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Air Reserve Technicians

Air reserve technicians, commonly referred to as ARTs, are a nucleus of managers, planners and trainers who have knowledge and expertise to smooth Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC) units' transition from a peacetime to a wartime environment. They provide management continuity, equipment maintenance and training support to help keep their units combat ready.

Air reserve technicians carry dual status, working as full-time civil service employees for the Air Force and as military members in the same AFRC units where they work as civilians and performing the same job. A civil servant or public servant is a civilian career public sector employee working for a government department or agency. In their civilian role, air reserve technicians provide full-time support throughout the month for their units. In the AFRC, air reserve technicians participate with other reservists on weekends and annual active-duty tours.

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Milgl  
#1 Posted : Wednesday, January 16, 2013 7:47:14 PM(UTC)
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Once again... the Fantastic 545 in D.C. are starting to really screw up the civilian workforce
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#2 Posted : Tuesday, January 22, 2013 7:51:56 PM(UTC)
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just got the word...ARTs included...seems this is across the DoD realm!
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#3 Posted : Wednesday, January 23, 2013 7:01:56 AM(UTC)
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Milgl wrote:
just got the word...ARTs included...seems this is across the DoD realm!


Haven't gotten any word about a DCMA hiring freeze. Maybe just some components of DoD. Or maybe we just haven't been informed yet. DCMA has a bunch of vacancy announcements open at the moment.martyb2013-01-23 15:07:27
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#4 Posted : Wednesday, January 23, 2013 7:05:25 PM(UTC)
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It must be only certain components. I see that last two days DCMA posted new jobs.
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#5 Posted : Wednesday, January 23, 2013 7:45:03 PM(UTC)
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We got the word any affiliation with DoD. Talked to DCMA here and yes..they are on a freeze as well, they also stated they will be one of the firsts for furloughs

I am wondering how furloughs will hit the ART world? Will it be disected by mission critical or accross the board?
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#6 Posted : Wednesday, January 23, 2013 8:18:12 PM(UTC)
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Interesting. Our supervision hasn't mentioned anything about a freeze. I'm working overtime.
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#7 Posted : Thursday, January 24, 2013 12:21:09 AM(UTC)
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martyb wrote:
Interesting. Our supervision hasn't mentioned anything about a freeze. I'm working overtime.


Same here. Our group manager said he hasn't heard a thing and we shouldn't worry about it, especially if you're an 852 hire.
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#8 Posted : Thursday, January 24, 2013 1:32:12 AM(UTC)
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martyb wrote:
Interesting. Our supervision hasn't mentioned anything about a freeze. I'm working overtime.


Same here. Our group manager said he hasn't heard a thing and we shouldn't worry about it, especially if you're an 852 hire.


I asked about a freeze at our team meeting this morning, and was told by my boss that she hadn't heard anything. So....I dunno. I do know we just brought a few people on board.
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#9 Posted : Tuesday, February 05, 2013 12:59:52 AM(UTC)
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As a gridlocked Congress last week appeared increasingly resigned to the steep budget cuts known as sequestration taking effect, the practical effects of what that would mean for federal employees have started to take shape.
The Defense Department and its agencies face an almost 8 percent budget cut if sequestration begins March 1, according to a recent analysis by Senate Budget Committee Republicans. Those cuts will likely mean furloughs for almost the entire DoD civilian workforce for as many as 22 days — one day per week beginning April 16 through Sept. 30, the end of fiscal 2013. Also, Defense components already froze hiring in January and are preparing to lay off many of their 46,000 temporary and term employees and take other belt-tightening steps.
In contrast, non-Defense agencies so far have released next to nothing about their sequestration plans, and federal employee groups are expressing irritation at the lack of information. But they expect other agencies will take steps similar to Defense.
If the current mood on Capitol Hill is any indication, agencies may have to finalize those plans within weeks.
“I think the sequester is going to happen because that $1.2 trillion in spending cuts, we can’t lose those spending cuts,” Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said on NBC on Jan. 27.
The Washington Post reported Jan. 29 that Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., said the odds of sequestration taking effect are “probably even” and that there is a real chance it could take effect March 1.
And House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon, R-Calif., told Politico on Jan. 23, “I’m pretty sure it [sequestration] is going to happen now.”
Sequestration “may well happen,” said Gordon Adams, who served as a top Office of Management and Budget staffer during the Clinton administration and now teaches at American University. Rather than seek to head it off March 1, lawmakers could instead try to work out a broader deal in setting agencies’ budgets for the rest of fiscal 2013 after a current continuing resolution expires March 27.
If sequestration does take effect, the impact on agencies will hinge on how OMB decides to “apportion” their shares of the budget after March 1, he added. The budget office could temporarily keep funding at current levels in hopes that lawmakers would reach an agreement by the end of March. If OMB instead opted to reduce funding immediately, furloughs and contracting would probably follow, Adams said.
Should sequestration occur, Paul Posner, a former senior official at the Government Accountability Office, questioned whether lawmakers would have the will to keep it in place for long.
“There’s a lot of precedent here to say that, generally speaking, we don’t want to let government services get interrupted,” said Posner, now at George Mason University. “The full sequester is only one of 20 potential scenarios.”
Federal unions and other employee groups, such as the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, are growing more worried and urging lawmakers to come up with some way to avoid the
$85 billion in cuts now looming.
“The iceberg is in sight, and the Titanic chooses to ignore it,” said FLEOA National President Jon Adler. “I don’t think even the lifeboats are ready.”
Adler said that if mass furloughs take effect, law enforcement agencies such as the Justice Department may have to rotate officers around to try to make sure the highest-priority cases and assignments — such as counterterrorism or national security-focused cases — are not compromised. But Adler said he’s not sure there is a way to avoid hurting those sensitive missions.
“Unfortunately, the criminal element is not going to experience a commensurate furlough situation,”
Adler said. “It will put us at a perilous disadvantage, no matter how rotation works out.”
William Dougan, national president of the National Federation of Federal Employees, said non- Defense agencies told his union they have no plans yet to share. Dougan said that represents a breakdown in the labor-management relationship and reflects the government’s troubling reluctance to engage unions before decisions are made.
But the sequestration plans already outlined by Defense have Dougan worried.
Ripple effect
Cutting term employees — who are hired to perform temporary work under appointments that last from one to four years — will hit facilities such as the Red River Army Depot in Texas particularly hard. About 1,500 of Red River’s 3,500 civilian employees are term employees, Dougan said, and they maintain Army vehicles such as Humvees, Bradley Fighting Vehicles and other wheeled and track personnel carriers.
“As those things come back [from combat zones], they [Red River’s term employees] go through and strip them down, put them back together, replace parts and ship them back out so they can be used again,” Dougan said. “Losing that work force is a concern, because that reduces the ability of the facility to maintain a high number and type of vehicles.”
And the economic effect of massive furloughs and layoffs will ripple out beyond military bases and federal facilities, Dougan said. Many military bases, such as Red River, are located in or near small communities. As federal employees are furloughed or laid off, Dougan said, that could harm the local economies where they are located.
The Defense Finance and Accounting Service last week froze hiring, halted performance award nominations and slashed travel, training and overtime in an effort to avoid furloughs. But DFAS Director Terri McKay said in a Jan. 17 email that more stringent actions — such as furloughs — may be necessary if sequestration takes effect or the current continuing resolution expires without another agreement in place to further fund Defense.

