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DOD sequestration effects may linger into 2014

As more than 650,000 civilian Defense Department employees faced the first of their mandatory 11 sequester-related furlough days this week, officials are now concerned that sequestration may have a more permanent effect next year.

As more than 650,000 civilian Defense Department employees faced the first of their mandatory 11 sequester-related furlough days this week, officials are now concerned that sequestration may have a more permanent effect next year, the Washington Post reports.

According to the report, even though the department was able to reduce the effect of furloughs this year by halving the number of days, if sequestration continues into the next fiscal year, thousands of civilian, military and contractor positions may need to be cut because only 22 furlough days can be imposed annually.

No information has been issued about furloughs for next year, but Secretary Chuck Hagel is expected to provide more details to Congress on the impact of future budget cuts.

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