Sample letters to creditors for furloughed federal employees

OPM has prepared sample letters to creditors, mortgage companies and landlords for use by employees that need to make payment arrangements due to the lapse of appropriations.  Please see attached.  This afternoon, we provided these sample letters to agency chief human capital officers and HR directors to make available to employees.  These letters are also available on OPM’s webpage at:  http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/furlough-guidance/sample-letters-for-creditors-mortgage-companies-and-landlords.doc

Tell Congress: Stop the Furloughs

Starting July 8th, mandatory furloughs for upwards of 700,000 Department of Defense workers will go into effect. Each worker is required to take 11 unpaid holidays – one per week – meaning their pay will drop 20% for 11 weeks. We can’t allow this to continue.

Use the letter below to automatically contact your members of Congress and tell them these furloughs have to stop. Take a minute of your time and make a difference for your fellow feds today!

Use this Automatic Form to Contact Your Legislators Today!

(When contacting Congress be sure to do so as a constituent, on your own time, using your own computer)

http://afl.salsalabs.com/o/5906/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=6763

Take a minute to join the cause and STOP THE FURLOUGHS! Click this link to send YOUR MESSAGE to Congress!!

http://afl.salsalabs.com/o/5906/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=6763

Tell us what the impact of sequestration furloughs will mean to you

The Federal Workers Alliance (FWA)—a coalition of twenty-one labor unions, collectively representing more than 300,000 federal workers government wide—has created an online message board for members and their families to share their personal stories about the impact of sequestration and furloughs.
Let’s put a face to the wokers affected by Congress’ inaction. Our stories matter.

The board is very easy to use and there is no login required. The board can be accessed by clicking this link: http://www.quicktopic.com/50/H/6F5wDrDVdjY

Here is what some of you are already saying about the impact of furloughs and sequestration on your families.

Impacts of Sequestration and/ or a full-year continuing resolution on the Army

MTD Holds Emergency Legislative Action Meeting on Sequestration

The Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO held an emergency legislative action meeting Thursday February 7, 2013, focusing on how to convince Congress to STOP sequestration and press Congress to pass a budget. “As dangerous as sequestration is, another continuing resolution worse,” said Metal Trades Department President Ron Ault.

If Congress cannot come to a bipartisan solution to avoid both a Defense Budget Continuing Resolution and sequestration the automatic and indiscriminate cuts will force the DoD to immediately layoff as many as 46,000 civilian employees. After March 15, another 800,000 civilian employees will lose 20 percent of their income to forced furloughs. And, that is just the tip of the iceberg. Economists predict that as many as 1 million jobs could be lost directly and indirectly over the next few years due to the cuts in shipbuilding maintenance and repair. With our economy just starting to recover from the great recession the cuts caused by another continuing resolution and sequestration will obliterate the gains we have made.

With most of our affiliates in attendance, or calling in via teleconference, the department has asked all of our affiliated unions to focus their resources on lobbying Congress on the effects of sequestration and the dangers of another CR on our federal workforce, our national security and our fragile U.S. economy.

Although sequestration provides short-term cuts and savings, delaying program acquisitions will actually raise the total cost of programs in the long run. This will mire us deeper in a fiscal hole.

Feds will not get paid if debt ceiling is not raised, Obama says

From the Federal Times:

Federal employees and military service members will not get paid if Congress does not raise the debt ceiling, President Obama said Monday.

The government also would not be able to honor its contracts with small-business owners, and Social Security checks and benefits for veterans would be delayed, Obama said during a news conference.

Obama reiterated his stance that he will not negotiate with Republicans — who are demanding spending cuts in exchange for raising the debt ceiling.

“We are not a deadbeat nation,” Obama said. “Republicans in Congress have two choices here. They can act responsibly and pay America’s bills, or they can act irresponsibly and put America through another economic crisis. But they will not collect a ransom in exchange for not crashing the American economy.”

The federal government reached its debt limit Dec. 31, but Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner said last month he could finagle another two months or so by taking so-called “extraordinary measures” before the debt ceiling would have to be raised. That implied Congress had more time to act and the government could keep running as-is until the end of February. However, the Bipartisan Policy Center think tank estimates the government could run out of money as early as Feb. 15.

Obama on Monday also appeared to dare House Republicans to shut down the government over the debt ceiling, as some GOP leaders have threatened.

“If the House Republicans … want to shut down the government to see if they can get their way on [deficit reduction], that’s their prerogative,” Obama said.

If Congress doesn’t want to raise the debt ceiling, Obama said, they should give him the authority to raise the limit on his own.

But the government’s current situation of one fiscal crisis after another is untenable, and must stop, Obama said.

“That’s not a credible way to run this government,” Obama said. “We’ve got to stop lurching from crisis to crisis to crisis when there’s this clear path ahead of us that simply requires some discipline, some responsibility, and some compromise.”

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