Pentagon May Be Able To Reduce Furloughs to Just Six Days

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel delivers remarks to civilian employees of the Fleet Readiness Center at NAS Jacksonville, Fla., after touring their facility on July 16.

DoD Photo By Glenn Fawcett

AA Font size + Print

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel delivers remarks to civilian employees of the Fleet Readiness Center at NAS Jacksonville, Fla., after touring their facility on July 16.

The Defense Department says it might only have to furlough its civilian workforce for six days, rather than the planned 11 days. By Defense One Staff

The Defense Department says it might only have to furlough its civilian workforce for six days, rather than the planned 11 days.

No final decision has been made, but Pentagon officials told The Associated Press that they think can come up with an additional $500 million to $900 million in savings during the final months of the fiscal year which means furloughs. If they can find $500 million, furlough days will be cut to eight days. If $900 million can be cut elsewhere, furlough days could be reduced to just six days.

About 650,000 department civilians have been taking one furlough day each week since early July. The furloughs were expected to save roughly $2 billion.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has said he’d keep looking for ways to cut the number of furlough days. Hagel has been getting an earful on furloughs as he traveled to several military installations this summer.

According to AP, “officials said the savings are the result of a number of things, including penny-pinching by the military services and Congress’ decision to give the Pentagon more flexibility in moving money around between accounts.”

Even if the savings are found, the department still faces furloughs during next fiscal year, during which $52 billion in cuts must be made, if sequestration stays in effect.

Close [ x ] More from DefenseOne
 
 

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from DefenseOne.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Ongoing Efforts in Veterans Health Care Modernization

    This report discusses the current state of veterans health care

    Download
  • Modernizing IT for Mission Success

    Surveying Federal and Defense Leaders on Priorities and Challenges at the Tactical Edge

    Download
  • Top 5 Findings: Security of Internet of Things To Be Mission-Critical

    As federal agencies increasingly leverage these capabilities, government security stakeholders now must manage and secure a growing number of devices, including those being used remotely at the “edge” of networks in a variety of locations. With such security concerns in mind, Government Business Council undertook an indepth research study of federal government leaders in January 2017. Here are five of the key takeaways below which, taken together, paint a portrait of a government that is increasingly cognizant and concerned for the future security of IoT.

    Download
  • Coordinating Incident Response on Posts, Camps and Stations

    Effective incident response on posts, camps, and stations is an increasingly complex challenge. An effective response calls for seamless conversations between multiple stakeholders on the base and beyond its borders with civilian law enforcement and emergency services personnel. This whitepaper discusses what a modern dispatch solution looks like -- one that brings together diverse channels and media, simplifies the dispatch environment and addresses technical integration challenges to ensure next generation safety and response on Department of Defense posts, camps and stations.

    Download
  • Forecasting Cloud's Future

    Conversations with Federal, State, and Local Technology Leaders on Cloud-Driven Digital Transformation

    Download

When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.