U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop on Tuesday met with a top Department of Defense official to argue that it was illegal to furlough thousands of civilian DOD employees at working capital funds depots, including the Ogden Air Logistics Complex.
The Utah congressman and others had asked Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to reconsider the furloughs of workers paid by the self-sustaining Defense Working Capital fund. Such employees work for DOD components that sell goods and services to others and are paid from fees customers pay, not from federal appropriations.
In their meeting with Under Secretary Robert Hale, Bishop insisted that a federal law prevents the DOD from imposing furloughs on those workers, said Melissa Subbotin, Bishop's spokeswoman.