The Norman Transcript

October 10, 2013

Nearly 400 workers to be furloughed

Associated Press
The Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY — Nearly 400 Oklahoma state employees whose salaries are funded with federal dollars were scheduled to begin furloughs next week if a funding agreement is not reached in Congress, a state finance official said Wednesday.

The Department of Rehabilitation Services submitted a furlough plan for 277 employees, while the Oklahoma Military Department is planning for 111 employees, said John Estus, a spokesman for the Office of Management and Enterprise Services.

“Other agencies have indicated furloughs may be necessary if the shutdown drags on,” Estus said.

The DRS employees being furloughed next Friday work in the agency’s Social Security Disability Determination Division, agency spokeswoman Jody Harlan said.

The Military Department employees are mostly civilians who perform a variety of roles to support the Oklahoma National Guard, including clerical, maintenance and administrative, said Guard spokesman Col. Max Moss.