Pentagon Will Curb Number Of Furlough Days For Civilians | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

NPR : News

Pentagon Will Curb Number Of Furlough Days For Civilians

The Pentagon will reduce the number of furlough days its civilian employees will have to take because of sharp budget cuts mandated by law.

The AP reports that employees will have to take 14 unpaid days off over the next few months instead of the 22 the Pentagon had originally estimated.

The change comes because when Congress passed a bill that funded the government through the end of 2013, it shifted some money around giving the Pentagon more flexibility on how it made the cuts mandated by the so-called sequester.

The AP reports:

"According to defense officials, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel made the decision Wednesday, as military service chiefs and defense leaders continued to work through the details, trying to prioritize how they will allocate the more than $10 billion that Congress, in an attempt to take some of the sting out of the across-the-board budget cuts, shifted to operations and maintenance accounts. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter ahead of the public announcement.

"While some of the military services initially considered eliminating the furloughs altogether, senior leaders argued that since not all the services could do that, it would be better to treat all civilians across the defense department equally."

NPR's Tom Bowman tells us the Department of Defense will also reinstate tuition assistance for service members.

"DoD agrees with Congress that the tuition assistance program is very important, both to the department and our service members," Defense spokesman Mark Wright said in a statement.

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

NPR

'Mislaid' Punctures Notions Of Gender And Race

In Nell Zink's new book, Mislaid, a young woman marries her male professor. It's 1965. She likes women; he likes men. What follows is a biting satire about gender, race and sexuality.
NPR

Clean Your Grill, And Other Hot Holiday Tips From Alton Brown

Whether you're barbecuing OR grilling, a meat-eater or a vegetarian, here's how to keep your flavor from going up in smoke this Memorial Day weekend.
NPR

Senate Blocks Measures To Extend NSA Data Collection

The Senate worked late into the night but was not able to figure out what to do about expiring provisions in the Patriot Act that authorize the NSA's bulk collection of Americans' phone records.
NPR

The Future Of Cardiology Will Be Shown In 3-D

The Living Heart Project aims to create a detailed simulation of the human heart that doctors and engineers can use to test experimental treatments and interventions.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.