Notices have been sent to Hill Air Force Base's 14,300 civilian employees, telling them they may be furloughed without pay for up to 22 days in the coming fiscal year.
Maj. Gen. James W. Hopp, commander of Hill's Ogden Air Logistics Center, said he deeply regrets the need for the notification but that this is a contingency in case funds are cut off to comply with the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings Act, which is aimed at cutting the budget deficit."No decision to furlough employees has been made, and I hope furloughs won't be necessary," said Hopp. "They would only be implemented as a last resort."
Air Force Headquarters ordered that the 235,000 civilian employees working for that branch of the armed forces be advised of the possible furlough. This affects 80,000 civilian employees in the Air Force Logistics Command, the command under which Hill operates.
If a furlough decision is made, the action could take place 30 days from now. If implemented, the period during which furloughs could be ordered would last between Oct. 19, 1990, and Sept. 30, 1991. Employees must be given 30 days' notice before any furlough action can be taken.
If furloughed, an employee would be out of work temporarily, not paid because of a lack of funds.