The Justice Department will delay its decisions about possible sequester furloughs until mid-April while the agency determines whether unpaid leave is necessary under the government-wide spending cuts that took effect March 1.

Attorney General Eric Holder said in a memo to employees on Thursday that the agency needs time to assess how the new stopgap budget that Congress and the president recently approved will affect Justice funding.

“I fully understand you may be anxious about the possibility of furloughs in your component,” Holder said. “The Department needs more time to determine if we can avoid furloughs this fiscal year.”

The Justice Department in February sent out notices warning employees that they could be furloughed for 14 days.

On Monday, Holder issued a memo that said the department would not furlough federal correctional officers working for the Bureau of Prisons. He said the department was able to shift $150 million within accounts to avoid unpaid leave for those employees.

The memo on Thursday said Justice would continue its current restrictions on hiring.

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