Defense Department lessens blow of furloughs

Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 10:23pm

If you start out with really bad news and then make it a little better, it's still bad news.

"We are going to be able to reduce and delay these furloughs but not eliminate furloughs," said Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

As of now, civilian workers will be furloughed 14 days, rather than 22.

"That we think will save the department anywhere from i think the original estimates were around $4 billion and we can probably plan on about $2.5 billion," said Hagel.

The Department of Defense shuffled it's budget to lessen the blow of the furloughs.
Some workers could be exempt

"What we're hoping for is that the people who work in the emergency room, the first responders, things of that nature will be exempted," said Ft. Bliss spokesperson Maj Joe Buccino.

They should know who will be exempt by the beginning of May, when the notices go out.

"This gives them a little more time to prepare and you know potentially save for those 14 weeks and it's good news in that sense," said Buccino.

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