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Sequestration Furloughs Were Overblown

Government Executive points out that although the sequester’s spending cuts forced many government agencies to furlough employees, most of them “have reduced furlough days, or eliminated them altogether.”

“The most significant example of furlough reductions has been the Defense Department. The Pentagon originally planned to furlough all 750,000 of its civilian employees for 22 days. It then used reprogramming to trim that number to 11 days, and more recently – through a series of cost-cutting measures and inter-service transfer of funds — reduced the days of unpaid leave to six. The furloughs are now estimated to affect about 650,000 Defense civilians.”