As expected, employees at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services are beginning to receive furlough notices ahead of a possible Aug. 3 action. The Department of Homeland Security and the Office of Management and Budget have urged Congress in recent weeks to step in with emergency funding to avoid furloughs for some 13,400 employees.
Customs and Border Protection said it rescinded weather and safety leave schedules for some officers to prepare for a potential influx of migrants at the southern border who might carry the virus. But the National Treasury Employees Union said the decision puts CBP officers at unnecessary risk at time when border traffic is down.
In today’s Federal Newscast, USDA reveals where the agency is looking to relocate the Economic Research Service and National Institute of Food and Agriculture.