CNMI's government cut recalled, furloughed employees reinstated

CNMI Gov. Ralph Torres

Saipan-- CNMI Gov. Ralph Torres today recalled an earlier directive to cut the government workforce and authorized the reinstatement of all furloughed employees before the end of the month.

Torres his administration has managed to secure funding to allow the government to operate without laying off civil service employees.

The office of the CNMI governor, however, did not identify the source of new funding.

Issuing a new directive, the governor ordered all government agencies to coordinate with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) or work with their respective personnel offices to end the reduction-in-force process and bring back all remaining furloughed employees.

The initial government workforce cut was mandated through the governor's directive issued Feb. 9, which cited "the continued depressed economic state" of the CNMI due to the Covid-19 pandemic and "the lack of budgetary funding."

Torres also noted at the time that there were no signs of economic revival happening in the next few months, thus the government was not expecting any revenue increase.