Pentagon to Cut $41 Billion After Getting More Funding

March 29, 2013

The Pentagon must cut about $41 billion this fiscal year, not the $46 billion anticipated before Congress passed a stopgap spending bill providing some relief from automatic reductions, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.

Hagel also confirmed yesterday at a Pentagon news conference that furloughs for the Defense Department’s civilian workers will be reduced to 14 days from the 22 days originally planned.

The unpaid leave, which had been slated to begin next month for as many as 750,000 workers, won’t start until June, according to a Pentagon official who briefed reporters yesterday and asked to not be named to discuss details that haven’t been announced. Government analysts are still assessing how many workers will be affected.

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