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Understanding the Furlough Impact to Naval Academy Operations

Posted on: July 16, 2013 14:00 EDT by Naval Academy Public Affairs

The Defense Department furlough period will impact operations on the Naval Academy Yard from now until the furloughs end Sept. 30.

The furlough period began July 8.

Sequestration requires up to 88 hours, or 11 furlough days, by the end of the fiscal year, resulting in a 20 percent reduction pay for furloughed personnel and a corresponding 20 percent reduction in work during the period of the furlough.

“Our faculty and staff are the prime movers in keeping the U.S. Naval Academy operating on a daily basis,” said Vice Adm. Michael Miller, USNA Superintendent.  “We will continue to meet our mission of developing midshipmen morally, mentally and physically, but I cannot emphasize enough that sequestration and furloughs will have a very negative impact here.” 

To meet the furlough requirements, a number of organizations on the Yard will operate with reduced hours and/or closures.

The Naval Academy’s Gate 3 is open for pedestrians only from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is now closed to vehicle traffic. It is expected that the gate will return to normal hours Sept. 29.

Nimitz Library will be closed every Friday from July 12 through Aug. 16. The library’s many databases and other online resources remain accessible 24/7. More detailed information about hours and services is posted at http://www.usna.edu/Library/about/hours.html.

Library hours for the first part of the fall semester will be disseminated in mid-August.

The Express Office in Bancroft Hall’s 7th wing will also be closed on Fridays.

The Naval Academy Museum in Preble Hall will be closed Mondays for the duration of the furlough period.

Prior to reform, all plebe meals in King Hall will continue to be tray service. Students here for summer training or summer school will be served buffet-style. Continental breakfast will be available Friday and Saturday mornings. Friday lunch will utilize outside vendors, and Friday’s evening meal will consist of one entrée rather than two.

When the brigade reforms for the fall semester, King Hall will return to company seating and family-style serving. Kings Court will remain closed. Friday and Saturday meals will remain the same as during the summer break.

Academic classes for the fall semester begin August 19. 

The Naval Academy Human Resources Department provided civilian faculty different furlough day options from which to choose at the department level in an effort to lessen the impact on the academic mission when classes begin, while still adhering to the 20 percent reduction in work and pay mandated by the Defense Department.

Military instructors are not subject to the same furloughs, but in accordance with guidance from the Office of Personnel Management, military personnel are instructed not to take on additional work to make up for the absence of furloughed colleagues.

At the department level, exceptions can be made to furlough day schedules in order to accommodate special circumstances and calendar conflicts.

“We anticipate that some classes within course sections will need to be cancelled due to faculty members’ scheduled furlough days,” said Dr. Andrew Phillips, USNA Academic Dean.  “A great deal of time beyond the apparent ‘in-class’ time is required to teach a class. This includes a faculty member’s prep work prior to the class, the necessary grading that results from assigned coursework, and other academic assessment activities associated with the class.”  

Since potential class cancellations will be dependent on individual class section schedules and midshipmen’s schedules, it is difficult to estimate the number of classes that will need to be cancelled. 

“We are mindful and sympathetic to the unfortunate effect these furloughs have on the personal and professional lives of our dedicated and talented civilian faculty and staff,” said Miller. “These will be challenging times for everyone.”

More information about Department of Defense actions and resources during the furlough period can be found at: http://www.defense.gov/home/features/2013/0213_sequestration/


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