WASHINGTON, DC (WHNT) - Furloughed Department of Defense civilian employees who are being forced to take a weekly unpaid day off from work are getting some relief, as the total number of furlough days has been cut from 11 to six, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced on Tuesday.
"As a result of these management initiatives, reduced costs, and reprogramming from Congress, we have determined that we can make some improvements in training and readiness and still meet the sequestration cuts," said Hagel in a press release.
"While we are still depending on furlough savings, we will be able to make up our budgetary shortfall in this fiscal year with fewer furlough days than initially announced," said Hagel.
Hagel thanked civilian workers for their patience and dedication during these tough times.
Officials are currently being briefed on the details of the cut to furlough days.
Approximately 15,500 Redstone Arsenal civilian employees are affected by the furlough.
View the official memorandum for the secretaries of the military departments, the Chairman of The Joint Chiefs of Staff, and other officials here: Memorandum