GAO Report: 2013 Furlough Savings Might Not Be Correct

Posted June 19, 2014 at 7:00am

Stars and Stripes reports that “the Defense Department did not calculate an accurate cost savings during its furlough of more than 600,000 civilian employees last year, says a General Accountability Office report that also noted a backlog of furlough appeals and sagging employee morale.”  

“The GAO report, released Tuesday, calls into question whether the Pentagon furloughed the correct number of people to achieve the personnel savings it sought to meet the mandated federal budget cuts known as sequestration.”  

“As the Pentagon planned to reduce its 2013 budget by $37 billion because of sequestration, it planned for a furlough that valued the cost savings of furloughing its 767,006 civilian employees at $300 per day, per person, according to the GAO report.”