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Pentagon likely to trim furlough days, sources say
Stars & Stripes ^ | 7/29/2013

Posted on 07/29/2013 6:45:05 PM PDT by markomalley

Defense department civilians will likely face up to five fewer unpaid furlough days than originally planned, as Pentagon leaders scrimp to find up to $900 million in savings in the final months of the budget year that ends Sept. 30, officials told The Associated Press.

Officials said no final decisions have been made, but they believe civilian workers will be forced to take six to eight unpaid days off rather than the 11 days that had been scheduled. The move comes as workers begin their fourth week of furloughs — a decision that riled department employees and prompted many to complain directly to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel as he visited military bases earlier this month.

Hagel has been saying that budget crunchers have been doing all they can to find saving to shorten the furlough time. Defense officials said Monday that they do not expect an announcement this week because the numbers have not yet been finalized.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter by name publicly.

They cautioned that the savings are for this year only, and won't affect likely budget cuts in 2014, if members of Congress don't act to avoid automatic, across-the-board cuts slated for next year.

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1 posted on 07/29/2013 6:45:05 PM PDT by markomalley
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Bet they could find more in the budget for AF1.....


2 posted on 07/29/2013 6:52:31 PM PDT by rightwingextremist1776
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Bet they could find more in the budget for AF1.....

My personal theory is that he got sick of the complaining from AFGE.

3 posted on 07/29/2013 7:11:59 PM PDT by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good -- Leo XIII)
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Of course they can find money for civilian DOD Obama campaign workers. They can’t find the money for jet fuel or pilot training or keeping a “sharp point on the stick.”

“Unexpected!”

Oldplayer


4 posted on 07/29/2013 7:27:28 PM PDT by oldplayer
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To: markomalley

Well, the memo said to make it hurt as much as possible....just following orders.


5 posted on 07/29/2013 7:42:34 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (The only growth industries left under Progressives are government and poverty.)
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