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AP: Defense Department reducing civilian furlough days to 14

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Some big breaking news, courtesy of the Associated Press: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has decided to cut the number of furlough days for hundreds of thousands of Defense Department civilian employees from 22 to 14 by the end of the fiscal year in September. According to unnamed officials cited by the AP, Hagel made the decision today.

But a DoD spokesman had no immediate confirmation this evening, telling FedLine that the number of furlough days remains at 22 as officials analyze the effect of newly passed spending legislation. “The legislation could have some impact on the overall number of furlough days, but no decisions have been reached,” the spokesman, Mark Wright, said in an email. Furlough notices are still scheduled to go out around April 5, he said.

[This post has been updated.]


  1. Alversia D Williams Says:
    March 28th, 2013 at 9:25 am

    I like to keep in touch.

  2. LeRoy Matthews Says:
    March 29th, 2013 at 11:31 am

    Study my Letter on Diana@Philosophyinaction.com.
    Military forces, etc., are OFFENSIVE, not Defensive.
    The so-called “federal government” is not only Bankrupt, & Head- Over- Heels In Debt, It’s Operating Way In The Red, & Has A Huge, & Increasing, Budget Deficit. There’s virtually zero $ for anything whatsoever.
    (To find my Letter, try searching for Crazy Inbox 6498.)

  3. Jim Says:
    March 29th, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    Mr. Hagel why not just cancel one F-22 or F-35 that would solve your funding problem. The war is almost over and given the 70% cost over-run on F-35s someone should be prosecuted for fraud. Besides the F-16s are more reliable than these problem aircraft.