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Todd Harrison: Pentagon Could Furlough All Civilian Workers Under Sequestration

Todd Harrison
Todd Harrison

The Defense Department could have to furlough nearly every civilian worker for at least a month if sequestration takes effect in March, Todd Harrison of the Center for Strategic and International Studies told Federal News Radio.

Harrison, the center’s senior defense fellow, told the station the Pentagon would have to cut payroll expenses for months March through September by 15 percent under the sequester even though the cuts would be smaller than if the cuts took effect in January.

The Pentagon’s fiscal 2013 budget would be cut $42 billion instead of the original $62 billion amount, Jared Serbu writes.

Harrison told Federal News Radio he thinks it is unlikely that the Pentagon would cancel any programs under sequestration, adding he expects many contract renegotiations would occur.

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