WAMU 88.5 : News

Pentagon Works To Cut Furlough Days For Civilian Employees

Play associated audio
The Defense Department is easing the burden for civilian employees.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/chucka_nc/5792259794/
The Defense Department is easing the burden for civilian employees.

The Pentagon is moving to ease the pain of mandatory, unpaid furloughs that civilian employees have had to bear because of budgetary pressures. Defense officials are working to to cut the number of furlough days from 11 to 6.

Defense officials say the Pentagon found sufficient savings in the final months of the current fiscal year to lessen the burden on those who have had to take a day off a week — without pay — since early July.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel approved the final numbers this week after meeting with top leaders. Officials said last week that they would need to find about $900 million in savings in order to eliminate 5 of the 11 furlough days.

The decision comes as about 650,000 civilian workers began their fifth week of furloughs.

The 11 furlough days were expected to save roughly $2 billion.

NPR

A Biography Of Your Cubicle: How This Became The Modern Workplace

The office has long been seen as a symbol of boredom: It's a killer of spirits, a destroyer of spontaneity. But reviewer Rosecrans Baldwin says a new book brings out its entertaining side.
NPR

California Farmers Finagle A Fig For All Seasons

Two growers are competing to harvest fresh figs earlier and earlier in hopes of transforming the industry for year-round production. But some fig lovers say they can hold out for summer fruit.
NPR

On The Ballot In Georgia This Year: JFK

JFK is running for a Georgia state Senate seat this year — John Flanders Kennedy, that is. He's a Republican, but his signs bear an uncanny similarity to the logo the former president once used.
NPR

Life Outside The Fast Lane: Startups Wary Of Web Traffic Plan

The Federal Communications Commission's proposal would let Web companies pay for faster access. But entrepreneurs, like Reddit's co-founder, are wondering how they would have fared with such rules.

Leave a Comment

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