Despite Threats, Feds Who Called Out During Shutdown Unlikely to Face Discipline

Government Executive | January 29, 2019

Federal employees forced to work without immediate pay during the partial government shutdown faced warnings of possible discipline if they called out instead of reporting to duty, but agencies now appear to have backed away from those threats. Employees at an array of shut down agencies increasingly told their employers they were sick or could not afford to come to work without pay during the record-setting appropriations lapse. Those workers ramped up pressure on lawmakers and the White House to finally reopen government, including Transportation Security Administration employees who caused disruptions to airport security lines and Federal Aviation Administration staff who forced a ground halt at LaGuardia Airport in New York City.

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The Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 budget submission sustains the alignment of program priorities and resources with the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) and supports military operations in Afghanistan and other areas of the world to counter threats from terrorists. The QDR makes clear that the updated national defense strategy is right for the Nation, sustaining the global leadership role of the United States and providing the basis for decisions that will help bring the military into balance over the next decade and responsibly position the Department for an era of both strategic and fiscal uncertainty.

Spotlight

The Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 budget submission sustains the alignment of program priorities and resources with the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) and supports military operations in Afghanistan and other areas of the world to counter threats from terrorists. The QDR makes clear that the updated national defense strategy is right for the Nation, sustaining the global leadership role of the United States and providing the basis for decisions that will help bring the military into balance over the next decade and responsibly position the Department for an era of both strategic and fiscal uncertainty.

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