Between now and the end of September, about 2,300 civilian employees at Fort Riley are undergoing administrative furloughs.
The furlough days, which include 11 nonconsecutive days of operation, are typically scheduled on Fridays with one exception. That exception is Aug. 5, a Monday, which will be the furlough day for that week to coincide with the 1st Infantry Division training holiday.
With the first "Furlough Friday" July 19, Soldiers, Families, retirees and other community members who utilize Fort Riley services should be aware of the impact the furlough will have on the community.
Some services will be unavailable on furlough days. Other services will be available five days per week, but will operate at reduced levels. Many services will see longer wait times and longer turnaround times.
While the exact effects of some operations is still unknown – for example, how much longer it may take to get an identification card than before – teams across Fort Riley have worked together to form a comprehensive plan and lessen the effects as much as possible.
Leadership has expressed the community is a top priority, and Fort Riley remains committed to taking care of Soldiers, Families, civilians and retirees. Still, customers are encouraged to exercise patience and plan ahead when possible, as delays and closures are to be expected.
A round up of some, but not all, of the affected services on furlough days is included below. If community members have questions about specific services, they should call that department for more information.
LIFE, HEALTH, SAFETY SERVICES
Life, health and safety services will not be compromised. Some employees providing critical life, health and safety services will be exempted from the furlough, like sexual assault prevention personnel, waste water plant operators, certain firefighters and those child development center personnel directly responsible for overseeing children.
If an emergency occurs during the furlough period, command can exercise an emergency recall for personnel to ensure community members are properly taken care of, especially as it relates to life, health and safety.
Unavailable services include: Army Substance Abuse Program, security clearances, services for Department of the Army photo and passports, Soldier Readiness Processing and more.
Services will be available, but at a reduced level for: Ranges and training support, retirement services, in and out processing, identification cards, facility service order responses and more.
Irwin Army Community Hospital will maintain 24-hour emergency, inpatient, labor, surgical and delivery services, but will have limited outpatient capability.
IACH will consolidate its pharmacy services, laboratory, occupational therapy and physical therapy to IACH only. Some primary care clinics will be consolidated to IACH. Custer Hill Health Clinic will be closed and Farrelly Health Clinic will have limited services.
Patients should expect increased wait times and may experience delays in processing patient travel, birth certificates and correspondence requirements. For more information, call 785-239-8414.
Unavailable services include: Fort Riley Housing Services Office (not including Corvias Military Living), hunting and fishing permit sales and information, community support requests and more.
Services will be available, but at a reduced level for: Education services, retirement services, household goods inspections, religious support, personally owned firearms registration and more.
The Fort Riley Commissary has already begun its furlough schedule and is closed on Mondays.
The museums at Fort Riley will be closed on Mondays, instead of Fridays.
The Network Enterprise Center will be unavailable for routine services on Fridays.