Defense Furlough Decision Coming Soon

May 1, 2013

The Pentagon acknowledged on Wednesday that some services could afford to eliminate at least some planned civilian furloughs, but the department still is aiming for a unified departmentwide policy on forced unpaid leave and will make a decision soon.

Pentagon Press Secretary George Little told reporters during a daily press briefing that the Defense Department was emphasizing a “one team, one fight” approach to furloughs even though there were “pockets of money in different places for each of the services" that could eliminate the mandatory unpaid days.

“To be totally straightforward, the math does work for some services to avoid some furloughs, at a minimum,” Little said. “For other services, it is harder."

The Navy in particular has pushed for the authority to eliminate furloughs for its civilian workforce, arguing that it can achieve necessary savings without them and that furloughs would cost more than they save in the long run.

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