USCIS to furlough staff, asks for emergency funds

02/07/20

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has sent furlough notices to about 69% of its staff and preparing to suspend services in August because Congress and the Trump administration can’t agree on terms of a $1.2 billion funding arrangement.

 “On or before July 2, approximately 13,400 USCIS employees will receive notice that if USCIS must proceed with an administrative furlough, they would be furloughed beginning Aug. 3,” an agency spokesman said in an email to Federal News Network. “Though we continue to have productive conversations with Congress, we want employees who may be furloughed to have sufficient time to prepare.”

 According to the furlough notices themselves, copies of which Federal News Network reviewed, employees will be placed in non-duty and non-pay status for anywhere between 30 to 90 days.

“Since this is a furlough of over 30 days, this action is taken in accordance with the reduction in force (RIF) regulations in [Title 5 of the U.S. Code],” the notice reads. “Importantly though, while this action is taken in accordance with RIF regulations, a furlough is a temporary action, not a permanent separation from service.”

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