Report: Federal Agencies Continue to Cancel Furloughs

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WhiteHouseMore federal agencies are cancelling and reducing scheduled furloughs for the remainder of fiscal 2013 after budget reprogramming and reviews, Gov Exec reports Tuesday.

Eric Katz writes that only the Office of Management and Budget has kept its original plans to implement 10 days of unpaid leave for its employees.

The article also said that the Labor Department is yet to confirm if the agency will cancel furloughs sent out to its 4,700 employees.

Some of the agencies that have cancelled or reduced furloughs are the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Internal Revenue Service, Department of Defense, Environmental Protection Agency, Interior Department and Department of Homeland Security.

John Hart, spokesman to Sen. Tom Coburn, said the agencies’ ability to cancel furloughs show that the “ability to be flexible demonstrates that there is plenty of waste and fat in the budget that can be cut before cutting vital services or furloughing employees.”

Coburn is a ranking member of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs which handles issues in the federal workforce.

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