Employee Morale, Productivity Are Casualties Of Federal Shutdown, APMA Director Says

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By Dolores W. Gregory

Oct. 15 --The worst impact of the federal government's shutdown will be the bite it takes out of employee morale once the standoff ends, the director of the Advance Pricing and Mutual Agreement Program told Bloomberg BNA Oct. 15.

“It is going to take a while to get people up and running again,” Richard McAlonan said. “It's just human nature.”

Employees already demoralized by the unpaid furloughs and the uncertainty of not knowing when they might be called back to work can't be expected to hit the ground running once the work resumes, McAlonan said.

“It's a big machine and it'll take a while to get up to speed again,” he said.

The shutdown triggered a furlough for about 90 percent of Internal Revenue Service employees, including those in the APMA Program and transfer pricing operations. Some 9.3 percent--8,752 IRS employees nationwide--have been excepted from furlough.

That group includes McAlonan and 138 other employees in the Large Business & International Division, who are excepted on an as-needed basis, to be called back to deal with “an imminent statutory deadline or threat to government property,” according to an IRS contingency plan posted Sept. 26.

However, McAlonan said he hasn't been called back to work and wasn't aware of anyone else in LB&I being asked to return.

“There might be one employee working on arbitration issues on a part-time basis,” he said.


To contact the reporter on this story: Dolores W. Gregory in Washington at dgregory@bna.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Molly Moses at mmoses@bna.com

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