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18,481 DOT positions would be furloughed with government shutdown
Posted By Amanda Bayhi On September 30, 2013 @ 3:48 pm In News & Analysis | No Comments
Better Roads reported Friday that the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) would remain operational if the federal government shuts down Tuesday.
However, if a government shutdown occurs, about one in three USDOT employees would face furloughs.
According to a plan released Friday by USDOT, the agency employs 55,468 people, 18,481 of which could be furloughed if the federal government shuts down.
Of those more than 55,000 employees, 36,987 would continue to go to work: 25,458 are considered to hold “life/safety” positions, while another 8,417 positions receive non-appropriated funding and 3,112 positions are necessary to support other functions such as the “life/safety” positions.
Each administration would be affected differently in the case of a federal government shutdown.
For more details about which positions would be furloughed and which activities would be suspended, view the full plan here.
A USDOT spokesperson released the following written statement last week regarding a possible shutdown:
“The Department of Transportation continues to support President Obama’s proposed FY2014 budget, and we strongly believe that there is still time for Congress to avert a government shutdown. That said, good management requires us to prepare for a potential lapse in funds, which is why we have updated our contingency plans. As always, safety is our top priority and our plans reflect that commitment, keeping all safety-critical employees on-the-job, but there is no question that a shutdown will hurt our ability to move forward with much-needed transportation projects and in turn, will hurt the millions of Americans that count on them to get where they need to go faster and more efficiently.”
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