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Bloomburg News says Pentagon considering laying off 63,000 employees
WASHINGTON DC -- The furloughs have ended.
But according to a Pentagon Planning document obtained by Bloomberg News,
The Defense Department is now considering laying off nearly 63,000 civilian employees.
That's **if** the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration go back into effect during the next fiscal year.
The Navy alone could cut about 2700 employees.
And the Army may lay off more than 2100, along with a thousand contractors.
The Air Force would require targeted reductions, though a number hasn't yet been decided.
Northwest Florida's military bases employ around 9,000 civilian workers.
"Everything is kind of a double-edged sword 'cause everybody is kind of affected with the contracts and everything. I know a lot of contractors that are losing their job."
The Pentagon document is stamped "Draft" and "Pre-decisional", so as far as we know now no final decisions have been made.
The next fiscal year starts October 1st.