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U.S. Park Police furloughs end

The National Park Service announced last week that it would end furloughs of U.S. Park Police officers and staff effective June 1.

NPS said other cost-cutting measures—together with savings from the three days of furloughs taken so far—"have significantly improved the USPP’s financial situation and made ending the furloughs possible."

“As a result of cost-cutting measures implemented earlier this year, and now armed with seven months of actual costs—versus projections—we are able to reduce the furlough to the three days already taken,” National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis said in a May 24 statement.

However, Jarvis said that if sequester continues past this fiscal year, the agency would have to "continue to make tough decisions" and reevaluate the possibility of additional cuts and furloughs.

Ian Glick, chairman of the U.S. Park Police Fraternal Order of Police, welcomed the announcement, but maintained that more remains to be done.

"While this is encouraging news to the members of the USPP FOP, it is important to point out that the agency is still understaffed, poorly funded and lacks financial control of its own operations," Glick said in a statement.

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