The 5-mile run, stretching from the Pentagon to the Capitol, is scheduled to start Monday at 5:30 p.m. As for the Facebook page, the title says it all: “How I Spent My Furlough Day.”
Defense Department civilian employees face 11 days of unpaid leave as a result of the automatic spending cuts known as the sequester. That’s among the highest number of furlough days for any federal agency.
The time off amounts to a 20 percent pay cut for hundreds of thousands of defense civilian workers over the next three months, and it could disrupt operations at installations throughout the country, according to Pentagon officials.
Entries on the Facebook page show mixed reactions to the situation, with some employees making light of it while others lament their lost income.
“So, I just felt the first psychic pinch of furlough: Somehow, the $700 in unanticipated car repairs hurts just a wee bit more than usual,” said Beth Flores.
Christine Smith focused on the bright side, saying: “Furlough means no-alarm Mondays until October. I have to admit, I feel 20% happier already.”
Apparently, there was no such sleeping in for Don Dees, who wrote: “Started my first furlough day leading a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class … Practicing a few chokes at 5:30 a.m. is a great way to beat the stress of furlough and loss of salary!”
Pentagon officials have warned that continuing the 10-year sequester could require layoffs next year, meaning the impacts could grow worse over time.
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