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DOD to furlough 680,000 of its civilian employees

May 14, 2013

WASHINGTON ? After weeks of debate and number crunching, the Defense Department will announce plans Tuesday to furlough about 680,000 of its civilian employees for 11 days through the end of this fiscal year, allowing only limited exceptions for the military to avoid or reduce the unpaid days off.According to a memo obtained by The Associated Press, the decision was forced by what Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called "an unpleasant set of choices" between the desire to avoid furloughing workers versus using funds to restore sharp cuts in training and flight operations.

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