800,000 Defense Department workers could be furloughed

Robin Humphrey —  Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Defense Department told Congress Wednesday that nearly 800,000 civilian workers would be forced to take one day of leave per week without pay if automatic spending cuts go into effect as scheduled. The furloughs would start in the last week of April and last for 22 weeks, according to the Pentagon plan, and would hit the hardest in Virginia, California, Maryland, Texas and Georgia, where many defense facilities are located.

The plan responds to mandatory, government-wide budget cuts, known as sequestration, that are due to begin on March 1 unless Congress acts beforehand.