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A Truth Journal: Cool WTF? Government Officials Are Voluntarily Giving Up Salaries Back to Taxpayers?: From Denny: Just when we are all so furiously angered at the selfishness of our government officials for the usual screw-ups, pure laziness and lack of will to make positive corrections, there happens to be two of them that rose above and beyond the call of duty. Yes, there are two federal officials that have landed in the Admiration Corner today. These two men are class acts.
Turns out the sequestration mess caused high levels of Pentagon civilian employee furloughs - to the tune of 750,000 people. The plan was to lay off these unhappy folks for 22 days but that has been cut back to 14 days. Still, it isn't easy to lose one of your paychecks - even though it's spread out over many months through September.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced that huge block of civilian furloughs will save $2.5 billion for the Pentagon budget. The sequestration across-the-board budget cuts went into effect on 1 March which amounts to $41 billion. This $2.5 billion employee furlough will be tacked to that reduction.