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      MCLB Albany releases furlough schedule

      Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany has announced that due to congressionally mandated budget reductions, they will begin furloughing civilian employees on July 8, 2013. / File


      Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany has announced that due to congressionally mandated budget reductions, they will begin furloughing civilian employees on July 8, 2013.

      They say that for base employees, the standard furlough day will be each Monday from July 8 through Sept. 16. On those Mondays, the majority of civil servants (minus fire, police, etc.) will not report to work and customers should not expect to receive normal support. Active-duty personnel are not affected by the furlough.

      The exception, due to the Labor Day holiday, is that two furlough days will be taken on Monday, Aug. 26 and Friday, Aug. 30.

      Tenant commands aboard the base may have differing schedules. The Naval Branch Health Clinic civilian employees will be furloughed on Mondays as well.

      The one significant expectation is that the Commissary will be closed on Tuesdays during the furlough period, meaning those services will be available to authorized patrons Wednesday through Saturday only. Generally speaking the first nine services affect all base patrons, to include retirees, while the remaining ones affect base and tenant employees.


      Here is the breakdown on how the furloughs will affect base patrons and tenant employees:

      Primary Care/Clinical Support will have limited services on furlough days. Military and contractor staff will continue to see patients; however, available appointments will be limited on Mondays.

      Health Benefits Advisors will have limited services on furlough days. Military staff and TRICARE representatives will assist eligible beneficiaries, if possible.

      Library will be closed on furlough days. Computers are available at Base Education and Marine & Family Programs for customers to check emails and to access the internet.

      Relocation Assistant Program Manager & Retiree Assistant will be closed on furlough days. They will be available Tuesday through Friday.

      Pass & ID office will be closed on furlough days. Visitor passes can be acquired from the front gate sentry. Appointments can be scheduled Tuesday through Friday.

      Fishing & Hunting license issuing office will be closed on furlough days. They will be available Tuesday through Friday.

      Game Warden office will be closed on furlough days. They will be available Tuesday through Friday.

      The Commissary will be closed on Tuesdays and open for business Wednesday through Saturday.

      The Johnson Road gate will be closed on furlough days. The main gate will need to be used.

      The Industrial Hygiene will be closed on furlough days. They will be available Tuesday through Friday.

      The DSSC will be closed on Tuesdays and open for business Tuesday through Saturday.

      Garrison Supply Branch will have limited services on furlough days.They will be available Tuesday through Friday.

      Garrison Mobile Equipment will be closed on furlough days. There will be no vehicle fleet support, no customer support, or no dispatch support. Base officials say pick up vehicles the Friday before for Monday requirements.

      The Distribution Management Office will have minimum support with Marines and no appointments will be scheduled on Mondays.

      The CISD Help Desk will be closed on furlough days with minimal Marine and contractor staffing for emergency IT/Telecomm services.

      Public Works Trouble Calls will have a limited response on furlough days. The duty phone manned by military, emergencies will be responded to by contract employees.

      Billeting & Barracks will have limited services on furlough days. Check-ins to be performed by contract employees and military.

      Payroll Liaison will be closed on furlough days. They will be available Tuesday through Friday.

      Budget Support will be closed on furlough days. They will be available Tuesday through Friday.

      Accounting Support will be closed on furlough days. They will be available Tuesday through Friday.

      Check Deposits (payments to government) will be closed on furlough days. They will be available Tuesday through Friday.

      Occupational Medicine and Health will be closed on furlough days. They will be available Tuesday through Friday.

      Public Affairs Office will have limited services on furlough days with minimal Marine staffing

      It is possible that additional customer and family services delays may also occur. Additionally, sequestration budgetary challenges have increased the costs of some services (e.g., barber shops and certain seasonal swimming pools). Finally, these scheduled closures and periods of reduced hours are subject to change based on future fiscal decisions made by the federal government.

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