Sequestration could mean 800,000 furloughs for Defense Department’s civilian workers

December 31, 2012

The Pentagon has said it may have to order furloughs for up to 800,000 civilian employees if lawmakers failed to reach a debt-reduction deal to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff,” according to a report from the Washington Post’s Ernesto Londoño.

A congressionally mandated fiscal retrenchment, or sequestration, would begin Wednesday if no agreement is reached before the end of 2012.

But lawmakers could find ways in coming weeks to allocate separate funding for the Pentagon even if the cuts take place, and neither party wants to see a dramatic cut in defense spending, Londoño reported.

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Josh Hicks covers the federal government and anchors the Federal Eye blog. He reported for newspapers in the Detroit and Seattle suburbs before joining the Post as a contributor to Glenn Kessler’s Fact Checker blog in 2011.
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