Some Defense Civilians Likely to Lose Jobs, With or Without Sequestration

July 12, 2012

Looming budget cuts will almost certainly lead to a reduction in the Defense Department's civilian workforce, according to a Politico report.

As Congress looks to avoid sequestration -- automatic budget cuts that are set to kick in Jan. 2, 2013 -- rival plans have emerged from the two chambers of Congress that share a common thread: decreasing the number of civilian employees at Defense.

"It is almost certain the number of DoD civilians will be cut significantly, whether sequestration happens or not," Todd Harrison, a defense analyst at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, told Politico. "Even if Congress finds a way to avoid sequestration, the way they avoid it will probably include cuts to the entire federal workforce." 

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