A senior defense official says that as many as 10 percent of the department’s 800,000 civilian workers could be excluded from the furloughs.
Congress has approved legislation moving more than $10 billion into Pentagon operations and maintenance accounts. That shift could reduce the number of unpaid furlough days employees would be required to take.
In a statement, the Pentagon said no final decisions have been made. Initially, officials had said civilians would face one furlough day per work week for 22 weeks.
Civilians in the warzone and in critical public safety jobs and some intelligence workers would be exempt from the furloughs.