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)
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.