Feds may scrap plan for border furloughs

Homeland Security will delay cutbacks
2013-04-02T00:00:00Z Feds may scrap plan for border furloughsThe Associated Press The Associated Press
April 02, 2013 12:00 am  • 

WASHINGTON - The Homeland Security Department says it's re-evaluating plans to furlough border agents and cut overtime because of the automatic federal government spending cuts.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Monday that it will postpone previously announced plans to furlough Border Patrol agents and officers for at least 14 days.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has previously said the forced budget cuts would mean the equivalent of losing about 5,000 Border Patrol agents.

In a statement, the agency said a provision of a spending bill that Congress passed last month allows it to "mitigate to some degree" the impacts of the reduced budget on operations and on the workforce.

The furloughs were expected to begin later this month.

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