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Dept. of Defense puts furlough letters on hold

Furlough notices are not expected to be sent today to 13,000 civilian employees at Wright-Patterson, according to base spokesman Daryl Mayer.

The notices are on hold until the base receives further information from the Department of Defense, Mayer said.

“What we’ve been told is they are on hold until (Defense) Secretary (Chuck) Hagel decides what course he wants to take,” Mayer told the Dayton Daily News this morning.

Col. Cassie B. Barlow, 88th Air Base Wing commander at Wright-Patterson, said last week furlough notices might be sent early this week, but a specific day had not been determined.

Under current plans, civilian employees would face 14-day furloughs, or one day a week for 14 weeks beginning in mid-June. The number has been reduced from 22 days originally.

The Department of Defense said no final decisions have been made on which civilian employees may be exempt from the unpaid time off work.