Pentagon Warns that Sequester of 8 Percent of Its Budget Could Lead to Furloughs for 140 Percent of Its Employees

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Monday, 31 December 2012 16:30

Yes, it's the season of the whopper here in DC as the dreaded Mayan apocalypse (a.k.a. "fiscal cliff) approaches. According to the Washington Post, unnamed Pentagon officials warned that it may have to furlough up to 800,000 civilian employees if the budget sequester goes into effect this week. That sounds really scary since the Labor Department says that the Defense Department has less than 560,000 civilian employees. How is this supposed to work exactly?

 

[Note: Typos corrected, thanks Elizabeth.]