October 10, 2013 the tenth day of furlough and still counting. I wish I could tell you when we will be going back to work. Obviously I can't.
The Legislative Report that was posted to the website yesterday is a good update on what is happening. A big thank you to John Gehrke and the rest of the Legislative Committee for providing the update.
I received an email from Administrator Juan Garcia on Tuesday. He asked if NACS would post information from him on our website as a way to reach the employees. I told him we would. He said he would provide me with the information either today or tomorrow.
I live outside the three county area that I manage the loan programs in. I just had a call from a banker in Albion, Nebraska where my office is located. He said he had people coming into the bank with crop checks with FSA on them and that they wanted to deposit them and also make loan payments to FSA. I told him I would like to be able to provide service; but was not authorized to do so. The fact that we are not able to provide services is being notice as evidenced by an article in Politico. http://www.politico.com/story/2013/10/government-shutdown-agriculture-harvest-98076.html?hp=r9we I urge all of you to contact your Senators and Representatives about this problem.
As USDA-FSA employees, we do have the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) available to us. You can contact them by phone at (800) 222-0364 | (888) 262-7848 (TTY). The web address is www.FOH4You.com
I urge all of you to maintain a Positive Mental Attitude and find ways to use this unplanned time off to benefit those around you.
Have an Unbelievable Day
Allen Hall, NACS President
Every Defeat, Every Disappointment and Every Adversity Carry Seeds of Equivalent Benefits. - Napoleon Hill
LeAnn is a Farm Loan Chief from New Mexico. She was elected NACS President at the June 2019 Convention.