Pentagon civilians face reduced unpaid leave due to funding bill, Hagel says

WASHINGTON Thu Mar 28, 2013 3:33pm EDT

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel speaks at his news conference at the Pentagon in Washington March 15, 2013. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel speaks at his news conference at the Pentagon in Washington March 15, 2013.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Most of the Pentagon's nearly 800,000 civilian employees will be put on unpaid leave for 14 days this year, a reduction from the 22 days initially planned, after a new funding bill eased the strain on the Defense Department's budget, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Monday.

Hagel, speaking at a Pentagon news conference, said the department still faces a $22 billion shortfall in its operations account and would face some difficult funding cuts.

"We're going to have to deal with that reality and prioritize and make some cuts and do what we've got to do" to implement the more than $40 billion in defense cuts mandated by Congress and the president beginning on March 1, he said.

(Reporting by David Alexander; Editing by Will Dunham)

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ajrs2 wrote:
As I sit here with my bowl of top ramen and a glass of water, my eyes are tearing up. Be thankful I can still pay my taxes so that you can keep your job.

Mar 28, 2013 4:12pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Gargoyle38 wrote:
Be sure to ask them how they feel about the Obama kids’ vacation in the Bahamas, daddy’s ritzy golf outings, Michelle’s designer couture and oh, Uncle Joe’s luxury digs while travelling.

Mar 28, 2013 4:39pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
bobber1956 wrote:
How can reducing UNPAID leave reduce your budget? Now you have to pay 800,000 people to work 8 days each more than before and pay them where you did not. Oh yeah, I forgot. The debt is not a problem and we do not have a spending problem. We will just allocate more money. Spin! Spin! Spin!

Mar 28, 2013 4:55pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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