AP sources: Pentagon to cut civilian furlough days

AP sources: Pentagon to cut civilian furlough days

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Chuck Hagel, the twenty-fourth US Secretary of Defense, delivers remarks after being ceremonially sworn in by US Vice President Joe Biden March 14, 2013 during ceremonies at the Pentagon. AFP PHOTO / Paul J. Richards (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

kvue.com

Posted on May 14, 2013 at 2:30 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 14 at 2:55 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. military officials say the Defense Department leaders trying to find ways to deal with mandatory budget cuts are poised to trim the number of civilian furlough days from 14 to 11 and allow the military to exempt thousands of additional workers from the unpaid day off requirements.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is expected to announce a decision on the hotly contested issue as early as Tuesday afternoon when he meets with defense department personnel in Virginia.

The Pentagon is expected to let the Navy avoid furloughs for tens of thousands of workers at shipyards, where they make up the bulk of the workforce and are key to keeping production lines going.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the decisions.

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