Dempsey Says DoD Still Uncertain About Furloughs

April 30, 2013

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told reporters Tuesday that Pentagon officials are “doing our best to avoid” furloughs of the Department of Defense’s 800,000 civilian employees, but he said that the department is still uncertain whether the 14 days now planned can be reduced.

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel “has about on a daily basis asked us if 14 is the right number, with the idea that we’d like to furlough as little as possible,” Army Gen. Martin Dempsey said at a lunch in Washington sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor.

“He’s challenged us to keep looking,” Dempsey added. “I don’t know if we’re going to find the opportunity to avoid it entirely, but we would certainly like to do so.”

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