March 25, 2013
By J. David Cox Sr., AFGE National President
However, Congress did provide some agencies, particularly the Defense and Agriculture departments, with funding flexibility that should allow them to revisit previously announced personnel actions, including furloughs and firing of temporary and term employees. Instead of imposing such actions indiscriminately, these personnel decisions should be based on mission requirements, program needs and other priorities.
We will press the administration to ensure that agencies use this flexibility, while continuing to press Congress for the permanent repeal of sequestration."
*The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is the largest federal employee union, representing 670,000 workers in the federal government and the government of the District of Columbia.