As of 5/2010:
- Department of Agriculture
- Department of Commerce
- Corporation Commission
- Office of Disability Concerns
- Fire Marshal
- Medical Examiners Office
- Dept of Mental Health
- Peanut Commission
- Department of Public Safety
- Oklahoma Historical Society
- Indigent Defense System
- Juvenile Affairs
- Pardon and Parole Board
- Tax Commission
- Tourism and Recreation Department
- Water Resources Board
- Will Rogers Memorial Commission
What is a furlough?
The placement of an employee on involuntary leave without pay for a specified period of time. For state employees, the maximum amount of time an employee can be furloughed is 184 hours in a 12-month period. back to top
What is a RIF?
RIF stands for Reduction in Force, which is the abolition of positions in an agency or part of an agency and the corresponding non-disciplinary removal of affected employees from such positions through separation from employment or through displacement to other positions. The term “reduction in force” is one that applies only to classified employees in the state’s merit system of personnel administration, although unclassified employees can be separated for the same reasons that the agency is implement a reduction in force among classified employees. back to top
What is VOBO?
VOBO stands for voluntary buyout. State agencies are authorized to provide voluntary out benefits to eligible employees who are voluntarily separated from their positions to reduce or eliminate the adverse impact of an imminent reduction in force. Agencies who offer a voluntary buyout must provide certain monetary benefits to employees who agree to participate. back to top
Am I eligible for unemployment?
The short answer is that it is not likely state furloughed employees will be eligible for unemployment benefits. Contact the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission for more information. back to top
I am having trouble paying my mortgage. What should I do?
If you are having trouble paying any bill, it’s always best contact the lender/company. They may have an alternative recommendation or consider different payment arrangements. For additional recommendations, see our Resources and Financial Tools pages. back to top
Where can I find free activities to do on my furlough day?
Check out our Resources page for a few ideas. There are also more blog posts to come on this topic… back to top
I need help managing my expenses. Do you have any tools that will help me?
Our Financial Tools page has several worksheets that can help you with your budget and expenses. back to top
Can I borrow from my 401(k)?
If you are under the age of 59 1/2, a distribution (including a distribution of employer matching and profit sharing contributions) from your 401(k) plan are subject to a 10% additional tax on early distributions. This 10% additional tax is in addition to other taxes that apply to the distribution.
However, a 401(k) plan may permit loans and hardship distributions. Depending on the terms of your 401(k) plan, you may be able to receive a loan or hardship distribution.
Your employer should have written information about your particular plan (including the availability of loans or hardship distributions and applicable requirements) as well as other plan rules. For more information visit www.irs.gov. back to top
Should I borrow from my 401(k)?
Dipping into your 401(k) should be a loan of last resort. It can be expensive and may derail your retirement, so make sure you’ve explored other possibilities. Of course, you should also aim to curb spending and cut out unnecessary expenses. back to top
- Apply for a home equity loan or line of credit.
- Sell investments. Selling in a down market isn’t a great investment strategy. But for those who have dabbled in the stock market beyond their retirement savings, selling some stocks has fewer consequences than borrowing from your 401(k).
- Consider financing. See if you can work out more favorable loan terms with lenders. The IRS, for example, offers installment plans to pay income tax.
- Work with a credit counselor or debt-settlement company such as Consumer Credit Counseling Services (CCCS). See our Resources page.