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Report: 6K Defense Dept Layoffs Possible Under FY 2014 Cuts

PentagonThe Defense Department could start to lay off 6,272 civilian workers in October if sequestration cuts continue into the next fiscal year, Bloomberg News reported Friday.

Tony Capaccio writes the news service obtained an internal planning document dated Aug. 1 with a “Draft/Pre-Decisional” stamp, indicating the department has not made a final decision on whether layoffs are needed.

Bloomberg reports the Army would have to let go of more than 2,100 civilian workers out of 263,900 total and the Navy would cut up to 2,672 from its 214,000-strong workforce.

Other Pentagon agencies would be forced to lay off 1,500 people from an 137,000-person workforce and most of the job losses would come from the Defense Contract Management Agency, Capaccio reports.

The document also indicates the Air Force would have to make an unspecified number of cuts to its 185,400-strong civilian workforce.

Procurement and research spending would be cut 16 percent and operations, maintenance and military construction funding would be cut 12 percent under the sequester, Bloomberg reports.

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