The Commercial Appeal

More than 1,000 to get furloughs


VICKSBURG — About 1,050 employees at the Army Engineer Research and Developmen­t Center in Vicksburg and three other locations expect to be furloughed one day a week beginning July 8 through Sept. 30.

ERDC assistant director Alice Duke tells the Vicksburg Post that about 60 percent of the workforce is subject to furlough.

The ERDC employs 1,170 people.

The furloughs are part of across-the-board federal budget reductions known as the sequester that went into effect on March 1.

The ERDC says furloughs generally will be scheduled for 16 hours per pay period, not to exceed 88 hours or 11 discontinu­ous work days.

Those not subject to being furloughed include employees deployed in a temporary duty or temporary change of station in a combat zone.

Associated Press

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