Furlough guidance for MSC personnel – part two

The following blog post is the second in a series of command-wide, weekly updates intended to inform MSC personnel afloat and ashore about the ongoing budget decisions and specifically how those decisions will impact our command.

Navy-wide civilian hiring freeze: As of March 15, a Navy-wide civilian external hiring freeze continues until further notice, per a memo from the Assistant Secretary of the Navy dated Feb. 27, 2013. At MSC, the only exception to that freeze is for civil service mariners (CIVMARs) – we will continue to hire new civil service mariners, based on an exemption granted by the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs.

Furlough guidance for MSC civilians: As you know, MSC was directed to implement furloughs for most of its employees beginning April 26. Notifications, negotiations and implementation planning have been ongoing with the first scheduled notification letters originally planned for delivery on March 22. That changed March 21 when DOD released the statement below, delaying delivery of furlough letters for approximately two weeks. We will provide follow-on information as we receive it.

Statement from Pentagon Press Secretary George Little:

“The Department of Defense has decided to delay the issuance of civilian employee furlough notices for approximately two weeks. This delay will allow the department to carefully analyze the impact of pending continuing resolution legislation on the department’s resources. We have not made any decisions on whether or not the total number of planned furlough days for fiscal 2013 will change as a result of this delay. We believe the delay is a responsible step to take in order to assure our civilian employees that we do not take lightly the prospect of furloughs and the resulting decrease in employee pay.”

MSC Furlough Questions: If you have questions related to sequestration, please email: MSC_Furlough_Ques@navy.mil

Furlough Calculator: Many of you have been trying to determine the effects of furlough on your personal finances. Here is one example of a calculator link found online that may help you make an estimated pay determination. Also noted below are step by step instructions that will help you to input your own data into the calculator to determine what your “take home” pay will be in the event of a furlough. This tool is about 99% accurate, but totally dependent on the user’s input. It is recommended that you have a copy of your most recent LES when inputting the values.

Instructions:

1. Enter your gross pay for an 80 hour pay period

2. Enter your “elective” deductions from your LES into the appropriate boxes below #2

3. Adjust the percentage for STATE and FEDERAL taxes until amount is pretty close to what is on your LES (may take a few entries to get close)

4. Adjust the OASDI percentage based on what retirement system you are covered under

5. Adjust the RETIREMENT percentage based on whether you are under FERS or CSRS

6. Enter the number of furlough days per pay period you would like to calculate (1 or 2) Note: At this point the ORANGE blocks will reflect what your “take home” pay will be in the event of a furlough and the delta per pay period based on your original “take home” pay. The original calculation is based on lowering your TSP to 5%.

7. Adjust any of your allotments or TSP in order to see what change what the delta will be from your original “take home” pay.

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