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#10 Posted : Thursday, April 18, 2013 2:57:45 AM(UTC)
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4/18/2013 - WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- In a continuing effort to meet the Department of Defense funding targets in the FY12 President's Budget and re-balance the civilian workforce, approximately 60 Air Force installations will implement civilian Reduction in Force authorities effective through about Aug. 23, to assist in the placement of employees not assigned against funded positions (termed "surplus employees").

These actions started in FY12 and are not related to the current sequestration actions.

To meet the funding targets in the FY12 President's Budget, the Air Force was required to reduce more than 16,000 civilian positions. The Air Force was able to successfully reduce approximately 15,000 positions minimizing adverse impact to civilian personnel, but now needs to use RIF authorities, which will provide options to help place most of the remaining civilians on unfunded positions.

RIF procedures allow greater flexibilities for employees to be placed at their installations and still retain their grade or pay. In addition, the use of RIF procedures allows for eligible employees who cannot immediately be placed in local vacancies to be registered in the Priority Placement Program (PPP).

"Voluntary efforts to balance the civilian workforce in FY12 have gotten us significantly closer to funded levels, but we still have a way to go in placing the number of surplus employees to funded vacancies, and RIF authorities will enable us to achieve that goal," said Brig. Gen. Gina Grosso, the director of force management policy for the Air Force. "The Air Force recognizes and strives to balance the invaluable contributions of our civilian workforce with the fiscal realities under which the Department of Defense and the government as a whole are operating. We continue to focus on minimizing the impact on our current civilian workforce and their families."

As the Air Force continues to shape the work force, starting the RIF procedures will provide installations greater flexibilities to further realign and rebalance the civilian force.

"Usually a reduction in force has negative perception, but the use of RIF procedures will allow many employees to be retained and continue employment with the Air Force," Grosso said. "We want to assure everyone involved with this process that we remain committed to minimizing the impacts during these times of transition."

The processes available use reduction in force procedures to determine employee placement rights into vacancies as well as provide the flexibility to waive qualifications to create more placement options.

RIF implementation is separate from current sequestration actions.

MC5Wes  
#11 Posted : Sunday, April 21, 2013 9:39:22 AM(UTC)
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The Air Force only has to cut 1000 positions before September 30th.

All this RIF talk is doing is nothing but make eveyone upset. And messing with the economy. Who is going to make large purchases if they dont know whats going on with their jobs.
martyb  
#12 Posted : Sunday, April 21, 2013 10:48:04 AM(UTC)
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DCMA is still not on a hiring freeze that I can tell. I interviewed last week for a position. Of course, since I'm already an employee, it would be a promotion & transfer, not a hew hire. However, they're still posting vacant positions.martyb2013-04-21 18:54:06
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Milgl  
#13 Posted : Monday, April 22, 2013 9:47:23 PM(UTC)
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True...they are still hiring, but internal only... you have to receive 1 listing posted internal with no one on the list....then and only then you can request a waiver for external canidatesMilgl2013-04-23 05:56:44
MC5Wes  
#14 Posted : Monday, April 22, 2013 10:38:30 PM(UTC)
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The ART Program is still hiring. At March ARB avionics guys make 80K. And still cant keep people.

My first ART job base is looking for people. They had one guy quit and went to work in UAE. And once there got his ex-coworkers hired in.MC5Wes2013-04-23 06:44:06
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