Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Spelling-challenged Leon Panetta warns DOD civilian employees of impending layoffs in urgent "MEMORANDOM"

Lee writes:

DoD civilian employees received this email today from Leon Panetta. Thought you might be interesting in posting it. The source is impeccable, received a copy him/herself, and gave me permission to use it as I wish.


P.S., Notice the SecDef office spelled “MEMORANDOM,” “consistant,” “personel,” and “contine” incorrectly. Unbelievable.

WASHINGTON, DC 20301-1000

FEB 20 2013


SUBJECT: Preparations for Potential Sequestration on March 1 and Furlough Notifications

For more than a year and a half, the President, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and I have repeatedly voiced our deep concerns over the half a trillion dollars in automatic across-the-board cuts that would be imposed under sequestration and the severe damage that it would do to both this Department and our national defense.

The Administration continues to work with Congress to reach agreement on a balanced deficit reduction plan to avoid these cuts. Meanwhile, because another trigger for sequestration is approaching on March 1st, the Department's leadership has begun extensive planning on how to implement the required spending reductions. These cuts will be magnified because the Department has been forced to operate under a six-month continuing resolution that has already compelled us to take steps to reduce spending.

In the event of sequestration, we will do everything we can to continue to perform our core mission of providing for the security of the United States, but there is no mistaking that the rigid nature and scale of the cuts forced upon this Department will result in a serious erosion of readiness across the force.

I have also been deeply concerned about the potential direct impact of sequestration on you and your families. We are doing everything possible to limit the worst effects on DoD personel - but I regret that our flexibility within the law is extremely limited. The President has used his legal authority to exempt military personnel funding from sequestration, but we have no legal authority to exempt civilian personnel funding from reductions. As a result, should sequestration occur and continue for a substantial period, DoD will be forced to place the vast majority of its civilian workforce on administrative furlough.

Today, I notified Congress that furloughs could occur under sequestration. I can assure you that, if we have to implement furloughs, all affected employees will be provided at least 30 days' notice prior to executing a furlough and your benefits will be protected to the maximum extent possible. We will work to ensure that furloughs are executed in a consistant and appropriate manner, and we will also continue to engage in discussions with employee unions as appropriate. More information and answers to frequently asked questions regarding furloughs can be found at, under the "administrative furlough" section.

Working with your component heads and supervisors, the Department's leaders will continue to keep you informed. As we deal with these difficult issues, I want to thank you for your patience, hard work, and continued dedication to our mission of protecting the country.

Our most important asset in the Department is our world-class personnel. You are fighting everyday to keep our country strong and secure, and rest assured that the leaders of this Department will contine to fight with you and for you.

Leon Panetta

Oh, sure. The administration is real concerned with the effects of the sequester on the DOD. So concerned they didn't even spell-check their ridiculous memo.

Remember: the Government Accountability Office reports that Barack Obama's executive branch wastes at least $125 billion a year. It's probably far higher than that.

Yet the president hasn't raised a finger to address the rampant abuse of the public trust. Instead, he flies off to Palm Beach for yet another golf trip.




Anonymous said...

"You are fighting everyday [sic] to keep our country strong and secure..."

"Everyday" is also incorrect usage. "Everyday" is an adjective. Like an everyday outfit, or the everyday dishes.

"Every day" means each day, an expression of time, which is what the memo is alluding to.

So you would not say "You are fighting everyday [no noun] to keep our country strong..."
You would say, "You are fighting each day to keep our country strong.."

Reaganite Independent said...

In related news, 'Memeorandum' is now spelled 'BadBlue'...

The MUSEman said...

It's well known that when budget cuts are proposed Progressive Democrats always impact "vital" government services... this case, it's "Spell Check"


Dapandico said...

No misspellings in his memo granting benefits to same sex couples.

Dan said...

No misspellings in the memo I got this morning. I'm not sure this was actually distributed in this form.

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Anonymous said...

Incompetent gov't, yet another violation of our rights. The gov’t constantly violates our rights.
They violate the 1st Amendment by caging protesters and banning books like “America Deceived II”.
They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by allowing TSA to grope you.
They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars.
Impeach Obama.
Last link of “America Deceived II” before it is completely banned:

Anonymous said...

"The only good bureaucrat is one with a pistol at his head. Put it in his hand and it's good-bye to the Bill of Rights."

- H.L. Mencken

greyseal said...

The D.O.D. IS CHARTERED,not even a part of our government.

[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 21 (Tuesday, February 2, 2010)]
[Pages I-VII]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office []

Defense Department
See Navy Department
Charter Modification:
Federal Advisory Committee; Advisory Panel on Department of Defense
Capabilities for Support of Civil Authorities After Certain
Incidents, 5287
Charter Renewal:
Federal Advisory Committee; Western Hemisphere Institute for
Security Cooperation Board of Visitors, 5287-5288

National Military Establishment changed to Department of Defense by act Aug. 10, 1949.