WASHINGTON, March 19 Lockheed Martin Corp
said on Tuesday 243 of 4,000 mid-level managers in its
information systems and global solutions division have accepted
voluntary layoffs, effective March 22.
Mary Phillips, a spokeswoman for the company, said Lockheed
offered severance packages in February to 4,000 mid-level
managers in the division, which has a total of 30,000 employees.
Of those, 260 offered to leave, and 243 were approved.
She said the company was not planning additional layoffs but
would continue to evaluate workforce numbers given the
increasingly difficult U.S. budget environment.
Lockheed is the Pentagon's biggest supplier and the biggest
provider of information technology to the federal government.
Phillips had no immediate details on the cost of the
combined severance packages.
U.S. senators are inching closer to passage of a bill to
fund federal agencies through Sept. 30 and avoid a government
shutdown at the end of the month, but the bill retains $85
billion in controversial spending cuts that began on March 1.