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46K Pentagon Workers Facing Layoffs

The Defense Department is laying off many of its 46,000 temporary and contract workers in an attempt to manage automatic budget cuts under sequestration, Reuters reports.

Deputy Secretary Ashton Carter told Reuters the department could also furlough most of its 800,000 full-time civilian employees, who would take day of unpaid leave per week for the last 22 weeks of the fiscal year.

Carter said the personnel actions could save the department $5 billion, according to the report.

The Pentagon is facing a $45 billion cut scheduled for March 1 and also does not have appropriated defense funds for fiscal 2013, David Alexander writes.

Currently, the Pentagon is running on a continuing resolution that keeps funding at 2012 levels until March 27, the report said.

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