Defense Department expected to Reduce Furloughs to 11 Days Beginning in June

May 14, 2013

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced plans Tuesday afternoon to reduce the number of furlough days faced by the department’s 800,000 civilian workers from 14 days to 11 days beginning in June.

About 120,000 employees will be exempt from the forced unpaid leave, officials said.

Hagel also discussed exemptions that the department has agreed to allow for some workers during a town hall meeting at the MARK Center in Alexandria, home to about 6,400 Defense employees.

Hagel told the audience of several hundred Defense employees that up to 11 days of furloughs will begin July 8. “We did everything we could not to get to this day,” he said.

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