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Report: October Shutdown Cost Defense Department 1.6 Million Furlough Days

The number of days could have been higher, but most civilian employees were brought back to work after a week.

An Office of Management and Budget report estimates that the shutdown cost the federal government at least $2 billion.(FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

November 8, 2013

Last month’s government shutdown cost the Defense Department 1.6 million civilian employee days, according to a report by the Office of Management and Budget. Approximately 350,000 DOD civilian employees were furloughed.

The report found that the furlough days account for nearly a quarter of the 6.6 million furloughs during the government shutdown, which cost the federal government at least $2 billion.

And the number of days Defense Department employees were furloughed could have been higher, The Hill reports, but 95 percent were brought back to work after one week.

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