Are you going to be a victor or victim when it comes to the possible government shut-down? Will you be one of those who may be furloughed or not? To whom are you placing your trust? If you believe in God and know Him as being the Lord over your life – then you need not worry.
If you recall, this is not the first time that the government has taken money from some thousand government employees back in March of this year with the Sequestration 2013 plagues some GS workers across America & abroad. When that happened, many GS workers were enslaved to the mercy of a day off without pay. There have been numerous government interruptions that go back to 1976.
As of midnight September 30, 2013, the United States Office of Personal Management, may be preparing its employees for another downfall, with a “Guidance For Shutdown Furlough” that answers the concerns of out-of-work employees. Some persons will be affected and others will go on with business as usual minus some outside office activities and extra duties.
According to a letter sent to the employees of one government agency, there are concerns that this shut-down, may pose concern. The letter in part reads:
“As part of our effort to keep employees apprised of planning efforts, we are providing further information on how a potential lapse will affect you and our operations. Under a lapse in funding, our actions and decisions about what operations continue are governed by legal opinions issued by the Attorney General and the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) of the Department of Justice.
In consultation with our Office of General Counsel, we have worked to determine which of our activities may continue under these legal requirements. Similarly, we have worked to determine which employees would continue to report to work in the event of a lapse in funding, and which employees would be placed on furlough. Should a lapse occur, and depending on the length of the lapse period, these determinations may change over time as circumstances evolve. Importantly, the categorization of employees and whether or not someone is furloughed is not a reflection on the quality of their work, nor of their importance to our Department. It is merely a reflection of the legal requirements that we must operate under should a lapse occur.
Your supervisors will begin reaching out to you tomorrow (Thursday, September 26) to provide additional detail on our contingency plans and your status under a potential lapse. These conversations are designed to provide clarity on how a potential lapse may affect you, but they do not constitute an official notice of furlough. Official furlough notices will only be issued on October 1st if a lapse in funding has occurred.
The uncertainty of the current circumstances puts our workforce in a difficult situation, and should a lapse occur, it could impose hardships on many employees as well as the Veterans that we serve every day. We will work closely with all staff to do our best to support you throughout this period. In addition, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has created a document to address some of the questions related to a lapse that may be on your mind. The document can be accessed on OPM’s website.”
Those who put their trust in God know that they will be in good hands. If you don’t have that assurance, you may want to #Try God as you never have before. Take the 28 Day Test Drive Challenge. It’s not too late!
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