Clipper Associate Editor
BOUNTIFUL — The Department of Defense announced that civilian employees will be furloughed for 11 days through the end of the federal fiscal year, or Sept. 30. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel made the announcement in Washington, D.C.
Earrly projections were that civilian employees could be subject to as many as 232 furlough days.
As part of a continuing resolution passed by Congress in March, the Department of Defense was provided with increased flexibility, including alleviating some aspects of sequestration, such as furloughs, Utah Rep. Rob Bishop's office said in a press release.
Bishop is unhappy to see any furlough days.
"There is absolutely no reason why hard-working defense civilian employees must shoulder the burden of this administration's record of bad decisions,” he said in the release. “These furloughs are among the many reasons I voted against sequestration in the first place. While I don't oppose efforts to reduce spending in many other areas of the federal government, I strongly oppose the defense sequester.”
About half of the $85 billion in cuts expected to occur during sequestration are due to come from defense spending.
Bishop plans to examine the Department of Defense's request to reprogram existing funds, which could help reduce the need for furloughs, his office said.