FMA Vice President Smith in Washington Post Regarding Cuts in Overtime - April 1, 2013
Cuts in overtime are painful for federal agencies, workers
Steve Vogel, Washington Post
Along with planning for furloughs, federal agencies are cutting overtime pay with measures that will save money in the short term, but critics say will harm efficiency, compromise public safety and unfairly penalize federal law enforcement agents.
Employee advocates warn of scenarios including Navy jets facing reduced readiness and Border Patrol agents being forced to break off pursuits of smugglers.
Many agencies have become more reliant on overtime because of limited hiring, according to George J. Smith, national vice president of the Federal Managers Association, which represents nearly 200,000 managers. “A lot of agencies have been unable to hire for some time,” he said. With no hiring, reduced contractor support and less overtime, Smith said, flying hours and training will be reduced. “There’s no doubt we’re putting war fighters at risk,” he said.