Pentagon: Unpaid-leave notices delayed at OH base

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — The U.S. Department of Defense is delaying unpaid-leave notices for its civilian workers, including thousands employed at Ohio's largest military installation.

The Pentagon said Thursday that it's putting off sending the furlough notifications until on or around April 5. That gives time for officials to analyze the effects that pending federal funding legislation could have on the Defense Department.

An estimated 13,000 employees at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton are expected to be among those furloughed for 22 days as a result of automatic defense budget cuts.

The furlough notifications were to be sent beginning in the next few days.

Defense officials say the pending legislation could affect the number of furlough days needed, if it's signed into law. But they say no decisions have been reached.

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