Pentagon Scales Back Furloughs, Calls for Additional Flexibility
March 28, 2013
Most Defense Department civilians can expect 14 furlough days this year instead of the previously planned 22 days, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel confirmed Thursday, adding that the department needs additional flexibility to respond to across-the-board budget cuts from sequestration.
Hagel said a spending measure signed by President Obama this week would fix some but not all of Defense’s “urgent problems.” The continuing resolution gave Defense managers greater flexibility by shifting $10 billion into the department’s operation and maintenance accounts.
“We are going to be able to reduce and delay these furloughs but not eliminate furloughs,” Hagel said.
Affected employees had been scheduled to be furloughed approximately one day a week, and the mandatory unpaid leave now won’t begin before June, according to AP.