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Cuts from sequestration will hit employees of the Pentagon hard unless they're averted before this fall.
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Cuts from sequestration will hit employees of the Pentagon hard unless they're averted before this fall.

A Pentagon official says civilian employees in the Defense Department could receive notices of potential layoffs four days before the election if automatic military cuts aren't averted.

Frederick Vollrath says the potential across-the-board cuts would kick in January 2. He says Congress would be notified in mid-September and employees told of the possibility of job losses 60 days before the cuts. Those cuts would happen on Nov. 2.

The Defense Department has about 800,000 civilian employees, heavily concentrated in the presidential battleground state of Virginia. These DOD notices would come in addition to any that major defense contractors might announce.

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