EPA to Furlough Staff for Up to 13 Days to Meet U.S. Cuts

The Environmental Protection Agency will furlough employees for as many as 13 days in the next seven months as the agency complies with automatic U.S. spending cuts that took effect this month.

In a memo to staff late on March 1, acting EPA Administrator Bob Perciasepe said that to meet a reduction of $425 million ordered in a process known as sequestration the agency will have furloughs and cuts in grants and contracts. Staff will take four, unpaid furlough days by June, followed by an assessment to see if as many as nine additional furlough days are necessary, Perciasepe wrote.

“We anticipate that furloughs will not begin until later in April,” he wrote. “Also, employees will work with their supervisors to schedule furlough days.”

President Barack Obama today tapped Gina McCarthy, an assistant administrator at the agency, to lead the EPA. Her nomination requires U.S. Senate confirmation.

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