Spelling-challenged Leon Panetta warns DOD civilian employees of impending layoffs in urgent “MEMORANDOM”
DoD civilian employees received this email today from Leon Panetta. Thought you might be interesting in posting it. The source is impeccable, received a copy him/herself, and gave me permission to use it as I wish.
P.S., Notice the SecDef office spelled “MEMORANDOM,” “consistant,” “personel,” and “contine” incorrectly. Unbelievable.
SECRETARY OF DEFENSE
1000 DEFENSE PENTAGON
WASHINGTON, DC 20301-1000
FEB 20 2013
MEMORANDOM FOR DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES
SUBJECT: Preparations for Potential Sequestration on March 1 and Furlough Notifications
For more than a year and a half, the President, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and I have repeatedly voiced our deep concerns over the half a trillion dollars in automatic across-the-board cuts that would be imposed under sequestration and the severe damage that it would do to both this Department and our national defense.
The Administration continues to work with Congress to reach agreement on a balanced deficit reduction plan to avoid these cuts. Meanwhile, because another trigger for sequestration is approaching on March 1st, the Department’s leadership has begun extensive planning on how to implement the required spending reductions. These cuts will be magnified because the Department has been forced to operate under a six-month continuing resolution that has already compelled us to take steps to reduce spending.
In the event of sequestration, we will do everything we can to continue to perform our core mission of providing for the security of the United States, but there is no mistaking that the rigid nature and scale of the cuts forced upon this Department will result in a serious erosion of readiness across the force.
I have also been deeply concerned about the potential direct impact of sequestration on you and your families. We are doing everything possible to limit the worst effects on DoD personel - but I regret that our flexibility within the law is extremely limited. The President has used his legal authority to exempt military personnel funding from sequestration, but we have no legal authority to exempt civilian personnel funding from reductions. As a result, should sequestration occur and continue for a substantial period, DoD will be forced to place the vast majority of its civilian workforce on administrative furlough.