Ed (office chief) is planning to meet weekly with the unfunded people to see how our efforts are going. My group of three met with him and our supervisor today. We each recited our efforts, Ed counted up how many pay periods we thought we had covered, and said to keep working on it. For the record, I need to come up with 26 weeks (13 pay periods) of funding, and have "probables" for 11 weeks (national-level water-use work) plus 3-1/2 weeks (software testing), with ideas for maybe 3 weeks running a training class for the Southeast Region and another 2-4 weeks of national water use that there just may not be money for. So, I'm not doing too badly, and will just keep trying as I can.
I've been checking on whether Ed did as he said he would after our last conversation, and ask the other 8 unfunded people the same questions he asked me (will you reduce your work hours, will you take a buyout). So far, it looks like the answer is no, he won't do it. Word is the buyout list contains very few of the people I think are in the group of 9, and I haven't found anyone who's been asked to cut back their hours except me. In the expected morale drop that times like this cause, rumors are that the list of 9 omits certain other unfunded people, who are not being pressured the way the rest of us are. Another unfunded hydrologist tells me she's being urged to move into admin, as she has a degree in human relations in her background. Here's hoping that my M.B.A. is a deep secret from Ed.
But it's the weekend--I'm watching the Ga. Tech football game on TV, while my father, brother, and my brother's father-in-law are at the game. I gave Daddy the remote for the garage door, and told him to let himself in. The game's likely to go until close to 11:30 and they may be midnight getting back, especially if traffic from the Braves game and the Tech game hits the streets at the same time.