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Robert Hale Hopeful for Short-Term Sequestration Relief

RobertHaleDefense Department Comptroller Robert Hale told a conference in Washington Thursday he is hoping for temporary relief from sequestration as lawmakers deliberate on the federal budget, Defense One reported Thursday.

Charles S. Clark writes Hale hopes for the deal to reduce defense cuts under the sequester from $50 billion to the $20 billion-$25 billion range.

“The specific number is less important than the certainty,” Hale said, according to Clark’s story.

Hale also expressed worry of the civilian workforce’s morale because of the mandated hiring and pay freezes, as well as furloughs that resulted from the shutdown.

“People were wondering whether they have a job, and whether they want the job,” Hale said.

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