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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on August 24th, 2013 at 8:05 pm

DoD May Layoff Thousands of Workers If Sequestration Continues

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At this point I will be surprised if sequestration does not continue in the next fiscal year which could mean bad news for thousands of DoD workers:

The Defense Department may have to fire at least 6,272 civilian employees if automatic cuts known as sequestration slice $52 billion from its fiscal 2014 budget, according to a Pentagon planning document.
Additional budget analysis is “likely to produce further reductions” as the services focus on shrinking their contract labor forces, according to a Pentagon “execution plan” obtained by Bloomberg News. The job cuts, although less than 1 percent of the non-uniformed workforce, would mark an escalation from the unpaid leave mandated under sequestration in the current fiscal year.
The services should expect a $475 billion budget after sequestration cuts for the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1, almost 10 percent less than the pending $526.6 billion request, according to the document dated Aug. 1. Sequestration would result in 16 percent reductions in the Pentagon’s procurement and research spending and 12 percent cuts in operations, maintenance and military construction.
For the most part, major weapons programs aren’t being targeted for extensive reductions, according to the plan, which was a presentation by Pentagon budget and cost-assessment officials for generals and admirals who oversee force structure and resources for their respective services. [Stars and Stripes]

You can read much more at the link, but notice how major acquisition programs are largely not being hit by these cuts.

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  • Bruce K. Nivens
    9:56 pm on August 24th, 2013 1

    Well, that’s okay. The “job creators” got to keep their tax cuts, so they should be able to hire anyone who’s laid off… right? Isn’t that how this is supposed to work? Let the rich folks keep more of their money by cutting their taxes, and then they’ll put everyone back to work. That’s what we were told a few years back. The same politicians who told us that then are the same ones who are holding the budgets hostage now. Isn’t there supposed to be a wisdom behind all of this budgetary bickering?

  • tbonetylr
    10:28 pm on August 24th, 2013 2

    Pray tell republicans own actions and diatribe will doom them during the 2014 United States House of Representatives/Senate elections held on November 4.

  • ChickenHead
    11:56 pm on August 24th, 2013 3

    The answer is not to take less money from rich people with the hope they will give sustenance-wage jobs to poor people.

    The answer is not to take more money from rich people with the hope that poor people will somehow better themselves by not working.

    The answer is closer to allowing all people to compete on a level playing field to develop their own success.

  • Vince
    2:30 am on August 25th, 2013 4

    Stick it to The Man!

  • Liz
    5:10 am on August 25th, 2013 5

    Great time to be making noise about military intervention in Syria. It’s like something out of South Park.


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