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Pentagon to Ask Congress for More Reprogram Authority

ReprogrammingThe Defense Department could submit another reprogramming request to the House Appropriations Committee as early as next week as the department wants to shift more funds within its budget to manage sequestration cuts, Reuters reports.

According to the report, Pentagon officials have told lawmakers that an earlier reprogramming request approved in March does not cover enough shortfalls in training and operations funds.

Lt. Col. Elizabeth Robbins, a Pentagon spokeswoman, told Reuters the department has not yet determined a specific time or amount it wants to shift.

According to the American Forces Press Service, Pentagon spokesman George Little said Thursday that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is currently reviewing the department’s budget as he decides on how the department will furlough civilian workers.

Little said the Pentagon will have to cut between $37 billion and $40 billion within a six-month period.

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