The military and civilian employees who work at the Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair office in
Of the 250 employees, about 230 are civilians. Most of the civilian employees, about 217 people, were furloughed Tuesday after
"Because of the volume and frequency of helicopter production, the impact of the loss of inspectors is being felt a lot faster," Courtney said.
The furloughs impact the on-site government contract administration at SUPSHIP Groton, which includes quality oversight, technical concurrence and fiduciary functions, according to
The office cannot certify EB's work for submarines currently under construction or in the shipyard for maintenance. Key events and construction milestones are not being delayed at this time, Johnson said, but if the furloughs continue, the impact will become more severe and potentially limit the ability of submarines to get underway.
Johnson said he could not yet say when that could happen.
EB is getting ready to christen a new Virginia-class submarine, the
And, EB is also performing maintenance and modernization work on two Los Angeles-class submarines, the USS Toledo and the USS Hartford.
SUPSHIP employees ensure the efficiency and quality of the ships constructed and maintained by the industrial base. They uphold the strict design standards, oversee the construction process and enforce contract requirements. The military personnel in the
The civilian employees were also furloughed after the automatic budget cuts under sequestration took effect and most pay for federal employees has been frozen for three years.
Courtney said the
There is growing support within the
"It's hard for me to fathom that we can't have this thing resolved by then, given the momentum that is starting to build up by Republicans to support a measure the president will sign," he said. "... So hopefully this will be a moot point as far as EB and submarine construction is concerned."
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