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G.A.B. Announces 2009-2011 Furlough Days

August 18, 2009

MADISON, WI – The Government Accountability Board has released its schedule of mandatory furlough days on which the agency will be closed, in compliance with Governor Jim Doyle’s Executive Order #285 requiring all employees of the State of Wisconsin to take 16 furlough days during the 2009-11 biennium. The G.A.B. is providing our customers, the voters, and our partners, the municipal and county clerks, with advance notice of the agency’s eight-day mandatory furlough schedule, which differs somewhat from that of other agencies because of the election schedule.

“The G.A.B. is only able to be closed on three of the designated statewide dates,” said Kevin J. Kennedy, director and general counsel of the agency. “The other designated dates are not feasible because it will hamper our ability to meet our operational business needs. In even-numbered years it is election season and we are busy preparing for that cycle, which includes mandatory filing deadlines established by state statute. The agency needs to be open to serve local elected officials, candidates, campaign registrants and the public on those days.”

All G.A.B. offices will be closed on the following furlough days. Dates with an asterisk(*) are specific to the G.A.B., and not other state agencies.

FY’10 (July 2009 – June 2010)
Friday, Sept. 4, 2009*
Monday, October 12, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Friday, May 7, 2010*

FY’11 (July 2010 – June 2011)
Friday, July 2, 2010*
Friday, April 22, 2011*
Friday, May 27, 2011

In addition, all employees must take nine flexible furlough days over the biennium.

On days when the G.A.B. is closed, there will be no Help Desk support available by telephone; however, customers are urged to use the G.A.B.’s Web site:, for reports, forms and access to online databases, including the Voter Public Access System, Campaign Finance Information System and the Eye on Lobbying database.