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WPAFB Civilians Ready To Get Back To Work
WPAFB -- About 13,000 Wright-Patterson Air Force Base civilian employees will soon be getting a full-sized paycheck again. Wednesday, top brass at the base spoke for the first time about the reduction in mandatory furlough days.
Col. Cassie Barlow, 88th Air Base Wing Commander, said the forced furloughs have put the base behind in a lot of areas like processing documents, which basically means a lot of routine work done on base has taken twice the amount of time. Everyone is ready to get back to business as usual.
Forced government spending cuts due to sequestration mandated civilians take one unpaid day off every week since July 8. But that won't be the case anymore after next Friday. The Department of Defense reduced the number of furlough days to six. That means next week is the last week of four-day paychecks.
"They could have found ways earlier to save money. There's always ways to cut costs," said Fairborn resident Lucy Carter.
Both the base and Fairborn businesses were preparing for the furloughs to last a lot longer. But luckily the DoD was able to move money around, putting more cash in the account that cuts checks to civilians, so they can get back to spending those checks at local businesses.
"It's a crowded lunchtime bar and a lot of Wright-Patt comes here. I'm assuming Friday will pick up and overall it'll pick up certainly," said Tickets Pub patron Greg Addis.
"We'll be getting our noses back to the grindstone to get back to where we should be," Barlow said.
But the base isn't out of the woods yet. Government sequestration remains in effect., and the commander hasn't received the 2014 budget yet, so it's still unclear if more furloughs may come with the new year.
"We don't know what's going to happen next year. There's a lot of uncertainty in general about sequestration so that's very concerning for all of us," Barlow said.
The commander says it'll be devastating to go through another furlough next year, but they are preparing for it now by analyzing what can be put on the back burner.
WPAFB -- For the first time since the Department of Defense announced a reduction in forced civilian furloughs, top brass at Wright Patterson Air Force Base are speaking out. Wright Patt's Commander said Wednesday evening the entire base was breathing a sigh of relief following the news.
Next week will be the last week that civilian employees will have to take one unpaid day off. Commander Cassie Barlow said those furloughs have put the base behind in a lot of areas, like processing documents, which basically means a lot of routine work done on base has taken twice the amount of time.
Everyone is ready to get back to business as usual. Earlier this year, the DoD said the furlough days were a necessity in order to help meet spending cuts mandated by sequestration. The DoD was able to move money around to reduce the number of furlough days to six, but that still isn't 100 percent comforting to Col. Barlow.
"We don't know what's going to happen next year. There's as lot of uncertainty in general about sequestration, so that's very concerning for all of us," she said.
Barlow said it would be devastating to go through another furlough next year, but they are preparing for it right now by analyzing what can be put on the back burner.
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