Department of Education

Launch a Government-wide Voluntary Furlough Program

Allow Federal employees to take Leave Without Pay (LWOP) for up to two weeks annually for vacation, family needs, medical, inclement weather. Employees could use the furlough days in one week increments or use a day or two on an as-needed basis throughout the year. Agency Personnal Offices would use a special code that would be used for this leave option so that actual savings can be tracked. Even though employees can currently take leave without pay, there are many employees that don't know they can or they view LWOP negatively. This program would be promoted and would be a special initiative specifically to save funds. However, there would be the caviat that Congress would not penalize agencies by not using these S & E funds in their budgets for subsequent years.

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Idea No. 4103