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Civilian furloughs cut from 11 days to 6 at MacDill

Soldiers guard the Bayshore Boulevard entrance to MacDill Air Force Base. About 2,200 civilian employees at the base learned Tuesday that they would be furloughed six days, not 11, after the Pentagon found sufficient savings lessen the burden on employees who have been forced to take a day off a week without pay since early July.

DANIEL WALLACE | Times (2006)

Soldiers guard the Bayshore Boulevard entrance to MacDill Air Force Base. About 2,200 civilian employees at the base learned Tuesday that they would be furloughed six days, not 11, after the Pentagon found sufficient savings lessen the burden on employees who have been forced to take a day off a week without pay since early July.

TAMPA — About 2,200 civilian employees at MacDill Air Force Base who were told last month that they would be furloughed 11 days because of sequestration budget cuts learned Tuesday that the Pentagon has cut the figure to six days.

Officials say the Pentagon found sufficient savings in the final months of the current fiscal year to lessen the burden on those who have been forced to take a day off a week without pay since early July. Officials said last week that they would need to find about $900 million in savings in order to eliminate five of the 11 furlough days.

Most employees are taking one furlough day a week, which amounts to a salary cut of 20 percent. The 2,200 furloughed civilians at MacDill includes all the base's commands, according to the base's 6th Air Mobility Wing.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said that the Pentagon still faces fiscal uncertainty next year if Congress does not reverse sequestration.

Civilian furloughs cut from 11 days to 6 at MacDill 08/06/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 6, 2013 10:21pm]
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