National Park Service Announces End of Furloughs for United States Park Police
WASHINGTON – National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis announced today that the furloughs of officers and staff of the United States Park Police will end effective June 1. The savings from the three days of furloughs that the USPP has already taken, combined with cost cutting measures and a thorough review of the USPP budget, have significantly improved the USPP’s financial situation and made ending the furloughs possible.
“As a result of cost-cutting measures implemented earlier this year, and now armed with seven months of actual costs – versus projections – we are able to reduce the furlough to the three days already taken,” Jarvis said. “This is good news for our employees, good news for our visitors as we start the summer season this Memorial Day Weekend, and good news for the security of our nation’s icons - the places that the dedicated men and women of the US Park Police protect every day. If the sequester continues past this fiscal year, however, we will have to continue to make tough decisions with our limited resources and reevaluate additional cuts and furloughs to our parks and employees.”
The cost-cutting measures within the USPP taken to date include limitations on overtime and travel, canceling this year’s class of new recruits, and restricting use of the USPP helicopters to emergencies only.
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