Workers Prepare Budgets because Congress Won’t

January 31, 2013

Civilian workers in the Defense Department are bracing themselves for layoffs and furloughs that could cost them a chunk of their paychecks with the automatic spending cuts set to begin March 1.

More than a dozen employees in the Civilian Expeditionary Workforce Program in Afghanistan who had been approved for extended tours of duty there now are being told to come home, a member of the program told The Washington Times.

“Now I’m hanging in the breeze because Congress couldn’t get its act together to pass a budget,” the program member said from Afghanistan.

In addition, the continuing resolution under which the Pentagon is operating — limiting spending to fiscal 2012 levels — has generated layoffs and profit losses among defense contractors, even as the automatic budget reductions called sequestration promise less funding for programs and personnel.


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