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Defense Department furloughs begin for civilian employees

Starting next week, thousands of government employees will be forced to take time off  *without pay.
   
Furloughs begin July 8th for civilian workers in the Defense Department.
The Pentagon says workers will have to take as many as 11 days off between then and October.
   
There area about 9,000 civilian employees at bases here in Northwest Florida.
The failure in Washington to follow up a 2011 budget pact with additional spending cuts meant $85 billion across-the-board cuts that began in March.
   
Budgets tightened, the military took a major hit and many federal workers absorbed pay cuts through forced furloughs.