Furloughs Figure in Brief CUNA 'NewsNow' Hiatus
CUNA's budget constraints plus a slow time in Congress is causing a brief suspension of its daily NewsNow e-mail bulletin.
The four-day curtailment of the newsletter starting Tuesday represents the longest period of non-publication since the service began more than 10 years ago, said Mark Wolff, senior vice president-communications.
The suspension does reflect a juggling of furloughed day schedules of the roughly eight full and part time staffers who produce the publication out of CUNA's Madison and Washington offices.
"We decided rather than find ourselves being understaffed because of individual furlough days, we would combine and suspend for four days," said Wolff.
If there are urgent or breaking developments on the Washington or state circuit, "either I or other members of my staff will get something out, but with Congress in recess this is a slow time," said Wolff. NewsNow, he noted, represents the most visited section on the CUNA Web site.
Though NewsNow is taking a break, CUNA's "LiveWire tweets will continue to be posted throughout the week." NAFCU, which also has a daily bulletin, "NAFCU Today" started in 2004, said it plans no schedule changes.