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#Military update: Civilian #furloughs hit hard; also, check if you lose 'Prime.'

#Military update: Civilian #furloughs hit hard; also, check if you lose 'Prime.'

Related DOD civilian furloughs planned; What it means for you Stars and Stripes' sequestration coverage Most of 800,000 Department of Defense civilian employees will see their workweeks shortened and their pay cut by 20 percent from late April through September, if Congress, as now expected, fails to stop $46 billion in indiscriminate defense budget cuts set to take effect March 1. With lawmakers on a nine-day President’s Day recess, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta officially notified Congress Feb. 20 of the department’s intent to furlough the “vast majority” of its civilian workers. This, he said, will be necessary if Republicans and Democrats continue to refuse to negotiate a “balanced” debt-reduction deal to defuse or delay the “sequestration” budget bomb built into the 2011 Budget Control Act. The furloughs would capture about $5 billion of needed savings but would hit ...

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