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Guidance on Austerity Mondays for FY 2021

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(Office of the Governor) — In a memorandum issued Thursday, Gov. Ralph DLG Torres stated that pursuant to Public Law 21-35, the or the FY 2021 Appropriations Act, Mondays are designated as “austerity days” for the CNMI government — its branches, departments, autonomous agencies, public corporations, political subdivisions, and instrumentality that elect to implement austerity days as necessary to operate within their respective budget allocations.

Due to the time difference between the CNMI and the U.S. mainland, the Legislature found that it would be more conducive for government employees to work on Fridays instead of Mondays because the federal government is closed on Mondays in the CNMI, the governor said.

“Please be advised that the first Austerity Monday will be on Monday, October 5, 2020. Tomorrow, Friday, October 2, 2020 will be the last Austerity Friday for the CNMI Government, unless otherwise deemed necessary to stay within budget allocations for the respective department or agency.

“Please note that Monday, October 12, 2020 is Commonwealth Cultural Day, a paid legal holiday in the Commonwealth. Therefore, the austerity day of that specific week will be observed on Tuesday, October 13, 2020.”

For FY 2021, if a legal holiday in the Commonwealth falls on a Monday, the austerity day will be observed on the Tuesday of that week. 

November 2020 pssnewsletter

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