29 Jul '13, 12pm

US Furloughs Wreak Havoc on DoD Productivity

US Furloughs Wreak Havoc on DoD Productivity

WASHINGTON — Want to schedule a meeting with a senior Pentagon official? How does your calendar look in September or October? The furloughing of civilian US Defense Department employees as a result of federal spending cuts is wreaking havoc on productivity and frustrating DoD and industry officials. Scheduling meetings has become extremely difficult as the already jam-packed calendars of senior defense officials are full-up for weeks now that the vast majority of DoD’s more than 700,000 civilians must take off one day each week through September. With employees limited to working 32 hours each week, defense officials worry that employees could become clock watchers, decreasing productivity even more. Since furloughs began in early July, many DoD civilian workers have scheduled their days off without pay on Mondays and Fridays. But that has created problems, particularly in...

Full article: http://www.defensenews.com/article/20130729/DEFREG02/3072...

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