Savings From 2013 Furloughs Might Not Be Accurate


YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — The Defense Department did not calculate an accurate cost savings during its furlough of more than 600,000 civilian employees last year, says a General Accountability Office report that also noted a backlog of furlough appeals and sagging employee morale. The GAO report, released Tuesday, calls into question... more

Pentagon Reduces Civilian Furlough Days

Chuck Hagel

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Tuesday that furlough days for more than 650,000 civilian workers had been cut from 11 to six following decisions to shift funds between military accounts and slow down the removal of equipment from Afghanistan. The result will be that furloughs for most DoD civilian personnel will end next week, and plan... more

Pentagon Likely to Cut Furlough Days

The Pentagon looking north

WASHINGTON - Defense department civilians will likely face up to five fewer unpaid furlough days than originally planned, as Pentagon leaders scrimp to find up to $900 million in savings in the final months of the budget year that ends Sept. 30, officials told The Associated Press. Officials said no final decisions have been made, but they ... more

Hagel Can't Offer Hope in Budget Cuts

Hagel walking off airplane

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. - The audience gasped in surprise and gave a few low whistles as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel delivered the news that furloughs, which have forced a 20 percent pay cut on most of the military's civilian workforce, probably will continue next year and might worsen. "Those are the facts of life," Hagel told about 300 ... more

Air Force Base Flight Controllers Furloughed

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Air traffic controllers at Grand Forks Air Force Base, who also serve double duty controlling civilian airspace in the region, had their hours reduced last week, according to the base. It's a consequence of the federal budget sequestration affecting many federal agencies, including the Pentagon. At the Grand Forks base, ... more

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