Cherry Point officials uncertain of extent of budget cuts

Published: Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 12:18 PM.

They have not been formally advised a furlough will be implemented, she said.

“The Navy has been very forthcoming about the potential for furloughs — very good, almost information overload,” she said. “Employees were notified to begin planning in case that does come.”

She said FRC East and similar Navy repair facilities in Jacksonville, Fla., and North Island, Calif., operate like a business.

“We come up with a dollar quote, negotiate, contract, and then get the money upfront,” she said. “Everything we have in house today has been funded and we have the money to pay for the work.”

They were advised in January to conserve resources, put a freeze on hiring and “do not contract or purchase anything unless it is mission essential,” Fennell said. “Every purchase has to go to headquarters for approval.”

She said the cuts are not a reflection on FRC East employees or the workload.

“The house is full, there is lots of work and people wanting to do it,” she said.

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