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Defense Department warns employees of possible shutdown

Sep. 24, 2013 - 06:00AM   |  
By ANDY MEDICI   |   Comments
Many Defense Department employees would face furloughs if the government shuts down Sept. 30, Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a memo.
Many Defense Department employees would face furloughs if the government shuts down Sept. 30, Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a memo. (Tech. Sgt. Andy Dunaway / Air Force)

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A large number of civilian employees would be temporarily furloughed if Congress is unable to pass new spending legislation by the end of September, according to a Defense Department memo released Monday.

Ash Carter, deputy secretary at DoD, sent the memo to all Defense Department employees warning them of the potential consequences of a government shutdown.

Carter said military personnel would continue working during a shutdown.

While Carter remained hopeful that Congress could pass the needed legislation, “prudent management requires that we be prepared for all contingencies, including the possibility that a lapse could occur at the end of the month,” he said.

He said DoD is currently updating its contingency plans in the event of a shutdown and has released an extensive fact sheet for DoD employees. Carter said he would provide more information to employees as it becomes available.

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