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Notice of Furlough Status for NASA Headquarters Civil Service Employees

Status Report From: NASA HQ
Posted: Thursday, April 7, 2011

image From: HQ-NASA INC
Sent: Thursday, April 07, 2011 4:48 PM
Subject: Notice of Furlough Status for NASA Headquarters Civil Service Employees

MESSAGE TO ALL NASA HQ CIVIL SERVICE EMPLOYEES:

Point of Contact: Walita Winslow-Wilkins, Chief, Operations Branch, Human Resources Management Division, NASA Headquarters, 202-358-4690

Notice of Furlough Status for NASA Headquarters Civil Service Employees

As discussed in Administrator Bolden's message on Tuesday evening, it is possible that the current Continuing Resolution will expire at midnight on April 8, 2011, with no further agreement reached to fund federal agencies. In this event, federal departments and agencies will not be permitted to incur further financial obligations performing activities funded by annual appropriations, except those related to the orderly suspension of operations or performance of excepted activities. This means that employees who do not perform activities excepted by law will be furloughed and unable to work.

All NASA Headquarters employees, unless individually informed today, April 7, 2011, via an email message from Yvette Coles, Acting Director, Headquarters Human Resources Management Division, are designated as non-excepted. This means that, if funding lapses, you will be furloughed.

Our contingency plan assumes that International Space Station activities will continue to protect the lives of the crew members on orbit and the safety and security of the space station. Existing satellite missions in operation also will continue to protect the satellites and the data being collected. In addition, all other activities involving protection of life and property will continue. All other agency activities not determined to be legally exempt will close, including all satellites in development.

Our contingency planning for the potential funding lapse includes legal determination of which agency functions are excepted from a furlough. These determinations have been made.

We will continue to update you as more information becomes available and provide guidance about what you should do on Monday morning if no funding resolution has been achieved by then.

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has posted information on its website to answer your questions about furlough at http://www.opm.gov/furlough2011. Further information will be added to this website over the coming days.

If you have any questions, please contact Walita Winslow-Wilkins, Chief, Operations Branch, Human Resources Management Division at 202-358-4690.

Yvette Coles, Acting Director, Headquarters Human Resources Management Division

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