The Army is planning to furlough 122,063 civilian workers across the country due to budget concerns, according to an official document obtained by The Washington Times.
The unpaid time off for civilian employees will cut about $555.5 million from the Army’s budget, and have the biggest impact on Texas, Virginia, Alabama, Pennsylvania and California, according to an Army document dated Feb. 15.
In Texas, 34,734 civilians would be furloughed, costing the state about $180 million in worker salaries.
In Virginia, 25,360 civilian jobs would be furloughed and about $137 million in worker salaries lost, and Alabama would see 25,177 jobs furloughed and $132.5 million in worker salaries lost.
In Pennsylvania, 25,360 civilian employees would be furloughed, at a cost of $50 million in worker salaries. California would see 11,432 jobs furloughed and $56 million in worker salaries lost.
The Army offered a state-by-state estimate of the effects of its impending actions to deal with spending reductions prompted by the continuing resolution under which the Pentagon is being funded and upcoming across-the-board budget cuts.
The Army’s proposed budget-cutting actions include eliminating private contractors and civilian workers, delaying facilities restoration and modernization, canceling depot maintenance, reducing base operations support, and canceling training.
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Kristina Wong is a national security reporter for The Washington Times, covering defense, foreign policy and intelligence affairs. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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