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Contractor Roles Restricted Under DoD Furloughs, Official Says

Frederick E. VollrathThe Defense Department’s assistant secretary for readiness and force management has reminded defense managers to avoid using contractor and military personnel to fill in spots held by furloughed civilians, GovExec reported Monday.

Charles Clark writes furloughs are slated to start July 8 and quotes Frederick Vollrath as saying any attempt to use borrowed military workers to make up for lost work will conflict with the Pentagon’s all-volunteer force initiative.

Vollrath told the joint chiefs, undersecretaries and department directors in a memo that component heads, commanders and managers will handle workloads as part of efforts to address civilian furloughs.

“Contractors are prohibited from being assigned or permitted to perform additional work or duties to compensate for the workload/productivity loss resulting from the civilian furlough,” Vollrath added.

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