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Furloughs seen for DOD schools, commissaries

Sequestration will prove problematic for federal civilian employees at Department of Defense Education Activity schools and the Defense Commissary, a Pentagon spokesman said.

Sequestration will prove problematic for federal civilian employees at Department of Defense Education Activity schools and the Defense Commissary, a Pentagon spokesman said.

Press Secretary George Little said civilian teachers and support personnel at DODEA schools will be will be furloughed one day a week from April through the end of September, barring intervention from Congress.

Little said DOD would work to manage the furloughs in a way that ensured the 84,000 students at 194 schools served by DODEA receive an accredited school year of instruction. Little said that although furloughs will not affect summer school, they may have an impact on the first month of the 2014 school year.

The press secretary also deemed it “likely” that the furloughs will require the department's 247 commissaries to close one additional day per week, probably beginning at the end of April.

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