The Defense Finance and Accounting Service is informing its payroll customers that a new, more secure myPay system update will be phased in over five months, beginning May 11.
The Senate quickly passed a bill that would halt furloughs of air traffic controllers.
More than 100 House lawmakers have signed a letter asking Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to review the effects that sequestration-related activities are having on Defense Department civilian personnel.
Charging the Federal Aviation Administration with conducting a "full-blown media rollout" to blame furlough-related flight delays on the sequester, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) is demanding a raft of information related to the agency's communications activities, salaries and expenses.
Two days into furloughs of air traffic controllers, more than 10,000 flights have been delayed and more than 600 have been canceled, according to a press statement from the National Air Traffic Controllers Association.
Several House Oversight Committee lawmakers have asked the Government Accountability Office to take a closer look at the federal pay scale.
Nearly a dozen groups representing various segments of the aviation workforce sent a letter to the White House calling for funding flexibility to eliminate the need to furlough air traffic controllers.
Two U.S. Department of Agriculture agencies once believed to be able to avert the full impact of sequestration, might now need to implement furloughs.
Maine's two senators expressed strong concerns over any course of action that would require all Defense Department components to implement identical across-the-board furloughs—even if some components have identified ways to avoid them within their agency.
A senator has introduced a bill he said would give agencies authority to exempt "essential" federal employees from furloughs to ensure public safety.