Civilian Furlough Days Reduced at Defense Department

Photo courtesy of CBO.gov

Photo courtesy of CBO.gov

Sequester is still hanging like a dark cloud over Washington D.C. and federal agencies. But, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced he is reducing by a third the number of unpaid days off his civilian workers will have to take off.

The number of furlough days for Defense Department civilians has dropped from an estimated 22 down to 14.

Additionally, the American Forces Press Service reports that the furloughs won’t begin until mid or late June:

Furloughs would happen over seven two-week pay periods until the end of September, when the current fiscal year ends, the senior official said, with employees likely to be told not to come to work for two days during each of those pay periods.

Department officials say they are still working to determine which employees might be exempted.

The Defense Department said it’s spent about 80 percent of its operating budget halfway through the fiscal year.

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