US Military’s Civilian Employees Begin Sequester-Related Furloughs

Posted on: July 10th, 2013 by ABC News No Comments

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — With understandably little fanfare, unpaid furlough days went into effect Monday for some of the Defense Department’s 650,000 civilian employees as a result of the sequestration cuts that went into effect earlier this year.

Civilian employees at nearly every military base across the country will be affected by the furloughs, with most workers getting either Monday or Fridays off.

The initial plan was to furlough civilian employees for up to 22 days through Sept. 30.  However, the Pentagon sliced that number to 11.

Just the same, Defense Department-employed civilians will see a 20 percent reduction in pay over the course of the next three months, saving the Pentagon $1.8 billion in salary costs.

A hundred thousand exemptions were granted in the run-up to the furloughs, including shipyard workers building the Navy’s newest vessels.

At the Pentagon itself, only Senate-confirmed civilians are exempt, meaning spokesman George Little will get an unpaid holiday every Friday for the next three months.

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