Defense workers, how is the furloughed life?

The Pentagon this week reduced its number of mandatory furlough days for civilian defense workers from 11 days to six, marking the second time the Defense Department has adjusted its plans for unpaid leave since automatic spending cuts took effect across virtually all areas of government in March

(Brendan Smialowski/AFP-Getty) - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel talks furloughs during a town hall-style meeting on May 14.
(Brendan Smialowski/AFP-Getty) – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel talks furloughs during a town hall-style meeting on May 14.

About 640,000 civilian defense workers are in their fifth week of furloughs under the so-called sequester. Most will have met their requirement for days off work by Aug. 17, but some have already surpassed the new target.

Now that the furlough period is almost over, we’re inviting defense employees to share how they have coped with reduced pay and workloads that remained the same despite fewer hours for the job.

Are you relieved about the Pentagon’s move to cut back on furlough days? Have you taken more unpaid leave than required under the new plan? If so, how will you reclaim those lost hours?

Share your stories with The Post by clicking here. Some of the entries will appear on the Washington Post’s Fed Page. 

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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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