DoD delays civilian furloughs

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The Department of Defense’s civilian workforce – including 3,000 at Fort Carson alone – have a two-week respite from furloughs, according to the latest news from the Department of Defense.

Furloughs were set to take place starting next week, as part of the billion-cut to the Defense Department from budget sequestration. Sequestration seeks to cut $1.2 trillion from the federal budget deficit in 10 years. The DoD will bear the brunt of half those cuts.

The Air Force Academy was expecting to furlough 1,500 civilian workers, about half of which are part of the teaching staff. That number, said  spokesman John Van Winkle, is 37 percent of the teachers at the Academy.

Civilian workers were supposed to start taking 22 days of unpaid leave during the next six months, but now the start has been delayed as the Defense Department works through language in the recently passed Continuing Resolution, which keeps the government funded through the end of September.

This delay will allow the department to carefully analyze the impact of pending continuing resolution legislation on the department’s resources,” the Defense Department said in a release at defense.gov. “We have not made any decisions on whether or not the total number of planned furlough days for fiscal 2013 will change as a result of this delay. We believe the delay is a responsible step to take in order to assure our civilian employees that we do not take lightly the prospect of furloughs and the resulting decrease in employee pay.”