After Busy Hurricane Season, FEMA May Be Forced to Give Back 2017 Overtime
By Sam Dorman
December 6, 2017
The Federal Emergency Management Administration reportedly told its employees that some might have to pay back their overtime after hitting an annual earnings limit, the result of the extended hours required by 2017's unprecedented hurricane season.
The extended hours appeared to prompt FEMA — just after its administrator, Brock Long, said his staff was “tapped out” — to use a federal provision allowing agencies to take money from employees' future paychecks if they exceeded a ceiling on annual compensation.
“FEMA was never designed to be the first or only respondent in a disaster, but we often find ourselves in that situation,” Long said, according to Bloomberg on Tuesday.
Because that ceiling is statutory, Office of Personnel Management can't alter employees' compensation.