USDA avoids employee furloughs

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Just one month after USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack warned Congress of the “high probability” of furloughs, Congressional appropriators have approved the department’s request to shift funds instead.

According to Government Executive, roughly 94,000 USDA employees are now off the hook this fiscal year.

The furloughs had previously been proposed for employees working within the Farm Service Agency and Rural Development division.

In early April, Vilsack requested to use special limited budget flexibility, also known as interchange transfer authority, to cover salary shortfalls within the Rural Development. Congress had until May 23 to respond. Read more here.

Vilsack also pledged to give up part of his salary if the USDA was forced to furlough employees.



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Matty    
Wyoming  |  May, 30, 2013 at 08:51 AM

Only a few months ago Vilsack was calling us "irrelevant" and preaching how sequestration will certainly cause the sky to fall. Well, I just checked and the sky is still up there. Vilsack is such a sold-out lump of turd. He should do more than give up part of his salary. He should give it all up. And he should reimburse us for all the salary and perks he's sucked up in the past 5 lazy unproductive years. With interest. Sack Vilsack. He has done nothing for agriculture except encourage meatless Mondays. He and most of his USDA anti-agriculture scabs should take a hike, like Kathleen Merrigan did. we have real farming to do around here. What a colossal waste of air Vilsack is!


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