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In a move that
directly affects almost 20,000 Hawaii-based civilian employees of the Defense
Department, Pentagon Comptroller Bob Hale says no furloughs will be undertaken
beyond the end of the current budget year Sept. 30.
"We will look for other options," Hale says.
"They may not be pleasant, and they may force us into some difficult
Hale, speaking to a Web conference of the Association of
Government Accountants, said, "We want to start doing this with more of a
scalpel and less of a meat ax."
Jared Serbu of Federal News Radio in Washington D.C.,
said Hale specified this could include "involuntary separations" of
Carlos Munoz of The Hill, a newspaper that covered
Congress, picked up the story and added that the comment was in contrast with
previous DOD comments that had seemed to leave open the option of extended
The American Forces Press Service said Hale described DOD
as starting the next fiscal year Oct. 1 in "a state of damaged
Hawaii has already seen more than 100 layoffs by defense
contractors, with more to come as ship maintainance is deferred and training is