Customs and Border Protection could do away with employee furloughs if Congress approves its proposal to shift funds, according to a FederalDaily.com article.
The publication reports the administration has requested Congress’s appropriations committee to affirm CBP’s reprogramming plan in an effort to eliminate layoffs for employees.
CBP Acting Commissioner Thomas Winkowski told employees the administration’s support would help the agency secure the country without forcing them to take upaid time off work, according to the report.
Winkowski added that sequestration would still prevent CBP from hiring additional employees, approving overtime work and granting “On the Spot” and “Special Act” monetary awards for the rest of fiscal 2013.
“While these reductions are not without significance and will continue to impact our mission, they are preferable to the personal hardships and operational impact of incurring furloughs at this point in the fiscal year,” said Winkowski.
(Click Here, to read about the intelligence community avoiding furloughs in an article published last week.)