The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

December 17, 2008
Furlough letter a hoax, DPA director says

Officials at DPA last night found out that someone is circulating a fraudulent letter about furloughs and retirement benefits. DPA Director Dave Gilb this morning sent this heads-up e-mail to personnel officers around the state:

It has come to our attention that hoax letters are being circulated containing an unsigned signature block by a department director announcing a six month furlough to begin with the February pay period. The hoax letter further states that retirement benefits will be stopped among other things.

This letter is a complete hoax. The Administration has not issued any letters announcing the implementation of a furlough by any date or of any length. The Administration proposal to the Legislature for the special session has made clear that any furlough, if implemented, will not affect retirement.

Please inform employees as necessary that any such letters are a hoax and that when and if a furlough is implemented it will be in a manner that will be a clear reflection of administration policy coming from an appropriate administration spokesperson.

Dave Gilb, Director
Department of Personnel Administration

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