CHAMBERSBURG, Pa.—Employees at Letterkenny Army Depot are facing fewer furlough days than originally expected — workers are looking at 11 days without pay rather than 14.
The 11 days are down from the 14 that the Pentagon advised would be needed, and only half of the 22 days originally anticipated, according to a statement released by the depot.
Chuck Hagel announced in a town hall Tuesday that Department of the Army civilians will be furloughed up to 11 days, beginning no earlier than July 8.
The furlough is scheduled to begin July 8 at the rate of one furlough day per week through the end of the current fiscal year, Sept. 30, according to a depot statement released Friday.
“The Department has been doing everything possible to reduce this shortfall while ensuring we can defend the nation, sustain wartime operations, and preserve DoD’s most critical asset — our world-class civilian and military personnel,” Hagel said in a statement.
“To that end, we have cut back sharply on facilities maintenance, worked to shift funds from investment to O&M [Operation & Maintenance] accounts, and reduced many other important but nonessential programs.”
Hagel continued by saying that these steps were not enough to close the shortfall of more than $30 billion in the O&M accounts, which are used to pay most civilian employees, maintain military readiness and respond to global contingencies,” Hagel said.
Continuing analysis of the budgetary situation is ongoing, and Hagel stated that if circumstances permit an early end to furlough he would prefer to do so.
In a note to the workforce Friday, depot commander, Col. Victor S. Hagan encouraged employees to continue to review their personal finances and attend one of the sequestration personal finance and credit management lunch-n-learns conducted by Army Community Service, Carlisle Barracks and held at Letterkenny Army Depot.
“I appreciate everyone’s continued support of the Warfighter during these challenging times,” Hagan said. “I will continue to keep you informed as information becomes available in the future.”