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.

The shutdown, as seen from downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday.
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Jordain Carney
Nov. 8, 2013, 6:11 a.m.

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.