Top attorney gives details about how sequestration will affect Arsenal Island

April  16, 2013

Defense department furloughs on Arsenal Island this spring will cost about 4,000 civilian employees three weeks pay, but soldiers around the world won't notice any difference in the supply chain. That's according to Kathy Szymanski, Chief Counsel for the Army Sustainment Command, and other defense agencies on the island.

The employees will be required to take fourteen unpaid days off because of sequestration, and Shuhmanski says each agency will implement the furloughs in ways that make the most sense. For example, this year, construction projects on Arsenal Island will not begin as scheduled. "He's considering no air conditioning for April, May and June. These buildings are old, they heat up. We're probably the only ones in the area who want the weather to stay cold.

Quad Cities companies that have contracts with the Army agencies on Arsenal Island will also feel the pinch of sequestration. Szymanski says, "We have a new IT company, Bowhead, and we are reviewing all our contracts. And we'll descope if we have to." 

Corps of Engineers employees will be partially exempt from the federal budget cuts. And Szymanski says military personnel, who are also exempt from furloughs, will help run the defense agencies on Arsenal Island while civilian workers aren't there. In addition, her boss, Brigadier General John Wharton, will work his regular schedule, but without the assistance of all his civilian employees.