Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced Aug. 6 that Department of Defense civilian employee administrative furlough days would be reduced from 11 to six. The decision will affect about 2,400 civilian employees at Fort Riley who began furloughs in July.
"Fort Riley welcomed the news from the Secretary of Defense. The reduced number of furlough days will allow Team Riley to better serve our Soldiers, veterans, retirees and their Family members," said Garrison Commander Col. Andrew Cole.
A majority of Fort Riley civilian employees have already taken four furlough days and will, therefore, have two remaining. The remaining furlough days will be taken Aug. 16 and 30. A small portion of civilian employees may have slightly different furlough days if their job required flex hours. Employees should check with their supervisor for final confirmation.
"The professionalism and commitment to the mission our civilian employees have shown despite personal hardships is admirable," Cole said. "They have been on point for Fort Riley and the nation. Each member of Team Riley is crucial in ensuring our continued success."
During furloughs, Fort Riley developed a comprehensive plan across the different commands on post to provide consistency for employees and predictability for patrons.
"We appreciate the patience and understanding of our visitors and customers during furloughs, and as we continue to navigate through an uncertain fiscal climate," Cole said.