing, ID cards and Army
Substance Abuse counseling remain operational.

Housing

Corvias Military Living is unaffected by the government shutdown.

Housing Services Office (HSO)

The HSO will remain open but with limited staff. Their hours, until further
notice, will be 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with a closure for lunch from noon to
12:30 p.m.

Other Fort Riley Offices

Education Services; Workforce Development; Safety; Equal Employment
Opportunity and Plans, Analysis, Integration offices are closed until
further notice.

Other offices across post have minimal essential manning. Please call each
individual office to find its availability prior to seeking its services and
please be prepared for other closures and/or delays. Additionally, community
outreach programs may be affected by the shutdown.

Stress and Crisis Resources

These resources will remain available to both military members and civilian
employees.

Military One Source is available at 1-800-342-9647, or their crisis line is
1-800-273-TALK. They are available online at
http://www.militaryonesource.mil/army.

For stress-related issues, civilian counseling is available through the
Employee Assistance Program. EAP (FOH4you) is a free, 24-hour confidential
counseling and referral service that can help civilians their Family
successfully deal with life's challenges. They are available at
1-800-222-0364 or www.foh4you.com.


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