Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is reducing the number of furlough days its civilian employees must take. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
The Defense Department has found funding to reduce the number of furlough days its civilian employees must take this fiscal year from 11 to six, The Associated Press is reporting.
Citing unnamed officials, the AP reported that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel approved the numbers this week. The decision came as about 650,000 civilian employees began their fifth week of unpaid furloughs, the report said.
“Officials say the Pentagon found sufficient savings in the final months of the current fiscal year to lessen the burden on those who have had to take a day off a week without pay since early July,” the AP reported.