Federal Furloughs To Hit Kansas National Guard

By: AP (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
By: AP (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
Maj. Gen. Lee Tafanelli, who heads the Kansas National Guard, says approximately 1100 Kansas National Guard employees will feel the pinch of federal budget cuts.

Maj. Gen. Lee Tafanelli

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The Kansas National Guard says it will furlough about 1,100 members for up to 11 days because of federal funding shortfalls.

Maj. Gen. Lee Tafanelli, who heads the Kansas National Guard, said the furloughs will affect members whose jobs are federally funded, such as those in administration and logistical support. No furloughs are planned for active-duty and reserve members, but Tafanelli says that doesn't mean people in those positions won't feel the pinch.

“The individuals affected provide administration, operational and logistical support to the Kansas National Guard and Adjutant General’s Department,” Tafanelli said. “We cannot cut those kinds of resources without having a significant impact on our services and capabilities.”

The furloughs were ordered by the Defense Department. Tafanelli says they'll start July 8 at the earliest and run through Sept. 30. Those affected will be out of work one day a week, losing 20 percent of their pay.

There are approximately 7,500 members of the Kansas Air and Army National Guard.

Complete news release from the Kansas Adjutant General's Office:
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced Tuesday (May 14th) his decision to proceed with federal furloughs to manage the budgetary shortfalls facing the military and the nation.

“The Department of Defense has directed that we institute furloughs of up to 11 days for some of our federally-funded work force,” said Maj. Gen. Lee Tafanelli, adjutant general. “These cuts will affect the readiness of our overall force and will cause difficulty and hardship for our Kansas National Guardsmen and federal civilians.”

The furloughs will affect approximately 1,100 Kansas National Guard full-time employees, or 54 percent of the total full-time work force, resulting in a 20 percent pay cut starting no sooner than July 8. The majority of the individuals affected are federal technicians and a small number are federal civilians. Active Duty Guard and Reserve positions will not be affected.

“The individuals affected provide administration, operational and logistical support to the Kansas National Guard and Adjutant General’s Department,” Tafanelli noted. “We cannot cut those kinds of resources without having a significant impact on our services and capabilities.”

The furloughs are scheduled to continue through September 30 unless Department of Defense officials further reduce the number of weeks.

“We will do whatever we can to assist our Guardsmen and staff during this time including connecting them with appropriate resources, conducting town hall meetings to answer questions, and keeping them informed throughout the entire process,” Tafanelli said.


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